Compromise, cooperation, conversation - these are the topics in Washington after the election. But we’ll see how long that lasts.
Can the world of politics learn from the world of religion?
Hartford Seminary is one of the leading spaces for multifaith education - and this weekend, they celebrate a new chair in Abrahamic partnerships that is meant to enhance the Seminary’s role in bringing those of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths together.
Very little is known about North Korea’s brutal regime, in part because its people are not allowed to leave. So, unlike humanitarian crises elsewhere in the world, citizens of the US spend very little time thinking about the plight of the 24 million people living in one of the harshest dictatorships in recent memory.
Radio Drama is associated with a so-called “Golden Age” of radio in the 30s and 40s, before TV became the dominant medium. Today, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” is the best known program still presenting this traditional style.
These days, it seems as though we know just about everything (probably more than we need to know) about the men who are running for President. Every gaffe and personal trait gets a full treatment on SNL and on Twitter.
But throughout history, our presidents have had some pretty interesting things about them.
Lez Zeppelin has toured the world, and has been lauded by critics for their faithful interpretation of Led Zeppelin, and their energetic live shows. Lez Zeppelin plays tonight at Up or on the Rocks in Downtown Hartford. The founder and guitarist for Lez Zepplin, Steph Paynes says playing in Hartford is a homecoming of sorts.
"Hartford was our honing ground," said Paynes. "We played Sully's and we played the Hungry Tiger."
Remember Sarah Palin? Last month, Politico ran an item suggesting that CNN's Wolf Blitzer had picked out new eyeglasses that closely resembled those of much younger, hipper New Yorker politics writer Ryan Lizza.
Radio producer Aengus Anderson is on his third cross country trip, this time for a podcast called “The Conversation” - a collaborative project about the future interviewing a cross-section of America’s most creative thinkers. Anderson joins us to talk space colonization, transhumanism, neoprimitivism, and more.
MSNBC political analyst and Salon.com editor Joan Walsh says that our nation has been slowly tearing itself apart along racial, class and economic lines. So she’s asking the big - and provocative question “what’s the matter with white people?” She says that the country’s major racial group is longing for a golden age that never was. Walsh will be at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center tonight.
One thing that tipped us into doing a show about Adult Fans of LEGO was the LEGO stop action animation of Felix Baumgartner's high altitude jump. The video seemed to go up almost immediately after the real thing, even though it clearly required extensive planning and shooting. When I look at it again, knowing what I know now, I realize that what it didn't require was a lot of designing and building with actual LEGOs. That's the killer.
The very word "Viking" is complicated because it describes both a people -- those who lived in Scandinavian countries from 800 to 1100 -- and a behavior -- setting out in boats for trade, plunder, or both.
We’ve seen some interesting political debates in the past few weeks. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have had a first round, and Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had their first and only debate. At the state level, we’ve seen two debates so far featuring Linda McMahon and Congressman Chris Murphy.
At this point in any presidential campaign, the same question gets asked: “Do debates really matter?” I mean, after a two-year campaign, what can we really learn? Can a gaffe really derail a candidate? Does the moderator matter?
Jackie McLean had one of the most amazing musical lives of the 20th century. He learned jazz in Harlem from the great pianist Bud Powell...he idolized, then sat in for, Charlie Parker. His first recording gig was with Miles Davis....and he played with all the greats.
Like just about anything else one delves into, the subculture known as furries is more nuanced, more varied and less sensational than mass media depictions of them.
Furries are people who really like anthropomorphic depictions of animals. Sometimes they like them so much that they buy or make their own elaborate costumes, but others are quite content with online role playing or attending conventions. They like movies like Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda.
In the past decade, West African sounds and rhythm have become part of America’s musical mainstream. Less well-known is music from East Africa which blends African drumming with Middle Eastern melodic inflections.
A music and dance ensemble will bring the sounds of Ethiopia to Connecticut this weekend.
Endris Hassan is practicing his single stringed fiddle called the masenqo. He's part of Fendika, a collective of musicians and dancers.
Today, hear a live, in-studio performance by and conversation with the Punch Brothers, before their performance at Jorgensen Theater at UConn, Storrs. They are a five-piece band enjoying an explosion of critical esteem and new popularity over the past few years. Its leader, Chris Thile, just won a MacArthur Genius Grant, and has been working with giants from other genres, including cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and jazz great Brad Mehldau.
As the temperatures start to dip, the Food Schmooze gang talks soup. Plus, Jonathan Waxman breathes new life into Italian classics with Italian, My Way. And Betty Rosbottom returns with simple, delicious recipes for leisurely mornings: Sunday Brunch.
From its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence, physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. His Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the disease is The Emperor of All Maladies.
The MacArthur Genius grants were just announced. One of them went to Junot Diaz, whom you will hear discussed today by me and short story writer Nathan Englander. So we're one degree of Kevin Bacon removed from a genius grant.
Mark Siegel, creator of "Sailor Twain," is doing wildly creative things with the graphic novel, which is doing widely creative things with the novel form iteself.
Siegel says the graphic novel is in a golden age, attracting writers not only from the book world, but from movies and television. And the work is starting to get noticed. In 2006, Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, which Siegel published, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
It’s the fiftieth anniversary of CPTV! Connecticut Public Broadcasting President and CEO Jerry Franklin joins us. David Shipley and Will Schwalbe's Send—the classic guide to email for office and home—has become indispensable for readers navigating the impersonal, and at times overwhelming, world of electronic communication. Filled with real-life email success (and horror) stories and a wealth of useful and entertaining examples, Send dissects all the major minefields and pitfalls of email. Schwalbe is our guest.
We’re back at our “pop up” storefront at 90 State House Square, with help from the city of Hartford, in a former bank space. Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show are broadcasting here for two days, right on one of the city’s most bustling corners.