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Yohe on How Candidates Talk about Climate Change

WNPR interviewed Gary Yohe, the Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, for a story on how candidates should talk about climate change.

Yohe said that climate change has not been a big issue this election cycle.

“I think a lot of the campaigning in Connecticut has been defined by jobs and economics and misstatements on one side or the other about what is happening,” he said. “The impacts of climate change and the economics of climate change have not been elevated to the same level.”

Yohe said he thinks the issue will play a much bigger role in the 2016 election, as the Obama administration continues its push to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.

Yohe is professor and chair of economics, professor of environmental studies. He is vice-chair of the National Climate Assessment advisory committee.

Conn. Governor’s Race Sets Record in Negative Ads

Assistant Professor of Government Erika Franklin Fowler, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, spoke to WNPR about the Connecticut governor’s race, which has emerged as the most negative in the country.

“We do tend to see movement in polls due to negativity,” she said. “The reason why you continue to see lots of negative [ads] is because people do seem to respond to them.”

“Foley and his allies are going after Malloy for being a career politician. For higher taxes that hurt the middle class,” Fowler said. “Whereas Democratic groups and Malloy are going after Foley for tax breaks for millionaires. For being anti-worker for not caring about the average citizen.”

Fowler said negative ads — and TV advertising in general — is generally targeted toward undecided voters and she said, “Negativity isn’t always bad. In a world where citizens don’t always pay a lot of attention to politics, a negative ad that induces a little bit of fear and therefore some information seeking, can actually be a good thing.”

The Wesleyan Media Project analyzes campaign ad spending in all U.S. Senate, House and gubernatorial races. More than 100 articles in major news outlets have cited the project’s research this election season. Other recent highlights include an interview with Fowler on Fox News, stories on NPR and Politico, and in The New York TimesThe Christian Science Monitor, CBS News, USA Todayand The Wall Street Journal.

40 Years of the CFA

“Looking back isn’t something Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts is much interested in doing,” begins a WNPR report on the 40th anniversary of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts.

“During this 40th Anniversary Season, instead of reflecting on the past and patting itself on the back for four decades of innovative and non-traditional arts programming, CFA chose to celebrate with business as usual.

That means engaging audiences in less that’s familiar, repetitive, or comfortable, and more in timely visits from new visionary artists and performers — global rock stars of the experimental art and performance world.”

Read the whole report, along with pictures and video of recent CFA performances, here.

Redfield Explains Sun’s Polarity Flip

The sun’s polarity is poised to flip; an exciting event for astronomers.   Wesleyan University’s Seth Redfield, an assistant professor of astronomy, tells WNPR how the every-11-years reversal provides opportunities to understand the sun better – and for beautiful photographs.

Jenkins Brings Dante, Theater to Prison Inmates

A news report for WNPR features the work of Ronald Jenkins, professor of theater, who has worked with prison inmates around the world, bringing classic works of drama and literature, including Dante’s Inferno. The report focuses on a new play by Jenkins that is being performed by former inmates from the York Women’s Correctional Facility in Connecticut. The play has been performed in Hartford and will be performed in New York City.

Installation Inspired by American Philosophical Society

A discussion with Jeffrey Schiff, professor of art, on his new art installation, “Double Vision: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society,” was recently featured on WNPR’s ‘Where We Live.‘ “Double Vision” will be on view in Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery from Friday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 27. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 5–7pm, with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. Gallery Hours are Tuesday–Sunday, noon–4 p.m. The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery is located at 283 Washington Terr. in Middletown, Conn. For more information see the website or call 860-685-3355.

Foyle, Fowler on 2010 Election Ads and Beyond

On a recent episode of WNPR’s “Where We Live” Douglas Foyle, the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government, and Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government and director of The Wesleyan Media Project discussed political advertisements and the effect of the ‘Citizens United’ case. Issues surrounding negative ads in particular received a significant amount of the discussion.