Arts/Culture

Remebering a Great Night
2:04 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Heart to Heart 2014

Chefs from the 2014 Heart to Heart event: Jason Truscio (Nellie Green's), Stefan Drago (The Society Room), Jeffrey Lizotte (ON20), Jason Sobocinski (Caseus), Scott Miller (Max's Oyster Bar), Brad Stabinsky (Chamard Vineyards)

On Wednesday, February 12 in the Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut, Faith Middleton and some of Connecticut’s finest culinary masterminds united for an enchanted evening of luscious foods, fine wines, live music, and dancing.

Special thanks to all of the chefs who joined Faith Middleton and to all the guests for a fantastic dinner event! We hope to see you all again in 2015!

The Faith Middleton Show
11:26 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Smithsonian: Meaning of Family Heirlooms

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From Faith Middleton: A chair… letter… diary… clock… coin… jewel… car… house… meat grinder… what makes a family heirloom have powerful meaning, even if it has little monetary value? That question will be answered when you read The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:26 am
Mon February 24, 2014

The Scramble Talks TV, Drones, and Big Changes in Sports

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards
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There's something exciting about a critic who challenges your perceptions in a compelling way. I love the movie American Hustle but when I read Willa Paskin's take-down of it in Slate, she really got me thinking. 

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Host's Diary
5:30 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Most People Are DJs, But Sometimes It's Nice If They're Not

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Last Sunday morning, I read with interest this essay by writer Beth Boyle Machlan on the joys of driving with her kids and listening to commercial radio -- the antithesis of the modern i-music experience which involves carefully choosing and curating one's own "playlists," and never subjecting oneself to anything as vulgar and top-down as listening to a whole bunch of songs picked out by other people. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:07 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Nose Wipes Its Eyes, Blames the Fame, and Explores the Radio Dial

Jim Chapdelaine is a musician, producer, composer, and recording engineer.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Last Sunday, we took a road trip into New York City, but before we left, I read Beth Boyle Machlan's New York Times essay about the joys she sometimes gets driving with her kids, and surrendering their collective eardrums to the serendipities of commercial radio. She learns some of their songs, they learn some of hers... Everybody gives up some of the fierce control we all maintain these days over what we call our "playlists."

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History
10:45 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Battling Bat Battalino: One of Hartford’s Heroes

Christopher "Bat" Battalino, born 1908. He won the world professional championship as a featherweight from Frenchman Andre Routis in September 1929 at the Velodrome in East Hartford.
The Connecticut Historical Society, Manuscript Collection

From the streets of Hartford to Madison Square Garden was a giant leap for featherweight boxer Christopher “Bat” Battalino. Born in Hartford in 1908, Battalino quit Brown School after the fifth grade to work in a tobacco factory. He got his boxing start in amateur bouts, and went all the way to the national amateur featherweight championship before turning pro when he was 21 years old.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin

Goodnight Blue Moon performed songs from their new EP, <em>A Girl I Never Met</em>
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This hour, we check back in with two musical acts that we’ve featured on the program before. Goodnight Blue Moon’s Elm City roots are evident in their music. Their new EP, A Girl I Never Met, features a song that’s based on a poem found in a Fair Haven history book. Goodnight Blue Moon join us in studio to talk about the new release and to play some music.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:40 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Book Show: February 20, 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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Honoring the Coast Guard
10:06 am
Thu February 20, 2014

New London Signs Agreement for Coast Guard Museum

An artists rendering of the planned museum in downtown New London
Credit National Coast Guard Museum Association

The City of New London's ambition to host the nation's first Coast Guard Museum took a big step forward Wednesday as officials from the city, the State of Connecticut and the Coast Guard signed a memorandum of agreement.

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Language
2:50 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

The Man Behind The Dialect Quiz

This map from the Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes shows the distribution of words used for "the thing from which you might drink water in a school." Red is water fountain (60%), green is drinking fountain (33%), blue is bubbler (3%) and yellow is other (1%).

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 4:53 pm

With just 11 days before the end of 2013, The New York Times posted a dialect quiz on its website that drew in millions of readers, making it the site’s most popular page for the year. The quiz is designed to pinpoint the quiz-taker’s exact region, based on the words he or she uses.

