Arts/Culture

The Faith Middleton Show
10:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Authors of Self Comes to Mind and Winged Obsession

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One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas, and rhinos on the black market. In this cutthroat $200 million business, no one was more successful—or posed a greater ecological danger—than Yoshi Kojima. Jessica Speart’s Winged Obsession covers the pursuit of the world’s most notorious butterfly smuggler. Speart is our guest.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:36 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Blake Bailey and David Margolick on How to Write a Biography

Flickr Creative Commons, shutterhacks

Today we'll talk about the art of biography. When you think about it, it's a strange thing for a writer to do. Spending years learning every detail of another human's life.

Do biographers ever get sick of their subjects? Do they rue the day they decided to immerse themselves in another person's life? Or do they get infatuated?

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What We're Watching
3:30 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Woman Behind 'Orange Is The New Black'

Promotional image from the new Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black." (Netflix)

Netflix’s new original series “Orange Is the New Black” is based on the life of Piper Kerman, a Smith graduate and self-described WASP who must go to prison for 13 months when her past catches up with her.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Justin Townes Earle, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Meagan Beauchemin for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:44 pm

Justin Townes Earle has marinated in outlaw country music his whole life: The son of Steve Earle, named for the legendary Townes Van Zandt, was born to be an iconoclast.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Shovels & Rope, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Meagan Beauchemin NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:39 pm

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have spent the last decade or so singing sweetly, rowdily anthemic folk-country music together, most recently under the name Shovels & Rope. But the South Carolina husband-and-wife duo has only recently begun to take off on a national scale, thanks to a string of fantastically stirring live performances and a fi

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Art & Design
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas

As a black, female artist in the 1960s, Ringgold says there were "a lot of people trying to get in my way and keep me from doing what I was doing." Above, a 1965 self portrait.
Jim Frank On loan from Elizabeth A. Sackler

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:31 pm

Artist Faith Ringgold is best known for what she calls her story quilts — large canvases made in the 1980s, on which she painted scenes of African-American life: sunbathing on a tar roof, a mother and her children, a quilting bee. She frames the canvases in strips of quilted fabric, carrying out an old African, and African-American quilt-making tradition.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington is showing an earlier aspect of Ringgold's art: big, strong, vivid paintings from the 1960s that reflect the violence and social upheaval of that time.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

The Milk Carton Kids, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:41 pm

When they perform onstage as The Milk Carton Kids, Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale are half Simon & Garfunkel, half Smothers Brothers: Their melancholic harmonies intertwine beautifully, while their playful, deadpan banter is worth the price of admission on its own.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Hurray For The Riff Raff, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Hurray For The Riff Raff performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Meagan Beauchemin NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:10 pm

The New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff exists as a vehicle for the powerhouse songs of singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, whose gigantic voice conveys the grit of bluesy soul while still fitting within the realms of rootsy folk and country. The group just followed its dynamite 2012 album Look Out Mama with a Kickstarter-funded collection of covers (and two originals) called My Dearest Darkest Neighbor.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

John McCauley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:37 pm

In the hands of John McCauley — who initially founded the group Deer Tick as a solo project — playing rowdy, free-wheeling rock 'n' roll is a feat free of self-importance.

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All Songs Considered
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Newport Folk Festival 2013: Day One In Photos

Dancing in the rain at Newport.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 10:04 am

It always rains at least one day at the Newport Folk Festival, and because Newport started a whole day earlier this year, we got the downpour out of the way first. But that didn't stop folks from dancing and singing along to The Mountain Goats, JD McPherson, Blake Mills and many more.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Phosphorescent, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Phosphorescent performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:04 am

  • Hear The Full Set: Phosphorescent At Newport

Raised in Alabama and based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck makes moody, searching, raggedly pretty music that reflects the sounds of both his respective homes. But there's also a wise, homesick weariness to Houck's voice that transcends time and place: Listen at just the right time, and a Phosphorescent record feels like a warm conversation with a friend who understands loneliness.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Hey Marseilles, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:36 pm

The Seattle septet Hey Marseilles makes some of the most good-natured chamber-pop music around, led by the unmistakably kind voice of Matt Bishop. Naturally, given the band's size, Hey Marseilles gets to make the most of a wide array of warm sounds, from cello and viola to horns and accordions, but those ingredients are all wisely wrapped around songwriting that exudes sweet, hooky sunshine.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:30 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

JD McPherson, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:35 pm

JD McPherson provides a refreshing reminder that retro roots music isn't timid: His debut album, Signs & Signifiers, synthesizes blues and rockabilly and old-school rock 'n' roll with an unmistakable punk spirit. Throughout the record, he finds the delicate balance between a classic, traditionalist sound and the understanding that the styles he's emulating are rooted in rebellion, menace and even danger.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:30 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Kingsley Flood, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:34 pm

The Boston band Kingsley Flood has spent the last few years polishing, refining and expanding its folk-rock sound, in the process incorporating horns, more strings and ever-brighter production. The sextet sounds more confident than ever on its new album, Battles, which continues to explore some of Kingsley Flood's favorite subject matter: the balance of hopes and dreams, expectations and the everyday.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Nose: Weiner's Digital Infidelity and Why We Love to Boycott

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I find it difficult to think about the mess currently embroiling Anthony Weiner without also thinking about Virginia Johnson, who died this week at 88. She was one half of Masters and Johnson, the research and writing duo who opened up sex as a discussable topic.

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History
2:09 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Liberian Independence Day

On July 26, 1847, a group of settlers in a small colony on the west coast of Africa issued a Declaration of Independence, creating the independent Republic of Liberia, with a constitution based on the political principles of the United States.  Many of these former African-Americans were freed slaves; others were free blacks who had left the United States seeking greater opportunities for themselves and their children.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:26 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Life & Times Of Broadcast Legend Ivor Hugh

Ivor Hugh.
Credit Chion Wolf

Let me tell you, in the bluntest possible manner, why we're doing a show with Ivor Hugh today.

