Arts/Culture

The Faith Middleton Show
11:30 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Monaco Award Winner Michele Bell and Author Amy Bloom

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Faith Middleton talks with novelist and former therapist Amy Bloom about how interfaith couples negotiate life together. And, an award-winning Yale scientist has data showing climate change is affecting human health and mortality.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:32 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Whisk(e)y!

The Faith Middleton Show
1:58 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Robert Kreitler, Steven Heller, and Lilly Ledbetter

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Faith interviews Lilly Ledbetter, who took on the Goodyear corporation. And a financial analyst tells us what to watch for to protect and grow your assets, and what to expect from the economy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:48 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Book Show: April 6, 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 Faith Middleton Show
1:39 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Politics, Burgers & Beer: April 5, 2012

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In this partisan world, what are the chances of getting anything substantial out of Washington in the midst of a presidential race?

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:32 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Food Schmooze: Salad Days

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A satire about Why French Women Don't Get Fat. Delicious salads for every month of the year from a salad dressing chef—who knew there was one? And useful kitchen tips and tricks.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:20 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Authors of Hot Cripple, Alone and Invisible No More, and Unprotected Texts

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Alone and Invisible No More is the true story of a new way of caring for the elderly in Maine that is cost-effective and promises humane end-of-life care. Plus, a look at what The Bible says in contradictory ways about sex and desire.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:03 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Red at TheaterWorks and You Are What You Wear

Lanny Nagler/TheaterWorks

There is a remarkable play at TheaterWorks in Hartford about the life of one of America's greatest painters, Mark Rothko, and his struggle to be heard and seen in the way he hoped to be understood. And a look at the art and psychology of fashion with Bruce Clements and a fashion psychologist.

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Embarrassing Moments and Guilty Pleasures
8:16 am
Sun April 8, 2012

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 41

Cindy Papish Gerber

For the 41st meeting of our (extremely) informal "editorial board", we gathered, in the company of four *amazing* women, at Carmine's Tuscan Grill in New Haven. (Duo and I providing the "junk DNA".)

Over delicious (and healthful!) appetizers, we  talked about embarrassing moments, guilty pleasures - and choosing activities for summer vacations - with Deborah Pan, Kathy Barkin, and Anne Garland and Binnie Klein.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:49 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Carl Zimmer on Our Planet of Viruses and the Author of Rethinking Depression

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While we're obsessed with keeping germs away, our go-to science guy, Carl Zimmer, says we and the planet are covered in viruses. Which ones are harmless and which can do us in?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

British Royalty

A Click Away
11:42 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Morning Edition: Google Art Project

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Over 5,000 works from the Yale Center for British Art are now just a mouse click away. 

The New Haven Museum has joined 150 other art museums worldwide in the Google Art Project, an ambitious collaboration to create a unique interactive online art experience. Besides works of art, the project also gathers important manuscripts, photographs, maps, video and audio guides and other artifacts into the site.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:32 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Is Subliminal Influence Real?

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"All media work us over completely."  So said Marshall McLuhan.

It was clear to McLuhan in the early 1960s and it's even clearer to us that engagement with fast-moving electronic media is producing changes that are hard to keep track of.

What if somebody wanted to produce certain changes in us that we weren't aware of?  What if someone wanted to persuade us without having to have a conversation with our conscious intellects?

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The Colin McEnore Show
3:22 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

The Nose: The Gated Community Ideology

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While traveling earlier this week, I was thinking about how easy it is to research almost any aspect of an experience and get an online, nearly real-time appraisal of the restaurant, hotel, shuttle service, store or tourist attraction you're dealing with. Sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor take a lot of mystery out of life (which could be a bad thing) and put a lot of control in the hands of average consumers (which could be a good thing). 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Fantasy, Reality And 'A Game Of Thrones'

Courtesy: HBO

Why are we talking today about "Game of Thrones," an HBO series that begins its second season Sunday night?

The numbers alone are impressive. Three million people watched the final episode of the first season, which is a lot for a fantasy show on a cable premium channel. When you add in all the other ways to watch, it's more like 8 million sets of eyeballs per episode. The books by George R.R. Martin have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Slate's Matthew Yglesias On Why 'The Rent Is Too Damn High'

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Let's say you're married. You have a dog. Your first child is on the way, but it's 2012 and the economy's not doing so hot and you're living in your parent's basement.

