Arts/Culture

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

Flickr Creative Commons, kubotake

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

Mike Goren/flickr creative commons

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

Justin Ruckman/flickr creative commons

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

Lin Pernille Photography/flickr creative commons

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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Coming Home Project
10:27 am
Wed March 14, 2012

A Veteran's Writing Project

Chion Wolf

Today we'll profile an interesting program happening at Central Connecticut State University within the English Department.  It’s in collaboration with the “Veteran’s Project” which is putting together a “Welcome Home” event on March 31 at the Armory in Hartford. English professor Mary Collins is working with her creative writing students to tell Veteran's stories. 

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Smart Cookie
9:47 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Connecticut Student Goes To Intel Talent Search Competition

From her Intel Science Talent Search bio

One Connecticut student is in Washington D.C. for the Intel Science Talent Search. 17-year-old Zizi Yu is a student at Amity Regional High School and her project focused on food allergies in young children. She joined 39 other students from around the country in this competition. In addition to presenting her project, the students also had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.

WNPR's Ray Hardman recently spoke with Zizi when she was in Washington D.C.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:22 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Bill Griffith Talks Comedy, Art & 'Zippy The Pinhead'

Bill Griffith

True story ... last week, the Connecticut legislature's Environment Committee's public hearing agenda included, on the same day, An Act Permitting the Possession of Reindeer Year Round and An Act Concerning the Hunting of Deer with a Pistol.

This is why I don't celebrate April Fool's Day. Life is like this every day. Break that story apart into separate scenes, and your mind is flooded with images of a man plugging a deer with a Saturday night special or a young couple walking their reindeer on a leash.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

The Nose: GCB's & Internet Slactivism

Chris Ptacek (Chenoweth), Getty Images (Kony)

The Joseph Kony internet meme is racing across our hive mind with a speed and force almost unprecedented, at least for something serious. The video about the Ugandan opposition leaders seems to have had about 35 million views in one day. And the videos and its makers now have the support of Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, P. Diddy, Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest and Tim Tebow. So Joseph Kony, your days are numbered.

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Rockin'
11:46 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Dex Romweber's "Long, Illustrious Career"

Prehensile Eye (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Flat Duo Jets were the darling of college radio in the 80's and 90's. The duo, guitarist Dex Romweber and drummer Chris Crow Smith influenced scores of musicians with their wild, raw performances of 50's rockabilly tunes. Guitarist Jack White points to the Flat Duo Jets as a major influence on him and his own duo band the White Stripes.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:17 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Are All Facts Relative?

Flickr Creative Commons, Stewart

What is the truth? It's a question that comes up a lot in the news. Is Barack Obama a Muslim? Were there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?  Did 9/11 happen as we were told? Was JFK killed by a lone gun man? Were there any real instances in which Vietnam veterans were spat upon? Is there any such thing as post-traumatic stress disorder? Do certain vaccines cause autism? Is evolution a theory or a scientific truth?

I could go on.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:40 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Novelist Margot Livesey, Designer Steven Heller, and Architect Duo Dickinson

Russell Darnell/flickr creative commons

Margot Livesey talks about her popular new novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. And architect Duo Dickinson explains how to stay in the house you're in using novel ways to change it.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:15 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Food Schmooze: Quick & Easy Mexican Cooking

Rachel/flickr creative commons

The Food Schmooze gang gets into quick and easy weeknight Mexican cooking at home. Plus, the new surprising foodie thing at one hotel chain.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:50 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Music, Music, Music

T. Charles Erickson/Long Wharf Theatre

Enjoy the power of music with Faith: the life stories of Mick Jagger and Roseanne Cash, and the world premiere of the musical February House at Long Wharf Theatre.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:54 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Authors Of A Global Life, And The World In 2050

Магадан/flickr creative commons

A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank

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Arts/Culture
10:47 am
Fri March 2, 2012

On The Road

Michael Krigsman (Flickr Creative Commons)

