Arts/Culture

The Colin McEnroe Show
4:55 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Is It Okay That There's No Pulitzer For Fiction This Year?

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There's been a lot of talk lately about the failure of the Pulitzer board to award a prize in fiction this year, and so today we're taking an in-depth look at that. If it did nothing else, this unusual step taken by the committee got people talking in a very animated fashion about contemporary American fiction. People are trotting out their own favorites from last year and arguing about who really should get to make decisions like this one.

But one of the other questions worth asking is: What do we seek in great fiction?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:05 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Music You Need To Hear

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You could easily become what producer Patrick Skahill calls "the music nerd whom nobody talks to at parties" by spending an hour a day geeking out on podcasts.

Today -- with our music mavens Wally Lamb, Eric Danton and Joan Holliday coming in -- I was scrambling to sound just a tiny bit hipper and I stumbled across a podcast called Indie Music Sampler, which some guy does from a corner of a bedroom in a condo in -- yes -- a western suburb of Portland -- with a baby blanket tacked to the wall to reduce echo.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:19 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Bernadette Peters On Song, Sondheim & 'Smash'

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You don't always get your big questions answered. I had a bunch of arguments with people who saw  Bernadette Peters  last year in the Broadway revival of "Follies."

These people complained that Peters had disappointed them. I understand why. They wanted to hear her big sound, chest out, shoulders thrown back, all the time. And Peters decided instead to give herself to the role of Sally - a lost, confused and faded ex-showgirl.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:11 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

The Comedy of Mike Birbiglia

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Earlier this week we had the opportunity to talk to comedian Mike Birbiglia. Birbiglia will perform his latest show, "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend," in Harford Friday, May, 4, at the Bushnell. He'll also perform in Stamford on Thursday, May 3, and Northhampton, Mass. on Saturday, May 5.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:11 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Rating On A Curve - The World Of Online Reviews

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In the beginning, there was no Internet.

If you were trying to pick out a restaurant in your town, you might ... ask your friends. If you were traveling far away you could ... ask your friends. Have they ever been to that place? No? No worries ... you can buy a guide book.

But what if you were in Rotterdam, no guide book in hand, standing on a street with three restaurants on it and feeling a bit peckish?  You could read the menus in the window, but how's your Dutch?

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:06 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Food Schmooze: 1,000 Easy Recipes

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Discover restaurants, cookbooks, easy recipes and food trends with Faith and the gang on The Food Schmooze Party.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:41 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Considering Chess

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One way chess is special is that everybody knows what chess is, but a far smaller segment of the population can actually play it.

Chess is a big enough deal that the Fischer - Spassky matches held the world's attention for two months in 1972. And every few years there's a pretty good chess novel. I recommend the overlooked "Queen's Gambit" by the overlooked Walter Tevis. Somebody once called it "Rocky" for smart people.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:30 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Monaco Award Winner Michele Bell and Author Amy Bloom

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Faith Middleton talks with novelist and former therapist Amy Bloom about how interfaith couples negotiate life together. And, an award-winning Yale scientist has data showing climate change is affecting human health and mortality.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:32 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Whisk(e)y!

The Faith Middleton Show
1:58 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Robert Kreitler, Steven Heller, and Lilly Ledbetter

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Faith interviews Lilly Ledbetter, who took on the Goodyear corporation. And a financial analyst tells us what to watch for to protect and grow your assets, and what to expect from the economy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:48 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Book Show: April 6, 2012

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In a world filled with books we search out interesting reads, and soon we'll be taking calls from book clubs across our region to hear what you love, so make your lists, and stay tuned for that.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:39 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Politics, Burgers & Beer: April 5, 2012

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In this partisan world, what are the chances of getting anything substantial out of Washington in the midst of a presidential race?

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:32 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Food Schmooze: Salad Days

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A satire about Why French Women Don't Get Fat. Delicious salads for every month of the year from a salad dressing chef—who knew there was one? And useful kitchen tips and tricks.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:20 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Authors of Hot Cripple, Alone and Invisible No More, and Unprotected Texts

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Alone and Invisible No More is the true story of a new way of caring for the elderly in Maine that is cost-effective and promises humane end-of-life care. Plus, a look at what The Bible says in contradictory ways about sex and desire.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:03 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Red at TheaterWorks and You Are What You Wear

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There is a remarkable play at TheaterWorks in Hartford about the life of one of America's greatest painters, Mark Rothko, and his struggle to be heard and seen in the way he hoped to be understood. And a look at the art and psychology of fashion with Bruce Clements and a fashion psychologist.

