Arts/Culture

Where We Live
10:16 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Ralph Nader on the Seventeen Solutions

Chion Wolf

Ralph Nader’s book “The Seventeen Traditions” was a postcard to his hometown - and the one where I now make my home - Winsted, CT. He wrote about small-town life and the lessons he learned in his father’s restaurant, in the local library, in the nearby woods.

His newest book builds on these traditions and presents “The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for our American Future.”

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Where We Live
11:04 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Connecticut Eccentricities Revisited

Chion Wolf

Today we revisit our show on Connecticut eccentricities, looking into all the nooks and crannies that make the state unique. We’ll answer burning questions like: What’s the real story behind the name “Nutmeg State”? What do you call yourself if you’re from Connecticut? We’ll talk about whether every town in CT really has a Prospect Street.

What makes your town unique or puzzling? What local history is important about where you live? What makes you proud to be in your part of Connecticut? 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

The Comeback Of Pipe Smoking

Art Collection
8:22 am
Tue December 11, 2012

So Much To See, So Little Time!

Diane Orson

Wednesday marks the grand opening of the Yale University Art Gallery, following its 14-year renovation.  

Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds is our guide. Time is short and with more than 200,000 objects in the museum’s collection we’re warned that its going to be a whirlwind tour. 

"You see here a great display of things from Mayan and Aztec cultures."

There’s a figure carved from manatee bone, colorful textiles and ceramics from Mexico and Costa Rica. I could spend all afternoon here, but gotta move on.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:30 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

David Edelstein Looks Back On The Year In Movies

Chion Wolf

America's greatest living film critic David Edelstein comes to our studios today for a discussion of current films and, inevitably, the experience of seeing a film here in 2012.

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Connecticut Museums
10:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Expanded Yale Art Gallery To Open This Week

Diane Orson

A newly renovated and expanded Yale University Art Gallery opens this week.  

"Look around you right now and you can see wonderful work by Sol LeWitt, David Smith.."  Yale Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds stands in the Louis Kahn building on Chapel Street in New Haven.

The 1953 modernist structure has been connected to two adjacent buildings, the Old Yale Gallery and Street Hall.  The 135 million dollar renovation project virtually doubles the size of the museum.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:31 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The Nose: An Elf On The Shelf Is Watching You

Flickr Creative Commons, jondejong

One of our themes today is the iron fist in the velvet glove. Or maybe, sometimes, it's the other way around.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

The Science & History Of The Christmas Story

Ralph and Jenny, Flickr Creative Commons

How much of the Christmas story is true?

Most scholars will tell you the December 25th date has much more to do with pagan festivals of the early Christian era. If you want people to celebrate something, pick a date when they're already celebrating.

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Where We Live
10:06 am
Thu December 6, 2012

History of New Haven: Register, Lincoln and a Bit of Music

New Haven Register

The Hartford Courant is - famously - the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US.  But the New Haven Register has its long and storied history.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the paper - and today, where we live, we’ll talk about the history of the Register, and the city it covers.

From the early days of the paper, to the Amistad case, from Abraham Lincoln’s election, to his death, and the role of New Haven’s longest-running institution, Yale University in the city’s history.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

"Still Revolutionary" & Connecticut's War-Filled Past

Wikipedia

Do people care about their own history?

Movie box office reports would suggest that they care about vampires approximately three times as much as they care about Lincoln and the end of slavery. Most people in Connecticut, I'm convinced, know almost nothing about the history of Connecticut and can only be persuaded to care by great exertions -- such as the one we're about to make.

But writer Robert Sullivan offers a novel approach. If you really want to connect with history, figure out where it happened, and go there, and have your own adventures.

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Repairs & Contracts
6:14 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Connecticut Science Center Still Litigating Faulty Roof

It's been about three years since the the Connecticut Science Center sued some of the contractors who built it, looking to recoup some of the money it lost from a faulty roof. Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the science center has resolved some -- but not all -- of those claims.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:42 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Scent of a Celebrity: Tracking An Exploding Perfume Market

Flickr Creative Commons, eivindtjohei

Back in the 1990s, radio personality Don Imus met Hillary Clinton in person, during a time when his relationship with the Clintons was problematic. On his show, Imus spoke quite sincerely about how good the First Lady smelled. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Fake News: A Lens on Satire

Comedy Central

I grew up in an era when the "political humorist" was a segregated specialty. 

Mort Sahl, Pat Paulsen, Mark Russell. These guys weren't part of the pack of regular comedians. It was the humor equivalent of a semi-obscure edical specialty. One saw them only occasionally. Like your dentist. Maybe twice a year. 

