Connecticut East This Week Podcast

Brian Scott-Smith

Connecticut East This Week is a weekly news podcast covering the stories and community of Eastern Connecticut

All Episodes

In this episode ... To be gay and OUT in the world of sport. A brave choice or a career ending decision? We talk to Curt Miller, head coach of the Connecticut Sun WNBA team, and the only OUT gay male coach in professional basketball to see what he has to say. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

Nov 25

29 min 19 sec

In this episode ... It's all about the music! We talk to a former Connecticut State Troubadour and the co-founder of the New England Music Hall Of Fame about the regions rich music history. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Nov 18

29 min 9 sec

In this episode ... Farm to table has been growing over the years, but even more so during the Covid Pandemic. We talk to a local farmer and baker about the challenges they both face, but how they are also thriving. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region

Nov 11

29 min 30 sec

In this episode ... They started serving a few hundred meals to help their local community. 18 months later they’re now a non-profit serving thousands of meals and helping in other ways, we talk to the Whalers Helping Whalers organization. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

Nov 4

29 min 36 sec

In this episode ... We're being asked to go 'green' with our energy consumption and bombarded by social media adverts for SOLAR energy But can we trust what we see? And what is the reality and cost of changing to a SOLAR alternative? Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines across the region

Oct 28

29 min 36 sec

In this episode ... We talk to Peter Armstrong the new President of Mystic Seaport Museum about his role and how the museum is doing in the face of Covid. And if you're 65 years or older, Medicare Open Enrollment is here again, so time to make sure that Medicare is still working for you. Plus we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Oct 21

29 min 29 sec

In this episode ... We have a candid talk with our podcast sponsor, Green Valley Tree LLC And find out more about their business and how husband and wife team Josh and Arielle Walmsley started up, and what it's like working together. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Oct 14

29 min 31 sec

In this episode ... It's 25 years since the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort opened its doors to the public, we talk to two top executives about this milestone anniversary. And new research from Eastern Connecticut State University says storms, not sea level, is driving shoreline change. Plus we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Oct 7

29 min 31 sec

In this episode ... Looking after those who need help. We talk to the New London Homeless Hospitality Center about the challenges they have faced with the Covid pandemic and how they continue to provide shelter and resources to their guests. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Sep 30

29 min 20 sec

In this episode ... It's all change at the top at Sub Base New London. As the change of command occurs, we talk to Captain Todd Moore, the outgoing 52nd Commanding Officer about his two and a half years in the job. Plus we look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Sep 23

29 min 23 sec

In this episode ... 1 in every 100 people in the USA is born with it, but what is 'congenital heart disease?' We talk to a cardiac specialist and two Connecticut women who have CHD Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Sep 16

29 min 29 sec

In this episode ... He's the Top Cop of New London Police, but it came after a controversial exit by the former Chief. We speak with Brian Wright, the new Chief of New London Police, three months into his new job. And remembering 9/11 on this 20th Anniversary year Plus other stories from across the region.

Sep 9

29 min 28 sec

In this episode ... We talk exclusively to Kevin Blacker and Steve Farrelly, two critics of the Connecticut Port Authority and the deal to redevelop State Pier in New London. Hear their candid comments about why they feel it's a bad deal for everyone. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

Sep 2

29 min 26 sec

In this episode ... We're on the FRONTLINES with the staff of the Emergency Department of L&M Hospital in New London. As they deal with over 140 patients every day with ailments as simple as toothache to serious health issues such as heart attacks. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region

Aug 26

29 min 28 sec

In this episode ... He's 25 years old and a US Army Veteran So, who is democrat Anthony Dilizia and why does he was to challenge Joe Courtney of the 2nd District and also a democrat in elections in 2022? Plus other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Aug 19

29 min 25 sec

In this episode ... She's just 22 years old and has played on the biggest sporting platform in the world We talk with New London, Connecticut's India Pagan, about being an Olympian and playing basketball for Team Puerto Rico in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.  

Aug 12

29 min 31 sec

In this episode ... We're on the FRONT LINES with the New London Police Department finding out the reality of police work today for the men and women officers on patrol. For those in law enforcement what's said will come as no surprise, but for the rest of us, it might! Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Aug 5

29 min 34 sec

In this episode ... They served their country and now they continue to serve their communities. We talk to FOUR military veterans living in Eastern Connecticut who have been inducted in to the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Jul 29

29 min 32 sec

In this episode ... We talk to David Marchi, who was diagnosed with 'Acquired Savant Syndrome' after a serious boating accident. David gained extraordinary skills in art, something he didn't have before, and is now showing and donating his incredible art work to good causes. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region. 

