The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Monday, August 17, 2015
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 DENNY GATES - CEO of "DonateCars4Wishes

The non-profit "Donate Cars 4 Wishes" will become the official car donation program for Make-A-Wish® Connecticut when it launches on September 1, 2015. Mr. Gates came on to talk all about this.

"Donate Cars 4 Wishes" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that contributes funds from donated vehicles that are used to grant wishes to children with life-threating illnesses right here in Connecticut. "DC4W" donates a minimum of 70-percent of all proceeds to Make-A-Wish® Connecticut -- double the current donation industry standard! "DC4W’s" 2-year goal is to donate over 90 percent to charity.  "DC4W" was created to be a national model in the car donation industry. Denny Gates, who is a board member for Make-A-Wish® Connecticut, discovered that the former program “Wheels for Wishes” was only donating about 35 percent of their proceeds – half of what "DC4W" will donate to Make-A-Wish® Connecticut. He decided to create a better model with "DC4W."


ALEC STEWART - from "Eagle Insured Advisers"


Some millennials want work-life balance, while others want a place that allows creativity to flourish and chances to make an impact.  This can be problematic for some companies, since millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, making up 53.5 percent of it, according to the Pew Research Center.  If employers and employees have open communication, so both sides can come to a compromise on what they want in the workplace.  To help those business owners better understand what millennials want from their work, here are six types of jobs millennials don't particularly care for.

--A dead-end job: A new study says that about two-thirds of today's young people are afraid that their current job will lead to a dead end

--The 9-to-5 job: In fact, 72 percent of current millennial students prefer a job with a greater purpose, Forbes reported. And 71 percent of millennials even want their co-workers to be their second family, showing that they want their job to be more than just a place that pays them, Forbes reported. Rather, they want a meaningful experience from their work.

--A job with too much work, not enough life: The Washington Post 'reported that millennials want work-life balance from their jobs, especially as they struggle to balance their jobs and their families - something that older generations have had no problem doing.  In fact, millennials said they were willing to take a pay cut or move somewhere else if it meant that their job would offer them more opportunities for work-life balance.

--Corporate jobs that aren't fun: Millennials don't want to get dressed in the corporate suit and tie anytime soon. A new survey from consulting firm Accenture found that just 15 percent of 2015 graduates want to work for a large corporation.

--Any job with an employer: That's right. Millennials are more likely to work by or for themselves. Inc. magazine reported that 70 percent of millennials feel they'll work independently at some point in their careers. 

--A job that pays: Money isn't a large concern for millennials, who listed "a high-paying job" as the least important characteristic for their job in a Pew Research Center study. In fact, only 19 percent of millennial adults value a high-paying job.  Rather, millennials want jobs they enjoy, offer security and give them time off for child care and family needs.

--So, are millennials asking too much from their employers?  Should Employers mold their companies to fit the new mold? 


 BONNIE KERN - director of programs for the "International Institute of Connecticut"


Bonnie returns to chat about the recent improvements in relations between the U.S. and Cuba. What are the feelings of folks that she deals with here in Connecticut who are originally from Cuba and those with relatives still trapped in Cuba?


MARTHA ELLIOTT - author of "The Man in the Monster"

Author Martha Elliot came on to discuss her book "The Man in the Monster" which is all about the last man executed under Connecitcut's death penalty law in 2005- Michael Bruce Ross:


Last week's elimination of the death penalty in Connecticut brought back memories of MICHAEL ROSS, the last man to be executed by the state (and the only man executed by the state in the last 55 years). Ross is the subject of Martha's new book. The book follows her decade-long investigation of Michael Ross, a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between 1981 and 1984 in the state of Connecticut. In 2005 he was put to death, making his the first execution in New England since 1960. This book is about Elliott’s extensive reporting and presents an in-depth view into Ross’s life and motivations, as well as the complicated friendship they formed during the last ten years of his life. 


 Dr. DONALD BUCKLIN - Regional Medical Director for U.S. HealthWorks, and a Practicing Clinical Occupational Medicine For More Than 25 Years



New research from scientists at the University of British Columbia finds there is a gene that could be an important cause of obesity.  When scientists "silenced" the gene in mice, they saw a 50 percent reduction in unhealthy "white fat" -- the kind associated with obesity, heart disease and diabetes -- despite consuming the same foods. Mice that were bred to have higher levels of the 14-3-3zeta protein were noticeably bigger and rounder, having an average of 22 per cent more white fat when fed a high calorie diet.  This gene is found in every cell of the body and encodes the protein that controls the production and growth of fat cells.  A gene that could be an important cause of obesity has been discovered by researchers. Discovery of this direct link between a protein and fat production points the way to a possible drug therapy. Scientists theorize that by suppressing the gene or blocking the protein, they could prevent fat accumulation in people who are overweight, or are on their way to becoming so.

Is The Obesity Gene Naturally Dormant? What Lifestyle Behaviors Turn It On? How Can You Turn It Off Again? What warning signs tell you that your obesity gene is ON? How does the gene get switched on in the first place? Can you switch it back off through nutrition? Which foods feed the obesity gene? Will there soon be a pill you can take to suppress this gene? Can you reverse damage from a lifetime of obesity? What's the first step?

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