Arts/Culture

The Faith Middleton Show
10:09 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Gift Giving, The Lost Art Of Album Covers, And Framing Works Of Art

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How to give the right present to the right person. What ever happened to record album covers? And how to frame something to bring out the best in your work of art.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:45 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

What Makes An Educated Person, Sparking Creativity, and Assasins of the Turquoise Palace

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Gina Barreca talks about what makes and educated person. Psychologist Nancy Horn gives some ideas on how to have more creativity in your life, and author Roya Hakakian discusses the complexities of Iran in her new book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.

Assassins of the Turquoise Palace

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:10 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Brian Dennehy & Samuel Beckett's Legacy

Wikimedia Commons

Samuel Beckett's plays are the little black dress of modernist literature. They go with anything.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Philippe Petit & Paul Winter Discuss Creativity

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Is creativity an act or an attitude? In Man on Wire, Philippe Petit, the high wire artist who walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, says, “To me it’s so simple that life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion, to refuse to taper yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a challenge.”

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World War Two
1:20 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Stalin Digital Archive Unveiled

Yale

Yale University Press unveiled its online “Stalin Digital Archive” today. The archive contains newly declassified documents, including Stalin’s personal papers, and communications with heads of state during the Great Purges.

Several years ago, Yale University Press director John Donatich traveled to Russia. Men in white lab coats escorted him deep into Stalin’s archive, where he was handed Stalin’s personal copy of  Lenin’s book:  'The State and Revolution'.

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Refurbish
11:01 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Morning Edition: Loving The Horses

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:04 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Food Schmooze: The First Real Kitchen Cookbook

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The First Real Kitchen Cookbook: 100 Recipes and Tips for New Cooks

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:29 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Paul Marcarelli & "The Green"

Table Ten Productions

Reality is composed of the public and the private. Paul Marcarelli was the Test Man, the "Can You Hear Me Now" guy for nine years of iconic commercials. During that time, he believed he could not identify himself as a gay man without affecting his income stream. The Test Man had to be Everyman, not part of a sub-group.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:57 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Alexandra Styron On 'Reading My Father'

Jill Krementz

Few novelists of the past 50 years have enjoyed the huge success and lengthy renown of William Styron. With Sophie’s Choice, Lie Down in Darkness, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Confessions of Nat Turner, Styron established himself as a masterful chronicler of the American experience. But his gift for fiction came at a heavy price. The last twenty-five years of Styron’s life were marked by episodes of devastating depression, the first of which he documented with stunning candor in Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:57 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: How To Be A Better Writer, The Art Of Friendship, And An Interesting Book

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Amy Bloom talks about how to be a better writer. Psychologist Nancy Horn explains the art of friendship. And, a new way to look at books.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:25 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

The Nose: Garrison Keillor, Penn State Drama, Andy Rooney, And... Oops!

Trishhhh, Flickr Creative Commons

Newsflash -- on this show Garrison Keillor threw cold water on his much-publicized earlier statements that he would retire from PHC in 2013.

You can hear him say, on the audio here: :"I’m starting to doubt that myself. I’ve been thinking about it, thinking: what else would I do? And I can’t come up with anything….If I didn’t do it I would wind up in a tiny walk-up apartment with a couple of cats."

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:04 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Book Show: November 11, 2011

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Whether you seek to learn or escape into a different world, The Book Show crew has recommendations on great reads to help you make your way through your library, local bookstore, and the internet.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:12 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Food Schmooze: James Peterson's Latest Cookbook, Kitchen Simple

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Kitchen Simple: Essential Recipes for Everyday Cooking

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:25 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

On Being A Punk

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It was Good Friday, 1982, and I was up in the balcony at the Lit Club in Hartford, a punk rock epicenter housed in the Lithuanian American Club in Hartford.

National acts like Black Flag, Killing Time and the Circle Jerks played the Lit in its heyday, but its local heroes were Jack Tragic and the Unfortunates. Jack was a West Hartford Hall High dropout, and the group had a punk hit called "I Kill Hippies." 

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Wed November 9, 2011

On Deadline

thomasbonte, creative commons

Today CL&P faces their final deadline to have everyones power back on. Are you still in the 1%?

