Arts/Culture

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

Downton Abbey - PBS's Water Cooler Phenomenon

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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

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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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The Faith Middleton Show
12:29 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Authors of Through a Dog's Eyes and Give Me Tomorrow

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Through a Dog's Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World by Jennifer Arnold
A “transformative,” inspiring book with the power to change the way we understand and communicate with our dogs.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:24 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

The Nose: *Insert Bad Jeremy Lin Pun*, Contraception, Diets And Endoresments

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Quick. Who are the speakers in the following quotes?

"My audience is God. ... The right way to play is not for others and not for myself, but for God. I’m still learning to be selfless and submit myself to God and give up my game to Him.”

Quote Two: "I invited God to become the chairman of the board of my life."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

What Do 'Supertasters' Say About How We Taste Food?

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I cook whenever possible. I experiment a lot with ingredients. But I wouldn't say I had a sharp sense of taste. I'm in the group of "medium tasters" who make up 50 percent of the human eating population.

Lately I've been using pink salt, mainly because a guy at a farmer's market gave me some to try. And I like the look of it. It does seem, even to my unrefined palate, that something a little different happens when I substitute it for more conventional salts.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:11 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Welcome To The Printed World

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What is 3-D printing? One of our guests today, Michael Weinberg explained it better than I could:

"Essentially, a 3D printer is a machine that can turn a blueprint into a physical object. Feed it a design for a wrench, and it produces a physical, working wrench. Scan a coffee mug with a 3-D scanner, send the file to the printer, and produce thousands of identical mugs."

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Food Schmooze: Chris Prosperi's Chicken Chili, And The Queen Of Indian Cooking,

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Chicken Chilicourtesy of Chris Prosperi

1 tablespoon oil

1 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup chopped green pepper

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 – 12 ounce beer

1 pound chopped cooked chicken

1 can black or navy beans - drained

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:27 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Authors of A Force for Nature and Triumverate

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:35 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Authors Of Through A Dog's Eyes, And Give Me Tomorrow

The Faith Middleton Show
6:09 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Authors Of On Second Thought, And Tories

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On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:06 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Authors Of Generosity Unbound, And The Women Jefferson Loved

Jacket design: Marc J. Cohen/Scott Biel

 Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class

In Generosity Unbound, Claire Gaudiani mounts a spirited defense of philanthropic freedom addressed to conservatives, liberals and centrists. She acknowledges the good intentions of those who favor greater regulation of private philanthropy, but powerfully demonstrates the dangers of this approach.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:16 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Authors Of A Force For Nature, And Triumvirate

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A Force For Nature: The Story of NRDC and its Fight to Save Our Planet

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:53 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

The Nose: Live From New Haven With Emily Bazelon, Jack Hitt And Mark Oppenheimer

Chion Wolf

We're in New Haven today, borrowing the Faith Middleton studio to do the Nose with a stellar Elm City lineup of Emily Bazelon from Slate, Jack Hitt, often heard on This American Life, and Mark Oppenheimer, who is pretty much everywhere.

The topics, however, are not all that different. The Republican nomination drama seems to fuel our conversation every week. They are the new Kardashians, and if it seems like it's dragging on a long time, well not really.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:42 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Food Schmooze: Best Bake Sale Cookbook

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Best Bake Sale Cookbook: Cookies for Kids Cancer

Every cookie makes a difference!

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:41 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Food Schmooze: Cake Simple

Where We Live
10:03 am
Fri February 10, 2012

SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!

The Colin McEnroe Show
6:16 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Stolen Moon Rocks? Pure Lunacy!

Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, but the first man to urinate there was Buzz Aldrin, just a little ahead of Neil. The two astronauts relieved themselves into bags within their suits, then removed the bags and left them on the lunar surface. When you gotta go, you gotta go. It was time to go.

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Where We Live
10:50 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Improv Everywhere

Stephen Haynes

The songwriter Paul Simon once said: Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.

Improvisation is one of the key parts of musical expression...from fiddling with chord changes until a song emerges, to full-on “free” jazz, created on the spot.  In fact, jazz is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of “improv” - followed by comedy.

A troupe of actors, thrown quickly into haphazard situations - forced to think fast and create characters and dialogue on the spot.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:01 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Best & Worst Super Bowl Ads 2012

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Do Super Bowl commercials hold up a mirror to, well, anything? Maybe, by the time you've paid three or four or seven million dollars for the time, plus your production costs, you've entered such a realm of insanity that it would be impossible to connect your final product back to anything going on in the real world.

Today, we'll be analyzing a lot of the ads you saw yesterday. Some of them can only be discussed in terms of whether they worked or not. Did they entertain you? Did they make you want to buy a Chevy or a bag of Doritos?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:25 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

The Nose: Komen Vs Planned Parenthood, And Diagnosing Grief

Chion Wolf

The sudden news that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has apologized and essentially reversed itself on the issue of defunding Planed Parenthood is yet another example of the incredible power of the internet. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:11 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Cinematic Titanic Carries On Mystery Science Theater 3000's Legacy

Chion Wolf

Today we have what I think of as the Terry Gross Problem.

I'm always impressed by the way Terry Gross just leads with her own pop culture tastes and doesn't seem to worry too much about whether her audience is on the same page. She'll do a whole show interviewing people from the show "Justified"  and just count on her audience to roll along with her, whether they watch "Justified" or not. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:52 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

The Joys & Perils Of Online Dating

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:51 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Food Schmooze: Authors of Southern Pies and The City Cook

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Get ready food lovers, we have mouth-watering southern pies and recipes for new cooks who need to know what equipment is necessary and how to make the basics in a delicious yet simple way.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:44 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

The Hardcore Side Of Christian Rock

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Even if you think you have absolutely no relationship to Christian metal, you might have to think again, especially if you were a faithful watcher of "Friday Night Lights." Remember Landry's band Crucifictorius, which was almost called Stigmatalingus? That was a Christian speed metal band.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:24 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Authors of Outside Looking In and Practical Wisdom

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Pulitzer winner Garry Wills talks about his memoir observing and reporting on the great events of the modern era. And, if you wrote a guide to practical wisdom, what would be in it besides the golden rule?

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:15 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Authors of Present at the Creation and Lion of Liberty

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Learn about the machine trying to figure out how we were created. And the story of Patrick Henry, the first of the founding fathers to call for a citizen revolt. Is history repeating itself?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Clowns All Around

Chion Wolf

Here's a quote: "A clown is funny in the circus ring. But what would be the normal reaction to opening a door at midnight, and finding the same clown standing there in the moonlight?"

Sounds like a 21st century post-modern take on clowns, but it actually comes from Lon Chaney, the horror movie star who died in 1930.

Almost one hundred years ago, somebody understood that clowns can be scary. To Chaney, it was all a matter of context. What we've almost forgotten in our 21st century post modern mood is the first part of Chaney's statement. Clowns are funny.

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Antarctica
11:55 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Sixty Degrees Below Zero

"What a night - couldn't see my hand in front of my face, so dropped down on all fours and crawled in the direction of the tractor, - just a few feet away mind you, and I just don't know how long it did take me to reach the back door of the tractor which was now half buried in the snowdrift...recorded -60 below." wrote Connecticut native John Henry Von der Wall on September 25, 1934. Von der Wall was a member of an Antarctic expedition led by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Byrd was the first person to fly over the South Pole and North Pole.

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