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Special One-Hour "Life Lessons: Understanding Paid Family Leave" on CPTV

Thursday, April 6, at 8 p.m.; Public Invited to Join Live Studio Audience

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Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), in partnership with AARP Connecticut, invite members of the community to join the studio audience for Life Lessons: Understanding Paid Family Leave on Thursday, April 6, at 8 p.m. at CPTV’s Hartford studios, located at 1049 Asylum Avenue. The event will begin with a reception at 6:45 p.m., followed by the live television event at 8 p.m., hosted by journalist Diane Smith. Encore presentations of the one-hour program will be on Monday, April 17, at 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, at 6 p.m. It can also be viewed on-demand at after the show airs.

CPTV’s Life Lessons is a new series of live television events. The programs are produced by CPTV along with valued partners who provide knowledge and expertise to help audiences find ways to make decisions, solve problems, and face a range of transformational moments in their lives.

During this episode of Life Lessons, hear from a panel of experts who will discuss how the state of Connecticut might become the fifth in the nation to implement paid family leave, and how this may affect Connecticut’s workers and their families. At some point, all workers need to take time off to care for their newborn, their family members, or themselves, but many cannot afford to miss a paycheck. Paid family leave gives them the ability to care for their loved ones, keep their job, and pay the bills.

“Connecticut is seeking to join neighboring states, who have paved the way on paid family leave, so that families are forced to choose between the family they love and the paycheck they need,” said Nora Duncan, state director, AARP Connecticut. “This town hall will prove to be an informative and lively conversation on a topic that is growing more and more awareness and support across not only Connecticut, but the country as well.”

Panelists will include:
• Catherine Bailey, Deputy Director Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund;
Chair, CT Campaign for Paid Family Leave
• Suzanne Bates, Director of Policy and Legislative Outreach, Yankee Institute for Public Policy
• Stacy Stableford, Connecticut resident impacted by lack of paid leave for caregiving

"The show's panelists bring both experiences and knowledge that shed light on the issues and solutions,” said Town Hall producer Sara Conner. “I look forward to an informative and energetic discussion not only about the opportunities a Paid Family Leave program would provide Connecticut workers but also how to make it happen."

To join the studio audience for Life Lessons: Understanding Paid Family Leave registration is required and admission is free. Register at Viewers at home are encouraged to submit questions by emailing

Life Lessons: Understanding Paid Family Leave is a CPTV Partnership Production funded by AARP Connecticut. Information about the Life Lessons series can be found at

About AARP
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