The graphics intern who created the mapping algorithm, Josh Katz, was hired for a full-time position and Bert Vaux, the linguist who created the data for the test, began to see an uptick in the activity on his website.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:24 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Connecticut in the Civil War

Matt Warshauer is a professor of History at Central Connecticut State University
Chion Wolf

Here's a little bit of Civil War history that seems to have started here in Connecticut. It was in this month of February in 1860 that Cassius Clay, a Kentucky planter turned anti-slavery crusader spoke in Hartford not far from where we're doing this show today. He was accompanied by a torch-bearing honor guard in capes and caps. The Hartford Courant called these young men "wide-awakes." 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:15 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Food Schmooze: Foil Packet Velvet Steamed Salmon with Razzle Dazzle Sauce

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From Faith Middleton: If you've eaten a velvety salmon and wondered how it's done, wonder no more. Now you can easily do it at home by steaming your salmon in an aluminum foil pouch in the oven. And what's more, we're providing you with what I call Lucinda's Razzle Dazzle Green Sauce to drizzle on.

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Jazz Corridor
9:15 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Myths and Music Resonate at UMass Magic Triangle Series

Saxophonist Jason Robinson.
Credit Scott Friedlander

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Magic Triangle Jazz Series at the University of Massachusetts resonates with myth, magic and improvisational prestidigitation at 8:30 pm on Thursday, February 20, as the acclaimed saxophonist/composer/scholar Jason Robinson and his Janus Ensemble explore three of his new works and adventurous pieces from his latest, celebrated recording, Tiresian Symmetry.

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Television
3:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

Jimmy Fallon took over as host of The Tonight Show on Monday. "I hope I do well," he told the audience. "I hope that you enjoy this."
Theo Wargo Getty Images for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Opening nights of new incarnations of late-night TV talk shows are good, mostly, for first impressions — or, in the case of Jay Leno, sometimes a second impression. It's not fair to make strong judgments on the content alone, because a first show always is top-heavy with ideas, special guests and nervousness. But it is fair game to judge the set, the environment, the overall mood, and how well the host fits into the history of late-night television.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:25 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Love 2.0

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Today's show previously aired on April 30, May 30, and August 29, 2013.  

We all know love matters, but today, positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson joins Faith to show us just how much. Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. Using research from her own lab, Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers. She demonstrates that our capacity for experiencing love can be measured and strengthened in ways that improve our health and longevity. Finally, she introduces us to informal and formal practices to unlock love in our lives, generate compassion, and even self-soothe.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

The Scramble "Likes" Douglas Rushkoff

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We're starting out today with a segment about "Generation-Like," the media term media theorist Douglas Rushkoff uses for the generation of Millennials  who live huge chunks of their lives on social media where they subsist on a form of metered approval.  

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Television
7:56 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Jimmy Fallon, 'Your Host ... For Now,' Takes Over 'Tonight'

Jimmy Fallon during his debut Monday as host of NBC's The Tonight Show.
Theo Wargo Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:42 am

The new guy's getting pretty good reviews.

Jimmy Fallon took over NBC's The Tonight Show on Monday night, saying he just wants "to do the best I can ... make you laugh and put a smile on your face."

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History
12:41 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

The Sweetheart’s Portrait

The Sweetheart’s Portrait. Hand-colored lithograph by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 1860s. The miniature portrait the cats are playing with probably dates from the 1830s.
The Connecticut Historical Society, 1981.122.1

In the 1860s, the Kellogg brothers of Hartford, Connecticut published a lithograph called “The Sweetheart’s Portrait.” The print was so popular that it was reissued at least once and it was also reproduced as a photograph.  It shows two fluffy white cats playing with a small oval painted portrait of a young woman attached to a ribbon and chain.  Such portraits had gone out of fashion twenty years earlier, when photography replaced painting as the primary means of portraiture.

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Presidents' Day
12:05 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

What Honest Abe's Appetite Tells Us About His Life

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, used to cook alongside his wife.
Brady Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:55 am

Most people know Abraham Lincoln for his achievements as president. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation and held the nation together through the trauma of the Civil War. His Gettysburg Address is one of the best known in American history.

But what you might not know is that Lincoln cooked.

From his childhood to his days in the White House, food played an integral part in shaping Lincoln's life, food historian Rae Katherine Eighmey tells Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon February 17, 2014

The Best Pet Care Tips

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Today's show originally aired January 27, 2014.

From Faith Middleton: 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 Protojournalist
11:13 am
Sat February 15, 2014

What We Might Learn From Snoring Weather Cats

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Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 6:11 pm

Sometimes it feels like all the fancy meteorological machinery and prognostication equipment is actually working. And that the weather folks may finally be able to predict — albeit with constant updates and countless hedge words — what the weather is going to be.

At least for the next day or so.

But is that good enough?

