Arts/Culture

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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Music
1:40 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Sandra Boynton's Latest: Country Music for All Ages

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Connecticut resident Sandra Boynton is hard to label. She's arguably one of America's most popular children's book authors. She's an artist whose whimsical greeting cards are wildly popular. She's also a music composer who's produced five albums and been nominated for a Grammy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:39 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Food Schmooze: Faith's BLT Chicken with Grilled Buttered Cornbread

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by Faith Middleton 

Celebrate the end of summer with one of your last meals from the grill. This one's fresh and memorable, so savor every bite. I came up with what I call BLT Chicken by making a salad and adding flavors I love together—chicken, fresh corn, tomatoes and, I thought, why not? Let's butter and grill the cornbread. It has a little crispy edge that makes me swoon, caramelized and buttery on the tongue.

Listen, you're free to make the cornbread on a weekend, when there's time to do it from scratch, but feel free to use the supermarket as your prep chef. That's what my pal Jacques Pepin does; he buys supermarket stuff pre-chopped to save time. So you can buy the cornbread made, use a packaged mix, or use that time-honored family recipe. In fact, you can do so much of this on a Sunday night for Monday supper, including wash the greens, dice the scallions, make the dressing, make the corn and slice off the kernels, and cut the cherry tomatoes in half.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Junk Food TV

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Storage WarsCheaters, Hoarders — what's your favorite junk food TV? Why do we watch them, when we do? Do we test ourselves by seeing how others behave? Are reality shows for real?

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Technology
4:56 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Traffic Radar And Its Connecticut Roots

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We've all had the experience of cruising along the highway only to come upon a police cruiser nestled behind some trees with the officer holding a radar gun. Even if you're driving the speed limit, your first reaction may be to slam on the brakes.

That technology is about 70 years old, and got its start right here in Connecticut.

Pagan Kennedy recently wrote about the origins of traffic radar in the The New York Times Magazine.

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Host's Diary
2:55 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Asexuality Is Not Funny (Or Is It?)

The flag of the Asexual Awareness movement/

On The Colin McEnroe Show we have a (possibly misguided) notion that we can find at least a little bit of humor in subjects that most public radio shows would treat with utter seriousness. Not everyone agrees, and a certain percent of my negative email is from people who cannot believe that we have injected levity into something deserving only sober contemplation. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:18 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Why Museum Hopping Is the Rage

Virgil Marti, "Cemetry Gates." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.

Museum attendance is up in Connecticut, New York, and nationwide—what are people experiencing that adds to their lives? What makes something art? If you don't understand it, does that make you feel dumb? AND: A look at the groovy new 1960s hippie show at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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American Revolution
9:52 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Blood on the Hill

By 1781 it was becoming apparent to both sides that outright British victory in the American Revolution was unlikely, in part due to the commitment of French troops and other resources that would culminate in the successful Yorktown campaign in October 1781.

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Brain Sneeze
3:25 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

What was that thing on the Nose?

You probably know what apple fritters look like. (via Wikimedia Commons)

Assuming that the above does not refer to a dermatological problem, I'm guessing it might instead be one of the typical calls or emails I get every Friday from somebody who heard about something vaguely interesting on the Nose but didn't write it down. It's usually one of the endorsements. 

This the internet sensation endorsed by Theresa (who also endorsed apple fritters).

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

The Nose Outlines Its Outrage With Chappelle, Line Cutters, And Always Following The Rules

Theresa Cramer
Chion Wolf

Come on, you must be outraged about something! These are the headlines: "Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney World." "Dave Chappelle's Hate-On For Hartford Called 'Sad,' 'Asinine.'" "No Exception For Newington Veteran Being Evicted For Smoking." 

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Where We Live
10:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Just Doodle It

Constanza Segovia
Chion Wolf WNPR

    

Ever been caught doodling during a meeting a work? A boring class? You’re not alone. Did you get yelled at? “Get your head in the game! You’re distracted! You're not serious!" 

Our guest Sunni Brown, author of The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently, says doodling involves a lot of the senses... movement, sound, and visuals… and, far from being a distraction, it actually can enhance learning.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:09 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Compelling Life Of Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton.
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Michael Bolton has reinvented himself many times. A few years ago, he cut off his trademark hair.  He put out an album of opera arias and another of American Songbook Standards. But probably his biggest challenge was dealing with his image as a romantic icon so permanently rooted in the dead center of the mainstream that poking fun at him became an easy way for people who really weren't all that cool to prove they were at least cool enough to reject Michael Bolton.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Food Schmooze: Kitchen Disasters—Everybody Has Them

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It's 5 o'clock, your future in-laws are coming to dinner and… well… is the chicken really supposed to be that color? And the bread seems to be a strange sort of shape. And, hm. Is something on fire?

Today: KITCHEN DISASTERS. Award-winning author Amy Bloom and senior contributor Chris Prosperi join Faith for a live call-in edition of The Food Schmooze. We'll confess to our worst (best) horror stories, and we invite you to join the fun!

