The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Thursday, October 15, 2015
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GREG BORDONARO (Editor of the Hartford Business Journal) Greg chatted about a piece in the HBJ criticizing recent budget cuts by Governor Dannel Malloy. He'll also touch on a new Quinnipiac University poll showing the governor's approval rating down to just 32%! How is all this affecting the business climate here in Connecticut?

HOLLY SIGNORELLI, CPA (Known as "The "Money Therapist." She's the author of "Do You Know Where Your Money Is?") COLLEGE DAZE: HOW SURGING STUDENT DEBT IS AFFECTING LIVES It's no secret, the cost of higher education doesn't often make the grade. "You go to college, you pick up a little debt and you're told when you get out, you get a job, it's not a problem. Once you get out and find you're in the situation, it's a little harder to pay off," Zach Lewis said. Zach graduated from college back in 2014, and like most job market newbies, he was having a hard time landing that dream gig, "Once you finally graduate and hit the six month mark, you get your first bill in the mail. That's when it really sinks in." Yeah, the $60,000 price tag for that desired degree had Lewis just scraping by. In fact, according to studentdebt.org, the total student debt in the U.S. is $1.2 trillion. "Most of the people who have that debt are middle class, and they don't make enough money to pay it. It's like having the worst credit card ever," said financial expert Holly Signorelli. "You can not walk away from student loan debt, it will follow you forever." While not paying down some of that debt isn't the recommended route for grads, Signorelli says there are other options, like going to a less expensive community college before hitting a big time university. The soaring cost of college and the amount of debt students are taking on raises the question "Is college still worth it?" The answer may depend on how much you're borrowing and how long it will take to pay off.

TONY RENO (Yale University head football coach_ Coach Reno previewed Yale's next game -- Saturday on the "Talk of Connecticut" -- as the Bulldogs head north to Orono, Maine, to take on the University of Maine Black Bears. Yale is now 3-and-1 after a road loss last weekend at Dartmouth.

ADAM VON GOOTKIN (A successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Connecticut based Onyx Moonshine, a multimillion-dollar, award-winning spirit distillery.) (Website: www.onyxmoonshine.com) Adam’s ancestors were in the moonshine business in the 1800’s, until they were arrested for tax evasion on a shipment of moonshine bound for Canada. Today, the family’s moonshine legacy is alive and well...and legal! Adam’s new book is "Living Proof: Onyx Moonshine’s Journey to Revive the American Spirit."

Dr. MOHAMMAD ZARE, M.D. (Family physician at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) FLU SHOTs Flu-related hospitalizations peaked last year however, scientists are hopeful this year's recipe of vaccinations is more effective. Even if it doesn't keep a person from getting sick, the vaccine can still reduce the severity of influenza symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot each year. It can be effective 50 to 70 percent of the time, when matched well to the type of flu strains circulating each year. Last year, a specific variation of the H3N2 influenza strain proved most prevalent - one that researchers did not expect. Researchers always include one H3N2 strain in every flu shot. But each flu strain varies and changes every year, and researchers must always make their best guess when matching new vaccines to the virus. Why haven't you gotten that flu shot yet? - They're available and a great way to protect yourself from influenza.

BILLY BLANKS Jr. (A certified professional known for designing feel good fitness programs that make working out fun, Billy is hailed as the face for the new generation of fitness by Lionsgate, ABC, IDEA World Fitness and YouTube's "Be Fit Channel." His company, Dance It Out, which made history on “Shark Tank,” is becoming the fastest growing fitness-based dance program in America, Japan and beyond. Billy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, MTV, VH1, FOX, So You Think You Can Dance, E!, Entertainment Tonight, Style Network and more. Billy has also danced in music videos with celebrities, such as Paula Abdul, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Babyface and others. His credits include TV appearances on “American Dreams” with Alicia Keys and “The Tonight Show,” among many others.) Health and wellness businesses successfully launched on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank” will highlight the 4th Annual Stamford Hospital Health Wellness & Sports Expo, October 17 and 18, 2015, at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford. The Shark Tank Health Zone, a special new attraction of Expo 2015, will feature dance fitness sensation Billy Blanks Jr., creator and director of "Dance It Out," along with "Nuts ‘N More," the first high protein spread and "First Defense Nasal Screens," the first non-inserted, hypo-allergenic, self-adhering nasal filter, and more!

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