What was poet Emily Dickinson really like? Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon tells the riveting story of the Dickinson family and reveals some surprising discoveries. Gordon, through his unprecedented use of letters, diaries and legal documents, digs deep into the life and work of the famous poet in his book Lives Like Loaded Guns.
A well known author. A Roller Derby athlete. A poet and performance artist. A farmer. A comedy performer. A psychology researcher. Those are just some of the people we sent out today to vote in the primaries and report on the experience.
August 12 is the 336th anniversary of the death of Metacomet, also known as King Philip. His death in 1676 essentially ended King Philip’s War, a violent and bloody conflict between his Wampanoags and the English colonists. While most of the fighting took place in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, people from Connecticut took part in the many of the battles and had an important influence on the outcome of the war.
Wendy Wasserstein was the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award. Her play, The Heidi Chronicles, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989. We’ll look at Julie Salamon’s biography, Wendy and the Lost Boys. Plus a conversation about Internet addiction.
On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze, we’ll look at Pam Powell’s Salad Days: Recipes for Delicious Organic Salads and Dressings for Every Season. And Food Schmooze all-star Jacques Pépin joins us to discuss Essential Pepin.
What is cheating? In games, It takes myriad forms. There's the spontaneous cheating that mainly tests the watchfulness and judgment of the officials. How much can I push you or nudge you with my elbow? Can anybody see this cheap shot to your face as we football linemen hunker down before the snap?
If I told you that England is in the midst of a translation crisis, you'd probably assume it had something to do with the Olympics. Not so much.
The British court system recently awarded a contract to one company, Applied Language Solutions, for all the legally mandated interpreting work that goes on in court. The problem is that ALS has proved to be repeatedly inadequate. It sends interpreters who are not up to the job...or they don't show up at all, halting the proceedings and costing the government thousands of pounds.
The director of the Yale Center for Sleep Medicine offers tips on problem sleep. How to build the inside of your house if someone else has completed the outside framing. And inspiring stories from young people with plans for innovative start-ups.
Through a Dog's Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World by Jennifer Arnold A “transformative,” inspiring book with the power to change the way we understand and communicate with our dogs.
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.
In 1896 -- a time when Scientifc American ran a regular "Cycling notes" column -- the following item appeared. "Count Leo Tolstoi, the Russian novelist, now rides the wheel, much to the astonishment of the peasants on his estate."
It’s August (August?!), it’s Wednesday—it’s The Food Schmooze. At every restaurant, for every lunch and dinner service, there’s a staff meal. We’ll talk to Marissa Guggiana about Off the Menu, her cookbook of staff meals from small plates to multi-course extravaganzas. Plus, glorious recipes without gluten or lactose from The Intolerant Gourmet.
When you hear other people talk, how much does the language they use shape your opinion of them? Robert Lane Greene, international correspondent for The Economist, says that the way we look down our noses at ‘poor’ grammar, the way we hold up myths like the bloody origins of the word shibboleth, the hegemonic way we look at languages themselves makes what we hear in other people’s words nothing less than the politics of identity. His book is You Are What You Speak.
It's the last day of July. Our shows this month were about urban beekeeping, musical mashups as a distinct genre, anxiety, internet trolls, why certain songs get stuck in your head, artificially enhanced athletes, conversion to a different religion, a pervasive pop aesthetic called twee, the history of corn, noise, nudism, the history of the TV remote control.
I'm what Daniel Smith, one of today's guests, would call a "stifler."
I have anxiety attacks and a lot of background anxiety, but most people who know me would have no idea how bad or how recurrent my anxiety is. Because it's embrassing, right? Our culture connects anxiety with a kind of generalized cowardice. You're supposed to suck it up and face life with your shoulders squared up.
Is there a real difference in the brains of boys and girls when they're born? The author of Pink Brain, Blue Brain says the research shows there is. Plus, American Chinatown reveals the surprising number of Chinatowns that exist coast to coast.
Today's edition of The Nose is an occasionally tense conversation about a series of issues all of which swirl around the issue of free speech. Chick-fil-A, a sandwich chain, sends millions of dollars in corporate profits to vehemently anti-gay groups, including ones that practice “gay-to-straight” conversion therapy. Its CEO went public this week with his anti-gay-marriage views.
Nutty spiritual ideas. Do you say something or let it be? Gina Barreca joins us for a conversation on spiritual beliefs. Plus, what makes one plant an unworthy weed and another one lovely? The author of Weeds is our guest.
Almost everybody loves a good lobster roll, and while we usually eat them out, why not make your own at home? Plus, Michele Barboa talks about summer recipes that you can make ahead and freeze. And Quick & Easy Mexican Cooking.
Here is life imitating the show. I live in a quiet neighborhood, but last night there was heavy construction nearby. I'm guessing a water main broke out on one of the main roads. It wasn't loud in my bedroom but it was audible, especially the beep-beep-beep noise of heavy equipment backing up. I fell asleep, but at 3:30 I was wide awake. There may have been several contributing factors, but the noise from the road crew was one of them.
What do you do with someone who can't talk about their feelings, or who talks about them too much? Can someone like this change? Author Amy Bloom shares her insights. Plus, Gina Barreca talks about decisions—but not just ordinary decisions, the decisions that end up changing your life.
It's tough to generalize about internet trolls. If there's a common denominator, it's that they thrive on attention and response. An internet troll who is not making anybody crazy is not a happy troll.
In 2009, a troll calling himself Bob M. took up residence on the comment threads of my newspaper column. He was uncommonly vicious. He even took it upon himself to do a little research, find out that my father had died of cirrhosis and taunt me about that.
"Maybe you'll start hitting the bottle, like daddy," he wrote.