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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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. 


Last week we talked about how prepared we are for hurricane season. This week we’re speaking with scientists dedicated to understanding the nature of storms and the role climate change plays in creating extreme weather events.

Also, the legislative sessions in Connecticut and New York are over. Or are they? We check in with reporters to find out which bills were approved, rejected and what happens next.

A conversation with:

AP: Hans Pennink

Recreational marijuana is now legal for adults in Connecticut and New York.  The new laws also allow for the sale of weed.   But don’t expect pot shops to start popping up immediately on a corner near you.  Both states are still crafting the framework for a legal marijuana industry.  And lawmakers designed the rules to make sure people targeted by the War on Drugs get in on the ground floor. So what will it take to create these shops and who will benefit most?