Arts/Culture

The Faith Middleton Show
2:24 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Book Show: June 21, 2012

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In a world filled with books we search out interesting reads, and soon we'll be taking calls from book clubs across our region to hear what you love, so make your lists, and stay tuned for that.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Prison Love

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I never gave much thought to today's topic until 1990, when the Associated Press reported that a woman identified only as Margaret was engaged to be married to Dennis Coleman, serving a 34 year sentence for the murder of Joyce Aparo. The case -- for reasons I don't have time to explain right now -- had transfixed Connecticut and was one of the state's most high profile murders of the 20th century. 

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Cenorship Target
11:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Judy Blume Uncensored And Coming To Hartford

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

When Does It Make Sense To Quit?

Click on the audio to hear Bobcat Goldthwait, Seth Godin and a former priest discuss why and how a person could decide that quitting is the right answer.

If you want to know how completely reviled quitting is, just type the word into the search field of Twitter.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Kinky Friedman, WTNH's Ann Nyberg, and The Longevity Project

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Join Faith for conversation with the wildman of the road. Kinky Friedman is on his bipolar tour. Ann Nyberg of WTNH starts a show online. And, The Longevity Project tells you why people live long lives.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Nose: Auriemma Drama, And Spoiler Psychology

Chion Wolf

A quick rundown of this week's Nose topics:

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:28 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Food Schmooze: Gourmet Weekday

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The great Sara Moulton has a new cookbook, inspired by the best of Gourmet Magazine, where she was executive chef. It's all about making mouth-watering food on week nights.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Jill Sobule Live!

Chion Wolf

[Featured on the Audio to the left: A one-hour conversation and performance with and by Sobule in which she sings "Jetpack" and "Heroes" and some rarities.]

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:13 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Insiders' Guide to Connecticut

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We'll get you in the mood to explore our state with the author of Insiders' Guide to Connecticut, the best state guide on the market. It's pure pleasure cover to cover. And we'll send the book to your door.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:06 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

An American Nun: We Are Standing With Laity

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:28 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Food Schmooze: The French Slow Cooker

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Set it and forget it. One of the best cookbook authors in America has a new book, The French Slow Cooker. She went to France and adapted the country's best dishes for the slow cooker. Make remarkably delicious French dishes this summer and year round.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:53 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Psychologist Nancy Horn, Novelist Alice Mattison, and the Author of The Letter Q

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Join Faith for a look at the novel, We Argued All Night. Amy Bloom and Sarah Moon on The Letter Q, asking well known authors who are gay to write letters to their younger selves. And, psychologist Dr. Nancy Horn on the art of connecting.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:17 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Authors of American Colossus and Chasing the Sun

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American Colossus explains how we transformed ourselves from an agrarian society to a booming industrial nation. Can we transform ourselves again? Plus, a biography of the sun.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:13 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gina Barreca on Lust, New York Times Columnist Gail Collins, and the Seven Deadly Sins

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Join Faith and Gina Barreca as they continue their provocative series of conversations about the seven deadly sins. This time, a look at lust.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:11 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Improving Design Flaws

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Pat Sajak & The Odd Couple

Chion Wolf

(Before we go any further, this will explain why Pat Sajak is in Connecticut and, for that matter, on The Colin McEnroe Show.) Click on the audio to hear Pat Sajak and two of his friends talk about their lives, Hawaii Five-O and other pressing topics. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Cell Phone Addiction, Sugary Drinks, Nuns Behaving 'Badly' & Endorsements

Chion Wolf

What counts as a bad habit? And who should have the power to save us from one? That's a big part of our discussion today.

This week, addictions were all over the news. New Yorkers are facing a ban on sugary drinks, while California chefs repeal a foie gras ban. A Massachusetts teen is looking at a jail sentence for not being able to put down his cell phone.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:12 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Food Schmooze: Second Annual Cocktails Special

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Don't miss a special edition of The Food Schmooze Party, loaded with hot music, to get you ready for Faith's 2nd Annual Martini Cocktail Competition. Sold out last year. Get your tickets to this action-packed food and drink experience June 28th in Farmington.

