The Full Story

The Full Story is a lively, thought-provoking news program that delivers intelligent conversation on what’s happening right now in our community. In a weekly show, WSHU’s long-time Morning Edition host Tom Kuser explores the news that is important in our region during these extraordinary times, including the Black Lives Matter movement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the reopening of the economy following the shutdown.

The Full Story airs Friday at 7 p.m. on all WSHU frequencies.

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This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our nation. We remember the day by speaking with first responders and reflecting on how historic events echo through time. We begin with first responders, and Connecticut’s dissimilar Emergency Medical Systems. Next, we visit a 9/11 memorial at a Fire Station in Milford. Then we speak with a historian about how time shapes our memories of key historic events. Remembering 9/11, 20 years later.  

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The month of August is winding down. That means the back-to-school season is revving up. But this is no ordinary school year. 

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading fast in our region and presenting new challenges and questions. And getting good information is challenging, with so much misinformation circulating everywhere.

This week WSHU held a Join The Conversation event to explore what we learned from 2020 and what we need to know now as classes begin. This week on The Full Story, we will bring you the highlights from Education During COVID-19: What We Know.  Join us.

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Connecticut is made up of 169 cities and towns, and each one has a unique form of local government. There are mayors, town managers, and Selectmen, and women. It can all be very confusing. Political science Professor Gary Rose of Sacred Heart University has written a book he hopes will unravel that riddle. This week Professor Rose joins The Full Story to talk about Connecticut’s eclectic mix of local governments, how they evolved and how they work. We also check in with a public health expert on the delta variant and its spreading in our region. 

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Last year, arts programs and institutions in our area found creative ways to keep sharing their work during the pandemic shutdown.  They held virtual events, staged performances outdoors, and redesigned exhibits to reduce crowd size. 

And it looks like they’ll need to keep innovating now that the Delta variant is here.  The highly contagious strain has lawmakers in Connecticut and New York talking about reinstating COVID-19 restrictions like mask mandates.  So how does this fluid health environment impact the arts in our area? 

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College athletes can be big business for many universities, especially if they’re top performers in their sport. They get the glory, they get the fame but to maintain their amateur status they don’t get the cash. 

Starting this September, that’s going to change in Connecticut. A new law now allows college athletes to financially benefit from their name and likeness. 

What does this new law offer? How will it transform athletes, fans, and even collegiate sports? Those are the questions we’ll explore this week on The Full Story.