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3:53 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The WNPR Voicemail Project: Share Your Haiku

Illustration by J. Holt / Flickr Creative Commons

WNPR has an experimental radio project and we want you to get involved. The idea is simple - we provide a theme, you call our hotline and tell a story. 

The theme: a work-related haiku!

On July 22, Colin McEnroe is doing a show all about the haiku, and we want you to write one inspired by the work YOU do. Call up our voicemail number and leave us a message with your haiku: 860-580-9677.

Haiku is unrhymed, syllabic poetry - three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

How Correspondence Provides A Window Into The Past, Present, & Future Of Literature

Flickr Creative Commons, shutthacks

Today we're exploring the past present and future of literature, and we're using the notion of correspondence as a throughline. 

We start with Daniel Mendelsohn who began, at age 15, writing letters to novelist Mary Renault.

 The letters, recounted in a recent New Yorker essay, spanned years and half a continent and form a stately gavotte about gay identity, the Graeco Roman world and the writer's life.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

The Vast World Of Video Games

JD Hancock on Flickr: Creative Commons.

Highly publicized mass killings are usually done by young men.

And when reporters and investigators start nosing around, they often find that the young man in question played video games.

 But that's because almost all young men play video games.

 In fact, video games are a little bit like guns: there are so many of them out there already that it might make more sense to talk about how to live with them than about getting rid of certain kinds of them.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:36 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

The Nose: Oscar Noms, A Trillion Dollar Coin, & Endorsements

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Here are the topics we'll be talking about on The Nose today.

 

First, the onset of the Awards Season, which seems to coordinate somehow with the onset of flu season. The Oscar nominations are out. The Golden Globes are handed out on Sunday, and there lots of other awards rattling around right now, many of them with the word "choice" in their names.

  The movie awards are a little more meaty this year because three or four of the big films drag controversies along behind them.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Bringing Back Boy Bands

The Monkees were the first group to exhibit all or most of the qualities we now associate with the term "boy band." They were assembled through auditions. They had a set of visual styles imposed on them. They were incredibly popular with tweenaged girls. They were plagued by the accusation that there was less to them than meets the eye. That last accusation was false, by the way.

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Where We Live
12:07 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

The Wonderful World of Tinkering

Breakfast for Dinner/Sinclair Lewis (Flickr Creative Commons)

What do Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Steve Wozniack, and the Wright Brothers have in common?

They’re tinkerers, of course.

Yes, tinkering isn’t just something that your uncle does on the weekends. As author Alec Foege says, tinkerers help make America great.

Today, the word tinkering can refer to any number of things. From fixing up old cars, to designing things with 3D printers, tinkerers are using the tools at their disposal to make even better tools, gadgets, and items that many of us take for granted.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:18 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Sharon Salzberg on Faith

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In her book Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg offers discerning wisdom on understanding faith as a healing quality. Through the teachings of Buddha and insight gained from her lifelong spiritual quest, she provides a road map for cultivating a feeling of peace that can be practiced by anyone of any tradition. Salzberg joins us live for the full hour.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:31 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Food Schmooze: Authors of Bite Me and Pig

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Pork every which way, from the book Pig. Plus two sisters create inventive dinner party recipes explained in their book, Bite Me.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:05 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Authors of The End of Country and Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:03 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Authors of Turning the Tide and Daughters of the Declaration

paiting by Willy Stöwer (1864–1931)/Wikimedia Commons

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:47 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Authors Of The Practicing Mind, Clarence Darrow, Plus An Inside Look At Choate Rosemary Hall

creative commons: Michael Coghlan

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life - Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process

In those times when we want to acquire a new skill or face a formidable challenge we hope to overcome, what we need most are patience, focus, and discipline, traits that seem elusive or difficult to maintain. In this enticing and practical book, Thomas Sterner demonstrates how to learn skills for any aspect of life, from golfing to business to parenting, by learning to love the process.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:35 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

The Nose: Reviewing A Week In Profanity

Chion Wolf

It's been a noisy week in Lake Profanity. The Speaker of the House told the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate to "go eff himself." Twice.

