Arts/Culture

Math
9:20 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Ever Wondered What's Bigger Than Infinity?

In this version of "epic maths" we'll walk you through a five-part introduction to the concept infinity. Thankfully, we have some muppets and a lot of charts to help us along the way.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons, Rainbow Lyf

Spoiler! The answer's not infinity plus one. Heck, it's not even infinity times infinity. (Yes, I'm sad to say that ad with the guy in the suit sitting with the kids is lying to you.) 

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Amistad Reparations
8:28 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Sierra Leone Spokesman Says Spain Owes Them Reparations

Spanish Slave Ship Amistad
Fabian Montojo Creative Commons

An official of the west African nation of Sierra Leone says the Spanish government should pay reparations to his country and the city of New Haven over the revolt of African captives aboard the slave ship Amistad. The remarks were made in the Elm City last week.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:05 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The Ebb & Flow Of Dada

Jeff Poole is a Connecticut artist, and curator of the Dada Art Show in Hartford, which opens this Thursday the 26th at the Pump House Gallery in Bushnell Park.
Chion Wolf

It's an art form that came out of the chaos of World War One, when times were desperate, yet the art world was still celebrating still lifes, landscapes and nudes. In protest, artists began rebelling with politically aware ironic work, making bold, sometimes vicious points with their art. Times have changed, and Dada resurfaces periodically, like in the exhibition at the Pump House in Hartford opening on the 26th.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:33 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A Key to Inner Power and Freedom

Credit Riley Kaminer/flickr creative commons

by Faith Middleton  

I learned to use a valuable tool for self-awareness at an Omega Institute workshop led by psychologist and mindfulness trainer Dr. Tara Brach. Please join us on the show to hear Dr. Brach explain a simple technique, known as RAIN, to recognize what your emotions are in any given moment, especially when thoughts and feelings are racing by. This quick, check-in method prevents us from storing up hurt, anger and frustration, or acting it out in a damaging way. 

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History
11:01 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Preserving Connecticut's Natural Beauty

Connecticut State Park Picture Plan. . Map published by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, 1929.
The Connecticut Historical Society, 2012.312.61.

 Kent Falls State Park, Kent, Conn. Postcards, ca. 1920s. Credit: The Connecticut Historical SocietyEdit | Remove Mount Tom, Bantam, Conn. Postcard, ca. 1910. Credit: The Connecticut Historical SocietyEdit | Remove

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Photo Essay
8:49 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Beyond The Borscht Belt: Life After The Catskills' Heyday Of Hotels

Justin and Victoria.
Courtesy of Bob Skinner

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:56 am

Bob Skinner is an architectural photographer by trade who photographs multimillion-dollar properties around New York. He doesn't often photograph people for his commercial work, but by his own admission, he is something of a "people person."

"I've learned that I can stand in the middle of a field with a camera and people will approach me. I'm very approachable. People say, 'You are a magnet,' and they just come up and start speaking with me."

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Author Interview
5:36 am
Sat September 21, 2013

A Road Trip Sparks An Unlikely Friendship In 'Norvelt To Nowhere'

Jack Gantos recently won the Newbery Medal, the highest award in children's literature, for his novel Dead End in Norvelt.
Anne Lower Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 11:34 am

From Norvelt to Nowhere is a book that begins in the shadow of nuclear annihilation, during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The first few paragraphs also disclose that nine elderly women in the town of Norvelt are dead by poison.

Did we mention it's a kids' book, too?

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Colin McEnroe Show
12:42 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

More on Mascots

Purdue Pete Stares Into Your Soul
ckroberts61 on Flickr Creative Commons

More on Mascots on Colin McEnroe Show

We first got interested in the people inside sports team mascots back in 2010 but that was before we knew about Kelly Frank

Kelly Frank has done time inside several major league mascot costumes and she's a very funny human being with a lot of stories to tell about the abuse heaped on mascots-- as you're about to discover. 

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Gaming
4:35 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Female Fans Love New Grand Theft Auto Despite Demeaning Content

A close view of the packaging of Grand Theft Auto V at the midnight opening at the HMV music store in London on Tuesday. It made history with a record $800 million in sales on its first day. This version continues to generate controversy over its glorification of violence, drugs and its demeaning portraits of women.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 2:02 pm

Grand Theft Auto made video game history this week: The latest version of the game had a record $800 million in sales on its first day. As with past versions, the game is generating controversy over its glorification of violence and drugs and its demeaning portrayal of women.