Jul 22

29 min 29 sec

In this episode ... An eye in the sky. We talk with Victoria Smith the Deputy State Entomologist for Connecticut, about the importance of the annual aerial survey of the State’s forests. And Amy Donahue becomes the Coast Guard Academy’s first Provost, but what does that mean? Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

Jul 15

29 min 32 sec

In this episode ... They've been helping US Navy submariners and divers for 75 years, but what is the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory at subbase New London? Connecticut East This Week talks exclusively to them. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Jul 8

29 min 32 sec

In this episode ... As the summer weather heats up and people take to the water to cool off, whose looking out for them? We're on the FRONT LINES with the joint Waterford and East Lyme Police Marine Patrol Unit Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Jul 1

29 min 39 sec

In this episode ... Is it life imitating art or the other way around? We talk with two brothers, Kevin and Andrew Blacker, about their involvement in a new Hallmark movie filmed in the sleepy village of Noank. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

Jun 24

29 min 34 sec

In this episode ... The 2021 Connecticut Legislative Session is over, so how did Republican newcomer for the 43rd District, Greg Howard do? And finding 'Farm Fresh' produce just got easier with a new phone app, developed in Eastern Connecticut called Fresh Please Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region. 

Jun 17

29 min 29 sec

In this episode ... It's mosquito season and we talk to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station as they begin their annual mosquito monitoring and testing program. Plus choking our rivers and waterways. Film maker Emily Deluca talks about her new documentary about the invasion of Hydrilla. And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

Jun 10

29 min 29 sec

In this episode ... It's 40 years this month of the first official reporting by the CDC of HIV/AIDS in the US We listen again to an interview with Doctor Anthony Fauci on his recollections of the past 4 decades of this disease And we hear from the staff of the Connecticut non-profit, Alliance For Living  Plus a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region

Jun 3

29 min 28 sec

In this episode ... We listen again to President Biden's recent Commencement Day speech to the US Coast Guard Graduates As he reminds them of the importance of America's work around the world and the role they play Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region

May 27

29 min 22 sec

In this episode...   Helping businesses through the Pandemic. We talk to Chris DiPentima of the CBIA.   And Pfizer in Groton gives local leaders an insight into their involvement with the company's Covid vaccine.   Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

May 20

29 min 28 sec

In this episode... Handing in his badge and gun after 34 years of service. We talk to Michael Spellman, Chief of the City of Groton Police Department as he retires, about his career, the challenges of police work and what's next for him. Plus a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.  

May 13

29 min 28 sec

In this episode... How do you know what college is right for you if you identify at LGBTQIA? We speak to a college consultant. Plus, how did Covid-19 affect communities around the world? Conn College share the results of their Global Covid Project And we look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

May 6

29 min 28 sec

In this episode... Calling for resignations. State Senator Paul Formica unloads on the Connecticut Port Authority and its board members over State Pier in New London. And WNBA franchise, Connecticut Sun, welcomes a new club President in former Uconn Star and assistant coach to the USA Women's Olympic Basketball Team, Jennifer Rizzotti Plus we take a look at some other stories from across the region.

Apr 29

29 min 27 sec

In this episode... We find out how musicians are getting financial aid from the New England Musicians Relief Fund And as Connecticut sees a 30 year low in its inmate population, the State is starting to close down some of its prisons. Plus we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Apr 22

29 min 35 sec

In this episode ... Legalizing recreational use of Marijuana in Connecticut takes a step closer, but a House Bill looks to add fair and equitable language to the Governor's Bill. And Miss America returns to Connecticut in a new deal with Mohegan Sun Casino who will host it for the next three years. Plus we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Apr 15

29 min 18 sec

In this episode... We sit down with the new CEO and President of Foxwoods Casino, Jason Guyot, to find out more about his new official role. From his beginnings at the Casino to his top job as the first Tribal Member to hold the position to the recent deal his organization and the Mohegan Tribe agreed with the State over the future of online gambling and betting in Connecticut. Plus we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region. 

