Arts/Culture

The Needle Drop
1:01 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

The Next Day For Diane Young

This week on The Needle Drop, we're tripping through some of the latest tracks from Vampire Weekend, The Knife, Savages, and more. We'll also be visiting with the latest full-length release from the one and only David Bowie.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:33 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

A Remembrance Of Candies Past

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Writer Steve Almond says when he brings up his own candy obsession with other people "there is this immediate outpouring of memories, confessions, opinions, regrets."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:33 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

A Remembrance Of Candies Past

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Writer Steve Almond says when he brings up his own candy obsession with other people "there is this immediate outpouring of memories, confessions, opinions, regrets."

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:17 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Sublime Engine and Previvors

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The heart has consistently captured the human imagination. It has been singled out as a cultural icon, the repository of our deepest religious and artistic impulses, the organ whose steady functioning is understood, both literally and symbolically, as the very life force itself. The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart explores the profound sense of awe every person feels when they ponder the miracle encased within their ribs. Author Stephen Amidon and Yale cardiologist Sandip Mukherjee join us to examine this most vital of organs.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:11 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Drunk Tank Pink

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Today: The way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Statutory Rape & The Trouble In Torrington

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What is this story we're unpacking today? In a nutshell, two Torrington high school football players -- both 18 -- and a third boy -- 17 and therefore unidentified -- were arrested and charged with statutory rape arising from sex with two 13 year old girls. When the news came out, a group Torrington students jumped on social media and publicly blamed the victims. They called the girls whores and snitches, and demanded to know why they were not being punished.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:49 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

A Look at War

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As we approach its tenth anniversary, we’ll talk to two veterans of the Iraq war. Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. His book, The Long Walk, chronicles his ‘story of war and the life that follows.’ When veteran Kevin Powers returned from Iraq, he turned his experiences there into The Yellow Birds, a novel about two young privates trying to stay alive at war. Castner and Powers join us for the full hour.

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History
4:22 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Needlework in Full Bloom

Needlework samplers provided a place for young girls to practice stitching and create a variety of motifs, from alphabets and numbers to houses and animals.  One popular motif for decorating samplers was flowers.  Found almost everywhere and in many varieties, flowers offered girls the chance to create from nature, while incorporating their own sense of style.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

There Are Saints, There Are Sinners, And There Are Beechers

Chion Wolf

You can't make this stuff up. The Beecher family was at the forefront of every important reform movement of the late 19th century. Abolition. Education. Temperance. Women's suffrage.

Underlying that was a streak of untameable craziness, especially as incarnated by Henry Ward Beecher. Beecher was a pastor and a rock star orator. He was also, one would have to conclude, a little bit out of control on the sexual front.

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History
12:28 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Gloomy Trap and Abstract Electronics

This week on The Needle Drop, we're diving into the latest releases from Shlohmo and Autechre. We'll also be trying out new tracks from Kylesa, Smith Westerns, and more.

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Working For Equality

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Women's rights pioneer Marcia Ann Gillespie was in state for Women’s Day at the capitol.  We talked to her about her rise to prominence as the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, and the fight for gender and racial equality.  

But first, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity started out as a small grassroots organization... And next year will turn 25. It is building in eight different cities and towns in the region and completing its 200th home. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  

 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Why You Need To Eat Bugs (And Get Over The 'Ick' Factor)

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John the Baptist, we are told, subsisted on locusts and honey. I used to think that John the Baptist's would be a great name for a chain of fast food edible insect restaurants, if that trend ever took off.

Come to find out, there's some disagreement, especially online, about whether he really ate locusts or whether that's a reference to the fruit of the locust tree. Maybe people just don't like to think about John the Baptist eating bugs.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

A Look at Libraries

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Think about your local library. Do you still picture a dusty old building full of dusty old books? Do you imagine little old ladies with their glasses down at the ends of their noses, shushing you every time you speak?

Today we’ll check in with the libraries of the 21st century. Ebooks, the Internet, audiobooks. Music, movies, videogames. Coffee bars, couches, comic books… And no shushing? It’s a whole new world in the world of libraries.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Latest in Mammography Technology and the Documentary Film Girl Rising

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"One girl with courage is a revolution." Girl Rising, a documentary film directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard Robbins, tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actresses. Martha Adams, from The Documentary Group, joins us to discuss the film.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:27 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Food Schmooze: Corned Beef and Cabbage Sandwiches

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This week, the Food Schmooze gang gets you ready for spring and for St. Patrick's Day. We've got a modern take on corned beef and cabbage—sandwiches. We've got a great tip for organizing your fridge that'll lead you toward healthy foods rather than processed junk. Plus: a shortcut for making steel-cut oatmeal in ten minutes—apple cinnamon or cranberry orange.

