Arts/Culture

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:11 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

U Mad? A Look At Trolls & Anonymous

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.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:47 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Authors of Generosity Unbound and The Women Jefferson Loved

Jacket design: Marc J. Cohen/Scott Biel

Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class

In Generosity Unbound, Claire Gaudiani mounts a spirited defense of philanthropic freedom addressed to conservatives, liberals and centrists. She acknowledges the good intentions of those who favor greater regulation of private philanthropy, but powerfully demonstrates the dangers of this approach.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:36 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

The Nose Reacts To Shootings In Colorado, Portrayal Of Violence In Pop Culture

Flickr Creative Commons, Michael Melchoirre

What a strange day. I've just been reading the final tweets of a very young journalist named Jessica Ghawi also known as Jessica Redfield.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:39 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Manners, Etiquette, and Civility

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Join Faith for a special on manners and civility, featuring, among other notables, humorist Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

What Are You Laughing At?

Flickr Creative Commons, nahtanoj

Tomorrow night I'll be appearing with the comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv in a format requiring me to do little monologues based on prompts from the audience. The Sea Tea troupe will then improvise sketches based on my monologue.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:59 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

The Melodies Of The Mashup

Flickr Creative Commons, Music for Ads

There are musicians who believe in the idea of pure and original creation, but my anecdotal sense, after a lot of creations, is that far more of them see music as a kind of coral reef, constructed out of layers and layers of prior work and that if you hear something that sounds startling and unprecedented, chances are you just haven't heard the stuff it's based on.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The Nose: Free Hugs, TomKat, Happiness In Politics, And Travelling While Rude

MTVLive, Wikimedia Commons

Every time I turned on my TV this week, there was a Tom Cruise movie playing. Are they able to do that? And by "that" I mean react so quickly to celebrity news that they can move somebody's back catalogue into the movie rotation of a cable channel. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Maybe if I knew more about what Scientology says about coincidences... Well, actually, I do.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:29 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Conversions: Not My Parents' Religion

gnuckx (Flickr Creative Commons)

Ingrid converted from lapsed Catholicism to Islam. Leah from high profile atheism to Catholicism. Soshanna from Christianity to Judaism to Wicca. Andrew from unbelief to the Unification Church. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:55 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Liar in Your Life

The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships
by Robert Feldman

In The Liar in Your Life, psychology professor Robert Feldman, one of the world's leading authorities on deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it exacts on us, and what to do about it. His work is at once surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:41 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Food Schmooze: Tomato Sandwiches, Blueberries, Salad as a Meal, Paletas

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Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season
by Patricia Wells

Culinary legend Patricia Wells is back with the definitive guide to creating delicious and hearty salads for any occasion—including more than 150 recipes and gorgeous color photographs.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:20 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

A Conversation About Bad Driving and a Biography of Clarence Darrow

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Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned
by John A. Farrell

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

The definitive biography of Clarence Darrow, the brilliant, idiosyncratic lawyer who defended John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial” and gave voice to the populist masses at the turn of the twentieth century, thus changing American law forever.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:54 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Authors of Why Not Say What Happened? and Verbal First Aid

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Why Not Say What Happened?
by Ivana Lowell

An astonishing and at times outright comic memoir that marks the brilliant debut of a writer raised in a creative, bohemian household characterized by extreme privilege tinged with neglect.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:38 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Authors of A Force for Nature and Triumverate

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:36 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Food Schmooze: Salsa, Scallops, and More

Katy Dillman photo

Don't miss the Food Schmooze Party. We'll get you ready with recipes for scallops, featuring the New England Coastal Cookbook.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Is America Awash In A Sea Of Twee?