Glamour magazine ran, on its cover, the s-word with one letter asterisked out -- a practice writer Steve Rushin refers to as "obscene hangman."  And the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a police officer cannot arrest you simply for giving him the finger.

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The Butterfly Effect
10:20 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Butterfly Art to Make a Fossil Fuel Statement in New Haven

WalkBikeTransit New Haven

The winter streets of New Haven will get a little more colorful in January. Thousands of hand-made butterflies will be dispersed throughout the city in a massive outdoor art installation, and the public is being asked to get involved.

WNPR's Ray Hardman spoke recently with Chris Schweitzer from WalkBikeTransit New Haven, the organization sponsoring the butterfly art installation project. Chris is program director for the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project.

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Sweet Valentine
3:32 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hilton Valentine Keeps Skiffle Going Strong

Guitarist Hilton Valentine became famous as a member of the British invasion group The Animals. Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Valentine now lives in Connecticut, and performs this Saturday night at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.

WNPR's Ray Hardman caught up recently with Hilton Valentine, and Jeff Walls, guitarist and producer of Valentine's latest album, a collection of originals, early rock and roll, and British skiffle music. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Connecticut Spies Not Named Nathan Hale

Flickr Creative Commons, Dave Newman (newmanchu)

When you say "spy from Connecticut" Nathan Hale pops up on everybody's mental radar.

But there are a lot of other, darker stories, and the idea for this show began when our intern Nina Earnest stumbled on the tale of a Russian transplanted to the small town of Thompson, Conn., but possibly involved in clandestine operations.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:26 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Authors of New and Who Are We?

The Faith Middleton Show
5:24 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices

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If you've ever read a book on an e-reader, unleashed your inner rock star playing Guitar Hero, built a robot with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a vehicle with child-safe air bags, then you've experienced first hand just a few of the astounding innovations that have come out of the MIT Media Lab over the past 25 years. We'll look at the transformative innovations that these digital magicians have up their sleeves for the coming years with Frank Moss, author of The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:56 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Authors of The Wave, Plastic Ocean, and Beyond the Blue Horizon

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The Wave. Water waves. Not lazy surf lapping at your toes along the beach. Colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves; scientists scrambling to understand the phenomenon; and extreme surfers seeking the ultimate challenge. Susan Casey’s account follows the exploits of boarders conquering suicidally large, 70- and 80-foot waves and the physicists trying to grapple with the destructive powers of 1,740-foot waves off the coast of Alaska and tsunamis in the Pacific. Casey is our guest.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:40 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Bishop John Shelby Spong

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As a follow up to our very popular 2010 show, Bishop John Shelby Spong returns for the full hour. For two hundred years, scholars have been analyzing one of the most important books ever written—the Bible—and overturning much of what we once thought we knew. Everyday Christians, however, are not privy to this deeper conversation. Bishop Spong's Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World takes readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:39 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

2012: Curating A Totes Superstorm Of Amazeballs Language

Today, two guests who chronicle shifts in spoken and written English will discuss new words and usages arising in 2012 and doubtless slipping over to 2013.

But first, allow me to mention a few of my own linguistic beefs. Have you noticed how everything is curated these days? We need to stop and have a conversation about what is and isn't the work of a curator.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:39 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Food Schmooze: Fireplace Cooking, Plus the Authors of Time for Dinner

Mark Mitchell/flickr creative commons

It happens to all of us. we get so busy we throw together meals without thinking about health consequences. How to cook fast and healthfully on The Food Schmooze.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Nose: Romantic Comedies & How 'Jerry Seinfeld Intends To Die Standing Up'

Flickr Creative Commons, david_shankbone

A romantic comedy about a substitute teacher recently discharged from a mental hospital after eight months of not necessarily complete treatment for bipolar disorder.  His potential object of affection? A woman whose own experience of psychic trauma has led her into a spree of promiscuous behavior that results in the loss of her job. 

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Where The Needle Drops: Live! Best of 2012

Chion Wolf WNPR

Yes, I know - the easiest thing in the world is to come up with “lists” of things at the end of the year. Best movies, best shows, and of course best music.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:41 am
Thu December 27, 2012

The Best Jazz Of 2012

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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

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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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