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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.