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Code Switch
8:16 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Love In Technicolor: Interracial Families On Television

In Parenthood, Dax Shepard plays Crosby, whose wife, Jasmine, is played by Joy Bryant. Their son is Jabbar (Tyree Brown).
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Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 7:04 pm

I Love Lucy was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. Its stars, redheaded Lucille Ball and her Cuban-American husband Desi Arnaz, became TV icons — but they almost didn't get on TV.

Kathleen Brady is the author of Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball. She says the network that wanted Ball to star in her own sitcom was not interested in her husband.

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Oysters
6:36 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

For The Love Of Oysters: How A Kiss From The Sea Evokes Passion

Lunch with oysters and wine by Frans van Mieris, 1635-1681.
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Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:58 pm

Question: Which of these foods are said to stir passion? An oyster, and avocado or a turnip? (Scroll down to the bottom for the answer.)

One of these, at least, is a gimme. The stories linking oysters and other shellfish to lust go back to at least the ancient Greeks.

Think of the image of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, rising out of the sea from the half-shell.

"There's something primal about eating oysters," says oyster-lover MJ Gimbar. He describes them as creamy and velvety. "It's like a kiss from the ocean."

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A Blog Supreme
6:09 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

After 18 Years Of Marriage And Two Children, A Couple Releases Their Debut Albums

Shamie Royston (left) and Rudy Royston, married for nearly two decades, have recently issued their own debut albums as bandleaders.
Mike Molaire/John Rogers for NPR

The basic story behind drummer Rudy Royston's first album sounds like that of many sidemen in jazz. He moved to the New York area. His talent got him into bands led by higher-profile artists like Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Ben Allison and Dave Douglas. And when it came time to document his own composing and arranging, he could rely on the network he had tapped into. Douglas issued Royston's album 303 earlier this month on his own record label, Greenleaf Music.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:57 am
Fri February 14, 2014

The Nose Questions God and Atheists; Judging the Morality of Athletes

Irene Papoulis is a principal lecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric at Trinity College
Chion Wolf WNPR

I was still digesting some of the lessons of the play "Freud's Last Session" -- a 90 minute conversation between Freud and C.S. Lewis -- when I stumbled upon Adam Gopnik's New Yorker essay about rise of polemical atheism -- that is atheism that takes an openly contemptuous tone toward faith.

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Host's Diary
9:22 am
Fri February 14, 2014

If God Exists Then (Dude) Why Did My Car Get Towed?

The Farmington River in Connecticut. A sign of God?
Credit National Park Service

I'm trying to get my panelists for today's Nose interested in this, so I have to lay out some thoughts.

I will tell this story (a) without permission and (b) quoting only to the best of my abilities. A few years ago, Bill Curry and I, and some dogs, were walking in the meadows of Avon.

Somehow, we got onto the subject of deism, and I must have said it was difficult to believe in the existence of God, given all the devastation and profound  unfairness which overspread the world every day. And Curry turned and stretched his arms out as if to encompass the landscape. He's a big guy, which enhanced the effect.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:44 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Food Schmooze: 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

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Today's show has aired on five previous dates, most recently on February 8, 2014.

From Faith Middleton: The queen of slow cooking gives us Beer-Braised Brown Sugar Brisket with Bacon, Cajun Shrimp Chowder, Artichoke Chicken Lasagna, and Thai Peanut Butter Pork Roast. Throw the ingredients in a slow-cooker in the morning, and return hours later to a house full of comforting aromas. Honestly, it's like having staff!

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:39 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Pondering Modern Love

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It's hard to improve on the poet, Rilke, who wrote, "Love consists of this, that two solitudes meet, protect, and greet each other." But did Rilke have to deal with Angry Birds and Snap Chat?

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Same as It Ever Was
8:22 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Art Exhibit Draws Inspiration From Talking Heads Song

Lisa Daly, Into the Blue Again, photograph

As a first-time curator, Stephen Grant “kind of did it maybe,” in his words, “backwards.” Rather than base his debut show on specific artists and media, Grant started with a concept, a theme.

Having read David Byrne’s part-memoir, part-textbook, How Music Works, Grant was inspired by Byrne’s own seemingly endless desire to be inspired. “I wanted to create a show that embodied that attitude,” Grant said, so he based it on and named it for a classic song from Byrne’s Talking Heads days, “Once in a Lifetime.”

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Food Schmooze: Pork Chop Heaven

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From Faith Middleton: Pork Chop Flat Bread Pizza. Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops. Slow-Cooker Pork Chop Chili. If you are a pork chop-lover, as I am, you will love Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe's cookbook, Pork Chop: 60 Recipes for Living High on the Hog

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