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:57 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Searching For J.D. Salinger In A New Biography

J.D. Salinger is the subject of a new documentary and book by David Shields and Shane Salerno
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If you seek parallels between J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon they're easy to find. Both were literary geniuses. Both were publicity-shunning recluses. Both men were psychosexually arrested by God knows what primal wound.

Salinger seemed able to bond only with very young women and girls. Pynchon had a pattern -- somehow linked to inability to form normal alliances --  of hijacking the wives and partners of his friends.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Time Reborn, Revisited, and Reconsidered

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What is time?

This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time. The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

On Second Thought and Tories

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Our brains are marvels, hard-wired by millions of years of evolution to boast a number of mental shortcuts, biases, and tricks that allow us to negotiate our complicated lives without overthinking every choice and decision we have to make.

Unfortunately, those ancient shortcuts don't always work to our advantage in our modern lives-when we don't also think slowly and rationally, those hard-wired habits can trip us up.

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Arts/Culture
4:02 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Nose: Dave Chappelle Reacts To Hartford, Millennials Hate Phones, & Putin Puts On Sexy Lingerie

Patty McQueen
Chion Wolf

Listen to the full podcast from today's The Colin McEnroe Show.

We have in the works, for next week, a show about J.D. Salinger, the American writer most at odds with his own greatness. 

Little did we suspect that Dave Chappelle, the comedian most at odds with his own greatness, would come to Hartford and have peculiar and very contrary experience with the audience here and create a national stir by his refusal to perform for them.

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Fairs
12:24 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Take Me to the Fair

Trivia Question: In which state, besides Connecticut, does a verified grandchild of the Charter Oak tree grow?  Missouri.  On May 3, 1904, during the Dedication Ceremony of the Connecticut State Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, a seedling from the grounds of Mr. James Holcombe was planted in front of the State Building.  That grandchild of the Charter Oak is one piece of evidence that symbolizes Connecticut’s participation in World’s Fairs from the late nineteenth century through the early twentieth century.

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Where We Live
11:25 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Sean Spellman of Quiet Life

Sean Spellman
Chion Wolf

If Sean Spellman’s life was captured in a TV show, it’d be Portlandia. He’s a bearded guy - whose rootsy, folky rock band Quiet Life tours the country in a van powered by used vegetable oil.  And yeah, they’re based in Portland.

But get beneath the surface a bit, and Spellman’s an east coast guy - raised in New London CT and the Jersey shore, he wears his complicated love for New England on his sleeve, and has a spot in is heart for Springsteen, like any good Jersey guy would.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:46 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

In A World Of Voice Overs... "In A World" Is The Tip Of The Iceberg

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Thirteen years ago, I wrote an amusing but fairly ignorant op-ed piece for The New York Times triggered by watching a planetarium movie narrated by Tom Hanks. I wrote: "I miss the days of the anonymous, nobody-special narrator. Playing next door to Mr. Hanks at the museum was a Mount Everest Imax movie narrated by Liam Neeson. Take a cab to get there, and Isaac Hayes tells you to take your stuff when you get out, and don't forget your receipt." 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:02 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Apple Lover's Cookbook and Quick-Fix Indian

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Fall is finally almost kind of here, and to celebrate we devote most of The Food Schmooze to apples. Amy Traverso returns with her book, The Apple Lovers’ Cookbook. Plus, Ruta Kahate and her Quick-Fix Indian.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Drunk Tank Pink

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Today: 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 Faith Middleton Show
4:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Where Good Ideas Come From and Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

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The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery—these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the groundbreaking ideas that push forward our lives, our society, our culture?

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March on Washington
3:40 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Two Officers, Black And White, On Walking The '63 March Beat

Joseph Burden (third row, third from right) with his graduating class at Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department training academy in 1960. Every officer on the force was required to work the day of the March on Washington.
Courtesy of Joseph Burden

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 9:58 am

For the month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech" Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capital from all over the country for the mass demonstration.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:14 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

The Nose: Chelsea Manning, Gender Identity, & Good Samaritans

News
3:37 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Prisons Ban Wally Lamb Books, Then Reverse Course

Author Wally Lamb on The Colin McEnroe Show
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 Wally Lamb, the best-selling author, advocate for female prisoners, and frequent contributor to The Colin McEnroe Show, reported last night that the Connecticut Department of Corrections had banned his book "She's Come Undone" and put "I'll Fly Away" on an "endangered list."  

Then we got this statement from the State Department of Correction less than a day after the news broke: 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:03 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Lady Gaga's Former DJ On How "Scenes" Cultivate Musical Icons

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:18 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Generation X is Middle-Aged

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Because Generation X is eternally younger than the Baby Boomers, we just assumed they’d be eternally young. But a person born in 1965 turns 50 in two more years. Generation X somehow went gliding into mid-life without the rest of us noticing.

And, Gen-X’ers would say that's pretty typical, that they’ve never been part of anyone else’s plans from the time in their childhood when their parents got divorced and went spiraling off into personal reboot mode, leaving the kids to fend for themselves.

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