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:08 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Obsessing About Weight, And Exploring The Human Smile

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Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:18 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Managing Your Money With Robert Kreitler, Art Critic Steve Heller, And Keeping

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Have you ever been able to keep a secret in your life, without telling a single other person? Faith Middleton and Bruce Clements explore the art of secret keeping. Plus art critic Steve Heller, and a look at how to manage money in this economy.

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Good Reads
11:07 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Morning Edition: Thriller Author For Historical Preservation

Jacket design: Marc J. Cohen/Scott Biel

New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry weaves factual history into his thriller novels. In his latest novel, The Jefferson Key he connects the assassinations of four Presidents to a hidden clause in the U.S. Constitution. Steve Berry will be in Hartford this weekend for a series of events, and he joins us now by phone.

November 5, 9 am - 1 pm History Matters Event, Writers Workshop, Hartford, Connecticut

November 5, 4:30 - 6 pm History Matters Event, "An Evening With Steve Berry", Hartford, CT

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:49 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Walking With Wallace Stevens

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, Wolfie and I walked the Wallace Stevens route with our friend the Hartford film-maker Helder Mira and intern Andrew Kufta. We started at the first marker.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:18 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Food Schmooze: Allison Fishman's Cookbook, You Can Trust A Skinny Cook, And Chef

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You Can Trust a Skinny Cook

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:05 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Problem Talkers And Rosamond Bernier's Memoir, Some Of My Lives

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

One of the world's most revered lecturers on art, Rosamond Bernier, joins Faith Middleton to talk about her knock-out memoir, Some of My Lives. And an exploration of the problem conversationalist, from interrupting to not listening, with Jane Stern.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:19 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Hypocrisy And Ain't Misbehavin

Long Wharf Theatre

Is "faking it" as a person always a bad thing? Explore the art of hypocrisy with Faith Middleton and Bruce Clements. Plus, a celebration of Aint Misbehavin at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven for those who want a sassy good time.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:19 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Food Schmooze: Just Tacos

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Just Tacos: 100 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Once a staple of Mexican street food, tacos have crossed the border to great popularity. Taco’s endless variety of great-tasting flavors satisfies any time of day—in all kinds of ways. Convenient, portable, and affordable, tacos are equally welcome at a dinner party, for brunch, or as an afternoon snack. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:55 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Art In The Name Of Mediocrity

Jonathon Keats

Hear from Jonathon Keats, a conceptual artist, experimental philosopher, and regular CMS contributor, whose latest project is an exhibit that tries to make art more consistent with the Copernican truth that Earth is a mediocre planet. 

Plus, find out what the color beige has to do with the universe!

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:18 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Poster Boy Subverts Advertising, One Slice At A Time

Patrick Raycraft, The Hartford Courant

You're about to meet Poster Boy, an artist who defaces and rearranges advertising posters so that new messages appear. His work is up at Real Art Ways and we recorded this interview late last week.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:25 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Who Was Shakespeare?

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Shakespeare is back on television in a big way. You can't watch commercial TV for 45 minutes without seeing an ad for the movie "Anonymous," opening Friday and advancing the argument that Shakespeare's plays were not written by the Stratford commoner but by a British nobleman.

The debate has been raging for many decades now, and the people in the argument tend not to stay very calm about it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:58 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

John Sayles' "Amigo"

Variance Films

It has been called "The Forgotten War", but it's not forgotten by writer and director John Sayles, who is on the show to talk about his newest film about the Philippine-American war, "Amigo".

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:50 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

How Hemingway's Letters Bid 'A Farewell to Macho'

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New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recently wrote that Ernest Hemingway, on the 50th anniversary of his death by his own hand, is having a bit of a renaissance.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:04 am
Tue October 25, 2011

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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Where We Live
10:38 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Andre Dubus III

Jacket design: Evan Gaffney Design (photo by Chion Wolf)

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. On Sundays, Andre spent time with his dad, an author and college professor. Today we have a conversation with Dubus, the House of Sand and Fog author, about his new memoir Townie, about a clash of worlds, physical violence, and the failures and triumphs of love.

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