But around 15 percent of its fans are women, who find much to like about the game, even if they do have some ambivalence about it.

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Obituary
3:26 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Ivor Hugh, Connecticut Broadcasting Legend, Passes

Ivor Hugh at the WNPR studios in July 2013. He died last night at the age of 86.
Credit Chion Wolf

Ivor Hugh went on the air with WCCC in 1947, when the station lived in the Bond Hotel. Radio was king. There was a grand piano in his studio, and every big star who played Hartford stayed at the Bond and dropped in on his show.

That meant that Hugh, who died in his sleep last night at the age of 86, shared the mic with Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, and Eugene Ormandy. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:19 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Could Creativity Heal the Body and Mind?

Judy Sirota Rosenthal

by Faith Middleton  

Life is a difficult journey, despite its beauty, and that makes us wonder if artists are ahead of the game in using their creative expression to work through challenging times. We talk with nationally recognized artist Joy Wulke, who is now living with cancer, yet continuing to plan for her future.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:40 am
Thu September 19, 2013

A Crash Course On How Infinity Works

Credit Flickr Creative Commons, Rainbow Lyf

Infinity is weird. It's neither even nor odd. It's not a number. Really, it's just a concept we use to summarize that which we can't understand.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

A Conversation with Eric Deggans on Race & Media

Eric Deggans, the author of Race-baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, and NPR's new television critic.
Credit Chion Wolf

You can read a lot into media depictions of minorities.

Richard Pryor was  hilarious at it. One time he said he had just seen a movie called "Logan's Run." It was set in the future, and there were no black characters in it. "That means white folks ain't planning for us to be there," he said.

Media critic Eric Deggans joins us today, and one of his major theses is that extremism and division make for a bad public discourse and great television. Big media, says Deggans, thrive on division and tension, whether it's on cable news shows or reality TV.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Food Schmooze: Moist, Crispy Meatloaf Baked in a Brown Paper Bag

Credit Justin Smith/flickr creative commons

Moist, Crispy Meatloaf Baked in a Brown Paper Bag

 by Faith Middleton 

Yankee Magazine food editor Amy Traverso poured through the archives going back many decades, in search of the best vintage recipes from readers. When I spotted this recipe for brown paper bag meatloaf, I knew we had to try it. And why drag out the suspense? We loved it!

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Bark At The Moon
7:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

'True Blood' Star Joe Manganiello Brings Ferocity To 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Joe Manganiello is playing Stanley Kowalski in the Yale Rep’s Staging of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which runs Sept. 20 through Oct. 12. He spoke to WNPR's Colin McEnroe on Tuesday.
Credit Chion Wolf

He's widely recognized as Alcide from HBO's 'True Blood,' but did you know Joe Manganiello is a classically-trained actor who graduated from Carnegie Mellon? Or that he inhabited the role of Stanley Kowalski from Tennessee Williams' iconic 1947 play "A Streetcar Named Desire," multiple times before landing his gig as a tall, brown-eyed lupine?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:25 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Joe Manganiello Stars In 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Joe Manganiello is playing Stanley Kowalski in the Yale Rep’s Staging of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Chion Wolf

It just goes on and on. We're in New Haven today where the Yale Rep is getting ready to mount a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," but there's already one playing in Dublin at the Gate. There probably hasn't been one year in the last 50 when there wasn't a significant staging of this play.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:24 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

What Was, Is, and Will Be Popular

Credit Martin Fisch/flickr creative commons

by Faith Middleton

If most Americans no longer exclusively watch the same three network TV channels, which were—long ago and in a galaxy far away—a measurement of popularity, how do we calculate what's popular now? How do we figure out what's popular in any realm—movies, books, music, chefs, reality shows, sports, politics, even the candy bar world? And, if you have something to promote, how do you make what you do crazy popular in a sliced and diced digital world?

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Pageant Wars
7:37 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

A War Of Tweets Erupts Over Latest Miss America

Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant on Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 6:14 pm

Editor's note: After the crowning of Nina Davuluri as Miss America, we solicited this commentary from writer Anna John, one of the co-founders of the blog Sepia Mutiny. This post includes several embedded tweets that contain explicit language.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:15 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Who's Afraid of Gilbert and Sullivan?

Richard Vaughn is with the Simsbury Light Opera Company.
Chion Wolf

"This is worse than that time we did that Gilbert and Sullivan parody.” That was a Tina Fey line from 30 Rock, and it was a devastating punch at a similar show, Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60," in which a fictional late night comedy show attempted to wow its audience with a song about itself set to the music of "A Modern Major General." 

