Arts/Culture

The Faith Middleton Show
2:41 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Rat Island with William Stolzenburg

Ed Yourdon

Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue

Rat Island rises from the icy gray waters of the Bering Sea, a mass of volcanic rock covered with tundra, midway between Alaska and Siberia. Once a remote sanctuary for enormous flocks of seabirds, the island gained a new name when shipwrecked rats colonized, savaging the nesting birds by the thousands. Now, on this and hundreds of other remote islands around the world, a massive-and massively controversial-wildlife rescue mission is under way.

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Stanley Tigerman, Architect and Dreamer

The Faith Middleton Show
1:24 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Amy Bloom Talks About The Do's & Don'ts Of Breaking Up

stateofplace

On today's show Author Amy Bloom talks about the do's and don'ts of breaking up. Plus, Faith is in the hot seat. The producers choose a mystery guest and Faith conducts an interview without any preparation.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:41 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Food Schmooze: Off The Menu

Welcome Enterprises

Off the Menu: Staff Meals from America's Top Restaurantsby Marissa Guggiana

Baby Back Ribs with Barbecue Sauce

Chef Jay Swift feels everyone should have a barbecue sauce of their own devising. Grocery-store shelves are full of them, but I never find one that hits just the right spot for me. In my estimation, they are often too sweet. If you need a starting point for your recipe, let this be it. Swift’s sauce—with its complexity, and its balance of sweet, spice, tart, and heat—stands up to any barbecue cut.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Staying Entertained On A Budget

Don Hankins, Flickr Creative Commons

Our in-house name for this show is "Entertainment Freeganism", but that's kind of a misnomer. On the one hand, it's true that you can entertain yourself with a lot of free television and movies on your computer, if you're willing to watch it all there - and the amount of free music available on the internet is staggering. A visit we paid to a local library did remind us of how much free material there is to be had there. And, as you'll learn on our show today, a good antenna will give you surprisingly high quality over-the-air television.

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Music
8:18 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Harp Guitar Gathering In Connecticut

Musicians from Europe, Canada and across the U.S. will meet in Connecticut on October 8th & 9th for the 9th annual Harp Guitar Gathering. What’s a harp guitar?   

Think of an acoustic guitar – either nylon or steel string - sitting on your lap. Between your chin and the guitar, half of a harp springs out from the top shoulder of the instrument. It's a sight to behold!  There are no frets on the additional strings. They’re either plucked or resonate as you play, but they expand the instrument’s range down as low as a grand piano.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:32 am
Wed September 28, 2011

What Do You Want To Happen To Your Body Once You Kick The Bucket; The Memory

David Denicolò

The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities

The Memory of All That is Katharine Weber’s memoir of her extraordinary family. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:58 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

How To Handle A Nonstop Talker; Long Wharf's Theater Season

David Joyce

How to handle a non-stop talker at your next dinner party. Plus, a look at the Long Wharf Theater season with Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:23 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Are Board Games Hip Again?

Flickr Creative Commons, viZZZual.com

Board game sales have steadily risen during the last decade, even in years when everything-else-sales were falling.

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Where We Live
2:05 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Manhattan Short Film Festival

NightRStar, Creative Commons

During the week of September 23rd to October 2nd 2011, over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Galleries, Universities, Museums and Cafes for one purpose - to view and vote on our Finalists' Films in the Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

In 2011 the Film Festival recieved 598 Entries from 48 Countries and selected 10 short films which are Finalists in the 2011 MANHATTAN SHORT. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:34 pm
Sun September 25, 2011

Book Show: If You Criticize Your Country Are You Unpatriotic?; Book

Adam Bailey

The book show starts with the question, "If you criticize America, are you unpatriotic?" Join Faith and her book buddies for their interesting perspectives and their recommendations on good reads.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:39 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Connecticut Hot Dog Culture

Chion Wolf

You're about to meet several people who are mildly unhinged on the subject of hotdogs. One of them is David Pudlin. He used to be the majority leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Now he spends a great deal of time thinking about chili dogs, which he knows way too much about.

"I'm from New Britain. What else am I going to know about?" is his answer. "If I had grown up in Rome, I'd probably know a lot about statues and fountains.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:08 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Classical Music and Beatboxing

The Faith Middleton Show
8:25 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Food Schmooze: Chef Tyler Anderson Of The Copper Beach Inn; Make-Ahead Meals Made

Forrest Tanaka

Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy: Exceptionally Delicious and Nutritious Freezer-Friendly Recipes You Can Prepare in Advance and Enjoy at a Moment's Notice

Cook the best, most nutritious food for your family and save time and money with this mega-delicious guide to preparing meals you can fix-and-freeze now and enjoy any night of your crazy-busy week!

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:25 am
Tue September 20, 2011

What Are Your Responsibilities to Your Dinner Host if You Have Food Issues?

Kristin Andrus

Confessions of a Tarot Reader: Practical Advice From This Realm and Beyond

Lessons learned from the cards, and the incomparable Jane Stern

Tarot cards have been used to foretell the future for centuries. In the hands of a sensitive and gifted reader like Jane Stern they can help clarify the decisions we make every day and realign our lives to work more effectively.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:09 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Gina Barreca Answers The Question "Should Your Lover Be Your Best Friend";

Marcela ferna♂dez

Award-winning actress Christine Baranski talks about her starring role on the new season of The Good Wife on CBS. And, we riff on the question, should your lover also be your best friend?

