Arts/Culture

The Colin McEnroe Show
4:22 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Life As A Theatrical Understudy

Flickr Creative Commons DanBrady

There is no more heart-stopping understudy story (that I'm aware of) than Elaine Stritch's much-told tale of understudying Ethel Merman in "Call Me Madam" while simultaneously being cast in the 1952 debut of "Pal Joey," with a first entrance in the second act.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:44 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Photographer Mary Ellen Bartley; Your Daughter's Bedroom

Mary Ellen Bartley

Faith Middleton talks with a photographer who aims to capture the texture of oceans; and psychiatrist Joyce McFadden explores how to handle sexuality with your daughter.

 

Your Daughter's Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women

Your Daughter’s Healthy Identity Starts With You

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:48 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Are Big Ideas Dead?

Flickr Creative Commons, qisur

Ever since Neil Gabler's essay ran in the New York times two Sundays ago, I've been wondering whether he's right when he says:

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:14 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Stratford's Garbage Museum; Don't Kill The Birthday Girl; In Defense Of

The Garbage Museum

The Garbage Museum in Stratford, Connecticut has a serious mission despite its clever Trash-o-saurus. Its mission, run by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, is to educate us about recycling and the endless amounts of garbage we generate.

Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:21 am
Sun August 21, 2011

Farmland Preservation; East Hampton Veterinarian Jonathan Turetsky; The Dirty

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Faith meets a man trying to save farmland in a place where developers are hungry -- the exclusive Hamptons. And, meet one of the kindest vets on earth, a man who believes the last breath an animal takes should be as beautiful as possible. Plus, a memoir of farming, food and, love.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

The Nose: Big Ideas, The End Of Playtime, And Winners & Losers In Walkouts

Beverly & Pack, Flickr Creative Commons

For The Nose, we try to round up a posse of ideas that reflect the serious and playful sides of the week in culture. And culture has been unbusually giving this week. We're just getting to know Rick Perry, a guy who has already (kind of) threatened the Fed Chief, said there are some gaps in the theory or evolution, declared climate change and a non-issue and, well, he's just getting warmed up.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:03 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Don't Shoot! I'm The Guitar Man and The Noël Coward Reader

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Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man
by Buzzy Martin

Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man is the raw and moving account of Buzzy Martin's time teaching music classes at San Quentin State Prison, where he experienced everything from fear for his own safety to the human connection created by sharing in the transcendent power of music. Buzzy not only gave the inmates at the "Q" something positive to look forward to, he also learned from the inmates the hard truth about life in prison, which he was then able to relate to his juvenile hall students.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:22 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Food Schmooze: Quick & Kosher; One Big Table

Joseph DeLeo

Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes

Five years after her wedding, Jamie Geller is juggling a career and running a busy household - and she still has no time to cook! 

As her family and career rapidly grew, Jamie set out to learn how to cook with children around, how to cook meals that kids would eat (while not boring adult family and guests) and how to do it all without losing her cool.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:57 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

First Annual CMS Chili Cookoff!

Chion Wolf

In the Old West, chili was a sacrament and maybe still is.

Pat Garrett said of  Billy the Kid: "Anybody that eats chili cant' be all bad." And the James Brothers repeatedly passed up chances to rob a bank in McKinney Texas, because the chili parlor there was so good they believed the town deserved a break. Kit Carson said, when he died -- and he was about my age -- "I wish I had time for one more bowl of chili."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:24 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

"Alphabetter Juice" With Roy Blount Jr.

In reading somebody else's pet peeves about the state of the English language, it is impossible not to think of one's own. But here I must pause and say that Roy Blount Jr.'s "Alphabetterjuice" seems to address every eventuality, including the question of pet peeves. Blount reports:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:54 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Hipsters & The Hipsters Who Love Them

Frostnova, Flickr Creative Commons

I don't hate hipsters, but I will admit to watching them with amusement.

Starting around 2008, my son and I picked up the practice of going to the Lower East Side, grabbing some seats facing out on the street at a place like Spitzer's and watching the hipster scene go by. Our favorite moment came in 2009 when we saw an older Lower East Side street guy explode at some hipsters sauntering down Houston. "Eff you!" he yelled  "It's supposed to be some kind of artistic gesture that you live here?"

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:41 pm
Sun August 14, 2011

Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center

Pollock Krasner House & Study Center

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is regarded as the undisputed leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1945, he married fellow artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and moved from New York City to Long Island’s East End. With a loan from art dealer Peggy Guggenheim, they purchased a small homestead on one and a quarter acres overlooking Accabonac Creek in The Springs, near East Hampton.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:24 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The McLovins Perform Live

Chion Wolf

**Hear the interview in its entirety by clicking on the player to the right. You can also stream individual songs by clicking on the track title**

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

What Do You Miss Most?