Flickr Creative Commons, Thai Weber

This is one of those shows where you may start by saying, "huh?"  But with any luck, 30 minutes from now, you'll start to say, "Oh!" 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:42 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

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Join Faith, Rich Hanley and the gang to explore the mean boss syndrome. What is classic mean boss behavior, and how do you handle the power imbalance? Plus, how to capture the attention of your college students? Write a textbook for them called Theories of International Politics and Zombies. We'll have a look inside it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:58 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Exposing The Naked Body

QuidoX, Flickr Creative Commons

There are many kinds of nudism - or naturism. There are people who just like doing stuff while not wearing clothes. And there are those who believe there are hygiene benefits. And people who link nudism with various utopian movements that break down barriers among people.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:10 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Urban Beekeeping

Aoife City Womanchile

Here's what one New York City newspaper said about creating small urban farms in unused lots:

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Music Interview
5:48 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

'Initial Here': Jazz Musician Linda Oh Plays Out Her Heritage

Linda Oh's latest album, Initial Here, was released May 22.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

Jazz bassist and bandleader Linda Oh says her new album, Initial Here, is an exploration of her heritage. She was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, but as a toddler, she moved with her family to Australia.

Oh started taking piano lessons there when she was 4. Music was just a hobby back then, but once her uncle strapped a bass guitar around her neck, that's when she fell in love.

Oh cut her teeth playing bass in both jazz and rock bands all over her hometown of Perth in Western Australia.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:01 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Authors of Outside Looking In and Practical Wisdom

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Pulitzer winner Garry Wills talks about his memoir observing and reporting on the great events of the modern era. And, if you wrote a guide to practical wisdom, what would be in it besides the golden rule?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:55 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

The Nose: Anderson Cooper And Higgs Boson Come Out

Chion Wolf

After years of speculation, rumors, and whispers, we finally heard this week what we had long expected. The only problem is I can't tell whether I'm talking about the Higgs boson or Anderson Cooper.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:15 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Jane Stern on Ugly Art, and the Author of Spycatcher

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What happens if your romantic partner buys and wants to display art you can't stand? Jane Stern is our special guest. Plus, the man who spent years working as a covert agent for MI6, the British Secret Service. He has stories to tell.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:06 am
Fri July 6, 2012

The George Flynn Classical Concerts, CT Farmland Trust, and Saj-nicole Joni

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If you're looking for things to do, join Faith to hear which renowned artists are lined up for the free Flynn Concert Series in Clinton this summer. A little praise for Connecticut soil. And, the woman who advises CEOs worldwide tells us what they need to know.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:02 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

The Remote Control

The Faith Middleton Show
3:03 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Food Schmooze: Tex Mex On The Grill And The Meat-Lovers Meatless Cookbook

Mike McCune

Learn how to cook real Tex Mex on the grill, and the Meat-Lovers Meatless Cookbook. We have you covered if you're looking for great summer recipes.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:01 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Authors of Present at the Creation and Lion of Liberty

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Learn about the machine trying to figure out how we were created. And the story of Patrick Henry, the first of the founding fathers to call for a citizen revolt. Is history repeating itself?

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:56 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Plus a Look at America's Criminal Justice System

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Join Faith for conversation with MSNBC's Chris Hayes. And a look at criminal justice from two angles, the psychology of the system, and whether a murderer can ever be redeemed.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Exploring Earworms: Songs Stuck In Your Head

Flickr Creative Commons, gemsling

We have a two-year running tradition of doing an episode in August gathering our music experts to argue about what song is the "Song of The Summer." (And on which critic Eric Danton suggests there is no such thing.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

What Happens If Aliens Contact Earth?

Flickr Creative Commons, tomalen

First contact is probably not going to be like "Close Encounters" or any other sci-fi movie you can think of, because the likelihood of another civilization in the universe with technology even that close to ours is very low.

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Jazz Choir
3:49 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Hartford Jazz Choir Asked To Perform At The Olympics

Matthew Kenwrick (Flickr Creative Commons)

A Group of Hartford Students have been invited to perform at the Summer Olympic Games in London. But with only four weeks to go, funding the trip is becoming an issue:

The Real Ambassadors are the jazz choir at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. The 14 member group was selected by the London Olympic Organizing Committee from thousands of ensembles worldwide who applied for the opportunity.

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