Last year, I had the idea of doing a show that would have been a gathering of some of the voices from the era when radio was king. One of the names in my head was Ivor's. The other one was my friend and former colleague Arnold Dean. Arnold started in radio within a year of  Ivor; and, like almost everybody doing radio in the 1950s, both men then dabbled in the early days of television, because the early tv talent was radio talent.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:09 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Life and Times of Broadcast Legend Ivor Hugh

Chion Wolf

Let me tell you, in the bluntest possible manner, why we're doing a show with Ivor Hugh today.

Last year, I had the idea of doing a show that would have been a gathering of some of the voices from the era when radio was king. One of the names in my head was Ivor's. The other one was my friend and former colleague Arnold Dean. Arnold started in radio within a year of  Ivor; and, like almost everybody doing radio in the 1950s, both men then dabbled in the early days of television, because the early TV talent was radio talent.

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Retail
8:59 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Traveling Vintage: Boutique on Wheels Opens in Connecticut

Jillian Lyons

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Arts/Culture
4:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

In The Mood For Some New Summer Music?

Pokey LaFarge
Glenn Hall

Been searching for that new band? Or a cool summer song you can blast while driving on I-84 with your windows down? Well, we got your back ...

Today, The Colin McEnroe Show welcomed their seasonal panel of music mavens. Their picks were good. Like really good. If you asked me to name a couple of my favorites, I'd suggest Jason Isbell (who will play at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford on Sunday, Aug. 4), Colorway (a band from Northampton), and the fantastic psych-rock 12 string guitar on "Shelter Song" by Temples, a UK-based quartet.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:11 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Summer Songs 2013 With Wally, Joan, And Eric!

Wally Lamb, Joan Holliday, Eric Danton.
Credit Chion Wolf

You know who needs this show today?

Me.

I'm having a musically starved summer, at least in terms of modern recorded music. I've made it out to some live shows, but I really have no idea what's being released these days.

I can sum up my relation to music his summer in the following way: I was going to order the new Laura Marling CD, but I didn't. That's it. Meanwhile to force myself to do bicycle training runs every night, I've been playing an obscure 1978 Todd Rundgren song called "Determination." Sad, really.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Summer Songs 2013 With Wally, Joan, And Eric!

Chion Wolf

You know who needs this show today? Me. I'm having a musically starved summer, at least in terms of modern recorded music. I've made it out to some live shows, but I really have no idea what's being released these days.

I can sum up my relation to music his summer in the following way: I was going to order the new Laura Marling CD, but I didn't. That's it. Meanwhile to force myself to do bicycle training runs every night, I've been playing an obscure 1978 Todd Rundgren song called "Determination."  Sad, really.

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The Future
4:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Can You Trust A Robot? Let's Find Out

While Hollywood has firmly planted the idea in our minds that robots may very well turn out to be evil, academic research into dangerous interactions between humans and robots has only just begun.
The Halcyon Company The Halcyon Company

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 4:47 pm

When they come — and they are coming — will the robots we deploy into human culture be capable of evil? Well, perhaps "evil" is too strong a word. Will they be capable of inflicting harm on human beings in ways that go beyond their programing?

While this may seem like a question for the next installment of The Terminator franchise (or The Matrix or whatever, pick your favorite), it's a serious question in robotics and it's being taken up by researchers now.

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Where We Live
1:53 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Changing Face of Fathers

Sunsetme on Flickr Creative Commons

Today, we’re talking about the changing face of fatherhood.

While the birth of most children don’t get as much attention as the arrival of the royal baby, many of us already know what Prince William has yet to learn, this is just the start.

Of course, he’ll have a little help raising his young son--something a lot of dads don’t have. A recent series of reports from the Pew Center on Social and Demographic Trends say that in the United States, single father households are rising.

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Arts/Culture
5:21 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

In Praise Of Haiku

Haiku by Stanford Forrester.
Credit Chion Wolf - Filtered Through Instagram

It all started last March.  Emily Caswell, who was then working at the front desk here in the Dankosky Building, sent an email to all employees about a pair of glasses found in the parking lot.

I wrote a haiku:

doesn’t it look fine
seeing the world in a blur
without these glasses?

Two weeks later, Emily sent us all an email about a gray men's belt found in the parking lot.
So I wrote:

As gray as the sky,
As gray as UFO men,
This belt, found in March.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:02 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

In Praise of Haiku

Chion Wolf, filtered through Instagram

It all started last March.  Emily Caswell, who was then working at the front desk here in the Dankosky Building, sent an email to all employees about a pair of glasses found in the parking lot.

I wrote a haiku:

doesn’t it look fine
seeing the world in a blur
without these glasses?

Two weeks later, Emily sent us all an email about a gray men's belt found in the parking lot.
So I wrote:

As gray as the sky,
As gray as UFO men,
This belt, found in March.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Astrophysics and "Strange" Sex

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr creative commons

The world’s most popular astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, joins us. Plus a look at Secret Sex Lives, Suzy Spencer’s year on the fringes of American sexuality.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:55 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Food Schmooze: Off the Menu and the Intolerant Gourmet

Arnold Gatilao/flickr creative commons

At every restaurant, for every lunch and dinner service, there’s a staff meal. We’ll talk to Marissa Guggiana about Off the Menu, her cookbook of staff meals from small plates to multi-course extravaganzas. Plus, glorious recipes without gluten or lactose from The Intolerant Gourmet.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:52 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Fast-Forward Family

Barbara Wells/flickr creative commons

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:44 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Authors of Speaking for Spot and Made for Each Other

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