Roads get you where you need to go...at least some of the time. But roads are more than just well worn paths for busy motorists.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Arranged Marriages In America & Abroad

Chion Wolf

Maybe choice and autonomy are overrated. We live in a world where the notion of marrying someone picked out by somebody else is damn near terrifying. Autonomy! We have to have it, right? But then, a lot of our marriages don't work out so well. The rate of divorce in the world of arranged marriages is far, far lower, although there are -- of course -- multiple explanations for that. But there really is a chance that happiness can be arrived at by taking a different route than the first one that comes up on our emotional GPS device.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:28 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Shock Of Gray, And You Already Know How To Be Great

Umbrella Shot/flickr creative commons

Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World's Population and How It Pits Young against Old, Child against Parent, Worker against Boss, Company against Rival, and Nation against Nation

Shock of Gray is about Everyone, Especially You:

Is your family smaller than the one you grew up in"

Do you obsess about looking younger" Do you know why"

Do you know someone who planned to retire but now cannot"

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Backyard Chickens

Chion Wolf

Today's show is already breaking some kind of record for communications from the outside world received in advance of the actual episode. As soon as the promo started airing, we started getting emails, and what those emails told us was:

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:58 am
Sat February 25, 2012

Book Show: February 24, 2012

Phil Moore/flickr creative commons

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

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History
3:17 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

A Beautiful and Goodly Tree

When Thomas Hooker and his party reached Hartford in 1636, they would have found majestic elm trees growing in the meadows along the Connecticut River.

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Rock n' Folk
2:55 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Cowboy Junkies In The Wilderness

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

The Nose: Lovin' & Hatin' On The 2012 Oscar Nominees

Los Angeles Times, Wikimedia

I'm even grumpier than usual about the Oscars, which I both love and hate. Most years, I have a movie I love that's somewhere in the hunt. Last year, even though I knew "Winter's Bone" wasn't going to win anything, it was fun to root for it.

The year before, I most rooted against "Avatar," and cherished the notion that "District 9" was in many ways the most original and thoughtful movie among the nominees.

The year before that -- well, at least there was the certainty that Heath Ledger's performance in "The Dark Knight" was the best work anybody did all year.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Define Irony ...

Flickr Creative Commons, dullhunk

Mort Sahl was one of the true American -- actually he was from Canada -- ironists, in the sense that his lines -- I can't really call them jokes -- were more likely to make you think than make you laugh.

Of President Bush in 2004, he said, "He's the face on the can. But who canned that soup?" In the same routine he claimed that God watches what liberals do. "If we support someone we don't believe in and say he's electable, then God will make sure he's not elected and hope we do better the next time."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Downton Abbey - PBS's Water Cooler Phenomenon

Wikimedia Commons

At the outset, Downton Abbey looked like just another PBS costume drama. But it came in from England with a little extra buzz, and then it picked up steam with viewers.

By the end of its first season, it had become appointment television for a lot of people who don't ordinarily watch PBS on Sunday nights. In its second season, which concluded Sunday night, it had reached the stage the programmers crave. It was a water cooler phenomenon, heavily discussed on social media and among real live human beings the next morning at work.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:27 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Food Schmooze: Rose's Heavenly Cakes, And Helen Chen's Easy Asian Noodles

This extraordinary collection of heavenly cake recipes from "Diva of Desserts" Rose Levy Beranbaum, the award-winning author of The Cake Bible, is an essential kitchen companion for anyone who loves to bake. Illustrated throughout with stunning full-color photography, the book's meticulously tested, easy-to-follow recipes are all you need to create spectacularly beautiful cakes in your home kitchen.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

For The Love Of Dogs

The Faith Middleton Show
2:25 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

India: A Portrait

Dennis Jarvis/flickr creative commons

India: A Portrait

Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has ever seen. In this dazzlingly panoramic book, Patrick French chronicles that epic change, telling human stories to explain a larger national narrative.

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