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J.D. Salinger

Feb 19, 2011
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Will Hochman, who teaches at Southern Connecticut State University, is one of these walking encyclopedias of all things J.D. Salinger.

Mr. Salinger, of course, wrote the iconic Catcher in the Rye, and other books, then stopped communicating with the outside world in 1965.  As with any famous recluse, absence creates a sensation of interest and for him the long cat and mouse game began.

Hot Seat!

Feb 19, 2011
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Today's guest is Jackie Farrelly.  She's the Property Manager at Long Wharf Theatre, where she's been responsible for set dressing and props for over one hundred productions during her tenure. Jackie, a Connecticut native, lives in North Haven.

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Earlier this week, Bernie Madoff gave an interview to a reporter working on a book called "Wizard of Lies, Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust." Wow. Prison must be really boring if he's willing to give that writer his time.

Blue for Oceans

Feb 18, 2011
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First among all poetic virtues, according to Ezra Pound, is the heart's tone. In the poems of this debut collection, the tone of the poet's heart sounds clearly.

Set within an American family in the second half of the twentieth century, the poems move from California to New England, from boyhood to ailing parents, from a long marriage to love's dissolutions, from childbirth to children leaving home.

Remembering Fredi Washington

Feb 18, 2011
The Connecticut Historical Society. 2001.22.16.

Fredericka Carolyn "Fredi" Washington was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1903 and died in Stamford, Connecticut in 1994.  Fredi began her career as a dancer at the Cotton Club in Harlem during the 1920s.  She appeared in Black and Tan, a short film featuring Duke Ellington and his orchestra, in 1929 and went on to career in motion pictures.  She is most famous for her portrayal of Peola in Imitation of Life (1934).  Peola, a light-skinned young African-American woman, chooses to pass as white in order to escape racial discrimination. 

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I got my first glimpse at backstage Broadway when I was in the first grade.

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I started writing humor -- or trying, anyway, -- when my column launched in the Hartford Courant in 1982. 

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You are surrounded by Artificial Intelligence. It's in your smartphone, in your DVR, probably even in your refrigerator.  

Dog, Inc.

Feb 15, 2011
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What Stiff did for the dead and Fast Food Nation did for the burger, Dog, Inc. does for the stranger-than-fiction world of commercial dog cloning. 

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Bob's simple saving rules.

1. Every month pay off the balance on your credit cards.

2. By age 30 save 15% of your income.

3. Pay yourself first (save before you spend)

4. When your portfolio is twice the size of your salary, become knowledgeable about investing and pay attention to your portfolio (gain in portfolio should be equal to or greater than what you are saving.)

Earth's Return to the Drone

Feb 14, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, the band Earth revisits the world of atmospheric drones with the album Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I. We've also got a review of the new Strokes single, and new tracks from James Blake and Anamanaguchi.

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In the matter of kisses, I yield the floor to the Roman poet Catullus:

Willie Loves Jennie

Feb 14, 2011
Connecticut Historical Society

Corporal William L. “Willie” Norton, Company B, 10th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, missed his sweetheart. Jennie E. Annis was home in Buckland (Manchester), Connecticut.  Willie was fighting in the South with the Union Army. The Connecticut Historical Society recently acquired two letters written by Willie to Jennie. The first was written in March 1863 from Island St. Helena, South Carolina, and the second was written from Seabrook Island, South Carolina in July 1863.

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Chris Prosperi's Beef Barley Soup

1/2 lb. barley2 quarts water1 lb. diced beef (I used stew meat. It was cut in 1-inch cubes and I quartered it.)1 tablespoon oil2 cups diced onions1 cup diced carrot1 cup diced celery1 teaspoon paprika2 cups red wine1 quart canned beef stock1 quart water1 lb. frozen peas1/4 cup corn starch1/4 cup cold water1 teaspoon black peppersalt to taste if needed1/4 cup chopped parsley For the barley:In a 6-quart sauce pan combine water and barley and cook at a simmer about 1 hour or until soft.

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