Arts/Culture

History
12:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Pettibone Ghost

Sign for Pettibone’s Tavern, ca. 1820. This early nineteenth-century sign was completed repainted following hurricane damage in 1938. The Connecticut Historical Society, 1961.63.40

Just off Route 202 in Simsbury is the former Pettibone Tavern, a local landmark that has served travelers since 1780. Built by Jonathon Pettibone Jr., the establishment became an important stop along the Boston-to-Albany Turnpike and hosted important figures like George Washington and John Adams.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Nose Tricks AND Treats

Credit Ruth Hartnup / Flickr Creative Commons

It's Halloween, and there's a lot to be afraid of: Ebola and our increasingly confusing quarantine procedures, catcalling (Hey! Men have it tough, too!), cancelling trick-or-treating... But don't worry, it turns out that you can count on ONE thing to stay the same: Red wine on television shows.

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Costumes
6:56 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?

Dallas-area resident James Faulk turned his yard into an Ebola treatment center for Halloween. But he has a serious side: His Twitter account raises funds for Doctors Without Borders, a group active in the fight against the virus.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:53 am

People living in the United States have little to no reason to fear contracting Ebola, a deadly viral illness causing an epidemic in West Africa. Yet on Friday night, some Americans will dress up in hazmat suits akin to what health workers wear when treating an Ebola patient.

And, of course, there's even a "sexy" version.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:40 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

On ICE: Innovation, Creativity, Edge

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We love ideas, innovation, invention. On ICE we ask you to brainstorm with us about ideas, and we talk to innovative types about what's they're doing. On this edition of The Faith Middleton Show's On ICE, Dr. Eileen Cooper, a Fullbright Scholar, has written Holographic Mind, a book about training the brain to think in four dimensions.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:51 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Faith Is Honorary Chair for December 5 Trees of Hope

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The 25th Anniversary Trees of Hope Fundraising Spectacular will be aglow with gorgeously decorated Christmas trees at the New Haven Maritime Building. The festive event, chaired by WNPR's Faith Middleton, benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut.

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Metcalf on Music
11:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Deconstructing Sondheim: Careful the Things You Say

James Corden, left, and Lilla Crawford in "Into the Woods," opening December 25.
Disney Enterprises

Poignantly, the Stephen Sondheim Obsessives of this world (I consider myself a lifelong admirer but not quite an obsessive) are poring over every scrap leaking out from the Disney fortress concerning the upcoming movie version of “Into the Woods.” 

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Gene Wilder
8:44 am
Thu October 30, 2014

"Blazing Saddles," and Gene Wilder, 40 Years Later in Stamford

Superfan Ria Scalish, at left, with her husband.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

It's been 40 years since the release of the Mel Brooks' movie Blazing Saddles. I recently went to an anniversary screening and in the audience was one of the movie's stars: Gene Wilder.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ina Garten: Make the Whole Turkey Ahead of Time!

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Seriously? You can actually roast an entire turkey ahead of time and serve it hot at the table? Yes, says Ina, and she now does it often, including on Thanksgiving. Here's the thing… it's not only Ina's taste in flavor combinations and technique that always win us over—it's her knockout ideas. And they are as dazzling as ever in her new book, Make It Ahead. There's the do-ahead turkey and gravy, sides, and desserts—we'll get to those, but also ways to whip cream ahead, freeze things and pull them out, even make your own healthy peanut butter dog biscuits. (She says she's been trying to get her publishers to print that one for ages; this time she insisted.) 

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Jazz Corridor
7:57 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Guitar Wizardry Rules in New Haven; Jazzy Halloween Spirit Reigns in Torrington

Jessica Pavone, left, and Mary Halvorson.
Peter Gannushkin downtownmusic.net

Devotees of the ruggedly individualistic, inexhaustibly creative Mary Halvorson have much to celebrate and cogitate upon as the rising, young, cutting-edge guitarist presents solo explorations at 8:30 and 10:00 pm on November 7 at New Haven’s Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street.

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Entertainment
3:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, which will air its final season next year. Poehler says, "It's a privilege in television to be able to have a proper goodbye."
Colleen Hayes NBC

When comedian Amy Poehler was in her 20s, she read her boyfriend's journal and found out that he didn't think she was pretty.

