Arts/Culture

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!

Ecstatic Mark, Flickr Creative Commons

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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The Faith Middleton Show
3:10 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Faith Middleton's Book Show: May 24, 2012

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Join Faith and her book buddies for conversation on their favorite reads.

 

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:08 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Food Schmooze: Teen Cuisine

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Schmooze with Faith and the gang as they discover a new food museum, give you useful kitchen tips, and show you how cool teen cuisine can be.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:22 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Meditation, Farmland Preservation, and The Presidents & Their Faith

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Learn how simple meditation calms stress from teacher Amy Gross. Discover the people who are saving Connecticut's farmland. And, from Washington to Obama, a look at the book, The Presidents & Their Faith.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:42 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

The Real Revolutionary Connecticut & Other State's Theme Songs

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Maybe what Connecticut needed, during and immediately after the American Revolution, was a huge marketing campaign like the one recently announced. As most of you know, the state has just jumped into a $27 million marketing push with the slogan "Still Revolutionary."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Joel Stein And His Quest For Manliness

Courtesy of thejoelstein.com

Joel Stein will be at the Mark Twain house with Colin on Thursday, May 24th at 7:30 to talk about his book, "Man Made: The Stupid Quest For Masculinity". Get a preview of the evening with this conversation with Stein, including stories about going to boot camp, getting choked out, overcoming his fear of dogs, participating the stock market, and hanging out with the especially manly football star Warren Sapp.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:35 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Authors of Virtual Justice and Teacher at Point Blank

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Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Authors of Stealing the Mystic Lamb and Spellbound

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Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The World's Most Coveted Masterpiece

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece is on any art historian’s list of the ten most important paintings ever made. Often referred to by the subject of its central panel, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, it represents the fulcrum between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It is also the most frequently stolen artwork of all time.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:23 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Gina Barreca on Pride, a Listener's Life-Saving Story, and the New Technology

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Don't miss the start of Faith's new on-going series with Connecticut author Gina Barreca on the seven deadly sins. From serious to riotous, they'll start with conversation about the sin of pride. When does pride become a sin, and when is it justified?

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:56 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Food Schmooze: Party Like a Culinista

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Schmooze with Faith and the gang on the most fun food show on the air. You'll hear about the cookbook Party Like a Culinista, and discover a new line of bacon-inspired pottery.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:36 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Amy Bloom on Aging Parents, Plus the Authors of Birdseye

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Yes, there was a man named Birdseye who invented frozen vegetables. Author Amy Bloom on the complexities of assisting aging parents. And how to choose courage over fear.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:14 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Lyme Disease in 2012, Plus the Authors of A Father's Love and Roxy's Forever

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Roxy's Forever Home is a children's book about a real life dog rescue. A father searches for his abducted son. And the latest on preventing Lyme Disease.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:38 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Authors of In the Whirlwind, inGenius, and Little Sweet Potato

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Any person can learn to be creative and become innovative. Our guest, from Yale Law School, studies two bibles and says you might be surprised when you hear what he learned about God's relationship with us, humanity. And you cannot only be creative; you can use your newfound creativity to be innovative in your thinking and actions, day-to-day. The head of Stamford University's re-knowned entrepreneur program is our guest. Plus, novelist and short story writer Amy Bloom. Her new children's book is just out, called Little Sweet Potato.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:09 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Food Schmooze: Simple Asian Meals

Katy Dillman photo

Party with us on The Food Schmooze and learn about Faith's Martini Competition in Farmington this June, plus how to make Asian dishes the easy way on any weeknight.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:19 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

The Nose: Connecticut Is 'Still Revolutionary', Donna Summer Dies & Endorsements

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Donna Summer would have been a great pop singer in any era, but she happened to come of age in disco. 

I'd go further than that and say that Donna, because she was a first class talent, lifted disco up out of what it had been -- a swamp of backbeats and heavy production -- and almost single-handedly said: This can be great music if somebody great sings it.

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Ku Klux Klan
12:04 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

DJ Spooky: Remixes and Rebirths

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D.W. Griffith's 1915 film, the Birth of a Nation is both acclaimed and reviled. It's acclaimed for its cinematic innovations and technical effects. It's reviled for its extremely racist view of African Americans and its glorification of the Ku Klux Klan.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:11 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

What Is Jazz - Two Musicians Make Jazz Easy

Chion Wolf

I once heard a story about Liza Minelli talking to a fellow singer about her approach to a song called "Bobo's Bar and Grille." It's a Kander and Ebb song and not one of their really memorable ones. Anyway, it turned out that Minelli had an explanation, a motivation, a strategy for how to sing every word of the song. And when she got to the end of all that she said: "Or" --dramatic exhalation of cigarette smoke -- "you could just sing the damn thing." Actually, she said something a little more colorful than "damn thing."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Humans In Flight

Max Nash.

It's time to try defying gravity.

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