Shrimp and Orzo Pasta1 tablespoon oil

1cup small diced onion

2 tablespoon curry powder

1 cup white wine

2 cups half and half

1 pound orzo pasta cooked in boiling salted water and drained

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 pound of cooked salad shrimp

¼ cup diced fresh tomato

4 tablespoons chopped chives (optional, for garnish)

Cook the orzo in a gallon of boiling salted water until just soft. Then drain and set aside until you make the sauce. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and curry powder then cook for an additional 2 minutes on medium low heat. Pour in white wine and reduce until almost evaporated. Incorporate the half and half and the orzo pasta then cook until the half and half is reduced and absorbed into the pasta. Season with the one tablespoon salt and one tablespoon sugar then add the cooked shrimp. Finish with diced tomatoes and chopped chives. Heat through and serve.

Makes 8 portions.

(Courtesy of Chris Prosperi)

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:35 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

The Nose: In Pursuit Of Authenticity

Mykl Roventine, Flickr Creative Commons

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:20 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Amore, The Story Of Italian American Song

Daniel Hartwig

Amore: The Story of Italian American Song

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:50 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Great Cover Songs

Flickr Creative Commons, apdk

Note: A complete playlist from today's show is below.

The cover version is an odd creature. Ideally, it pulls a new idea out of an old song and retains from the new artist, some of the old artist's sensibility.

On the recent Buddy Holly tribute album, one of the successes, I thought, was "True Love Ways" by My Morning Jacket, mostly because I never heard My Morning Jacket sound anything like that.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:15 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Food Schmooze: Patricia Wells, Salad As A Meal

NatalieMaynor

Recipes from 
Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season

by Patricia Wells

Bar de la Croix Rouge Assiette Saint-Germain4 SERVINGS

4 thin slices Multigrain Sourdough Bread, toasted

1 tablespoon salted butter

1 tablespoon Homemade Mayonnaise

24 ultra- thin slices rare roast beef

2 handfuls of soft salad greens

Creamy Lemon- Mustard Dressing (see below)

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:18 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

The Lost Toys, Tastes And Trends Of The 70s & 80s; Retromania; Land

John Morgan

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?: The Lost Toys, Tastes, and Trends of the 70s And 80s

If you owe a couple cavities to Marathon candy bars, learned your adverbs from Schoolhouse Rock!, and can still imitate the slo-mo bionic running sound of The Six Million Dollar Man, this book is for you.

Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? takes you back in time to the tastes, smells, and sounds of childhood in the '70s and '80s, when the Mystery Date board game didn't seem sexist, and exploding Pop Rocks was the epitome of candy science.

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Where We Live
10:02 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Stealing Rembrandts...And Picassos And Vermeers

Rembrandt

An FBI database lists more than 6,000 pieces of stolen and missing artwork.

In 2004, the FBI created an art crime team dedicated to recovering stolen or otherwise missing paintings, sculptures and cultural artifacts from around the world.

Thirteen pieces in that database were taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In 1990, that’s where one of the most notorious art heists of all-time occurred.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:04 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Documentary Film Artists Max Scott And Vera Graaf; Environmental Writer Peter

Wolffer Estate

Conversation with two documentary film artists, and one of the great environmental writers around, Peter Matthiesen, a Buddist who describes what it's like to cheat at meditating.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:56 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Politics, Burgers & Beer: A Debate, A Speech, And… A Rat Emergency?

Infrogmation/flickr creative commons

Politics, politics, politics! Republicans debate last night (in front of a plane?). The President speaks tonight (in front of Saints-Packers?). There's plenty to talk about! Join us: 203 776-WNPR, @faithwnpr, or on Facebook.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

What's For Dinner?

Chion Wolf

In 2009 I moderated a Connecticut Forum panel of chefs made famous by television and radio. When word got out that I was doing this, I was approached by people who wanted -- really wanted -- to meet a particular chef. Sometimes it was Duff Goldman from the TV Show "Ace of Cakes." Sometimes it was Anthony Bourdain or Alice Waters.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:00 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

A Conversation With Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan

ktylerconk, Flickr Creative Commons

Cesar Millan is a professional dog trainer and will be at the Bushnell in Hartford on December 4th. We spoke with him to get a few insights before his trip.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:13 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Bishop John Shelby Spong

The Faith Middleton Show
10:37 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Food Schmooze: Indian Cuisine; Fast Breads

Prasad Chirnomula

Today we're sampling the regional cuisine of India with Chef Prasad Chirnomula. Plus 50 easy and delicious fast bread recipes.

Fast Breads: 50 Recipes for Easy, Delicious Bread

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:28 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Pink Brain, Blue Brain; American Chinatown

Richard Stephenson

Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps--and What We Can Do about It

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:46 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Weathering Fear

Lori Mack

We just lived through a natural disaster, and I ask you to join me for a call-in on how you handle fear.

Irene has had her way with us, and who knows what else is coming this season? Join us for a call-in show on fear. How do you react when you know possible disaster in on the way? The phones are yours at 203 776-9677. Do you react differently from whomever you live with or your friends? And what about coordinating two different responses—the intellectual ones and what your emotions say?

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