Arts/Culture

The Faith Middleton Show
6:37 pm
Sun February 13, 2011

Heart of the City

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The handsome Texas sailor who offers dinner to a runaway in Central Park. The Midwestern college girl who stops a cop in Times Square for restaurant advice. The Brooklyn man on a midnight subway who helps a weary tourist find her way to Chinatown. The Columbia University graduate student who encounters an unexpected object of beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:13 pm
Sun February 13, 2011

Invasion of the Mind Snatchers

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"Eric Burns, a bona fide TV historian, has pulled off a difficult task—he has brought our early, grainy television history to life in living color. His book is a tour of our times, from cowboys and Indians, and scoundrels and healers, to televised hearings and game show hosts. Invasion of the Mind Snatchers is a television-lover's portrait of how we got here, for better or worse, and Burns reminds us that what we were watching all those years was our own history unfolding." — Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News

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Paper Trails
2:27 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Jess Row, Author and Buddhist

Paper Trails is a new public-radio show about books, co-produced by WNPR and the New Haven Review. Paper Trails is not the usual feel-good suck-up to the author; on this show, co-hosts Mark Oppenheimer and Brian Francis Slattery give their honest opinions of the book . . . while the author listens in the studio. Then, in the second and third segments, the author gets to respond.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:48 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

The Nose: What To Think About Scientology

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As a former religion writer, I struggle with the whole idea of branding any particular religion as a "Cult."

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Composers
10:52 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Young Composer To Play Among Masters

The Faith Middleton Show
1:59 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Food Schmooze: Crazy For Couscous

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Download Faith Middleton's Couscous Recipe Kit 2010 as a PDF file by clicking here.

Faith Middleton's Couscous Recipe Kit 2010 features eight recipes, including:

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:56 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Food Schmooze: Best New England Recipes

Just in time for Yankee Magazine’s 75th anniversary.  A brand-new collection of more than 150 easy and delicious recipes from New England’s finest cooks, just for your kitchen!

The Needle Drop
12:35 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Go Mad With Dumbo Gets Mad

On the Needle Drop this week, we're serving up new tracks from Fleet Foxes and Vivian Girls; plus, a review of the new Cloud Nothings album.

We'll also be looking into new releases from Braids, John Vanderslice, and Dumbo Gets Mad.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:23 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Singularity 101

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It could be all the coffee I drank this morning, but I think I have an observation that combines the concept of singularity -- the moment at which artificial intelligence or scientifically modified human intelligence becomes smarter than anything that has ever lived on earth -- with the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:31 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Food Schmooze: Great Italian Food With Ease And Comfort

Finally a book that combines the fresh, exuberant flavors of great Italian food with the ease and comfort of a slow cooker. Michele Scicolone, a best-selling author and an authority on Italian cooking, shows how good ingredients and simple techniques can lift the usual “crockpot” fare into the dimension of fine food.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Best & Worst Super Bowl Ads 2011

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Today we'll be analyzing the commercials from last night's Super Bowl. Why? Because, as one writer for Salon.com put it, "We all accept the Super Bowl as less of a game than a pop culture nexus point -- a place where the American self-image asserts itself with familiar rituals ... while cautiously acknowledging the present and looking to the future. The Super Bowl's expansive and awkward mix of performers, images, products and messages is a spectacle of its own."

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History
2:29 pm
Sat February 5, 2011

The Great Hartford Fire Department

In 1783, many Connecticut residents gathered around the State House on Main Street in Hartford, CT to celebrate the end of the Revolutionary War with a huge bonfire. To everyone’s surprise, some of the burning embers set fire to the roof of the State House.  Although the building survived it was so badly damaged that a new one had to be built leading to the erection of the structure we know as the Old State House today.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

The Nose: Do Movies Need To Be Historically Accurate?

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Movies are usually beautiful lies. If you want to learn about history, read a history book. The most a movie can do is kind of light you up, in a vague way, about its historical subject. You watch "Gandhi," maybe you get why Gandhi was such a big deal.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:54 am
Fri February 4, 2011

American Chinatown

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:43 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Pink Brain, Blue Brain

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

We've Been Snowverdosed

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There's a kind of madness overtaking us.

