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Still Newtown

Ten years ago, 20 children and six educators were killed in a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The tragedy reimagined so many aspects of American life: school safety, mental health, and community activism. In this deeply compelling and thoughtful podcast, WSHU’s Davis Dunavin asks: How does a community come out the other side of tragedy?

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On December 5, WSHU Public Radio, in partnership with The Newtown Bee, will launch an 11-part podcast series called Still Newtown, chronicling the life of the Newtown, Connecticut community a decade after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Insightfully reported and deeply researched, the podcast reveals a community’s strength and resilience since the tragic loss of 20 children and 6 educators.

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The podcast was created by veteran WSHU reporter Davis Dunavin, who covered the Sandy Hook shooting 10 years ago when he was the editor of Newtown Patch. The series will feature 11 episodes, each interwoven with interviews and first-hand accounts of Newtown residents including former Sandy Hook students who were present that day, grieving parents who lost their children, and faith leaders who helped guide their community.

All episodes will be available for download on December 5, 2022 and will be accessible on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and all major streaming platforms. The series is supported in part by a grant from CT Humanities.

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Latest Episodes
  • In our final episode: how Newtown made its staggering number of gifts part of the permanent memorial to the tragedy.
  • Many Newtowners turned to their faith after the tragedy. One faith leader became a prison chaplain to work on rehabilitation. Another postponed retirement to see the community through another few years.
  • A mother is honoring her daughter — who loved “all the animals,” from dogs to butterflies — with an animal sanctuary in Newtown.
  • How do you report a story like Sandy Hook or Robb Elementary? What role should journalists play? Including a sobering perspective from someone who covered both tragedies for local public radio stations.
  • Newtowners celebrate their history, traditions and the spirit of kindness that makes this town special.
  • A Sandy Hook father and daughter embark on a shared musical journey — and make an important promise.
  • A Sandy Hook mother honored her son with a school program — used around the world — that teaches children to choose love
  • Teachers, therapists and mental health experts have found many ways to help children address their trauma over the last ten years.
  • A puppet show about a six-year-old lighthouse keeper allows a mother to honor her son’s memory — and help children deal with complex emotions.
  • Two former Sandy Hook Elementary School students found new purpose in high school — as activists against gun violence.