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Embarrassing Moments and Guilty Pleasures
8:16 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 41

Cindy Papish Gerber

For the 41st meeting of our (extremely) informal "editorial board", we gathered, in the company of four *amazing* women, at Carmine's Tuscan Grill in New Haven. (Duo and I providing the "junk DNA".)

Over delicious (and healthful!) appetizers, we  talked about embarrassing moments, guilty pleasures - and choosing activities for summer vacations - with Deborah Pan, Kathy Barkin, and Anne Garland and Binnie Klein.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:49 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Carl Zimmer on Our Planet of Viruses and the Author of Rethinking Depression

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While we're obsessed with keeping germs away, our go-to science guy, Carl Zimmer, says we and the planet are covered in viruses. Which ones are harmless and which can do us in?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

British Royalty

The Colin McEnroe Show
4:32 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Is Subliminal Influence Real?

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"All media work us over completely."  So said Marshall McLuhan.

It was clear to McLuhan in the early 1960s and it's even clearer to us that engagement with fast-moving electronic media is producing changes that are hard to keep track of.

What if somebody wanted to produce certain changes in us that we weren't aware of?  What if someone wanted to persuade us without having to have a conversation with our conscious intellects?

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The Colin McEnore Show
3:22 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

The Nose: The Gated Community Ideology

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While traveling earlier this week, I was thinking about how easy it is to research almost any aspect of an experience and get an online, nearly real-time appraisal of the restaurant, hotel, shuttle service, store or tourist attraction you're dealing with. Sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor take a lot of mystery out of life (which could be a bad thing) and put a lot of control in the hands of average consumers (which could be a good thing). 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Fantasy, Reality And 'A Game Of Thrones'

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Why are we talking today about "Game of Thrones," an HBO series that begins its second season Sunday night?

The numbers alone are impressive. Three million people watched the final episode of the first season, which is a lot for a fantasy show on a cable premium channel. When you add in all the other ways to watch, it's more like 8 million sets of eyeballs per episode. The books by George R.R. Martin have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Slate's Matthew Yglesias On Why 'The Rent Is Too Damn High'

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Let's say you're married. You have a dog. Your first child is on the way, but it's 2012 and the economy's not doing so hot and you're living in your parent's basement.

You have to get out, that's for sure. So what do you do? Do you buy a house or do you buy a rental?

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:38 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

The Albert Schweitzer Institute and Dr. Ron Savin

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Why can't they cure baldness in men and women? Connecticut's Albert Schweitzer Institute is trying to save the world humanely, one village at a time. And how revered economist John Maynard Keynes would solve our fiscal crisis today.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:31 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Shirley MacLaine

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“An actor has many lives and many people within him.  I know there are lots of people inside me.  No one ever said I’m dull.” ~ Shirley MacLaine

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:10 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Food Schmooze: March 21, 2012

Jonathan McNicol

Discover the dairy and cheese bar that has eyes popping in Bantam, Ct. And learn how you can compete to have a food truck and travel the country in it for The Food Network.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:50 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Authors of The One and Find Fix Finish

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A UConn cardiologist weighs in on the statin controversy. The remarkable life of soul music performer James Brown. And, a U.S. counter terrorism expert reveals how our new policies resulted in Bin Laden's capture. Can we stay safe?

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:18 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Bell, Book & Candle On Stage in Connecticut and The Variations

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We look at the play on now in Connecticut — Bell, Book and Candle. And the novel, The Variations, about a catholic priest, is featured.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Grayson Hugh, Caroline Doctorow, And Friends

Chion Wolf

One of the many nice things about working here at WNPR is that our chief engineer Gene Amatruda actually seems to like setting up our studio for concerts. And every time Gene does it, the studio sounds a little better. I caught some of String Theorie on Where We Live last week, and I was knocked out by the sound.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:13 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Occupy New Haven, Architect Mark Simon, And "The Best Care Possible"

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Occupy New Haven protestors save the encampment on the Green for another two weeks, but not without an interesting twist. Paul Bass, from the New Haven Independent, has the story as it unfolds.

Architect Mark Simon, from the award winning architectural firm Centerbrook Architects, talks about thinking in three dimensions and how technology has changed the industry.

The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:53 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Irish Music That Doesn't Suck

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I grew up thinking I didn't like Irish music, because I thought Irish music was "Danny Boy," "Dear Old Donegal," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," and "McNamara's Band." I was well into what passes for my adult life when I started to hear both Irish traditional music -- they call it "trad" back home -- and the contemporary music that builds -- with care and respect -- on the rhythms and idioms of the old jigs and reels and ballads and songs. And I was fully in love.

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