Arts/Culture

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Millennials Are Social, Capable, And Confident (Really.)

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Let's define our term. Millennials are the generation currently between the ages of 18 and 30. They are often mocked for being soft, cosseted, narcissistic smart phone addicts. And worse. And part of the issue is that it's just fun to talk about them that way.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:12 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Food Schmooze: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

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The Needle Drop
11:33 am
Wed April 17, 2013

James Blake Shakes The Habitual

On this week's episode of The Needle Drop, we're featuring brand new tracks from TNGHT, Young Fathers, and Queens of the Stone Age. We'll also be sampling the latest full-lengths from The Knife and James Blake.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:42 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Food Schmooze: Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:55 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

The Nose: 'Accidental Racist' Ignites Controversy, Weiner's Post-Scandal Playbook

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We had a big menu of things we could talk about on The Nose this week, but there was no possibility we weren't going to tackle "Accidental Racist,' the collaboration between country star Brad Paisely and rap star LL Cool J, mainly because of all the heat and light this song as generated among journalists and critics. 

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History
3:48 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

“A NOBLE AND PRECIOUS LIFE”

A handful of maps of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, published in Philadelphia during the early 1850s, bear the name of E. M. Woodford. Edgar M. Woodford was born April 15, 1824,  in Avon, Connecticut, where his family had a farm. Self-taught as a civil engineer, Woodford became county surveyor for the County of Hartford. A nephew recalled his Uncle Edgar as “a great strapping man,” who would come “over the hills with his [surveying] instruments over his shoulder, crying for fear his work would not come out right.”

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Pope Francis and the Future of the Catholic Church

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One in 10 adults in the United States is a lapsed Catholic, according to a 2009 report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

This might change, say some religious scholars. They think that the newly appointed Pope Francis is going to bring people back to the church. He’s focusing on the poor, wearing simple vestments, washing women’s feet.  A far stretch from his predecessor.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:21 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Food Schmooze: One Pot Wonders

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From slow cooked stews to quick stir-fries to easy skillet dinners, the one-pot meal is a worldwide staple. Across continents and cultures, everyone appreciates the simplicity and fuss-free nature of a meal made in one vessel, whether it's a wok, a pot, or a casserole dish. Famed cookbook author and food authority Clifford A. Wright joins the Food Schmooze gang to present the world's favorite one-pot meals.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:08 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

On Saul Steinberg and Pianist Katya

The Faith Middleton Show
1:57 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

The Best Things You Can Eat and Novelist Ann Leary

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The Huffington Post calls Ann Leary’s new New York Times bestselling novel, “A sophisticated turn on guilty-pleasure reading that is so well-written it won't make you feel guilty after all, except maybe about reaching for that third glass of pinot noir.” Leary joins us to talk about The Good House.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Public Radio Scar Stories

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The Needle Drop
12:18 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Nostalchic Hits The Waves

This Week on The Needle Drop, we're looking into the latest releases from Lapalux and The Mary Onettes. We'll also be trying out brand new tracks from Phosphorescent, Deerhunter, , and Cold Cave.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:22 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Food Schmooze: Comfort & Spice and Cindy's Supper Club

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:39 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

The Seven Deadly Sins — Envy

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:37 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Susan Howe, Katha Pollitt, And Ayana Mathis On The Rhythm Of Language

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Today you will meet two poets and one novelist, all women, all fascinating, all appearing around here in the next three days. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:54 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Food Schmooze: The Fresh & Green Table and Lard

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Join the Food Schmooze gang for a look at… Lard! No, really. Stick with us on this one. Lard is a good, healthful cooking fat, and we’ll go over the science that says so. PLUS, a whole slew of recipes from Grit magazine’s new cookbook, Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother’s Secret Ingredient.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:37 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Samuel Arbesman on The Half-Life of Facts

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Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing. But it turns out there’s an order to the state of knowledge, an explanation for how we know what we know. Samuel Arbesman is an expert in the field of scientometrics—literally the science of science, and he’ll join us to look at The Half-Life of Facts.

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Where We Live
11:57 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Exploring X and the City

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We talk a lot about cities and urban planning on Where We Live - the way cities work, fit together, breathe and function.

But when it gets right down to it, I’m viewing the city structure from my “liberal arts” background - not using math to “crunch the numbers” about what makes a city.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:19 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Fast-Forward Family

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History
3:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Is Martha Stewart History?

With over thirty books published and millions of magazines devoured by fans eager to organize their homes, prepare delicious meals, and simply be crafty, Martha Stewart has become known as the most successful modern domestic advisor in the United States.  But domestic advice of the kind Stewart doles out in her television appearances, print, and internet publications is not something new.  Domestic advisors have long had a place in America’s kitchens and homes and have been providing women with guidance on how to manage their homes and cook appropriate meals for hundreds of years. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Nose: Run Tell Obama, George Jepsen Is Smoking Hot

Chion Wolf

Today on the Nose, we're going to talk about looks. 

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Where We Live
10:48 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Hartford Gets Folksy This Weekend

Kate Callahan is one of our favorite local folk artists. Now she’s a music festival organizer as well. This weekend, the Hartfolk Festival is taking place at the University of Saint Joseph. Musicians from throughout the area will take the stage and show us what modern folk music sounds and looks like. Performers include past Where We Live guests like Kate Callahan and String Theorie.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:56 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Politics, Burgers & Beer: April 4, 2013

WNPR's Jeff Cohen (Chion Wolf file photo)

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Exploring The Vastness Of Folk Music

Chion Wolf

What is folk music? Phillip Phillips sounds like a folk singer, but he won American Idol. Does that disqualify him? Charles Bradley is the living embodiment of the sound of James Brown, but he played the main stage at the Newport Folk Festival last year. A few years ago, Richard Thompson started covering Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again," as a folk tune, even playing part of it "in the manner of the 16th century."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

What's The Big Deal About Vocal Fry

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We'll be scrolling through many annoying modern speech mannerisms on today's show, but somehow the glowing white coal in the middle of it all is "vocal fry" -- also known as creaky voice.

It's an affectation popular among younger girls, although older actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon have used it in film roles, usually when playing, well, kind of an airhead.  

The word "annoying"  comes up a lot in reference to this.

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The Needle Drop
11:30 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Nordic Rock 'n' Roll and The Drones

This week on The Needle Drop, we're checking out some new tracks from The Mary Onettes, Mikal Cronin, and Mount Kimbie. We'll also be sampling tracks from the latest releases from KEN mode, The Drones, Kvelertak.

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History
3:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

A Night to Remember

Steam power captivated the popular imagination in the nineteenth century. Regular steam navigation on the Connecticut River dates back to the early 1820s. Hartford and New York were linked by steamers whenever the river was ice free, typically from March through November of each year.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Nose: Troubles With 'Today'

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This week two parallels drama unfolded before the eyes of the nation.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:35 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

A Brass Blast: Tubas, Trumpets, And Trombones

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Why do we have, in our studio today, a whole bunch of trumpet players, plus a trombonist, French horn player and what do you call someone who plays the tuba?  A tubist?  A tubaist? A tubista? 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

'The Art Of Making Magazines' In The Digital Age

Here are some of the magazine's I've written for: Mirabella, Men’s Health, Mademoiselle, Best Life, Verge ...

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