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

Rethinking School Suspension

Suspensions in schools are being reevaluated as an appropriate form of punishment. Research suggests that they do more harm than good, and a recent report shows that in New York there is a severe racial element to suspensions. Black and Hispanic children are more likely to be suspended than white children. Ron speaks to one of the authors of that study and those working to change the policy of suspensions in New York and Connecticut. Our guests: Francisco Miguel Araiza, associate director of

Understanding Gang Culture

The international gang MS-13 has gotten a lot of press recently. They operate in our region, but they're not the only gang here. Ron speaks with the Suffolk County sheriff and gang experts to find out more about criminal gangs, how they operate and why people join them. Today's guests: Errol D. Toulon Jr., Suffolk County sheriff Sergio Arugeta, founder and director of STRONG Youth Inc. Lisa Taylor Austin, psychologist and gang expert based in Milford, Conn.

The Green New Deal: Will It Work?

One policy idea that's got young lawmakers in Washington and our region hyped up is the Green New Deal. Supporters say it will help stem the advance of climate change by expanding renewable energy sources and creating new industries that are environmentally friendly. Skeptics are concerned with the cost and say it will be too disruptive. Ron finds out what's in the Green New Deal and how it's playing out in our area. Our guests: John Humphries, executive director and lead organizer, Connecticut

Leading Our Cities In 2019

Every town and city in our region has its own unique set of issues. Everyday officials must make important decisions on housing, taxes, education, crime and more. And those decisions affect our lives. Today Ron speaks with civic leaders about the issues facing their communities. Our guests: Toni Harp, New Haven mayor David Martin, Stamford mayor Martin Cantor, director of the Long Island Center for Socioeconomic Policy and a former Suffolk County economic development commissioner

The Age Of Anxiety

Teens are dealing with a lot of anxiety these days. They're under pressure to excel in school, get into a good college, navigate social media and cope with very serious issues like mass gun violence. Ron talks with two therapists who specialize in treating teen anxiety. And we'll also hear from one young woman who has learned how to deal with her worries. Today's guests: Orla Cashman, Ph.D., Greenwich Psychotherapy & Associates Daniel Villiers, Ph.D., founder and director of admissions and

Reining In Prescription Drug Costs

Why do certain prescriptions cost so much? Are we getting ripped off? What can governments do to prevent price gouging? Today on The Full Story , Ron explores the costs of prescription drugs and what can be done to make them more affordable. Our guests: Steve Knievel, advocate with the Access to Medicines program at Public Citizen Sean Scanlon, Connecticut state representative for the 98th District, Guilford and Branford Kevin Lembo, Connecticut comptroller

Getting By In The Millennial Economy

What does the economy look like for a millennial? This generation is dealing with a lot of financial challenges that didn't exist for baby boomers. Ron speaks to Martin Cantor , director of the Long Island Center for socioeconomic policy and former Suffolk County Economic Development commissioner, Cathy Koch from Ernst & Young, and to millennials to find out the fiscal issues that are on their minds, including finding jobs, accessing affordable health insurance and paying off student loans.

2019 Connecticut Legislative Preview

Today the Connecticut General Assembly begins its 2019 legislative session. The state now has a new Democratic governor and Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. And they have a full agenda including fixing the deficit, tolls, legalizing marijuana and paid family leave. Ron speaks with lawmakers and journalists to find out how the state will take on these issues. Today's guests: Ebong Udoma, WSHU senior political reporter Tony Hwang, Republican state senator, representing the 28th

A Conversation With The Indefatigable Ralph Nader

He's an author, one of the founders of the consumer protection movement and he's even run for president. Ron speaks with Ralph Nader about his past work and his new book , "To the Ramparts: How Bush and Obama Paved the Way for the Trump Presidency, and Why it Isn't Too Late to Reverse Course." Then, Ron speaks with Michelle Seagull , commissioner for Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection.

The Government Shutdown: Where Are We?

The federal government is in a partial shutdown. And now that the Democrats are in power in the House, they're in a standoff with the Trump administration. What's the solution? Today on The Full Story : Democratic Congressowman Rosa DeLauro , who's represented the 3rd Congressional District since 1991 Scott McLean , professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, who's teaching a class this week in Washington, D.C.

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