Flickr Creative Commons, Cali4beach

What do you miss most? Is it a person? Maybe your grandmother's cooking ... or an ex-lover who you never got over. Maybe you miss a place, an old torn down building or a resturant that served a dish you can't find anywhere else.

Perhaps it's a moment in time that you miss, or the freedom of being a college student. Maybe you miss VHS tapes, vinyl albums or your tacky Christmas sweater.

Today was one of our most-called shows ever. At times, our courageous intern fielded upwards of six calls a minute. Fortunately, we got a lot of your voices on the air.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:53 am
Thu August 11, 2011

The Greatest Show On Earth; The Vertical Farm

The Vertical Farm

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

In 2008, a Gallup poll showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years. In a Pew Forum poll in the same year, 42 percent believed that all life on earth has existed in its present form since the beginning of time.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:20 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Food Schmooze: Clinton Street Baking Company Cookbook; The Improvisational Cook;

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Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook: Breakfast, Brunch and Beyond from New York's Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant

The Clinton St. Baking Company is one of the hottest brunch spots in a city obsessed with brunch. A tiny thirty-two-seat eatery on Manhattan's trendy Lower East Side, the restaurant draws long lines of customers who come from far and wide to sample fresh-baked goods, hearty omelets, sugar-cured bacon, and light-as-air pancakes with maple butter.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Connecticut Civil War History Tour

juliejordanscott

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, and the state of Connecticut is paying tribute.

Earlier this year, we talked a bit about Connecticut’s civil war history - and got a big response.  Including from our friend, author and historian Bill Hosley.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Book Clubs Before & After Oprah

Adan Garcia, Flickr Creative Commons

Alright, admit it - You didn't do the reading, did you? You were so busy baking the perfect apple crumble topped with burnt sugar and selecting the perfect Michael buble album for background music, that you prepared for everythning about the book club except actually finishing the book. So you'll have to fake it through another Cormac McCarthy, or Thomas McGuane or Patrick McGrath.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:19 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Green Metropolis and A Is For Admission

Harry Vale/flickr creative commons

Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability
by David Owen

In this remarkable challenge to conventional thinking about the environment, David Owen argues that the greenest community in the United States is not Portland, Oregon, or Snowmass, Colorado, but New York, New York.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:02 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Where Good Ideas Come From; Stylish Design That Never Goes Out Of Style

Comerford Collection

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation Designer Karen Comerford of Comerfod Collection

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:46 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Wölffer Estate Vineyard; Award-Winning Author James Villas

Winemaker Roman Roth talks with Faith about Wölffer vineyards world class wines.

The state-of-the-art winemaking facility is equipped with massive, computerized stainless-steel tanks, a laboratory, riddling rooms, a bottling line, and a cellar to hold the wines before distribution. In keeping with the European tradition, the barrel rooms are constructed of high-vaulted caves where wines are aged in imported French oak barrels.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

The First Annual Summer Humor Show!

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Where We Live
10:47 am
Thu August 4, 2011

The Media Fast

youngthousands, creative commons

TwitterGoogleFacebookGmailGchatFlickerLinkediniPhoneiPad....ahhhhergh!  I think it might be time for a break. This week, we've been talking about technology and the internet, and how we consume it.  But what happens when it consumes us?

Tom Cooper’s Fast Media/Media Fast looks at “how to clear your mind and invigorate your life in an age of media overload.” But is this actually possible in this media saturated world?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:00 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Song Of The Summer

Flickr / Creative Commons / by Vancouver 125

What makes a summer song?

Joan Holliday says two things: heat and joy. The Internet has sort of informally agreed Katy Perry's Last Friday Night is the 2011 song of the summer, but our panelists weren't so sure. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:57 am
Wed August 3, 2011

The Secret Lives Of Truckers

Flickr Creative Commons, phogel

No matter what you think of trucks and truckers, trying going a day without anything that made at least part of its way to you on a truck. It would be a quiet day, I think. 

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Media Fast
11:14 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day Three

by psd / Creative Commons

WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of Where We Live.  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Media Fast
11:14 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day Two

by sanderovski & linda / Creative Commons

WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of Where We Live.  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Festivals
10:58 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Podunk Bluegrass Festival

Photo by Mark Walz (Flickr)

The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival gets underway in East Hartford and runs through the weekend. Some of the best Bluegrass acts in the country will perform this weekend. What started 16 years ago as a small get together of local bluegrass musicians and fans has become one of the biggest Bluegrass festivals in the US.

Joining us by phone is C. Roger Moss, director of East Hartford's department of parks and recreation which organizes the event

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Media Fast
10:46 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day One

Rachel Chapman

WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

The Check-Out Lane Experience

Lomo-Cam, Flickr Creative Commons

Ah, the supermarket! The temple of abundance!
Listen to  Don Delillo's characters describe it in the novel "White Noise":

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