Colin McEnroe Show: Telling Hartford's Story

How does a city establish its own narrative?

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Think of a story from your neighborhood over the past weekend. Anything happen?

Not much, maybe. Somebody's dog got loose. You walked a couple of blocks over and watched the first half of the UConn game with some friends. In the warmth of Sunday, you watched your neighbors sweeping and raking away the winter debris and felt guilty that you and your kid were in the backyard playing the spring's first game of catch instead of working. 
 
The stories of Hartford aren't that different, even though people picked up the newspaper this morning a read a front page story of a tragic shooting. Most Hartford stories are about life and love and health and sickness and trying to make a go of it.
 
It's weird and a little sad, actually, that we have to dedicate a show to making this point -- the stories of Hartford normalcy just aren't part of most people's Hartford narrative.
 
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E-mail from K.

The 4/4 Colin McEnroe show featured a number of guests discussing event/life in Hartford. How about NPR doing live broadcasts from various locations within the city? This would give suburbanites a better understanding of the city and all it has to offer. There are wonderful programs and work going on at the Connecticut State Library, Hartford Public Library, Wadsworth Atheneum and a whole host of other locations. Just my .02 worth

E-mail From Sara

I'm a little conflicted about the subject matter today. I recognize and appreciate your attempt to educate suburbanites whose only Hartford experience involves the commute into the office or the occasional drive past the butt ugly building on the way to Westfarms. It does seem, however, somewhat condescending. I can't imagine D.J's on a Hartford hip hop station devoting time to explaining that the suburbs are really nice places where one does not need to fear for one's life. Maybe there are people who fear the mean streets of Hartford but I find such people to fear anything that is does not have a a Starbucks and ample parking for their mini Cooper. I don't know, it's not the whole program. I think you guys are great and I know where you are coming from and where you are going and none of it is based in bias but rather in eliminating biases but at times the tone feels kinda like us and them , haves and have nots, Sneeches on Beaches with and without stars on bellies, Fraggles and Doozers (need I go on?