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

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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

The Growing Political Divide

Which way will the Democratic Party go? All the way to the left? Perhaps a more moderate approach? And what's going on with the Republicans? Both major parties are experiencing an identity crisis. We explore this struggle to define the future of these parties with guests: Gary Rose, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies, Sacred Heart University Phil Boyle, New York state senator, R-Bay Shore Rob Sampson, Connecticut state senator, R-Wolcott Josh

Week In News: July 19, 2019

New York gets a new law to combat climate change. In Connecticut Governor Lamont keeps pushing for tolls, but he did get a deal on pensions. Those are just some of the stories we'll cover today with our guests: J.D. Allen, news editor, WSHU Lane Filler, member, Newsday editorial board Timothy Bolger, editor-in-chief, Long Island Press Ebong Udoma, senior political reporter, WSHU Dan Haar, columnist and associate editor, Connecticut Hearst Connecticut Media

50th Anniversary Of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Fifty years ago this week, the Apollo Lunar Module, "The Eagle," landed on the moon. Much of the technology that went into getting a human on the moon was developed on Long Island. We look into the local connection to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon with guests: Bill Finch, executive director, Discovery Museum J. Bret Bennington, Ph.D., professor of geology, environment and sustainability, Hofstra University Ed Whitman, engineer for communications between Lunar Excursion and Command Services

Things To Do This Summer

Tourism in our region is a billion-dollar business. Parks, aquariums, zoos, even historic attractions like the Revolutionary War-era Culper Spy Ring on Long Island. We explore local sites with guests: Tina Tison, director of marketing, Maritime Aquarium Gregg Dancho, zoo director, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Kara Hahn, legislator and chair, Committee on Parks and Recreation, Suffolk County Legislature Kristen Jarnagin, president and CEO, Discover Long Island

How Screen Time Affects Kids

Everywhere you look, kids, even very young ones, are staring into screens. And many parents wonder about the impact it's having on their brains and development. How much time should parents allow young children to spend on cell phones or tablets? And what's the right age to give children their own device? Our guests: Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH, pediatrician, professor and director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children's Research Institute Lauren Hale, PhD,

Child Care Safety And Costs

Three years ago Connecticut cut subsidies to help residents pay for licensed child care. In New York the amount of money invested in early child care programs has dropped. Affordable and safe child care remains a challenge for many families in our area. With fewer resources to support parents, what's happening to kids? Our guests: Anna Kaplan, New York state senator, D-Great Neck Beth Bye, commissioner, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Merrill Gay, executive director, Connecticut Early

Week In News: July 12, 2019

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont shakes up his staff and signs three new laws protecting Connecticut's LGBTQ community. A federal judge clears the way for the Walk Bridge to be replaced. And on Long Island, we take a closer look at how the Pine Barrens protect the groundwater. Our guests: Ebong Udoma, senior political reporter, WSHU Susan Haigh, state capitol/political reporter, Associated Press Davis Dunavin, reporter, WSHU Desiree D'Iorio, news assistant, WSHU Susan Haigh, state capitol/political

Toxic Chemicals In Our Drinking Water

Toxic chemicals like PFAS and 1,4-dioxane are seeping into the groundwater and spilling into the rivers in our area. Officials in Connecticut and New York are taking action to clean up the contamination. What are these chemicals and what's being done to safeguard our drinking water? Our guests: Richard Blumenthal, U.S. senator, D-Conn. Adrienne Esposito, executive director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment David Tonjes, Ph.D., research associate professor, Department of Technology and

The Impact Of The Census

The U.S. Census is moving forward without the citizen question. Or is it? Connecticut Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz says the Trump administration is doing the right thing in dropping the question. But has the damage been done and will immigrants and undocumented residents in our region avoid being counted? And if they do, how will that impact federal funding and congressional representation for Connecticut and New York? Our guests: Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut lieutenant governor Rebecca Sanin,

New York's Ambitious Climate Change Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a plan that has been called the most aggressive climate change legislation in the nation, possibly the world. What's in that plan and what does it mean for renewable energy projects on Long Island? Our guests: Todd Kaminksy, New York state senator, D-Long Beach Steve Englebright, New York state assemblymember, D-Setauket Mark Harrington, Newsday Ross Thomas, CEO, Horizon Wind Power

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