Arts/Culture

The Colin McEnroe Show
10:11 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Eating 69 Hot Dogs in Ten Minutes is a Piece of Cake

Joey Chestnut holds the current world record for hotdog eating at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championships. He ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
Credit Michael / Flickr Creative Commons

Competitive eating has grown far beyond the popular event at local fairs where winners won blue ribbons for eating the most pies.

Today, it's a global sport with its own league, dedicated fans, and professional competitors who train to eat more food than seems humanly possible. Major League Eating, the sports governing body, is largely responsible for the change. Public relations executives Richard and George Shea professionalized the sport, attracting larger crowds every year for more than a decade. This July 4,  Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Championships, the Olympics of competitive eating, drew 40,000 fans to the Coney Island contest.

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The Food Schmooze
10:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Basil and Grilled Peaches

Credit Mike McCune/flickr creative commons

Every shrimp gets a leaf of fresh basil and together they're wrapped in a slice of prosciutto and grilled; the outside gets crispy, and the shrimp is succulent. The flavor trio of basil against sweet shrimp and salty prosciutto is fantastic. Sprinkle a little sugar on fresh peach halves before grilling and you get caramelized beauties to go with your prosciutto-wrapped shrimp and basil. We adore this dish, it's so easy, and you can prep it before your guests arrive. No grill? No worries! The whole thing can be done in a cast-iron skillet indoors.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Great Ideas Including Free Lunch at the Library

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This hour: a call-in on great ideas past, present, and future. Tell us about things in technology, psychology, science, education, art, culture, and design that rank as great ideas. If it's not invented yet, tell us what you dream of—you never know who's listening. The world is filled with great ideas; it's fun and interesting to notice them. Many more are on the way from Apple and others.

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Comics
2:06 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Odin's Beard! Marvel Announces A New Thor — And She's A Woman

The new Thor.
Marvel

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:47 pm

The Mighty Thor, the Son of Odin, the God of Thunder, the comic book god with the hammer is a woman.

Not quite — but here's the tweet announcing the new Thor:

"No longer is the classic Thunder God able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, and a brand new female hero will emerge worthy of the name THOR," Marvel said in a statement.

The new Thor will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman.

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Religion
12:58 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Church Of England Will Allow Women To Serve As Bishops

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, shown here in Kenya last October, supported the decision to ordain women as bishops.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 1:44 pm

The Church of England voted Monday to ordain women as bishops.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the church's spiritual leader, said before the vote that the public would find it "almost incomprehensible" if the church's General Synod did not approve the change.

A similar proposal was narrowly defeated in 2012. A revised proposal had been put to a vote and approved in 43 of the church's 44 dioceses, according to the BBC.

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Voicemail Project
12:31 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story

Marc Dodge's mother bought this 1980 Vermont Teddy Bear Fireman for his father after he retired as a fire chief. It stayed with his parents until they both died, and now resides on his bed.

The Colin McEnroe Show is working on a show all about stuffed animals: the history of being attached, or developing a sentiment towards an object that comforts; the business of building them, and the awesome stories people have about their precious squishy toys.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:57 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Drunk Tank Pink

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This hour: the way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:30 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Death, Sex, and Money with Anna Sale

Anna Sale is the host and managing editor of the podcast, "Death, Sex and Money."
Chion Wolf WNPR

I'm excited about today's Scramble. WNYC podcaster Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex & Money, is our superguest, which means she gets to pick three topics for her conversation with me.

Her choices are LeBron James and the notion of going home, a new Jenny Lewis song about a ticking biological clock, and the long agonizing death of the husband of NPR broadcaster, Diane Rehm. At least on paper, that's a perfect combination for the Scramble.

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King of Parody
10:45 am
Mon July 14, 2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube

"Weird Al" Yankovic's latest album, Mandatory Fun, comes out July 15.
Robert Trachtenberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

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History
11:38 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Scandal in the Beecher Family

The Beecher Family. Photograph by Rodgers based on an original by Mathew Brady, 1860s. The family was split on the question of Henry Ward Beecher’s guilt or innocence.
Mathew Brady, 1860s. The Connecticut Historical Society, 2014.100.15.