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Where We Live
11:35 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Live From The Lyceum, Billings Forge Breaks Through

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Billings Forge is reshaping Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood through the arts, historic preservation, farm to table food, and affordable housing.

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The Needle Drop
2:25 am
Wed February 2, 2011

New Music and an Interview With VIMTV

This week on the Needle Drop, we scope new tracks from Dumbo Gets Mad and Times New Viking. We also sample new LPs from Deerhoof and Destroyer. The guys from Velocities In Music stop by for a little interview, too!

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:57 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Food Schmooze: Helen Chen's Easy Asian Noodles

Whether they're served cold, pan-fried until crunchy, or simmered in soup, noodles are a major part of Asia's cuisine. Each country has its own signature dish, from China's Pork Lo Mein to Thailand's Pad Thai to Japan's Yaki-Soba, and the noodles themselves might be made from wheat, rice, or even mung beans. All these dishes have one thing in common, though: They're uniformly delicious. And now, thanks to noted Asian cooking expert Helen Chen, they're a snap to prepare at home. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Masters Of The Monologue

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Until theatrical autobiographical monologue develops a large roster of superstars, everybody will be compared to Spalding Gray, whether or not that makes sense on a case-by-case basis.

The monologue is, I suppose, as old as human speech, but Gray refined it and married it to performance art around 1980.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:30 am
Tue February 1, 2011

Finding Pete

The Faith Middleton Show
9:17 am
Tue February 1, 2011

The Great Depression

When the stock market crashed in 1929, Benjamin Roth was a young lawyer in Youngstown, Ohio. After he began to grasp the magnitude of what had happened to American economic life, he decided to set down his impressions in his diary.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:37 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Food Schmooze: Rose's Heavenly Cakes

This extraordinary collection of heavenly cake recipes from "Diva of Desserts" Rose Levy Beranbaum, the award-winning author of The Cake Bible, is an essential kitchen companion for anyone who loves to bake. Illustrated throughout with stunning full-color photography, the book's meticulously tested, easy-to-follow recipes are all you need to create spectacularly beautiful cakes in your home kitchen.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:54 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

'Dancing With Dynamite' In The World Of Political Cartooning

Chion Wolf

"Well, my book is written--let it go. But if it were only to write over again there wouldn't be so many things left out. They burn in me; and they keep multiplying; but now they can't ever be said. And besides, they would require a library--and a pen warmed up in hell." So wrote Mark Twain in an 1889 letter to William Dean Howells.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:48 am
Mon January 31, 2011

The Lost Cellos Of Lev Aronson

The Faith Middleton Show
5:25 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Knives At Dawn

An exciting chefs-as-athletes story following the 2009 U.S. team's attempt for the gold at the "Olympics of food"—-the Bocuse d'Or, the world's most prestigious cooking competition.

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History
3:42 pm
Sat January 29, 2011

A Sampling of Samplers

Everyone remembers final papers and final exams from their school days, but a final needlework sampler?  The female academies attended by students in the 19th century used samplers as a way to track the progress of student needlework.  Throughout Connecticut, girls (and a few young boys) completed samplers as a way to both practice their stitching and track their progress. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

The Nose: Hot In Hartford & Bullying For Power In College Football

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Twenty or 30 years ago there was a Doonesbury strip featuring the president of Walden College and a rich uncle pennybags donor who wanted to give the college a new gym or fieldhouse. And the president tried, gently and awkwardly, to nudge the rich man toward the idea of a new African American Studies Center which the college actually needed. The last frame was the rich guy in full tantrum mode, fists clenched, screaming "I WANNA DONATE A GYM!"

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Where We Live
11:46 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Charles Lloyd, Jay Hoggard And Spirituality Of Jazz

In the late 1960s, jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd sold millions of records by tapping in to the psychedelic sounds of the days

He achieved a “superstar” status, unfamiliar to jazz musicians today, thanks to the cross-over appeal of this soulful and experimental music.  His 1967 album, “Forest Flower” was one of the biggest selling jazz records of all time.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:38 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Guardians Of Being

This wonderfully unique collaboration brings together two masters of their fields, joining original words by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle with delightful illustrations by Patrick McDonnell, the creator of the acclaimed comic strip MUTTS. Every heartwarming page provokes thought, insight, and smiling reverence for all beings and each moment.

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