"It was almost like an itch being scratched, which was, 'Aha! I knew that you didn't think I was pretty!' ... And then it was followed by a real crash because ... my ego was bruised," Poehler tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Poehler says it taught her that the earlier you figure out your "currency," the happier you'll be. For Poehler, that meant not leaning on her looks to be successful.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:24 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Connecticut Grown Tobacco

Chion Wolf WNPR

Shade tobacco came to Connecticut in 1900 from the island of Sumatra, which was beginning to dominate the world of cigar wrappers. The leaf had a light color, delicate texture, and mild flavor that cigar lovers love.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Studio Artists Call-In: What Things Inspire Your Work?

Sandy Hook Remembered, Lula Mae Blocton, 2013

From Faith Middleton: Scenes. Conversation. Politics. What inspires artists working in their studios?

Inspiration can come from the quiet of the mind, or, as we just noticed, the spark that results in art can be set off because of world events. Connecticut artist Lula Mae Blocton explains how her work on paper was inspired by events in Newtown, Connecticut.

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New Britain
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Polish Stories Project: The Family Tree of Daria Savickas

Daria Savickas with a photo of her late mom, Mary Wesoly Zurek, who served as first lieutenant nurse in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Catie Talarski WNPR

Daria Savickas's great-grandfather came to the United States from Poland in 1875 as part of the largest wave of Polish immigration to this country at the turn of the century. He worked at a hotel in Chicago, and then at a factory in Buffalo, New York. "He was a forest ranger," Savickas said. "He liked being in the forest," so he eventually returned to his homeland.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:43 am
Mon October 27, 2014

The Scramble is Scandalous

Clara Bow and Regis Toomey, 1931
Credit Rocky and Nelson / Creative Commons

Scandal is a theme today. 

One of our guests today is Anne Helen Petersen, who left academia to write full-time about celebrities and television and celebrity gossip.  One of the themes her first book, "Scandals of Classic Hollywood," is the history of Hollywood scandal so lets get my own theory out of the way. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:47 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Connecticut Farmland Trust To Honor Faith

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Celebrating her 12-year commitment to protect and preserve family farms, Connecticut Farmland Trust is holding its Annual Harvest Dinner November 8th in Faith's honor. The public is invited and the event features a cocktail party and seated wine dinner at the Old Lyme Country Club. Space is limited. For ticket information telephone (860) 247-0202 or go online.

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History
9:13 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Hair Jewelry: Remembrance That Never Dies

Brooch. 19th century.
The Connecticut Historical Society, Gift of Dorothy Filley Bidwell, 1957.18.17

The 19th century saw an explosion in the popularity of jewelry made from human hair. Because hair does not decompose after its removal from the body, it was considered a symbol of eternal life. Locks of hair were often given as tokens of friendship, love, or grief and these locks were sometimes incorporated into jewelry. In the mid-19th century, enterprising jewelry makers braided, wove, and sewed hair into such keepsakes, offering a variety of shapes and sizes.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

The Nose Didn't Get a Nose Job... Yet

Patty McQueen is a communications strategist for Communication Strategies.
Chion Wolf WNPR

"The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of human aesthetics which holds that when human features look and move almost, but not exactly, like natural human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among some human observers." (Wikipedia)

Some version of the uncanny valley phenomenon is tangled up in the national freak-out this week over actress Renee Zellweger’s post-nip & tuck coming out party. Of course, the uncanny valley usually flows in the other direction — from the artificial toward the almost-natural. Cosmetic surgery can work in reverse. We almost recognize Renee. It’s so close — but also indubitably the result of manufacture — that we are unsettled by it.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Book Show: October 23, 2014

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Faith's motto on The Book Show is: Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.

Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.

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On Stage
9:54 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Two Actors Journey Through "Annapurna" at Hartford's Theaterworks

Vasili Bogazianos and Debra Jo Rupp in "Annapurna" at Theaterworks.
Theaterworks

After 20 years apart, a woman tracks down her ex-husband, a poet living in a grungy trailer in the Colorado mountains. Their raw, funny, heartbreaking reunion unfolds in a new play called "Annapurna" by Sharr White, currently running at Theaterworks in Hartford.

