Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company, Connecticutâ€™s first nuclear power plant, began commercial operation, in Haddam Neck, on January 1, 1968. It was a time of high expectations for the economic potential of peaceful nuclear energy. An enthusiastic 1962 article in the Hartford Courant, titled â€śAtoms Now Power Homes,â€ť predicted that nuclear power would soon compete with coal and oil. New Englandâ€™s first station, Yankee Rowe, had begun operation in Massachusetts in 1961.
Today on the Nose, we'll discuss one of those eruptions that happen in the digital world -- a frenzy of discussion and expressions of outrage over an essay on the site xojane, by a writer who tried to describe her reactions, as a skinny white woman, to the way she thought a heavyset back woman was reacting to her in yoga class.
"This song is about unrequited love - loving someone that just won't be able to give it back to you," said Goodnight Blue Moon's Erik Elligers. He's talking about a song off his band's new EPÂ A Girl I Never MetÂ called "Baby"Â and it's a song that has special meaning for us at WNPR.
This hour, we check back in with two musical acts that weâ€™ve featured on the program before. Goodnight Blue Moonâ€™s Elm City roots are evident in their music. Their new EP is called, A Girl I Never MetÂ and it features a song thatâ€™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.
We're also be joined by another Connecticut musician: Daphne Lee Martin. Her upcoming album Frost is a follow-up to last yearâ€™s Moxie,Â which we featured on the show last year. Daphne joins us to talk about Frost and to catch up on her success since she last joined us.
An opera written by a Jewish composer while in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II will be performed this weekend in Connecticut.Â In an egregious bit of Nazi Propaganda, the concentration camp known as Theresienstadt was falsely presented to the world as a model Jewish settlement.
For fans of world music, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo needs no introduction.
The group has been singing a capella together for 50 years, brought together by Joseph Shabalala, a young farmhand turned factory worker from the town of Ladysmith. He had a dream of tight vocal harmonies and messages of peace.
That dream developed, and the band came to the attention of Paul Simon, who had it record "Homeless" on his album Graceland. It introduced the group to the world.
Imagine a day without adjunct faculty. Many colleges and universities would effectively shut down. Â Somewhere between 70-75% of the academic workforce in higher education is not tenured or on track for tenure. Most of those people fall into the category of adjunct.Â
The South African a capella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo willÂ be in Connecticut this weekend.Â The group began performing over 50 years ago during the period of apartheid, and became a worldwide sensation after performing on Paul Simonâ€™s landmarkÂ GracelandÂ album in theÂ 1980s.Â
From Faith Middleton:Â As we can see from a recent Planet Money story on NPR, millions of people are quitting their jobs each month, and Janet Yellen of The Fed thinks this is a good sign. She says if people are quitting in high numbers, that signals they're sure better jobs are available. In other words, a strong signal for the economy.
It was the 1980s and I was a busy musician in New York City. Mine was an eclectic musical life as both a violinist and singer. One day I was seated in a chamber orchestra playing classical violin, the next I was gigging on my electric fiddle and singing back-up in a folk/Latin band.
One day, Mike, the leader of a folk band I played with, called to say that he and I were going to drive Pete Seeger to a music festival in Washington, D.C.
From Faith Middleton: This is insanely delicious, I thought, taking my third bite of Giada's chicken cacciatore. There are a few steps involved, but not too many, and they are worth the time it takes because each step layers flavor.
Without a doubt, this is the richest and best cacciatore I have ever had, and it's easily tweaked if you're not a caper fan, or you need skinless, boneless chicken. The recipe can be doubled, tripled, depending on the size of your party, and will benefit from being made ahead, allowing the flavors to become even more powerful. (And allowing you to enjoy the game.)
While jazz is the great American art form, it has long been graced by the welcome presence of many gifted practitioners from around the world, a sign of its universal appeal and global evolution into the hippest kind of Esperanto: a universal musical language understood by all.
From Faith Middleton:Â The "doyenne of civility," Judith Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners, has decided that the fast-changing modern workplace could use some tips on what is and is not okay. And she delivers it in her characteristic dry, witty way, in the book she has co-authored with her son, Nicholas Ivor Martinâ€”Miss Manners Minds Your Business.
Led by Harry Potter, the last 20 years have unleashed a new wave of enthusiasm for the fantasy side Â of magic. But, we've also seen an undeniable re-engagement with stage magic. In 2006 alone, there were two movies about magicians, "The Â Prestige" and "The Illusionist."Â
It's Monday. That means our show is The Scramble, where we make a lot of decisions on a last minute basis. We asked our super guest, Marc Tracy of The New Republic, to pick three topics about which Colin would quickly get up to speed.Â
From Faith Middleton:Â 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.
Duke Ellington is one of the pivotal figures in jazz. He was a pianist, composer and bandleader whose impact lasted well beyond his death. Terry Teachout joins us in studio to talk about his new book,Â Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington. Weâ€™ll also talk to local musicians about Ellingtonâ€™s musical influence on their work.
Musician Clarence Clearwater, like so many Navajos, has moved off the reservation for work. He performs on the Grand Canyon Railway, the lone Indian among dozens of cowboys and train robbers entertaining tourists.
"I always tell people I'm there to temper the cowboys," says Clearwater. "I'm there to give people the knowledge that there was more of the West than just cowboys."
French dance music producers Daft Punk won Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and Record of the Year for their hit "Get Lucky" at the 56th annual Grammy awards on Sunday night. In a ceremony heavy on collaborative performances (Robin Thicke with Chicago, Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons and Metallica with Lang Lang were a few of the more random pairings) and light on surprise, no single artist dominated.
As part of a new series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click and people leap forward into their careers.
For about a decade, Bobby Moynihan lived a double life. By day, Moynihan says, he tended bar at a Pizzeria Uno in New York. By night, he performed improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
But he says he always had one dream: to join the cast of Saturday Night Live.
Snow covered the ground and the temperature hovered at zero degrees on the morning of January 24, 1925. Businesses were closedâ€”or planned to open lateâ€”as crowds gathered on hilltops and rooftops throughout Connecticut. Special trains brought visitors from Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts and scientists from around the country joined colleagues at Yale, Wesleyan, and Trinity. The sun had come up as normal, but about 8:30 am it began to grow dark again, as the moon passed between the earth and the sun.
On the outskirts of London, in a basement room of the British National Archives, a historian delicately turns pages that have the brittle feel of dead leaves. Each is covered in text â€” some typewritten, some in spidery handwriting from a pen that scratched across the page 100 years ago.
"Saturday, the 26th of September, 1914," reads one. "The most ghastly day of my life. And yet one of my proudest, because my regiment did its job and held on against heavy odds."
Next Monday marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Next week in Woodbridge and Madison, there will be twoÂ screenings of the film "Nickyâ€™s Family,"Â a Czech documentary that tells the nearly-forgotten story of Sir Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who organized the rescue of 669 children just before start of World War II.Â