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Noted story teller and former journalist Mike Allen narrates amazing tales about people, places and events from Connecticut history. His style and enthusiasm make history relatable, interesting, fun and informative and he occasionally features special guest interviews. 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. Episodes are never more than two weeks apart, and are often available more frequentl ...
 
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.
 
Attorney Hastings reveals his secrets to simplify personal injury law in Connecticut. Richard devotes his practice to helping those who have suffered injuries. The cases he work on consist of a variety of injuries. These include motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, hit and runs, and pedestrian accidents.
 
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 ...
 
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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When you hear the name Charles Ives, one tends to think of the word cacophony – as in discordant music. The Danbury, CT native created sounds and symphonies that were so ahead of their time that they took the general public several decades to truly appreciate his genius. Now, Ives is considered one of the finest U.S. composers to have ever lived. B…
 
In this podcast ... He started a business in East Lyme, Connecticut, 40 years ago that led to him running for public office. We sit down with State Senator Paul Formica of the 20th District to talk about his 31 years of public service and his decision to retire from it all. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the …
 
In today's episode, Attorneys Ryan McKeen and Alexa Mahony discuss what happened when an initial $0 insurance offer on a slip & fall case forced Attorney Mahony to take the case to trial to fight for the justice her client deserved. Learn the ins and outs of a personal injury trial, and how after 32 straight defense verdicts on slip & fall cases in…
 
In this final episode on the life of PT Barnum, more seldom heard stories about his incredible exploits – including his American Museum in New York City and his Barnum & Bailey Circus – are shared by Bethel Town Historian Pat Wild (where Barnum was born) and Danbury Museum and Historical Society Executive Director Brigid Guertin (where Barnum spent…
 
In this podcast ... From the new Marijuana retail license lottery to racism in the Connecticut Department of Transportation We talk to the new Connecticut Inside Investigator about what they’re uncovering in the name of news and the public interest. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.…
 
There’s been a lot written about the great showman, PT Barnum. However, not much of it focuses on his upbringing in his hometown of Bethel, CT. In this first part of a two-part series, Bethel Town Historian Pat Wild and Danbury Museum and Historical Society Executive Director Brigid Guertin share some great stories that help us understand the parti…
 
In this podcast... It’s our 100th episode! And what better way to celebrate it than to talk to someone else celebrating their 100th We sit down with Waterford Country School as they celebrate 100 years of caring! And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.저자 Brian Scott-Smith
 
Considering that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) only spent the final two years of his life in Redding, CT, there were an inordinate number of incredible stories that filled those years to the brim, culminating in his death in his mansion. Redding historian Brent Colley recounts both the wonderful and painfully sad moments he spent with his two remaini…
 
In this podcast episode ... What’s the difference between apple brandy and Calvados or even Eau de vie? We talk with Lou and Margaret Chatey of Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford Connecticut about all things brandy and much more. And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.…
 
Mark Twain died exactly 112 years ago, to the very day, of the publication of this podcast episode (April 21, 1910). This first in a two-part series takes a look at Samuel Clemens’ last two years of life, spent in Redding, Connecticut, in his famed mansion Stormfield. Redding historian Brent Colley (who is also the First Selectman of Sharon, CT) sh…
 
In this podcast episode ... He grew up living and working in Groton, Connecticut and became a tech entrepreneur We talk with Robert Boris to find out WHY he now wants to get involved with local politics and represent the 41st district And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.…
 
It was anything buy “lucky 7’s” at Danbury’s Federal Prison on July 7, 1977. In fact, it marked the day of the deadliest fire at a federal prison in U.S. history. The inmates inside Dormitory G were trapped for a time inside the housing unit during a middle-of-the-night blaze that spewed toxic smoke into the confined area, causing nearly 100 casual…
 
In this podcast ... From caricatures to illustrations, music and educational videos. We talk with the very talented Hebron artist, Bill Dougal about his amazing work and how technology has changed the art space. And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.저자 Brian Scott-Smith
 