FMS Cocktails Playlist 2012

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Summer Reading: Joseph Kanon & Luanne Rice

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One thing we mostly don't do on this show is interview an "author who has a book out." As you can probably imagine, that's just about the easiest show or segment to schedule. We're barraged all day every day with solicitations from publishers and publicists. And usually we say we won't do it, unless it fits into some larger theme we're working on.

Today we're breaking the rule for authors Luanne Rice and Joseph Kanon. One reason for that is that they're both old friends of mine, and Luanne was actually involved in the launching of this show three years ago.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:30 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Authors of Becoming a Life Change Artist and Growing, Older

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Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life

The Artist's Way meets What Color is Your Parachute? in an innovative approach to reinventing yourself at any stage of life.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:25 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Guy Stanley Philoche, Nancy Horn, and Joan Didion

Guy Stanley Philoche, "Monopoly: Free Parking" (detail)

One of America's greatest living writers, Joan Didion, talks about her new memoir. A-list celebrities are quietly making their way to an artist's studio in New York City. And New Haven psychologist Nancy Horn on issues for couples.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:13 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Authors of Atlantic and Two Cents Plain

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No one has tried it before—a biography of the Atlantic Ocean, a remarkable history by Simon Winchester. And a graphic novel, Two Cents Plain, about a Jewish boyhood in Brooklyn.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:11 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Authors of Writers Gone Wild and New Self, New World

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Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes

Truth is stranger than fiction.

If you've imagined famous writers to be desk-bound drudges, think again. Writers Gone Wild rips back the (book) covers and reveals the seamy underside of the writing life.

Insightful, intriguing, and irresistibly addictive, Writers Gone Wild reveals such fascinating stories as:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:17 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Computer-Brain Interface And More ...

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The idea of putting a chip in somebody's head invariably conjures up predictable waves of paranoid notions about mind control and the New World Order. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:39 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Live From The 2012 Berkshire International Film Festival

Chion Wolf

Every year the Berkshire International Film Festival screens films everyone knows are going to make a big spalsh.

This year, more than 70 independent films from around the country and the world, will be screened. We spoke with Kelley Vickery, co-founder of the festival and interviewed two documentary filmmakers about the changing role of thier craft.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:59 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

The CMS 2012 Poetry Show

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Today is our Summer Poetry Show, so let's begin with a poem. This is one of my favorites, a relatively obscure Pablo Neruda poem called "Let's Wait."

Other days still to come
are rising like bread
or waiting like chairs or a
pharmacopeia, or merchandise:
a factory of days in the making:
artisans of the soul
are building and weighing and
preparing
days bitter or precious
that will knock at your door in due time
to award you an orange
or murder you in cold blood where you stand.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Puns!

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Puns are terrible, right? But then why do we love Groucho? When Mrs. Teasdale tells him: "This is a gala day for you," he says: "Well, a gal a day is enough for me." He also tells her:
"You can leave in a taxi If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff. "

These are puns, right? But instead of being agonizing they're part of the Rosetta Stone for the greatest manic American comedy.

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Coming Home Project
3:34 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

An Art Group for Veterans

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

A coffee house in Middletown is showcasing the work of artists who are also veterans. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil has more

Al Kim works the night shift as a police officer for the city for the Middletown. During the day, he often hangs out at Klekolo World Coffee a few blocks from the police department. Kim is also a photographer and some of his work hangs on the walls of the small coffee shop. He points to one of them,  It’s a picture of the Swing Bridge over the Connecticut River.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

The Nose: The New Busway, Chasing Doctor Clinics, And The Facebook IPO Drama

I'm convinced that people in Connecticut really hate and fear mass transit, which is why mass transit in this state is stuck the era of Don Draper from Mad Men. The way people react to the Hartford/New Britain busway project is basically the way Gollum reacts when he's tied up with Elvish ropes: "It burns! It burns! We hates it!"

There are lots of reasons why now, getting into the game very late, Connecticut is going to face a lot of extra challenges. One of them is that development has followed no particular logic.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:39 pm
Thu May 24, 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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