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:01 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Recognizing Everyday Traumas Leads to Happier Lives

Credit Aislinn Ritchie/flickr creative commons

by Faith Middleton

I'm featuring New York psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein's fascinating new book, The Trauma of Everyday Life, because it explains the big pay-off for learning to notice the small and big traumas we all experience daily in an unpredictable world. By comprehending these traumas, he says, we permit their release, which leads to less stress and a greater sense of feeling fully alive. Dr. Epstein is a Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City. He's interested in the interface of psychotherapy and Buddhist philosophy.

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Color
5:27 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Read The Rainbow: 'Roy G. Biv' Puts New Spin On Color Wheel

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:50 am

There are a lot of fascinating details hiding below the surface in the world of color. For instance, scientists once thought the average color of the entire universe was turquoise — until they recalculated and realized it was beige.

In Japan, you wait at a stoplight until it turns from red to blue, even though it's the same green color as American stoplights.

And in World War II, the British painted a whole flotilla of warships pinkish-purple so they'd blend in with the sky at dusk and confuse the Germans. That's right — pink warships.

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Hartford
3:36 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Brazilians in Connecticut Celebrate Independence Day This Weekend

Brazil Day Connecticut

Brazilian Independence Day will be observed with a big celebration this Sunday in downtown Hartford. This is the 9th annual Brazilian Day Connecticut celebration and for Ester Sanchez-Naek, the founder of Brazilian Day Connecticut, the mission is to promote Brazilian culture in the state. "They will have a little bit of Brazil here in Hartford," said Sanchez-Naek. "We are a unique people, and the Festival reflects that."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Nose Goes Shirtless

Mellini Kantayya, author of "Actor. Writer. Whatever"
Chion Wolf

This week's New York City primaries featured a an intern-groper, a Scrabble harasser, a hooker user and, of course, a Weiner tweeter. And guess what? All of them lost!   

And a continent away, the Filner Headlocker got out of the mayor's office too.

So does that mean that pervy politicians are experiencing a temporary lull? We talk about that  on The Nose, our weekly culture roundtable.

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Pangea
1:24 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A Most Delightful Map

Courtesy of Massimo Pietrobon

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:07 pm

Think about this: You wake up in New York City, decide to go for a stroll, head east after breakfast, and a short time later, still on foot, you find yourself in Morocco. Three hundred million years ago, you could have done that! There was no civilization back then, no cities, no countries, no people, but the land was there, so take a look at this map.

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Where We Live
12:42 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

What's In A Name?

Credit kaatjevevoort / Flickr Creative Commons

Just last week, a Tennessee judge ruled that the parents of a baby boy they named “Messiah,” must change his name to Martin.

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History
11:36 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Disaster at Cold Harbor

Corporal Thomas Fox, Co. B, Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery. Photograph by Beers & Mansfield, New Haven, 1864.. Fox holds the Second’s regimental flag. Though the unit originally consisted primarily of Litchfield County men, Fox hailed from Norwich.
Connecticut Historical Society

Connecticut’s response to the firing on Fort Sumter and Lincoln’s call for three-month volunteer troops was immediate and significant. Throughout the state, men of military age enlisted for what most people thought was going to be simply a show of strength that would dissuade southerners from supporting secession.

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Host's Diary
5:01 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Twilight of the Pervs? Or Just a Setback?

Weiner, via WikiMedia Commons

Maybe it’s unfair to tar them all with the same brush, but much is being made of the way New York City Democrats turned their backs on a quartet of politicians who had sex scandals sticking to them like toiler paper to a shoe. We’re talking about this right now, as we get ready for this week’s Nose, a Friday cultural roundtable.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Tipping the Scales Away From Tipping

Billy Grant, chef-owner of Grant's Restaurant and Restaurant in West Hartford, and Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury
Chion Wolf

You may eat out a lot, but do you really have tipping figured out?

Or do you stress about whether you left the right amount?

Would you be happier with an 18 percent service charge added on and no obligation to tip?

These are the shifting restaurant rules we'll talk about today.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:10 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Book Show: September 12, 2013

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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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:06 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

For Roommates, Unexpected Challenges, and Joys

Susan Salisbury is director of residential life at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Credit Chion Wolf

A roommate will  either get on your last nerve or change your life for the better. In my freshman year, I was assigned to live with two football players, one of whom dropped out at Christmas. I roomed with the other, Ken Jennings, for three years. He was African-American, from right outside D.C. and much more of a straight arrow than I was in those days. 

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