It was the longest running state fair in U.S. history (112 years) when it finally closed in the 1980s – to make way for a shopping mall. The Great Danbury State Fair was legendary. Jack Stetson is the grandson of the its longtime owner, John W. Leahy. He was also the last person to “turn out the lights” at the fair. In part two of this two-part ser…
 
In this podcast episode ... He’s been in the US Navy for 36 years and now commands Sub Base New London We sit down with Captain Kenneth Curtin as he celebrates 6 months in charge of one of the largest submarine bases in the world. And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.…
 
It was the longest running state fair in U.S. history (112 years) when it finally closed in the 1980s – to make way for a shopping mall. The Great Danbury State Fair is legendary. You probably don’t know the real story behind its beginning – or its end. Jack Stetson was the last person to “turn out the lights” at the fair, and he’s written the only…
 
In this podcast episode... From a cat themed coffee house to Caribbean comfort food. We’re on a trek across the state to find some great places to eat that also have backstories just as interesting as their food. And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.저자 Brian Scott-Smith
 
It was a horrific disaster -- in fact, the single worst disaster in the history of Danbury, Connecticut. Two earthen dams gave way, sending 140 million gallons of water barreling down on the young city in the 1800s. Both the viscous loss of life and the mind-numbing property damage were devastating and caused worried reservoir managers nationwide t…
 
In this podcast episode ... The town of Tolland, Connecticut and its new Birch Grove school comes under federal investigation, we find out why. And giving HOPE to those looking for that perfect event space. We talk to the owners of Hope Lodge in Moosup. Plus we look at other stories making the headlines across the region.…
 
If you’ve never been to an outdoor theatrical performance, you should definitely put it on your bucket list. While you’re enjoying the show, however, you might have no idea about all of the activities that went on behind the scenes to pull it off. In Connecticut, no one has done this longer than the Musicals at Richter team in Danbury – 37 straight…
 
In this podcast episode ... Starting a business can be tough and especially if it involves food We talk to CLICK an organization that is multi-cultural with multi service kitchens connecting farmers, chefs and food lovers by supporting each other. And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.…
 
When you hear about “The Grange,” do you only think about farmers? If so, your knowledge of one of the country’s oldest service organizations needs some refreshing. The Grange was indeed critical to farmers in the 19th and 20th centuries. As society has modernized, The Grange has continued its focus on local community issues – which now encompasses…
 
In this podcast episode ... It’s 25 years of Puppies Behind Bars and we talk to them about their amazing dogs and their prison connection Plus we talk to three local Police Departments in Eastern Connecticut who all have a Puppies Behind Bars comfort dog And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.…
 
When we think of the earliest crops that European settlers harvested in Connecticut, we think of corn or wheat. One of most important harvests, however, came not from the land – but from the water. The harvesting of the Eastern Oyster has been going on for centuries, with Native Americans cultivating them from Long Island Sound long before the sett…
 
In this podcast episode ... Women entrepreneurs in Connecticut are increasing and we talk to two women about their unique products and the challenges they’ve faced getting them to market. Plus Connecticut launches a statewide electric vehicle charging station program, we have the details. And we take a look at other stories making the headlines fro…
 
The folk anthem Alice’s Restaurant, which debuted in the 1960s, has remained one of the iconic classics over the years. Arlo Guthrie (son of folk song writer and performer Woody Guthrie) told the story of an arrest for littering on Thanksgiving Day in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and blended it with a strong statement against the militar…
 
In this podcast episode ... Being a man isn’t always about being tough and leading the pack, it’s also about allowing yourself to fail and be vulnerable too. We talk to the co-authors of a new book called 'Emerging Men' and hear their inspiring personal stories of struggle and success. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from…
 
You’ve probably never heard of the Sandemanian religious order, despite the fact that it was active for nearly 200 years in Europe and America. Congregants were known as “kissites” for their nearly hippie-like practices at services. Yet, they were also quite strict – with a requirement to agree with church practices, or face excommunication. And, t…
 
In this podcast episode ... A crisis in our classrooms. Banning books in our schools, but it goes much deeper than just literature. We talk to two educators about the lack of diversity in teaching staff in our classrooms and how that’s having a far wider affect on our black and brown communities. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the hea…
 
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