Apr 8

29 min 22 sec

In this week's episode   We congratulate two members of the military here in Eastern Connecticut for recent award wins   A Navy diver based at Subbase New London and a Cadet at the Coast Guard Academy   Plus we look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Apr 1

29 min 26 sec

In this episode... Pedestrian road accidents are on the increase in the State and the Department of Transportation is looking to do something about it, but where do they get their data? We find out And could the State possibly get a new passenger train service using existing freight rail lines? Plus a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Mar 25

29 min 30 sec

In this episode... With Covid-19 restrictions being relaxed in the State by Governor Lamont. What does this means for the many businesses and entertainment venues? We talk with the new Artistic Director and the new Managing Director of Goodspeed Opera House to find out more. Plus we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Mar 19

29 min 32 sec

In this week's edition...   Could recreational use of Marijuana finally become legalized in Connecticut?   We talk to the CT Examiner about their articles on the subject and also speak with CT Pharma, one of the State's medical Marijuana growers to see how legalization might affect them.   Plus a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Mar 12

29 min 31 sec

In this edition...   What's the future for Waterford's Crystal Mall Shopping Center as owners Simon Group hand back the keys to loan lenders.   We talk candidly with Waterford First Selectman, Rob Brule, about his concerns and challenges that lay ahead for this major property tax payer.   Plus we take a look at some other stories from across the region.

Mar 5

29 min 27 sec

In this episode ... Connecticut is looking to legalize Sports and Internet Gambling to help bring new streams of revenue in to the State. We talk with State Senator Cathy Osten, whose district covers the State's two Casinos and is in favor of expanding gambling in Connecticut And we talk with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling to find out what services are available to those when gambling becomes an addiction. Plus a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Feb 26

29 min 25 sec

In this week's episode ... We talk reparations, the racial wealth gap and racial economic justice in America for The Black American Descendants of Slavery. Three members of PACT, Political Action Connecticut tell us why the current conversation isn't just about race or skin color but about lineage as well. Plus we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Feb 19

29 min 25 sec

In this week's episode   We visit a Covid vaccine clinic in the town of Essex to see how keeping it local is leading to vaccination success.   And the City of New London has approved a $30 million Community Recreation Center to be built at Fort Trumbull. We get the lowdown on the project.   Plus a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region

Feb 12

29 min 24 sec

In this episode... We talk with Professor Brendan Cunningham of the Economics and Finance Department of Eastern Connecticut State University about how Covid19 has highlighted the broken systems in the State and the country as a whole, from public health and food insecurity to disparities between black and white wealth. Plus we take a look at some of the other stories making the headlines from across the region

Feb 5

29 min 29 sec

In this episode... We find out the latest on the crumbling concrete home foundation crisis in Eastern Connecticut with the Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company. And we talk crumbling foundation research with Jim Mahoney from the University of Connecticut Plus a look as some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Jan 29

29 min 34 sec

In this episode... New London Mayor, Mike Passero breaks his silence about the Connecticut Port Authority and their State Pier deal. And it's a new legislative session, we listen again to Governor Lamont's State of the State address Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Jan 22

29 min 34 sec

In this episode... We talk with Ari Santiago, CEO of IT Direct and Host of the 'Made in America' podcast about the state of manufacturing in Connecticut. Plus, new year, new you! But with Covid19 still around, how do you stay fit and healthy? We ask award winning personal trainer Mike Penta to give us the lowdown. And we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Jan 15

29 min 35 sec

In this weeks episode... We talk with local author and coach Jennifer Sullivan about her new book - Sharing the Transition to College: Words of Advice for Diverse Learners and Their Families The book gives advice to students and parents with learning disabilities about how to navigate the high school to college transition. Plus we take a look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Jan 8

29 min 15 sec

In this episode... It's our first podcast of 2021 and we kick off the new year with an inspirational story about 92 year-old Norwich, Connecticut native - Tom LeFreniere. We talk to Tom about his military service in Korea, his career as a firefighter and when he flew a Russian MIG Jet fighter. Plus we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region

Jan 1

29 min 44 sec

In this episode... 2020 is almost over and we take a look back at some of the big stories that made the headlines this year. The Connecticut Examiner joins us in discussing the Black Lives Matter protests, the Connecticut Port Authority and electricity prices and more. Plus we take our usual look at other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Dec 2020

29 min 41 sec

In this episode.... We talk about concerns with CVS and Walgreens giving vaccinations to those in Long Term Care, as well as Pharmacy Benefit Managers and prescription rebates with the National Community Pharmacists Association. Plus a cheaper electricity bill for residents of Connecticut, as the State's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) makes a sweeping ruling. And we take a look at some other stories making the headlines from across the region.

Dec 2020

29 min 39 sec