The Faith Middleton Show
12:22 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Superstitions

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Mirrors, ladders, black cats, salt, cracks in the sidewalk, pennies, rabbits' feet, umbrellas, crossed fingers, crossed hearts, crossing yourself…

Today: Superstitions. We'll look at how and why irrational beliefs keep us happy, healthy, and sane. Call us with yours: 203 776-WNPR.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Laurie Santos on Sex, Evolution, Human Nature, and More

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Today: Sex! Or. Well. Not sex. But talk about sex. Laurie Santos is back again. She teaches Sex, Evolution and Human Nature at Yale, and she'll take your calls! So call us with your questions, your concerns, your anecdotes. Or maybe not your anecdotes so much. But your questions and your concerns! If nothing else, this promises not to be your standard hour of public radio.

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Where We Live
11:58 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Shaping Hartford Culture Through Three Generations Of Women

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Today, we’re going to delve into a bit of Connecticut History that you may not know, and later, the story of a group of determined women who saved and preserved Hartford’s Mark Twain House.  

We’ll also talk about how we talk about ourselves.  Charley Monagan, who just left Connecticut Magazine, wrote a piece called “Who We Are” in the latest issue.  It’s a look at Connecticut’s longstanding inferiority complex and how we brand ourselves.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

The Nose Gets Popey, Gives Up Stuff For Lent, And Addresses A 'Boob Apology'

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What a week.  Here's what we're tackling on The Nose today.

Well, we can't NOT talk about Pope Francis. I'm fascinated by his austere lifestyle and how it's going to mesh with the high-ranking cardinals in the Curia, who mostly do not live that way at all.

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History
3:25 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Picture This

Looking at stereo views was a popular form of home entertainment throughout the second half of the nineteenth century and on into the early twentieth century.  Stereo views were taken with a special camera with two lenses, resulting in two nearly identical photographs which created a 3-D effect when placed side-by-side on a cardboard mount and seen through an optical device called a stereopticon.  Stereo views can be seen as a sort of proto-cinematic experience before the age of film.

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Epicenter of the Music World
8:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Needle Drops on SXSW

Chion Wolf

Austin, Texas is the epicenter of the music world, at least for the next few days. The South By Southwest Music Festival got underway Tuesday. Every year, well known acts and up-and-comers from all genres of popular music make the trip to Austin. The Needle Drop's Anthony Fantano, the internet's busiest music nerd is in Austin for the festival.

We caught up with Anthony to see what's catching his eye (and ear) and some of the quirks of this festival.

TRACK LISTING:

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:52 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Book Show: March 14, 2013

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The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we’ll take your calls! What’re you reading? What’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Call us!

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:18 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Divorce In 2013

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Let me tell you about my Christmas Day this year. In the morning, I drove my significant other to the airport so she could fly to L.A. and see her grandchildren. Then I drove out to Canton to the home of my ex-wife and her significant other. My son and his girlfriend went there too, and we proceeded to have an absolutely lovely Christmas Day.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:42 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Mikhail Baryshnikov on the Arts in Connecticut and Beyond

Chion Wolf

Hartford is not the most artistically adventurous place in the world, even though 79 years ago we hosted the debut of "Four Saints in Three Acts," a Virgil Thomson - Gertrude Stein opera that was ground-breaking on about five different levels.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:20 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney On Music, The Pope, And Mark Twain

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Jill Sobule has visited the Colin McEnroe Show, and what came out of it was one of our favorite shows to date. Now, she's teaming up with comedian Julia Sweeny, best known as a writer and actress for Saturday Night Live, to talk about their upcoming "Jill & Julia Show" at the Mark Twain House.

This conversation includes talk about choosing a new Pope, packing lightly, harmonizing, and self-doubt. And, of course, Jill sings a few requests.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:22 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Meditation and Psychotherapy

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Today Faith tackles meditation and its affects on psychotherapy. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:37 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Irish Music That Doesn't Suck

Chion Wolf

For a long long while, I thought I didn't like the music of my own Irish culture. That's because I had never heard it. What I had heard instead was a very Americanized version of Irish music. It was hokey, overly cheerful, and often from a genre I would call glass-clinking music.  It was music to drink beer with.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:06 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Politics, Burgers & Beer: March 7, 2013

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Through various quirks of the calendar, we haven't done a Politics, Burgers & Beer since January. Holy Moly. So Rich Hanley returns to talk issues, arguments, budgets, controversies, news, Obama, Malloy, Washington, Hartford, and other people and places with names. And as it's only Monday, this is just a guess, but I bet by Thursday the word 'sequestration' still gets mentioned once or twice or 39 times.

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Where We Live
11:08 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'Marriage In the Movies'

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So how might we best portray the realities of marriage? In a novel, perhaps?  A long-running TV drama or sitcom?  What about a movie?

Serious business indeed. It seems hard to translate the ins and outs of a long relationship in a 2-hour capsule.  Hollywood has been trying since the silent film age, but not always with success.  Wesleyan Film Historian Jeanine Basigner calls a story about marriage a “screenwriter’s nightmare” in her book I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in the Movies.

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