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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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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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It’s the oldest town green in North America – one laid out in grid format and continuously maintained since colonial days. The New Haven Green has acquired many secrets in its nearly 400-year existence, including hidden cemeteries, historic churches, famous political visits, and its very purpose for existence. Learn the enchanting history behind on…
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Terrence had some strange visitors pay him a visit this week, visited the local elections, and got some news about the UConn basketball team he'd like to discuss. Also, we dive into Connecticut's legislation on ranked-choice elections and what that might mean for future happenings here in New England.…
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In this podcast episode ... He started his business at the height of the Covid Pandemic. Four years on and Marine Veteran John Genna is celebrating success and beating the odds with his laser engraving business. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionDoor Brian Scott-Smith
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You might look at stonewalls as so many people do – beautiful rows of rocks piled in lines along fields or through the woods. Yet, the history of stonewalls, and their New England charm, hide a more scientific purpose – namely, classifying them in ways similar to wetlands to allow consideration during future land use decisions. The topic of the 240…
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Welcome to a new season, a new station, and a new studio for the Connecticut Show. We are so happy to have Dr. Candace Reese on the show to discuss her history with Juneteenth and how we can respectfully celebrate the holiday no matter who are where we are. But also, especially in New England.Door Connecticut Show
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In this podcast episode ... They’re some of the brightest minds around and have taken on and beaten the best debate teams in the US. We find out about the National Prison Debate League and its teams of incarcerated individuals. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionDoor Brian Scott-Smith
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It’s one of the largest, single-day losses of boats by the United States in a military campaign – and it held that record for 200 years, until Pearl Harbor. The British raid on Essex during the War of 1812 saw more than two dozen ships destroyed. Also ruined were the local economy and the fortunes of those who made their living both in ship buildin…
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In this podcast episode ... It’s Memorial Day weekend and we remember and honor those who served. And we talk to the veterans of the Danielson Coffee House who serve their community each month with their mobile food pantry. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionDoor Brian Scott-Smith
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The Salem Witch Trials occurred in the 1690s. It was decades earlier that CT’s witchcraft frenzy occurred. Nearly a dozen women and men were hanged for witchcraft, until young CT Colony Governor John Winthrop used his political expertise to get the state to end executions entirely. This dark chapter in CT history is told by the State Historian Emer…
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In this podcast episode ... It’s over for this year, we’re talking the 2024 Connecticut legislative session It was a short session this year, but what does that actually mean, we speak with Eastern Connecticut Senators Cathy Osten and Heather Somers to find out. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the region…
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The successful development of western Connecticut, following the arrival of European settlers, can largely be attributed to a single dirt path, that was nearly lost to history. The 350-year-old Old Woodbury Path ran from the 1600s settlement of Woodbury to the bustling port of Derby, known at that time as the “new Boston” due to its importance as a…
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In this podcast episode ... They number in the thousands, we’re talking about people who are homeless And since 2021 the number of homeless people in the state has risen 14% and its affecting people of ALL age groups. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionDoor Brian Scott-Smith
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From piano keys to combs, buttons, and other various other items, the smooth, glassy touch and feel of ivory was a highly regarded commodity in high demand. And 90% of the ivory products made throughout the world were made in two communities in the lower Connecticut River Valley for many decades. The Village of Ivoryton owes its name to the industr…
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In this podcast episode ... There were around 310 reports of it in 2023 alone, we’re talking about SEX trafficking and its happening right here in Connecticut. We talk to two non-profits about the problem and how they and others are trying to combat it. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the region…
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During WW II, there was a top-secret project known as “Post Office Box 1142.” A Connecticut man played a major role in the operation, which focused on prisoners of war – both Americans held overseas as well as influential German and Italian prisoners who were kept at Fort Hunt in Virginia. A number of James Bond-like gadgets were made at Fort Hunt …
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In Exodus 17 the Israelites experience confrontation from INSIDE the group and from OUTSIDE from the Amalekites. Here we see that the physical battles are won in through spiritual warfare. In chapter 18 Moses is visited by Jethro who educates him on how to delegate authority. Both chapters hold significant lessons for our own lives today.…
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This may just be the last episode on sidewalks, but can we discuss it just once last time? Also, why do we always discuss gardening each episode? Also, want the eight cutest towns in Connecticut? We have this and, well, not that much more. It's a short episode this week on the Connecticut Show.Door Connecticut Show
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In this podcast episode ... It’s the biggest cadet cheating scandal in the Coast Guard Academy’s history. We sit down with the Academy to find out how 55 cadets of the class of 2025 did it. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionDoor Brian Scott-Smith
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It was nearly 100 years ago when the shooting death of Seymour First Selectman Ray Gilliard occurred in his Town Hall office. He called the telephone operator, said he had been shot, described his assailants, and asked for police and a doctor to be dispatched. Then, the line went dead. The outcome of the investigation shocked virtually everybody in…
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In this podcast episode ... It’s last CEO retired after 50 years, so what’s next for the non-profit TVCCA? We sit down with the non-profits newest and youngest CEO, Joshua Kelly to find out his plans moving forward. Plus we take a look at other stories from across the regionDoor Brian Scott-Smith
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Connecticut is the home of many inventions. One that's of particular interest is the first robot. The first industrial robot ever placed on a production line was built in Danbury and spearheaded by the holder of the patent (George Devol, of Wilton) and the marketing mastermind who found the markets and promoted the invention (Joseph Engelberger, of…
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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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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 regionDoor Brian Scott-Smith
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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.Door Connecticut Show
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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 regionDoor 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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