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Independent Filmmakers in Connecticut

Chion Wolf

The Sundance Film Festival just announced this year’s lineup - and it’s a record year for women. Eight of the sixteen films are directed by women, the most in the festivals 33 year history - the first time the entries have been split between male and female directors. So maybe females in the industry are making strides, but it’s still a hard road for independents of any gender.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:07 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Nose: The 'Life Of Pi,' SCOTUS On Gay Marriage, & Endorsements

Wikimedia Commons

We're going to be talking about Life of Pi on the Nose today, but let me get my two cents in ahead of time.

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Where We Live
11:39 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Front Street Slowly Coming To Life

Heather Brandon

We’ve been a bit hard on the Front Street Project in Hartford. It was a key piece of the Adriaen's Landing revitalization plan in the city, which was cooked up by former governor John Rowland in an era when he promised to get the New England Patriots to come to town. Remember that? Yeah, it was before he pled to corruption charges, went to prison and subsequently turned up on a commercial radio station complaining about big government spending projects. The irony’s not lost here.

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Where We Live
11:29 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Neri Oxman

Esquire

John Dankosky gets to talk to a lot of smart people...really smart people.  But he doesn’t think he's ever done anything like he's about to do Saturday night.  Dankosky is hosting a Connecticut Forum panel called “Vision and Brilliance” with super-popular Astrophysicist Neil De Grasse Tyson, cult-hero novelist and comic-book superstar Neil Gaiman, and Neri Oxman.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:34 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele

Chion Wolf WNPR

The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:33 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Why The Media Needs To Do A Better Job

Flickr Creative Commons, danxoneil

What didn't get covered as a full-blown campaign issue in 2012?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:59 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Life As A Little Person

Chion Wolf

One very interesting and encouraging movement in modern life is the one that lures us away from conversations about normality and abnormality and toward ideas of diversity. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

The Science & Psychology Of Lucid Dreaming

The Grinch of dreaming is J. Allan Hobson.

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Where We Live
11:31 am
Mon November 26, 2012

What's In A Short Story?

Phil Moore (Flickr Creative Commons)

We’ve talked on this show about the decline of the book - about how new technology and shorter attention spans make it harder for fiction writers to get their stories out in the “traditional” way - and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Here’s one thing we do know - this new world could mean good news for the writers of short stories.

Today, we’ll explore this form - that used to have a home in dozens of magazines and journals before TV and movies began to dominate the ‘story’ landscape.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Kids' Music Adults Will Love

Flickr Creative Commons, richkidsunite

A good kids' song is sometimes just a good song.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:46 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Instagram The World: What Cell Phone Photography Says About Us

pellesten, Flickr Creative Commons

Here is Instagram by the numbers:

The number you're mostly likely to know is $1 billion, which is what Facebook paid to buy Instagram, a photo-sharing phone application.

Instagram has 30 million registered users.

Those users have uploaded over 1 billion photos.

The current rate is 5 million photos per day.

Instagram users click "like"  575 times per second.

During storm Sandy, Instagram users uploaded storm related pictures at a rate of ten per second.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Paul Winter: A Jazz Pioneer Influenced By 'The Greater Symphony Of The Earth'

Chion Wolf

If you know Paul Winter, you're most likely to know him as the musician who -- more than anyone else -- fused jazz and environmentalism, with a long series of recordings celebrating nature and lamenting extinction. He has come to be known most of all for his Solstice concerts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:29 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Nose: Twinkies May Go Bye-Bye - So Don't Be A Sore Loser

Flickr Creative Commons, Christian Cable

On this critical day in the life of American pseudo-food, I am again reminded if a tour I took in the 1980s with Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith. We visited in a Hostess factory in the Greater Boston area. We saw Twinkies being made.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:03 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

What Is Now?

Flickr Creative Commons, Robert S. Donovan

OK, this is potentially one of our weirder shows. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Witch Trials & Vampire Hearts: Connecticut's Superstitious Past

Brian Barnett

Salem, Massachusetts gets all the notoriety, but Connecticut's prosecution of so-called witches started earlier and may have been more fierce.

In “The Witchcraft Delusion in Connecticut 1647-1697,” John M. Taylor lists thirty-five cases between 1647 and 1697.

There were at least 11 documented executions in Connecticut. The usual explanation is some combination of strong religious beliefs and a long string of hardships like epidemics, floods, and clashes with Native Americans.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:34 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

I Love My Robot!

jurvetson

In the book "Love and Sex With Robots, writer David Levy lays out the case that: "love with robots will be as normal as love with other humans, while the number of sexual acts and lovemaking positions commonly practiced between humans will be extended, as robots teach more than is in all of the world’s published sex manuals combined.”

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Where We Live
12:45 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Interfaith Understanding

Chion Wolf

Compromise, cooperation, conversation - these are the topics in Washington after the election. But we’ll see how long that lasts.

Can the world of politics learn from the world of religion?

Hartford Seminary is one of the leading spaces for multifaith education - and this weekend, they celebrate a new chair in Abrahamic partnerships that is meant to enhance the Seminary’s role in bringing those of  the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths together.

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