The story reads like a soap opera. In 1870, Theodore Tilton accused his wife of being unfaithful to him with the popular preacher Henry Ward Beecher, and Elizabeth Tilton confessed. After her confession, she spoke with the Reverend Beecher and said that she hoped the confession would help to mend her relationship with her husband by restoring trust. Beecher implored her to take back her confession and restore his good name. Elizabeth retracted her confession, but after speaking with her husband a second time, she retracted her retraction the very same night.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Emojis Make The Nose :)

Rebecca Castellani, a scholar of modern literature.
Chion Wolf WNPR

It's time for our cultural roundtable, The Nose! Insert smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes. With 250 new emoji coming to a phone near you, we think it's time to give these tiny additions to our written language a face with stuck-out tongue and winking eye. Don't go all Hear No Evil Monkey on us!

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Celebrate the Goodness of Ordinary People

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Celebrate someone you know, even a stranger who offered some kindness. Was a nurse or doctor there for you, a teacher, a neighbor, your mate, or a friend? Today we pay tribute and remember the goodness of ordinary people.

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Emmy Nominations
11:56 am
Thu July 10, 2014

HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were unveiled Thursday by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly. Big winners included HBO, for Game of Thrones, and Netflix, for Orange Is the New Black.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 12:06 pm

Cable network HBO has received 99 nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards, running its streak as the network with the most Emmy nods to 14 years. HBO's Game of Thrones got 19 nominations, one ahead of the FX miniseries Fargo.

NPR's Neda Ulaby reports for our Newscast unit:

"HBO also got nominated for its movie The Normal Heart, for its drama True Detective and, in a surprise, for its comedy Silicon Valley.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Is Boston Fit to Carry the Olympic Torch?

2012 London Olympics.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Creative Commons

We’ve spent a lot of time considering whether it’s a good idea to build a new minor league ballpark in Hartford to lure a team up the road from New Britain.  

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Bluegrass Music
8:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

The Rosenthals Bring Their Bluegrass Fusion to the Elm City

Jazz trumpeter Daniel Rosenthal and his father, roots-music master Phil Rosenthal.
David Leifer The Rosenthals

Roots-music master Phil Rosenthal and his son, jazz trumpeter Daniel Rosenthal, gave a unique concert on Wednesday night in New Haven.

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Musical Theatre
6:21 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Curtain Up: “Gypsy” Opens at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre

Leslie Uggams as Rose in a production of "Gypsy" at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Leslie Uggams stars as Rose in a production of "Gypsy" opening Thursday night at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the professional producing arm of the drama department at the University of Connecticut. 

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Jazz Corridor
10:57 am
Wed July 9, 2014

How Litchfield Jazz Festival's Vita West Muir Transformed a Dream Into a Crown Jewel

Vita West Muir.
Litchfield Performing Arts

Maybe what accounts for Vita West Muir’s stunning success with founding and leading the celebrated Litchfield Jazz Festival since 1996 is the way she was taught by her Jesuit professors to think in a clear, cool, logical manner while she was majoring in biology and philosophy at Fordham University.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:08 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Grilled Salmon Is Magic with Peach-Jalapeño Salsa

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On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze: Ariston's Pizza-Flavored Olive Oil, and how farmers' markets are booming right now, including the full-service North End weekly market in Hartford. Cook corn on the cob in your microwave, and don't miss a recipe for mouth-watering, no-bake chocolate mousse pie. Make your salmon fantastic with a simple recipe for fresh peach-jalapeño salsa.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities

Mark Oppenheimer is an author, and writes the biweekly “Beliefs” column for The New York Times and contributes to many publications including The Atlantic, The Nation, and This American Life.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Maybe Holden Caulfield was onto something when he ranted about "phoniness." This June, Michael Sharpe  resigned as CEO of FUSE, a Hartford-based charter school management company, when it came to light that he was not, in fact, a doctor, as his biography might have you believe.

That got us thinking about faking it: Why do people commit resume fraud? What is with our obsession with titles? What happens when someone adopts a whole new identity?

