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Connecticut Show

Connecticut Show

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A new look at New England, as hosts Travis Poppleton and Terrance Abney discuss what it’s like to experience moving to the Northeast. Whether you’re planning to visit or relocate to this bucolic part of the world, the Connecticut Show will help you navigate the in’s and out’s.
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Noted story teller and former journalist Mike Allen interviews special guests and then produces amazing tales about people, places and events from Connecticut history. His style and enthusiasm make history relatable, interesting, fun and informative. You certainly don‘t have to be from Connecticut to enjoy these stories -- you just need to find history interesting and to love a good story. New episodes are published every Thursday. Theme music (Musical Interlewd 1, intro; Musical Interlewd 2 ...
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Cult in Connecticut

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This is the true story of the Kings Chapel group located in Norwich Connecticut and Mansfield Woodhouse England • Connect with Naomi on Instagram @naomivanwinkle • audio editing: Ryan Youmans
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Connecticut Personal Injury Attorney Ryan McKeen answers your questions about Connecticut personal injury law including car accidents, brain injuries, wrongful death, malpractice, workplace injuries, and dog bites. Straight talk. This is not legal advice and it constitutes attorney advertising.
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Let’s get together and chat. The CTWeekender Podcast is the way to find out about the best activities going on in Connecticut. The CT Weekenders news authority gives us the edge of being “in the know” This is a very laid back podcast aiming to bring fun and information to our listeners while they drive, sit in their office, workout or even while relaxing.
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Come and hear the strange tale of The Boss Hank Morgan, a modern day (at the time of publication) Connecticut Yankee who inexplicably finds himself transported to the court of the legendary King Arthur (as the title of the book implies). Hank, or simply, The Boss, as he comes to be most frequently known, quickly uses his modern day knowledge and education to pass himself off as a great magician, to get himself out of all sorts of surprising, (and frequently amusing) situations, as well as to ...
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When Hank Morgan, a practical, no-nonsense Yankee who works in an ammunition factory as a head superintendent gets into a fight with an aggressive employee, little does he know what's in store for him. The bully lays Morgan low with a skull-crushing blow delivered with a crowbar and knocks him out. When Morgan regains consciousness, he finds himself transported back in time, to the sixth century. From here on, the story describes the travails of a hard-boiled, true blue American with strong ...
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In this podcast episode... It’s a 40 year old human services agency in the far corner of the quiet corner of Connecticut. We sit down with the Executive Director and find out about TEEG and the services it continues to provide to those in need. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the region…
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Today, we often hear of building collapses, with workers or members of the public trapped underneath debris. One of the first such incidents to capture the public’s attention was the collapse of the L’Ambiance apartment building while it was under construction in Bridgeport in 1987. Tons of concrete slab floors were being hoisted into place, while …
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Travis and Terrence were stood up again, but this time we didn't have a backup plan. Every wonder what it's like to be in a car with Travis and Terrence for an hour? This is that episode. Come hang out with us in an apropos throwback to shows past with this our 40th episode of The Connecticut Show.Bởi Connecticut Show
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In this podcast episode ... Traditional shopping is making way for immersive experiences, but what does that actually mean? We talk to a female entrepreneur who has four immersive stores to find out the secret to her success. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionBởi Brian Scott-Smith
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Some call it, Connecticut’s Alamo. The Battle of Groton Heights was a massacre by any measure, with 1,600 British soldiers greatly outnumbering 165 Patriot soldiers in one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War. The British were led by Benedict Arnold, who had only recently switched allegiances and who was born less than 10 miles from the bat…
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In this podcast episode ... It’s our 200th episode. And to celebrate this milestone we sat down with the Town of Manchester, who are continuing to celebrate their 200th birthday, looking at their past, present and future. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionBởi Brian Scott-Smith
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This 100-year-old western CT murder case was a difficult one to solve. There was no body in home where murder victim George Hultz lived that had burned to the ground. The motive was elusive. And the perpetrator who was eventually identified was quite good at deflecting suspicion. Yet, the man who would rise from Sergeant to Commissioner of the CT S…
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In this podcast episode ... It’s possibly the biggest financial decision you’ll make in your life, to own a home and get a mortgage. We talk with Jonathan Tremblay an independent mortgage specialist about why you should shop around and get pre-qualified. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the region…
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When we speak about draft dodgers, we normally mean the potential recruits, who are trying to stay out of the military. In the case of Dr. Josiah Beckwith, he was a CT doctor examining recruits for the Civil War, and more than 90% of them got medical deferments, meaning they didn’t have to serve. The intriguing back story is told by the author of L…
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This week we're talking to Chapal Bhavsar about how to get around in New England. Should you fly into JFK or Logan airport? Which train, bridge, or highway should you take from Boston to Manhattan. Moving to New England and want to pick the perfect location? Chapal has the answers as well as an idyllic New England vacation route by way of public tr…
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In this podcast episode ... She’s a talented musician, music therapist, foodie and host of a popular radio show in the region We talk with Ruth Hartunian-Alumbaugh, host of WILI’s Ravings & Cravings about her life, work and passions. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionBởi Brian Scott-Smith
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Tour business extraordinaire, Darran Ganter, joins us all the way from Dublin to give us the what's what concerning a proper St. Patrick's Day. We chat the day Travis and Darran became friends, Irish stereotypes in American celebrations, and the sad demise of one of Boston's legendary Irish pubs. All that and something about narrow roads on this we…
