Connecticut has a long tradition of innovation: The sewing machine, the vacuum cleaner, and the color television were all invented in this state. But innovation isn’t necessarily defined as a major breakthrough; it can manifest as a new twist on a conventional product or device. Imagine the world saddled with the first version of the…

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The documentary “Connecticut’s Gun Fight” that I produced with the talented team from Connecticut Public Television has been nominated for an Emmy.  The half-hour long program explores the issue of gun rights as Connecticut legislators considered sweeping new legislation in the wake of the horrific tragedy in Sandy Hook.  The show is nominated in the…

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I remember growing up, hearing about “The Birds and the Bees” in hushed, embarrassed tones.  I confess: I actually thought at some point, my parents were going to offer some new and startling wisdom about birds and bees that was critical to my well-being.  Well, that never happened.  So, this Earth Day,  in honor of…

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Christina DeFranco is the environmental producer and host of the Treading Lightly segments featured on Connecticut Public Television’s new magazine show All Things Connecticut. The show is currently airing on Thursday’s at 8pm, with rebroadcasts on Mondays at 11 pm and Wednesdays at 5 pm. You can also watch episodes on line by following this…

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