The Full Story The Full Story is a lively, thought-provoking one-hour talk show that delivers intelligent conversation on what's happening in our community. Hosted by veteran journalist Ron Ropiak, The Full Story explores the news that is important in our region, including the economy, the opioid epidemic, the well-being of Long Island Sound, transportation, and Connecticut and New York politics. We talk with newsmakers, provide context for the issues, and invite listeners to engage in the discussion through social media.
The Full Story

The Full Story

From WSHU

The Full Story is a lively, thought-provoking one-hour talk show that delivers intelligent conversation on what's happening in our community. Hosted by veteran journalist Ron Ropiak, The Full Story explores the news that is important in our region, including the economy, the opioid epidemic, the well-being of Long Island Sound, transportation, and Connecticut and New York politics. We talk with newsmakers, provide context for the issues, and invite listeners to engage in the discussion through social media.

Most Recent Episodes

Friday News Highlights: Budgets, Tolls, Casinos, Marijuana, School Regionalization

Legalizing recreational marijuana may be out of New York's budget proposal and some say it's Long Island's fault. In Connecticut, sports betting, new casinos and tolls move ahead in the legislature. We'll talk about these and other top stories this week on The Full Story. Our Guests: Karen DeWitt - WSHU's Albany Capitol Correspondent Michael Gormley - Newsday Albany Reporter Ebong Udoma - WSHU's Senior Political Reporter Ken Dixon - Hearst CT Media State Capitol Reporter and Columnist Keith

Friday News Highlights: Budgets, Tolls, Casinos, Marijuana, School Regionalization

The College Debt Crisis

In the United States, over 1.5 trillion dollars is owed in student debt. In Connecticut, students carry a debt load of $17 billion overall. On Long Island, the average student owes about $35,000. It's burning a hole in their pockets, and it's a never ending problem. What are experts saying we can do to fix this? Our Guests:

Sandy Hook - Remington Ruling...What Does It Mean?

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided Sandy Hook families could move forward with their lawsuit against Remington. This could mean the gun manufacturer will have to reveal its advertising strategy and open it up to more lawsuits. The families hope it will help stop gun violence. What is the impact of the Connecticut Supreme Court decision? Today's guests:

College Admissions Scandal: How Did We Get Here?

The College Admissions scandal hit schools in our region. Now institutions are working to transform how they select new students. We will take a look at what's going on with the college admissions process in Connecticut and Long Island. Our guests:

Community Driven Elder Care

There is a new community in eastern Long Island specially designed to meet the needs of seniors. It connects residents to with services and improves their quality of life. Community-driven elder care in our region, and what's being done in our state capitols to help seniors, on this edition of The Full Story. Today's guests:

Public Opinion Polls...And Conflicting Answers

Sacred Heart University has the results from a new poll where they asked residents their thoughts on highway tolls, e-cigarettes and quality of life in Connecticut. We'll discuss those issues and how they affect individuals here and on Long Island. Our guests: Lesley DeNardis, Ph.D., executive director, Sacred Heart University Institute for Public Poilcy Seamus McNamee, senior director for research, Great Blue Research Steven Kolenberg, deputy minority leader and Transportation Committee chair,

The Collapse Of The Recycling Market

Recycling used to be a reliable revenue stream for cities and towns in Connecticut and on Long Island. China was a big buyer of those recyclable materials, but now that source has dried up. What happened to the recycling market and what are officials in our area doing about it? Today's guests: Kevin Maloney, director of communications and member relations, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Ben Blake, mayor of Milford Michael Vitale, owner, Great Northern Fibers Sherill Baldwin,

The Politics Of Voting

Lawmakers on Long Island can't agree on how to put a new early voting law into action. Some want to open 19 sites. Others say that will cost millions and it's not worth the investment. Meanwhile, in Connecticut, the push to just pass an early voting law continues. Today's guests: Laura Curran, Nassau county executive (D) Dave Gugerty, commissioner, Nassau County Board of Elections (D) Nick LaLota, commissioner, Suffolk County Board of Elections (R) Denise Merrill, Connecticut secretary of the

Affordable Housing

It's not easy to create affordable places for people to live. Cities and towns have to find new sites to develop or old buildings to renovate. And then there's the cost. Today on The Full Story , we'll discuss affordable housing in Connecticut and on Long Island. Our guests: Fred Thiele, New York State assemblyman, D, I, WF, WE-Sag Harbor Ian Wilder, executive director, Long Island Housing Services Gale Baldwin, resident, Riverwoods Mobile Home Community, Riverhead, N.Y.; secretary, Mobile

Friday News Highlights: Opioid Lawsuits, LIRR Service, Prevailing Wages

The weekly news roundup in our region. Today's guests: David Winzelberg, real estate and development reporter, Long Island Business News Greg Wehner, reporter, The Southampton Press Ana Radelat, Washington correspondent for the Connecticut Mirror Ken Dixon, state capitol reporter and columnist, Hearst Connecticut Media

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