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Hope, Heroes, and Feats Of Humanity

2021 has been a year like no other. Many of us were out of our comfort zone because of what’s happening in the world. And some people stepped out even further.

Meet some people from Connecticut who’ve done bold, brave things - including a man who went from completely paralyzed to running a gauntlet, a young person who planned her town’s first pride parade, and Hartford’s first troubadour, and flow artist.

This episode is an edited version of Connecticut Public's CUTLINE, “Hope, Heroes, and feats of humanity”! Watch the entire episode here.

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  • Greg Whitehouse was paralyzed after COVID triggered an autoimmune disease – and then ran a grueling race months later. He was joined by his wife, Sharon
  • Matthew Torres is a Paralympic swimmer from Fairfield University who won a bronze medal in the 400 meter freestyle at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. He was joined by his coach, Anthony Bruno
  • Craig Wright owns and operates Craig’s Kitchen in Rockville, CT
  • Isabella Miller created Ellington’s first pride parade in 2021. She was joined by her mother, Jenna
  • Khaiim Kelly (AKA RapOet / Self-Suffice) is Hartford’s first Troubadour
  • Lael Marie Saez (AKA Royael) is Hartford’s first Flow Artist 

Jessica Severin de Martinez, Catie Talarski, Tim Rasmussen, Julianne Varacchi, Jessica Gonnella, Maegn Boone, Kevin Kuhl, Ryan Caron King, Mike Dunphy, Meghan Lyden, Andy Heavisides, Larry Roeming, Bradley O’Connor, John Gibson, Sam Hockaday and Ed Gonsalves contributed to this show.

Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public, featuring conversations with people who have uncommon or misunderstood experiences, conditions, or professions.
Jessica Severin de Martinez is a producer for Audacious with Chion Wolf.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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