Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.



Teaching Kids That Connecticut History Goes Beyond White Guys

Angelina Morales holds her Connecticut history chapter book; Chapter 2 is about the African-American dancer, Dollie McLean. Photo by Tema Silk for NEPR

In Connecticut, third- and fourth-graders study the history of their state. In many schools, students choose to research one person or event from an approved list. The people on that list have been mostly men, and all white. But because of an unusual collaboration, it now includes Native American, Latino and African-American men and women.

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Hartford Rail Line Revives ‘Gateway To New England’

CTrail's new Hartford Line, which will carry passengers between New Haven and Springfield, will begin service on June 16. Photo by CTRail

This week the new Hartford Line commuter rail will link Springfield, Massachusetts, to New Haven, Connecticut, and cities in between. For less than $16, commuters can catch more than 12 trains each day and travel speeds up to 110 miles an hour.

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Entrepreneurs In Vermont Put Kombucha To “Spirited” Use

Jeff Weaber (L), founder/CEO of Aqua ViTea, and Lars Hubbard (R), co-owner of Appalachian Gap Distillery have partnered up to make Aqua Vodka: a vodka made with alcohol extracted from kombucha. Photo by Eric Shimelonis

Visit the beverage cooler at your grocery store and you’ll find bottle after bottle of kombucha. The increasingly-popular fermented drink is made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. But now the tart, fizzy, probiotic beverage is making its way somewhere new: behind the bar.

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