Arts/Culture

The Faith Middleton Show
9:54 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Faith's In The Hot Seat, Bruce Clements Follows Fashion, And Jane Stern

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Bruce Clements on the purpose of fashion, and why we care. Jane Stern on why animal companions matter as much as they do. And a Hot Seat interview...mystery guest and Faith has to do a spontaneous interview.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:34 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

In Defense Of Fixing Stuff

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This show is happening partly because my TV set broke. It was a big flat screen Samsung purchased in 2008, and it suddenly wouldn't turn on.

I asked about TV repair on Facebook and was surprised at how many people told me that nobody fixes anything anymore. So I posted again on Facebook, writing "Really, I just have to throw it out?"

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:02 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Food Schmooze: Cook This Now

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Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make

Melissa Clark, New York Times Dining Section columnist, offers a calendar year's worth of brand-new recipes for cooking with fresh, local ingredients--replete with lively and entertaining stories of feeding her own family and friends.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:40 am
Sat December 31, 2011

Book Show: December 30, 2011

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So many books, so little time. Faith and her book buddies share their list of recommended reads.

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Music
4:24 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Chuck Obuchowski's Favorite Jazz Recordings of 2011

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Friends often complain to me that they have a tough time finding new music which really wows them. They suggest that the current jazz scene needs more star power: after all, where are the Armstrongs, the Ellingtons, the Monks and the Coltranes of this generation?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

The Nose: Looking Back At 2011, Looking Forward To 2012

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The job we do here tends to breed a mild case of optimism, because we spend a lot of time talking about new ideas. If we spent a lot of time talking about the status quo, we'd be more pessimistic because so many basic institutions -- political, financial, medical and cultural -- all seem broken.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:09 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Our Favorite Jazz For 2011

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Like pretty much everybody else on the planet, I bought my first jazz recordings in college. Thirty-five years later, I still feel inadequate and intimidated by a lot of what I hear. I think listening to jazz is sort of a muscle. Either you use it or it atrophies.

For today's show, we asked three jazz experts to pull together about 15 of their favorite recordings from the past year. (Listed below.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:32 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Is Everybody A Gossip?

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On the Internet, gossip lives forever.

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Social Media
2:52 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

The Nose: Defriending On Facebook, North Korean Chic & Beliefs

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Everything contains its own opposite said the philosopher Heraclitus. From Freud and Erikson we came to understand this in terms of forbidden impulses. In his 2011 book "Boomerang," Michael Lewis dwells on the notion that Germans -- despite or because of -- their cultural obsession with order and cleanliness are also drenched -- through their sayings, idioms, folktales and riddles -- in the imagery of feces.

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Where We Live
9:58 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Santa, Scrooge and Economics

Chion Wolf

Twas the last show before Christmas and we’re visiting Santa, Scrooge...and an economist.

We’re digging into the Where We Live archive for some of our favorite interviews from previous Decembers.

The holiday season is what many retailers look forward to. Consumers head out or log-on in hopes of finding the perfect present for friends and family. But we’ll hear from an economist who proposes a different idea and he calls it, Scroogenomics.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:51 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Presents, Baubles & Bells

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Join Faith for a call-in show on the joys of the holiday season, from family and friends to presents and donations to those in need. In this busy life, we'll pause to appreciate Christmas.

Our holiday playlist from today's show:

  • Fiona Apple / Frosty the Snowman
  • Sha Na Na / The Rockin' Dreidel Song
  • Dean Martin / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  • Straight No Chaser / You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • Ella Fitzgerald / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Barenaked Ladies / Carol of the Bells
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The Faith Middleton Show
9:53 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Food Schmooze: Jonathan Waxman's Culinary Lesson In Italian Cooking And Chris

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Feel Good Chicken SoupChris Prosperi

2 qt chicken broth

1 quart water

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 tablespoon honey

2 sprigs of fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dry

1 inch piece ginger cut in half

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

4 cups assorted chopped root vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, celery root, etc)

Salt and black pepper to taste

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:38 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Our Favorite Songs Of 2011

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We're bringing our music experts in today to give you their picks, especially those of you who have to buy stuff for other people during the holiday giving season. I decided to get out of their way and not bring in any picks of my own, but I'll use this little unencumbered moment to mention a few things.

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Where We Live
11:12 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Mormon Voting Trends

Chion Wolf

A recent Trinity College study takes a look at socio-demographic trends among the United States' Mormon population. Mormons make up just 1.4% of the U.S. adult population and vote heavily Republican.

It is also a group with very high rates of voter registration. We talk with someone who worked on this study, Juhem Navarro-Rivera and take listener phone calls about the media's coverage of the Mormon presidential candidates.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:08 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Tis The Season For Decorations

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On today's show: How do we find happiness with Dr. Nancy Horn, design critic Steve Heller, analyzes Christmas decorations, and protecting your money in this wild economy. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:31 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

The Nose: Christopher Hitchens & Tebow Trend While Mann's Malloy Epic Continues

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The person with the best take on the death of Christopher Hitchens would have to be Christopher Hitchens.

