Where We Live – WNPR

by Lydia Brown (John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show)

It’s been just over a year since Russian authorities arrested 30 activists aboard Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior III — a ship protesting Russia’s controversial oil rig in the Arctic. Among those arrested was the ship’s captain, Peter Willcox, a Greenpeace veteran and resident of Norwalk, Connecticut.

In October, Joe Bergantino of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting had a similar experience. Both he and his colleague, Randy Covington, were detained by Russian authorities for teaching a journalism workshop in St. Petersburg.

This hour, Joe and Peter join us to share their experiences. We look more closely at Russia’s actions and ask: What sort of message are Russian authorities trying to send the rest of the world?

Later in the program, we introduce the first installment of Topline. It’s a new biweekly series we’re doing in partnership with the Roper Center at UConn. We kick it off with a conversation about Ebola, and what its taught us about public confidence in care at local hospitals.

  • Peter Willcox – American Greenpeace activist from Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Joe Bergantino – Director and senior investigative reporter of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Timothy Snyder – Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University
  • Kathleen Weldon – Research Coordinator for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at UConn