Arts/Culture

The Faith Middleton Show
3:34 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Authors of A Force for Nature and Triumverate

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:34 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

I Love My Robot!

jurvetson

In the book "Love and Sex With Robots, writer David Levy lays out the case that: "love with robots will be as normal as love with other humans, while the number of sexual acts and lovemaking positions commonly practiced between humans will be extended, as robots teach more than is in all of the world’s published sex manuals combined.”

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Where We Live
12:45 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Interfaith Understanding

Chion Wolf

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:57 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Fab Fourology: Deconstructing The Lyrics & Music Of The Beatles

Flickr Creative Commons, AndywithCamera

In the fall of 1967, I was a deeply uncool 13 year old who knew relatively little about the Beatles.

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Asia's Underground Railroad

Karl Baron (Flickr Creative Commons)

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.

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Where We Live
9:46 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Movies For Your Ears

thetruthapm.com

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:01 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

And The Winner Is...

Where We Live
10:45 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Presidential Eccentricities

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

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.

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The Female Led Zepplin
11:13 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Lez Zeppelin's Hartford Homecoming

j_palmucci (Flickr Creative Commons)

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."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Is 2012 The 'Trending On Twitter' Campaign?

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Here are some things that are happening in the Connecticut races. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:02 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Sizzling Spectacles: Fashion And The Economics Of Eyewear

Flickr Creative Commons, annethelibrarian

Glasses get people talking.

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.  

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Arts/Culture
10:53 am
Wed October 24, 2012

A Very Big Conversation

Daniel Voyager, Creative Commons

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. 

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Where We Live
10:10 am
Wed October 24, 2012

What's the Matter with White People?

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. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Adult Fans of LEGO

Nina Earnest

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. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:13 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The Quirks, Take 6, & Rockapella On A Cappella's Ascendancy

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A capella groups are less nerdy, more cool these days.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:23 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

What It Takes 'To Go Viking'

Flickr Creative Commons, jcubic

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.

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Where We Live
11:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

The Art of Debate

Chion Wolf

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? 

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Where We Live
12:25 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Jackie McLean's Sugar Free Saxophone

Trevor Parker (Flickr Creative Commons)

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:08 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

John Douglas Thompson Plays Satchmo At The Waldorf

The Colin McEnroe Show
10:46 am
Tue October 9, 2012

The Furries Among Us

Stephanie "TabbieWolf" Krus

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:22 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

The Nose: Debating Big Bird, Strippers In A Truck, & Pulpit Politics

Trust Al Gore to come up with an out-of-left-field and yet completely plausible explanation for something people have been discussing for two days.

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Culture
9:25 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Ethiopian Music And Dance Ensemble "Fendika" To Perform In Connecticut

Chion Wolf

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:58 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Punch Brothers Break Through

Chion Wolf

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.

See all the photos by Chion Wolf here.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Authors of Our Patchwork Nation and Conquering Fear

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:21 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Food Schmooze: Italian, My Way and Sunday Brunch

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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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

On Being A Magician

Hieronymus Bosch, Wikimedia Commons

A magic act is sort of a joke we're all in on, right? We may not know how it's done, but we know it's an act.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:08 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Authors of Defiance of the Patriots and The Emperor of All Maladies

William Warby/flickr creative commons

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:03 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Nathan Englander: 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank'

Juliana Sohn

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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:34 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Mark Siegel On The Magical, Sexy World Of 'Sailor Twain'

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.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:13 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

CPTV's Fiftieth Anniversary and the Author of Send

Jonathan McNicol photo

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.

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