Here he is:

"The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more."

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Where We Live
11:37 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Where We Live: Mates of State

Catie Talarski

NPR Music says Mates of State are the “sound of infectious joy.”  Its a joy that rubs right off of this very happy and pleasant married couple - both on their new record, Mountaintops, and in person.

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Gwathmey Siegel Architects

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

The modernist architectural team of Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel used art as an inspiration throughout their long collaboration, which produced many acclaimed public buildings and private residences until Gwathmey’s death in 2009.

The inspiration they drew from art forms the basis of an exhibit of their work on display at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery - until January 27th.  

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Gwathmey Siegel Architects

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

The modernist architectural team of Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel used art as an inspiration throughout their long collaboration, which produced many acclaimed public buildings and private residences until Gwathmey’s death in 2009.

The inspiration they drew from art forms the basis of an exhibit of their work on display at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery - until January 27th.  

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Husky, Souful, Evocative
9:52 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Morning Edition: "You Sound A Lot Like...Milton."

"Booker" is one of singer songwriter Milton's most well known songs, a tribute to the late New Orleans pianist James Booker. In fact it was the NPR song of the day back in 2009. With his husky soulful voice and evocative lyrics, Milton has garnered high praise from critics and scores of fans. Milton plays Friday night at Cafe Nine in New Haven, and he joins us now by phone.
 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

All Tech (Problems) Considered

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I have a problem.

The computer that was the home base for my iTunes has died, so the only place my iTunes exist is on my iPod.

If you tell me I should have backed up my iTunes, I will hit you. I googled this whole problem and learned that solutions do exist. I tried one of them and was too stupid to be able to make it work.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Holiday Advertising

Lucky Strike

It's the holiday season! Christmas, Hanukah, Christmakuh, Kwanza, or as advertisers like to think of it, the season when they separate you from your money.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:51 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

The "Look For The Good Project," Women In The Movies, And Adapting To Change

Wendy Natter

Discover what happened when a young Connecticut woman used Kickstarter to help her get her idea off the ground. She wants postcards from anywhere and everywhere, with your explanation of what you're grateful for. Plus, Gina Barreca talks about women's roles in the movies, and psychologist Nancy Horn looks at how we adapt to change.

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Manners
10:01 am
Sat December 10, 2011

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 25

Cindy Papish Gerber

Episode 25 was recorded at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange (there's also a Chips in Fairfield) where we feasted on award-winning pancakes. (Thanks to Dina for her award-winning hospitality!)

Our guest editors were Susannah Bailin, Jaki Valensi-LauperRandye Kaye, and Helen Kauder.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

The Nose: Perry's Ad, The War On Christmas, & The Word Of The Year

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Last year, while filing in to a holiday party, I overheard a woman grumbling about how much she dislikes having people in stores greet her with something neutral like "Happy Holidays." 

"I let'em know!" she snarled. "It's Merry Christmas."

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Nutcracker
7:56 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Morning Edition: The Ballet Dancer Who Became A Marine

Ballet companies far and wide are deep into Nutcracker mode this time of year. The Ballet Theater Company of West Hartford is no exception, but it may be the only production of the Nutcracker being choreographed by a former Marine. Roman Baca served in Iraq, and he joins us now by phone.

The Ballet Theater Company's production of The Nutcracker gets underway next week, December 15-18 at the Carol Autorino Center on the campus of St. Joseph College in West Hartford.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:10 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Fonts & Typefaces

Chion Wolf

Matthew Carter is the Oprah of fonts. He has created Georgia, Tahoma, Bell Centennial and Verdana. Everything he touches turns to gold. For his troubles, Carter recently received a Mcarthur Genius Grant. We're thrilled to have him on he show today, but even more thrilled by the topic of fonts and typography. We'll be talking today about how fonts sell movies, tip elections, and convey stability, austerity or prosperity.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:11 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Occupy Updates, Botched Butlers, & Listener Letters

Chion Wolf, digital art.

From the size of the police presence that descended on Occupy Hartford's Turning Point Park yesterday afternoon, you would have guessed that General Zod and his super powered confederates had burst out of the phantom zone. Instead, the enormous caravan of cruisers, horses and police equipment was deployed to evict about ten scruffy, tired tent-dwellers.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:58 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

New Art Online, A Novel For Young Adults, And Bruce Clements On Aging

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Design critic, Steve Heller, explains how the occupy movement has created new art online.

The young adult novel, Four SeasonsAllegra Katz has been playing piano since she was four. But these aren't just any piano lessons. She studies at the Julliard School in New York, where careers are being formed—or not.

Author, Bruce Clements, explores the meaning of aging.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:12 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Sea Tea Improv and "Funny Times"

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Have you noticed that nothing is ever quite funny enough?

Last night I was reading a story in the New Yorker and glancing at the cartoons and kind of gasping at how not funny they were. Hey, this is the New Yorker! It's not like there's some place else for all the better cartoons to go.

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