The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Friday, December 11, 2015
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BILL DUNLAP (Quinnipiac University Law School professor, who teaches courses on constitutional law, criminal law, national security law, counter terrorism law, international criminal law and international humanitarian law of armed conflict) Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said he plans to sign an executive order that would ban those on the U.S. government's "no-fly" list from buying firearms in Connecticut. The announcement comes just days after President Obama made a similar proposal on national television and immediately raised legal concerns from Second Amendment advocates and constitutional experts.

Arts Across Connecticut with DOUG EVANS Doug called in to tell us about all the shows happening locally at the Bushnell, the Palace theater and the NY stage.

BRIAN CATTELL (Financial communication adviser and partner at Cattell, Locke, Pendleton & Partners)
OVER ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS EXPECT TO DIE IN DEBT As holiday shopping swings into high gear, more Americans than ever say they doubt they will ever shed their debts, according to the latest annual debt survey by CreditCards.com. According to the poll, 21 percent of those with debt predict they will never be rid of it. That's up from 18 percent in 2014 and 9 percent in 2013 who said their debt heading into the holiday season seemed insurmountable. And yet, at the same time the poll found more people consigning themselves to endless debt, it also found a surge in people living debt-free. This year, 22 percent of those surveyed said they have no debt, compared with 14 percent a year earlier. The polling data seem to show personal debt heading two different directions. While that might seem like a contradiction, economists say the figures reveal two distinct trends in personal finance. Since the recession in 2008-09, for instance, many people have reduced their debts and adopted healthier financial habits after years of becoming overextended on credit. In the second quarter of 2015, for instance, the percentage of U.S. consumers who pay off their credit card balances every month reached a post-recession high of nearly 30 percent, according to the American Bankers Association. Yet at the same time, others struggle with job losses and high health care bills that can make their financial futures seem bleak -- especially if they are already carrying a lot of debt. For example, student loan delinquencies are on the rise, according to the Federal Reserve.

University of Hartford Basketball coaches JOHN GALLAGHER and JENNIFER RIZZOTTI LIVE IN THE TALK OF CONNECTICUT STUDIO Coach Gallagher and coach Rizzotti came in the studio to talk about the men's and women's basketball teams, how they are giving back to the community and upcoming games this weekend.

DAREN MARTIN (Workplace culture expert. He's also an author, speaker and consultant on workplace issues)
WATCH THE EGGNOG: HOW TO AVOID GETTING FIRED AFTER YOUR COMPANY HOLIDAY PARTY It's that time of year when employees begin celebrating after hours with their co-workers, managers and other work colleagues at the company holiday party. While employees are eager with anticipation for a chance to let loose at the upcoming holiday party, it's your HR and manager's biggest nightmare. As employees plot spiking the eggnog and search for the perfect Secret Santa gift, managers are anxiety-ridden with the potential workplace issues, drama and fall out that a holiday party combined with alcohol for work brings. Managers, especially your human resources department, walk on eggshells anticipating the next employee investigation, sexual harassment claim, or termination that comes with the annual office soiree. Holiday parties are fun and a chance to celebrate with co-workers and friends, and anticipate the year ahead, especially with the bull economy we are experiencing. Regardless of how secure your position is, it's important to consider any work, even if it is after hours, as an opportunity to further demonstrate your professionalism and value to the company. Holiday parties are designed to boost employee morale, but many managers and employees forget that it's a business affair and not an excuse to reenact a scene from The Hangover movies. "It doesn't matter where they hold the office party, it's still an office function," warns workplace culture expert Daren Martin. "If you act inappropriately and get fired, you'll spend the rest of December sending out resumes instead of holiday cards." How should you avoid party pitfalls?

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