Arts/Culture

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

Who Was Shakespeare?

Flickr Creative Commons, tonyetone

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'

Flickr Creative Commons, marek.krzystkiewicz

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

Sixth Lie/flickr creative commons

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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The Faith Middleton Show
10:23 am
Sat October 22, 2011

Cooking With Jams And Chutneys

Lisa/flickr creative commons

Cooking with Jams and Chutneys; Recipes from Beth's Farm Kitchen

Cookbook of jams, chutney recipes made from 100% natural products of Beth's Farm Kitchen, Hudson Valley, New York. Includes memoirs of Beth Linskey, founder of the company, including her 30 year contribution to the New York Green Market and Slow Food movements.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:56 am
Sat October 22, 2011

The Memoir Project

ShellyS

The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing and Life

A recent study revealed that the Number 1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book....about themselves. It's not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently understand that writing a memoir-whether it's a book, blog, or just a letter to a child-is the single greatest portal to self-examination.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:12 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

The Nose: Welcome To The 'Land Of Steady Habits'

Flickr Creative Commons, taberandrew

Is Connecticut funny? Is Connecticut anything?

In 1992, film-maker Ken Simon made a documentary attempting to probe the identity of the state. He interviewed a range of "experts," including me. The title of this documentary? "Between Boston and New York."

That tells you something. Even a painstaking attempt to pin down what Connecticut is winds up bowing to all the things Connecticut ain't.  There's a somewhat rude anatomical term for this. I'm not going to use it.

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Boom! Pow! Smash!
11:36 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Morning Edition: (Really) Old Comic Books On Display

Beinecke Library at Yale University

Maybe you read comic books as a kid - maybe you still do, or you have children that escape into the graphic narratives that have become part of our popular culture. A new exhibit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University explores the earliest roots of the modern day comic book. Joining us by phone this morning is the curator of Comic Inventions - The Pre-history of the Graphic Narrative in the 19th Century, Tim Young.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:14 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Keeping Your Child In Mind

Mindaugas Danys

Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrums, and Other Everyday Behavior Problems by Seeing the World through Your Child's Eyes

Being understood by someone you love is one of the most powerful feelings, at all ages. For a young child, it is the most important of all experiences because it allows the child’s mind and sense of self to grow.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:28 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Mike Doughty and Carolyn Kuan

Chion Wolf

There are parallels -- and I don't think I'm forcing them -- between indie rock musician Mike Doughty -- whom you'll hear on the show today, and Mahler's first symphony, which Hartford Symphony conductor Caroyln Kuan will discuss in advance of performing it for the next four nights.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:57 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Food Schmooze: Cake Simple

The Faith Middleton Show
9:38 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Food Schmooze: Man With A Pan

Kitty DuKane

Man with a Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers Who Cook for Their Families

Look who’s making dinner! Twenty-one of our favorite writers and chefs expound upon the joys—and perils—of feeding their families.

Mario Batali’s kids gobble up monkfish liver and foie gras. Peter Kaminsky’s youngest daughter won’t eat anything at all. Mark Bittman reveals the four stages of learning to cook. Stephen King offers tips about what to cook when you don’t feel like cooking. And Jim Harrison shows how good food and wine trump expensive cars and houses.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Steve Almond's America

"Never be deceived by a humorist, for if he is any good he is a deeply serious man moved by a quirk of temperament to speak a certain kind of truth in the form of jokes. Everybody can laugh at the jokes; the real trick is to understand them."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:12 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Wedding Bands & Wedding DJs

Chion Wolf.

Some of my best friends are DJs, but for me, there's something magical about a band -- at a wedding or just about any place else. Sure, a DJ can bring a few thousand songs, but in a way that adds to the mystique of the band. When they play a song you like, it's even more of a gift.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:54 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Food Schmooze: A World Tour Of Beloved Ground Meat Recipes From Award-Winning

essgee51

From the Ground Up

Ground meats are easily affordable and amazingly versatile—and common in almost every cuisine. Ground beef, pork, poultry, and seafood are staple ingredients across continents and cultures, but they've rarely been given the respect they deserve.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:43 am
Mon October 17, 2011

The End Of Overeating And A Halloween Magic-Lantern Show

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

Dr. David A. Kessler, the dynamic and controversial former FDA commissioner known for his crusade against the tobacco industry, is taking on another business that's making Americans sick: the food industry. In The End of Overeating, Dr. Kessler shows us how our brain chemistry has been hijacked by the foods we most love to eat: those that contain stimulating combinations of fat, sugar, and salt.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

The Nose: Tracking Changes In Newspapers And Occupy Wall Street

Flickr Creative Commons, david_shankbone

Are we all entitled to a few blind spots? If so, one of mine is newspapers. I keep thinking somebody is going to find ways to improve them and make them thrive, even as the evidence of my own eyes suggests the opposite.

