Arts and Culture


Illustrator Norman Rockwell was 16 years old when Mark Twain died, and while the two artists never met, they do share some fundamental similarities.  Now, the illustrator and writer will share an exhibit at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.  American Storytellers: Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain opens today.  We're joined by Mark Twain House Chief Curator, Patti Philippon.

In Her Wake

Mar 11, 2011

Over one million people in the world commit suicide every year leaving millions more bereft.  

Harvard psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport, author of the memoir In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide, was haunted for most of her life by her mother's suicide at the age of 34 that left her, and her five siblings, motherless.  Her mom left a suicide note and a grocery list when she killed herself in 1963 - the author was just for years old.

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We have oceans of information at our disposal, yet we increasingly seek knowledge in online headlines glimpsed on the run. We are networked as never before, but we connect with friends and family via e-mail and fleeting face-to-face moments that are rescheduled and interrupted a dozen times. Despite our wondrous technologies and scientific advances, we are nurturing a culture of diffusion, fragmentation, and detachment.

Murder in Forest Hills With Janet Malcolm

Mar 11, 2011
Nina Subin

The legendary journalist Janet Malcolm, author of The Journalist and the Murderer and many other books, joins Mark Oppenheimer, Brian Francis Slattery, and Binnie Klein to talk about her new book, Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial.

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In Liz Canner's documentary "Orgasm, Inc.," officials from one drug company admit that they were drawn heavily into the hunt for a female orgasm pill because of an incorrect press report that suggested they already had one.


Mar 10, 2011

In this book, Anneli Rufus identifies an intriguing aspect of our culture: Many of us are stuck. Be it in the wrong relationship, career, or town, or just with bad habits we can't seem to quit, we even say we want to make a change, but . . . Merging interviews, personal anecdotes, and cultural criticism, Stuck is a wise and passionate exploration of the dreams we hold dearest for ourselves-and the road to actually achieving them.

A never-before-told World War II story of Jewish soldiers on a dangerous mission within the Third Reich—a tale of adventure, espionage, love, and revenge.

Southern Doom, German Electro, Canadian Pop

Mar 10, 2011

This week on the Needle Drop, we visit North Carolina's filthiest metal band: Weedeater. We'll also be hearing new cuts from Desolate and Lykke Li; plus, new albums from the Rural Alberta Advantage and Siriusmo.


Chion Wolf

I'm not even sure the comedy sub-species "impressionist" really exists any more.

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Remember Ted Williams, the man with the golden voice?

Tech Talk

Mar 8, 2011
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It's Tech Talk time, featuring the guys from Digital Saviors in Simsbury. We'll tell you about tablet devices, computers, viruses, and apps. Whether you're a techie or new to the whole thing, don't miss our discussion of what's out there and what you need to know about it, including the new iPad 2, just unveiled.

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The Essex Winter Series's goal is to bring the finest music, in live performance, to the Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline Region during the winter months and to cultivate its appreciation to the widest audience.

National Geographic

Could it be true?!  The lost city of Atlantis has been found!  Well, not yet, but a University of Hartford archeologist is on the case.

Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Mar 7, 2011
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From the bestselling author of Kennedy Weddings and Diana and Jackie comes a powerful and moving collection of the condolence letters Jacqueline Kennedy received after the assassination of John F. Kennedy

In the weeks and months following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy received more than one million letters. The impact of President Kennedy’s death was so immense that people from every station in life wrote to her, sharing their feelings of sympathy, sorrow, and hope. 

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Pets on Wheels of Connecticut believes that no one should be denied their own pet. They make a difference one pet and one person at a time.