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We live in a state with a lot of open space, correct? Well, while 60% of our land is forested, much of it is privately-owned and potentially subject to development. The state legislature established a goal of setting aside 21% of the state’s land by 2023. We’re at about 16%, and an extension to that target is being developed. Land trusts play a cri…
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In this podcast episode ... They’re called the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region or SeCTer But what do they do, why should your business be talking to them and how are they helping grow the regions economy? Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionBởi Brian Scott-Smith
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Connecticut native Noah Webster not only created the first American dictionary, but he made numerous contributions to the field of education, establishing teaching approaches that exist as the norm to this day. His writings on establishing a new U.S. government were studied by the authors of the U.S. Constitution – before they wrote it. He was the …
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In this podcast episode ... March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month And we talk to the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling about how things are looking and who’s being affected by legalized gambling in the state. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionBởi Brian Scott-Smith
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Connecticut once had five zoos. Now, it just has one accredited facility – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Not only is the history of how the facility began quite interesting, but so it its mission of keeping highly endangered species alive and multiplying in the hope of keeping them from going extinct. The current director, Gregg Dancho, talks about …
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In this podcast episode ... They help companies across the nation with their digital transformation. We talk to Reality Interactive based in Middletown on how they’re connecting businesses and customers in the digital age. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionBởi Brian Scott-Smith
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A CT man survived the sinking of the Titanic 110 years ago, but he was accused of getting into a “women and children only” lifeboat by wearing a dress. The problem is, it was a completely fabricated story. Yet, the lie followed William Sloper for the rest of his life, because his father urged him to ignore the controversy. In the absence of a denia…
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In this podcast episode ... They’ve been serving the northeastern community of Connecticut for 130 years. We talk to Day Kimball Health and its President Kyle Kramer about the community hospital’s past, present and future. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionBởi Brian Scott-Smith
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Have you ever wondered what would happen if the pilot of a small plane you were riding in died in mid-flight? On Easter Sunday, 2009, the pilot of a twin-engine plane out of Florida suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving a father, his wife, and two daughters alone in the plane. A CT flight instructor, who was familiar with that type of plane, was c…
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Travis takes Terrence down a rabbit hole of colleges, films festivals, and income disparity here in Connecticut on this, the 36th episode of the Connecticut Show. Can school districts with fewer resources compete with the Greenwiches of the world? We'd love your feedback on this one. Please hit us up at info@connecticut.show to tell us what you thi…
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There are 169 towns in Connecticut, and it would seem like a simple question: which town was the first to be settled? Well, there is still some controversy – nearly 400 years after the fact – as to whether it was Windsor or Wethersfield. The debate falls along the definition of settlement, versus trading post. Either way, some would argue, what abo…
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In this podcast episode ... New Year, new you? But how’s that working out and have you already given up at the gym? We talk to dietitian Jackie Durand about why that happens and what we need to do to stay on track. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionBởi Brian Scott-Smith
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In this second of a two-part series on the sinking of the S-48 submarine 100 years ago in Long Island Sound, we’ll have the exciting conclusion about the survival efforts made by the 41 crew members trapped 60 feet below the surface of The Sound, off the coast of Fairfield, with icy water and poisonous chlorine gas filling the vessel and no communi…
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In this podcast episode ... She’s been saving exotic animals for over 20 years. We talk to Allison Sloane, founder of the Pandemonium Rainforest Project, about her continued mission to help these abused and neglected animals. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the region.Bởi Brian Scott-Smith
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Welcome to season 4! On this episode, we're back from the holidays and if you've been wondering what Martin Luther King Jr., Maryam al-Khawaja, John Brown, and Harriet Beecher Stowe have to do with the state of Connecticut, well you're in luck. We cover that, and some Snoop Dog lyrics in this, the 35th episode of the Connecticut Show.…
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Many people have no idea that the S-48 submarine sank in Long Island Sound off the coast of Fairfield back in 1921, with 41 crewmen onboard. This first of a two-part series takes us through a detailed accounting of the first hours of what the crew encountered over a 12-hour period, based on statements from the survivors. It is an absolutely spellbi…
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In this podcast episode ... In this EDUCATION special edition. We talk to EASTCONN about their adult education services and how they’re positively impacting the lives of adults here in our region who’ve decided to give school another chance. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the region…
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It’s one of the most documented cases of supernatural activity in world history – the so-called “Lindley Street Poltergeist.” In a house in Bridgeport in the 1970s, the three residents were tormented by floating refrigerators, knives and crucifixes flying through mid-air, and a talking cat. More than a dozen police officers and firefighters reporte…
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In this podcast episode .. He’s been in office now for a year We talk to Erick Russell, Connecticut’s State Treasurer about the success of the last 12 months he and his team have had and what challenges lie ahead in this major election year. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the region…
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