Today on The Nose, one of our panelists is Susan Campbell from the Hartford Courant. A few weeks ago, she shuttered her blog on the newspaper's web site. And this week, her colleague Helen Ubinas announced that she's leaving.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Cartooning With Roz Chast

Larry D. Moore, Wikipedia

Roz will be signing WHAT I HATE at Books on the Common in Ridgefield, CT Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m.

In 1978, Roz Chast published her first New Yorker cartoon and one could argue that many things were never the same again. The magazine had never had a superstar woman cartoonist, but Chast grew into the role. And no New Yorker cartoonist had ever messed so boldly with the basic format of a cartoon.

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Where We Live
10:38 am
Thu October 13, 2011

The Yale-Peru Dispute Wraps Up

Catie Talarski

Diane Orson has made a “beat” out of covering a fascinating story of intrigue and international relations that reads like a combination of Indiana Jones and an Aaron Sorkin drama. Yale and the nation of Peru have been in a dispute for years over artifacts...a dispute that is now finally resolved. She just got back from a trip to Peru on Monday.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

The Life Of Languages

Kim Nowacki, Flickr Creative Commons

There are a lot of made-up languages with big fans. You may have heard of Na'vi from the movie Avatar, or Elvish from Lord of the Rings. Among fans, many of these languages have found a home on the web, where they continue to be developed and studied.

At the same time, thousands of real languages around the world are facing extinction.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Wed October 12, 2011

What the Fribble?!

Robert Banh

Today’s guest says when it comes to restaurants only three things matter: food, service and ambiance.

He says if restaurants don’t reinvent themselves every ten years or so, they’re doomed.

So goes our beloved Friendly’s, which hasn’t changed it’s decor in.... uh 50 years?! And the service and food were nothing to scream about.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:36 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Food Schmooze: Fine Cooking In Season

Elle-Epp

Fine Cooking in Season: Your Guide to Choosing and Preparing the Season's Best

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:20 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Halloween Memories & The Scrapbook Of Frankie Pratt

CarrieLu

Scaring Up Memories of Halloweens Past

Faith talks with author Katharine Weber about her best and worst Halloween costumes, candy trading, and trick-or-treating. 

Weber's most recent book, The Memory of All That, is a memoir about her family. Her novels include True Confections, Triangle, The Little Women, The Music Lesson, and Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:45 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

The Art & Business Of Fortune Telling

CarbonNYC, Flickr Creative Commons

One of the many things I love about the Canadian novelist Robertson Davies is the way his otherwise orderly, scholarly, reasonable Canadian characters are forever bumping up against the realms of the obscure which include, to borrow a list from another Davies fan, alchemy, saints' legends, Gypsy wisdom, tarot cards, shamanistic rituals, Anglo-Catholicism, and Jungian psychology. Davies rarely seems to endorse any of the above. He simply notes that they exist and that some people use them in interesting ways.

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What's Cookin', Moonshine
7:37 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Moonshine Is Back

From Onyx Spirits Facebook page

Moonshine. The word evokes images of Hillbillies sipping out of jugs or mason jars, and brass stills nestled deep in the backwoods during prohibition. A Connecticut start-up has brought Moonshine into the 21st century, and as WNPR's Ray Hardman reports, the liquor is getting a lot of attention.

"Basically this is where the product is in its tanks ready to be made into the finished product. So we've got moonshine here in these two 50-gallon drums and we've got the organic..."

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:54 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Psychologist Nancy Horn Gives Advice On Fighting Fair

Helgi Halldórsson

Psychologist Nancy Horn talks about the rules for fighting with partners, friends, work colleagues, and salespeople. Plus, live music and horror films at New Haven's Firehouse 12.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

The Nose: The Newly-Ending Stories

gongus, wfyurasko, andrechinn, Flickr Creative Commons

Even though I deplore what he said about President Obama on Fox & Friends and even though he seems, in general, like kind of a deplorable person, I kinda wish everybody would reconsider the idea of dropping Hank Williams Jr. from Monday Night Football's opening. There's some ethos of excess and yahooism that Hank captures perfectly, and, really, here at NPR, we've learned some hard lessons abou tossing people named Williams aside just because they said something stupid on television.

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Where We Live
10:50 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Egyptian Music (Heavy Metal And Rap Included)

Banning Eyre

Egypt has a deep cultural and musical tradition that goes back thousands of years.

That history is continuing with modern music that provided the soundtrack to this spring’s uprising and overthrow of the government.

Afropop Worldwide - the public radio show dedicated to the music of the African continent - and heard Saturday nights at 11 - premieres its latest “Hip Deep” series this week, and its all about Egypt.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:05 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Book Show: What Material Possessions Would You Give Up To Retire?

Jan H.

Faith Middleton's book buddies explore the notion of life after retirement. Plus, their recommendations on good reads.

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