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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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:15 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

The Perils Of Inactivity

Patrick Skahill

Quick! What do Lewis Carroll and Donald Rumsfeld have in common with Virginia Woolf and Oliver Wendell Holmes? They all wrote standing up. So did Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, Victor Hugo and George Sand. So did Philip Roth, Vladimir Nabokov and Thomas Wolfe.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:16 am
Sun December 23, 2012

The Author of Saul Steinberg: A Biography, and Diane Arbus: Guggenheim Grants

Saul Steinberg: A Biography

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:14 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Appreciation

George Groutas/flickr creative commons

Two, four, six, eight. Who or what or where do you appreciate?

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:56 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Food Schmooze: Wine Recommendations from Frederick Wildman & Sons

Hafiz Issadeen/flickr creative commons

Party with us on The Food Schmooze: We've got kitchen tips for the holiday season, we'll introduce you to The Toaster Oven Lady, and Mark Raymond from Frederick Wildman & Sons drops by with a slew of recommendations: a gift wine, a champagne for celebrations, and more.

Wine Recommendations

Michel Tornino, 2010
Don David
Malbec Reserve, $16

Museum Real, 2008
Reserva, $30 

Champagne
Pol Roger Reserve, $50

Distributor
in CT: Worldwide Wines
in NY: Frederick Wildman & Sons

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:04 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Questions After Sandy Hook

Chion Wolf photo

What are the right questions to ask after the shooting? What do we do now, after the violence in Sandy Hook, CT. We can't get to the right path without asking the right questions. Is there a way to make sense of any of this, to find one path out of this? Or does it require careful thought, planning, and action across years? We begin with what are the questions for us to consider?

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:37 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Eating Mindfully

Doug Wheller/flickr creative commons

Mindful eating is not a diet. There are no menus or recipes. It is being more aware of your eating habits, the sensations you experience when you eat, and the thoughts and emotions that you have about food. It is more about how you eat than what you eat. Today, Dr. Susan Albers joins us to talk Eating Mindfully.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:16 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Bunch of Amateurs

Chion Wolf file photo

From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish’s glow-in-the-dark gene into common yogurt (all done in her kitchen using salad spinners) to a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home, Jack Hitt's Bunch of Amateurs not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America’s history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surges. Hitt is our guest.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:08 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Food Schmooze: From a Southern Oven

Lucas Cobb/flickr creative commons

No one knows Southern cooking quite like Jean Anderson. A long-time food editor and the author of such books as A Love Affair with Southern Cooking and Falling Off the Bone, her encyclopedic knowledge of Southern food makes her the perfect author for this delicious down-home collection. If it's baked and it's from the South, you'll find it in this week's Food Schmooze.

Baked Shrimp-Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:28 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Food Schmooze: From A Southern Oven

creative commons: CocteauBoy

Baked Shrimp-Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

By Jean Anderson

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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

The Faith Middleton Show
2:18 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Eating Mindfully

Randee/flickr creative commons

Mindful eating is not a diet. There are no menus or recipes. It is being more aware of your eating habits, the sensations you experience when you eat, and the thoughts and emotions that you have about food. It is more about how you eat than what you eat. Today, Dr. Susan Albers joins us to talk Eating Mindfully.

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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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A Revolutionist
10:10 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Steven Sussman, Litchfield Jazz Festival

This week, we lost Dave Brubeck.

You’ve been hearing about his music and its impact on generations.

You might know that he made his home in Connecticut and influenced many artists here.

You might not know about his work in fighting the spread of communism during the cold war. Or his work for civil rights, by leading integrated bands at a time when that was not the norm.

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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 Faith Middleton Show
12:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

The Author of Jerks in Connecticut History

Craig/flickr creative commons

A look at the notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary—if misunderstood—thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Nutmeg State. Ray Bendici's Jerks in Connecticut History reveals the dark side of some well-known and even revered characters from CT’s past—both part-time Jerks and others who were Jerks through and through. Bendici joins us.

The Faith Middleton Show
3:19 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Astrophysics and ‘Strange’ Sex

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr creative commons

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

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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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The Faith Middleton Show
5:03 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Book Show: November 29, 2012

Ginny/flickr creative commons

The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we’ll take your calls! What’re you reading? What’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Call us!

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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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