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Metcalf on Music
8:11 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Curtain Finally Goes Up on "Klinghoffer"

A scene from "The Death of Klinghoffer."
The Metropolitan Opera

I am neither Jewish nor Palestinian, so I can’t claim to fully understand, much less experience, the deep feelings aroused in some hearts by the John Adams/Alice Goodman opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

The 1991 opera opened Monday night at the Met. In the months-long run-up to the opening night performance, we heard accusations and counter-accusations, most of them centering on the question of whether the opera romanticizes terrorism, and whether it is more generally anti-Semitic.

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Jazz
6:31 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities.
Jessica Hancock Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 10:26 am

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

A Salute to Hamlet

Darko Tresnjak is the Tony Award-winning Artistic Director of Hartford Stage.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Whenever I see a production of Hamlet, I am newly floored by its impact on language, no matter how many times you tell yourself that a lot of our spoken language is in this play, you're freshly assaulted by how many things people say all the time that come from Hamlet. It's crazy.

But then there are all sorts of questions about staging Hamlet. There can be, and there have been many theories about what to emphasize in the play. Themes of sex, politics, indecision, suicide, and reality testing are either brought to the fore, or pushed to the back. No matter what happens on the stage, it's a really, really good story.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:08 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

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Our Thanksgiving ideas begin with prosciutto wrapped roasted turkey and a terrific wine for around $20. Chris Prosperi made the most amazing Barolo wine beef short ribs—seriously delicious. Faith gives a recipe for acorn squash with toasted almonds, blood orange juice, olive oil, and a touch of maple syrup. And Alex Province tells us how to make The Black Cat cocktail, just in time for Halloween. 

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Jazz Corridor
8:02 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Saxophonist JD Allen Brings Luminous Bloom to the Hartford Jazz Scene

JD Allen.
Facebook

A man for all seasons, tenor saxophonist JD Allen plays ballads with warmth, beauty and truth, grooves hard in a post-bop mode or wails in a free jazz setting with passion saturated with the soulful spirituality, grace and inspired abandon recalling the power and the glory of John Coltrane.

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New Britain
1:45 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Polish Stories Project: Meet CCSU Student Krzysztof Pawlikowski

Krzysztof Pawlikowski at CCSU's Polish Studies Program archive room in the school's library.
Catie Talarski WNPR

Krzysztof Pawlikowski lives in Middletown, Connecticut, but was born in Poland in 1989. His parents won the state department visa lottery, so they traveled from their home in Zakopane to the United States in 1995. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:25 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Who Says You Can't Begin Again?

The Deadly Nightshade

Survivors do it. Children do it. Retirees do it, too—begin again despite what came before.

Look around and you will see people returning to college in later life to earn a degree. You'll find individuals choosing love after the shock of a lying spouse. And then there are the lives of children.

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The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays
5:15 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

Waverly Adcock, a sergeant and founder of the West Augusta Guard, prepares his company for inspection and battle at a Civil War re-enactment in Virginia. Sara Smith, whose great-great-grandfather was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, holds the Confederate battle flag.
Courtesy of Jesse Dukes

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:55 am

NPR continues a series of conversations from The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.

Jesse Dukes does not have Confederate ancestors. But in the time he has spent writing about Civil War re-enactors, he has met many who say they do.

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Film Festival
12:52 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Festival of Ibero American Cinema in New Haven Includes Tribute to Raul Julia

Raul Julia in "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

A showcase of the latest work by Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latino filmmakers opens Tuesday in New Haven: the New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema. There will be screenings and events featuring many of the visiting filmmakers. Everything is free and open to the public.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:56 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Tips on Animal Care: October 20, 2014

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Barking, fleas, Lyme disease, pet food, biting, housebreaking, shyness, pet insurance, animal rescue. Top flight advice from vet Dr. Todd Friedland. Don't miss his adventures with animals of all kinds.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:38 am
Mon October 20, 2014

We're Scrambling to Insert Our DNA Into MRSA

Credit Donkey Hotey / Creative Commons

Okay, I'm warning you. You're going to have to adjust the band on your thinking cap. Christian Bok, our first guest, is an experimental poet with some fascinating ideas, some of which will strike you as unfamiliar and maybe dissimilar to any other ideas you ever heard. In a nutshell, Bok is part of a small movement of thinkers and writers who want to revolutionize the way literature is produced, stored and consumed. For example, Bok has spent years trying to encode  a poem into the DNA of a bacterium able to survive extreme conditions, like vacuums.

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