You have to get out, that's for sure. So what do you do? Do you buy a house or do you buy a rental?

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:38 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

The Albert Schweitzer Institute and Dr. Ron Savin

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Why can't they cure baldness in men and women? Connecticut's Albert Schweitzer Institute is trying to save the world humanely, one village at a time. And how revered economist John Maynard Keynes would solve our fiscal crisis today.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:31 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Shirley MacLaine

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“An actor has many lives and many people within him.  I know there are lots of people inside me.  No one ever said I’m dull.” ~ Shirley MacLaine

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:10 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Food Schmooze: March 21, 2012

Jonathan McNicol

Discover the dairy and cheese bar that has eyes popping in Bantam, Ct. And learn how you can compete to have a food truck and travel the country in it for The Food Network.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:50 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Authors of The One and Find Fix Finish

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A UConn cardiologist weighs in on the statin controversy. The remarkable life of soul music performer James Brown. And, a U.S. counter terrorism expert reveals how our new policies resulted in Bin Laden's capture. Can we stay safe?

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:18 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Bell, Book & Candle On Stage in Connecticut and The Variations

T. Charles Erickson/Long Wharf Theatre

We look at the play on now in Connecticut — Bell, Book and Candle. And the novel, The Variations, about a catholic priest, is featured.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Grayson Hugh, Caroline Doctorow, And Friends

Chion Wolf

One of the many nice things about working here at WNPR is that our chief engineer Gene Amatruda actually seems to like setting up our studio for concerts. And every time Gene does it, the studio sounds a little better. I caught some of String Theorie on Where We Live last week, and I was knocked out by the sound.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:13 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Occupy New Haven, Architect Mark Simon, And "The Best Care Possible"

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Occupy New Haven protestors save the encampment on the Green for another two weeks, but not without an interesting twist. Paul Bass, from the New Haven Independent, has the story as it unfolds.

Architect Mark Simon, from the award winning architectural firm Centerbrook Architects, talks about thinking in three dimensions and how technology has changed the industry.

The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Irish Identity In The U.S.

Chion Wolf

Hartford and New Haven held their St. Patrick’s Day parades last weekend...but the holiday is actually this weekend. It’s a time when we’re supposed to honor and celebrate the rich Irish culture and history.

But - if you look at the way most Americans celebrate - it’s just another excuse to go to the bar.

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Where We Live
9:59 am
Fri March 16, 2012

String Theorie - Little Elephant

Chion Wolf

String Theorie is a Hartford-based band that plays what they call “Instrumental World Fusion.”

Fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Joel Weik, electric bassist Karl Messerschmidt and percsussionist Jordan Critchley have been playing all over Central Connecticut for the last few years - including in our studios.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:53 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Irish Music That Doesn't Suck

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I grew up thinking I didn't like Irish music, because I thought Irish music was "Danny Boy," "Dear Old Donegal," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," and "McNamara's Band." I was well into what passes for my adult life when I started to hear both Irish traditional music -- they call it "trad" back home -- and the contemporary music that builds -- with care and respect -- on the rhythms and idioms of the old jigs and reels and ballads and songs. And I was fully in love.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:44 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Misophonia, The Death of Common Sense, and Carl Zimmer on Animal Friendships

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We'll look at whether animals have friendships with one another the way humans do. And discover why some people become full of rage after hearing normal sounds, like clearing your throat. Plus: why laws can sometimes mean The Death of Common Sense.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:39 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Bringing President Clinton to Connecticut, Plus the Authors of I Want To Be

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President Bill Clinton is coming to speak in Hartford. What goes on behind the scenes to snag a high profile personality? That and other surprises coming your way…

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:34 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Book Show: March 9, 2012

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So many books, so little time. Don't miss The Book Show. She and the gang will recommend books in all categories, fiction and non-fiction.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:15 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Food Schmooze: Handheld Pies

Chronicle Books

Join The Food Schmooze party to learn about Connecticut moonshine, the new spirit on the block. And, how to make your own homemade pop tarts for kids and those of you who can't forget them.

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