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:11 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Celebrate the Pleasure of Summer Living

Credit Jesslee Cuizon/flickr creative commons

Since the days are speeding by we thought, hey, let's celebrate summer. What is it about this season that is worth noticing, that makes us happier? Breezes, food, gardens, friends, sex, parties, swim, seersucker, the new and tradition. Celebrate summer with us.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The Design of Workspaces Past, Present, and Future

Tony Amenta.
Chion Wolf WNPR

From the nineteenth century “counting house” to the modern-day cubicle, the layout of our workspaces has undergone some pretty radical changes over the years.

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History
8:38 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The Pride of Hartford

Engine No. 1, Clapp & Jones fitted with gas-electric tractor. Photograph, 1914.
Horace B. Clark Collection Connecticut Historical Society

The largest artifact in the collections of the Connecticut Historical Society is a nine-ton fire engine. When the Clapp & Jones steam pumper was first purchased by the Hartford Fire Department, it was drawn by three big fire horses. In 1914, when the fire department was becoming motorized, the old pumper was fitted with a gas-electric tractor, prolonging its working life. It saw service in major Hartford fires for more than four decades.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Philippe Petit's "Perfect Crime"

High Wire artist Philippe Petit.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Philippe Petit made his walk between the towers of the World Trade Center 40 years ago. He stayed up on that wire for 45 minutes, made 8 passes between the towers, got down on his knees, and he even laid down on it! But it's more than that one feat - it was a placeholder for a much broader philosophy of risk and creativity, and evidence of who the man really is.

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The Colin McCenroe Show
11:27 am
Mon July 7, 2014

It's Not Easy to Find a Good Comedy at the Movies These Days

Credit Bernt Rostad / Creative Commons

I'm pretty sure that in the summer of 1992, somebody tried to tell me about Monty Python's Flying Circus. I didn't get it, and there weren't that many chances to  break in as a Python fan. Their actual television show didn't begin airing on public TV in America until October of 1974. Then, in the space of about two years, they changed the face of American comedy. 

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Beyond The Microphone
8:01 am
Sat July 5, 2014

The Letter That Kicked Off A Radio Career

When NPR's Tamara Keith was 15 years old, she embarked on a letter-writing campaign that set her career in motion.
Courtesy Keith Family

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 11:36 am

The letter started like this:

Dear Mr. Simon,

Hi, I am a 15 year old high school senior, and I need help.
You see, my fondest desire (right after being an MTV VeeJay Chick) is to be a reporter for NPR. I really need some career advice. Living in a town where 80% of the population have four legs and udders and the high school a nationally recognized milk tasting team, I need some outside help.

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Light and Sound
5:48 am
Sat July 5, 2014

The Art of Fireworks Displays

Fireworks by Grucci at the Sir Sidney Poitier bridge renaming ceremony
Fireworks by Grucci

Wet weather in the forecast prompted some Connecticut towns to postpone their fireworks displays. Among them is the town of Westport, which moved its event to July 7.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:33 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How Personality Shapes Our Lives

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Respected researcher and psychologist John Mayer says we can become the best version of ourselves by building our “personal intelligence” to understand ourselves and perceive what makes others tick.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Nose Got Blown Off By an Errant Roman Candle

Elizabeth Keifer is a professor of English at Tunxis Community College
Chion Wolf

This hour, we lead off with a quick discussion of a term floated on Fox News this week. "Beyonce voters," according to one commentator, are single women who depend on the government because they don't have a husband. You know, just like Beyonce.

Is he for real or a democratic plant? He does get one thing right. The New York Times reports that "the decline of marriage in this last generation has created an emerging bloc of unmarried women that  is profoundly reshaping the American electorate."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

This Trailer Show is Rated G for Great

Kevin O'Toole is a member of the Culture Dogs, a show on WWUH on Sunday Evenings.

This hour, we talk about movie trailers. Maybe you wonder what a movie critic thinks of them. Actually, critics don't see as many as you do because they often go to special screenings.

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Jazz Corridor
1:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hartford’s Bushnell Park Alive with the Sound of Jazz

Monday Night Jazz at Bushnell Park
David Newman photobynewman.com

Hartford assumes its traditional summer role as the Connecticut state capital of free, high quality, mega-outdoor jazz festivals this month as Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park and The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz camp down once again on their scenic stomping grounds on the city’s historic Bushnell Park.

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