The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Friday, August 7, 2015
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BRADLEY BLAKEMAN (Former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush) FIRST REPUBLICAN DEBATE: NOW HISTORY The debate day has come and gone, and the candidates who spent days studying factoids and polishing zingers at last have the first debate behind them now. The two debates last night, hosted by Fox News and Facebook in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, were held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The 9 p.m. ET debate included the top 10 candidates in an average of recent national polls. They are Trump; Bush; Walker; Huckabee; Carson; Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Paul; Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The seven who did not make the top 10 were invited to a 5 p.m. ET debate. They are: former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Santorum; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Fiorina; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; former New York Gov. George Pataki; and Gilmore. How did the candidates do? And what’s next for them?

DOUG EVANS ("Arts Across Connecticut") Doug talked about shows that are going on in CT and on Broadway.

STEVEN KLEIN (Leadership and Productivity Expert, Workplace Culture Expert, Employment Expert) PAY GAP FLAP: THIS NEW RULE COULD REVEAL THE HUGE GAP BETWEEN CEO PAY AND WORKER PAY Thousands of public companies are likely to soon be forced to share a number many would rather keep under wraps: how much more their chief executives make than their typical rank-and-file employees. The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to finalize a long-delayed rule forcing businesses to share their "pay ratio," a simple bit of arithmetic that would cast an unprecedented spotlight on one of corporate America's thorniest debates. Once the pay-ratio rule is in place, millions of workers will know exactly how their top boss's payday compares with their own, revealing a potentially embarrassing disparity in corporate riches that many companies have long fought to keep hidden. While the average American's pay and benefits have been growing at the slowest pace in 33 years, executive wages have soared. Fifty years ago, the typical chief executive made $20 for every dollar a worker made; now, that gap is more than $300 to $1, and it's growing. The pay ratio, at the center of years of corporate arm-wrestling, could ratchet up the pressure on big companies to bring runaway executive pay under control. Boards and shareholders could use it to judge a firm's high-priced leadership, and customers could opt to shop at companies where workforce pay seems more fair. The effects could ripple far beyond the corporate suite. Disclosing the pay of a company's "median worker" - the line at which half the employees make more and half make less - could also become a human resources nightmare, exposing the raw and awkward tensions of workplaces undercut by growing pay gaps. What will this increased transparency mean to workplace culture? Will it lead to jealousy and resentment? Should salaries be a secret?

MEAGAN OCCHIOGROSSO ("Weekending in Connecticut") Events happening in CT:

  1. Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival, August 6-9 at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds, Route 85, 347 Gilead Street

  2. Lebanon Country Fair, August 7-9 at 122 MACK ROAD, LEBANON

  3. Litchfield Jazz Festival, August 7 — 9 at the Goshen Fairgrounds

  4. Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, August 8-9, In Historic Downtown Mystic

  5. Potato and Corn Festival, AUGUST 7-9, Augur Field, Rt. 22, North Branford

Dr. KELLY JAMESON (Licensed Professional Counselor and Parenting Expert) THE CURSE OF THE 'COOL KIDS -- CHILDREN WHO ARE POPULAR AT SCHOOL BECOME LOSERS LATER IN LIFE, CLAIMS STUDY Study looked at the lives of 184 US teens over a decade and found that those who were 'cool' in school more likely to have problems in later life, had higher risk of alcohol, drugs, and to have taken part in crimes. It is bad news for the rebels without a cause and mean girls. Being a 'cool kid' can come back to bite you in later life, researchers have warned. They found that teens who 'acted cool' at school were far more likely to struggle as an adult, and were at higher risk of alcohol and drugs, and more likely to have taken part in criminal activities. Overall, teens who tried to act cool in early adolescence were more likely than their peers who didn't act cool to experience a range of problems in early adulthood. 'It appears that while so-called cool teens' behavior might have been linked to early popularity, over time, these teens needed more and more extreme behaviors to try to appear cool, at least to a subgroup of other teens,' says Joseph P. Allen, Hugh P. Kelly Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, who led the study. 'So they became involved in more serious criminal behavior and alcohol and drug use as adolescence progressed. 'These previously cool teens appeared less competent--socially and otherwise--than their less cool peers by the time they reached young adulthood.' The new decade-long study, by researchers at the University of Virginia, appears in the journal Child Development. The reason cool kids are often lost at sea as adults isn't karma - this study says it's more scientific than that. Researchers found the kids who would act out in high school were much more likely to have problems with criminal behavior and addiction by the time they turned 23.
What can parents do to alter the outcome? Is your kid better off being a nerd than part of the popular party crowd?

CHRISTINA STEINBERG and HEATHER DAWES Christina and Heather chatted about the Freeman’s Fighters Golf Tournament to benefit Brain Cancer Awareness. They started the Freeman's Fighters Facebook page for Anthony to be able to keep telling his story. Anthony was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma (stage IV brain cancer) on November 11, 2013. Unfortunately, Anthony lost his fight with brain cancer.

The Tournament takes place on Friday, August 21st. To join the tournament follow the Link: Freeman Fighters Golf Tournament

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