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Mental Illness, Jayson Blair, and Women Composers

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Life with bipolar disorder is not easy for anyone. For a prominent psychiatrist, it has provided a very important window into how to treat others. Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison from Johns Hopkins University joins us, author of the bestselling memoir about living with bipolar disorder, An Unquiet Mind. We talk to her in advance of her appearance at Friday night's Connecticut Forum.

It’s been just over ten years since news broke of the scandal involving New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, who had been writing stories that he both fabricated and plagiarized. A new film takes us through this bizarre chapter in American journalism.

And the Women Composers Festival of Hartford is back in town, now celebrating its 14th year with a series of concerts, forums, and receptions at Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center. Women aren't nearly well enough represented in the world of composition, and the festival’s trying to change that.


  • Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison - Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the University's Mood Disorders Center
  • Samantha Grant - Director and Producer of A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times
  • Daniel Morel - Hartford-based Composer, Executive Director of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, and Festival Director of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford  
  • Andrea Clearfield - American Composer and Composer-in-Residence at the 2014 Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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