Arts/Culture

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!

takomabibelot, Flickr Creative Commons

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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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The Faith Middleton Show
11:09 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Food Schmooze: Beach Picnics; The Domaine Chandon Cookbook; The Frankies Spuntino

Thomas Ricker

The Domaine Chandon Cookbook: Recipes from Etoile Restaurant

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:46 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Nothing Left To Burn; Let's Bring Back

David Gamez

Nothing Left to Burn

Nothing Left to Burn is a remarkable memoir that looks into the life of a family that has spent years harboring secrets, both dark and volatile. It eloquently tells the story of a son’s relationship with his father, the fire chief and a local hero, and his grandfather, a serial arsonist.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Connecticut X-Files

Flickr Creative Commons, tgkrause

While I was working on the first "Connecticut Curiosities" book, a project I handed off eventually to Bill Heald and Susan Campbell, I found myself, one warm afternoon, deep in the woods of East Haddam looking for a giant stone clown head I had been assured, more than once, was lying out there. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:54 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

The Predictioneer's Game; Heroes And Villains

The Predictioneer's Game

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Online Civility

Photo by Basheer Tome (Flickr)

We used to discuss the news around the water cooler, at the barbershop and sometimes at dinner. Now, we can get right online and tell people how we REALLY feel...

Is there anyplace more cringe-worthy than the “comments section” of a news website?

The intentions were good: providing readers with a place to discuss the stories.

But all too frequently there’s name-calling and hateful comments, all disguised by anonymous “handles.”

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Media Fast
8:08 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Do Children Get the Short End of the Stick?

blakespot via Flickr

WNPR & 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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History
10:01 am
Sat July 30, 2011

The Great Wallingford Tornado of 1878

On the afternoon of August 10, 1878, laborers heading home from work in Wallingford noticed a great dark cloud looming over Lamentation Mountain.  Within moments, a powerful tornado came roaring through town, ripping up trees and carrying away the upper stories of houses and barns.  About fifty buildings were completely destroyed.  Thirty-four people were killed and seventy were injured, some of them severely.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:17 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

The Nose: How Would You Market Hartford?

Courtesy Cundari Group

Today on the Nose, we talked about the controversial $200,000 marketing report released earlier this week.

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Media Fast
7:53 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Facebook, Twitter

Rachel Chapman

WNPR & 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
2:51 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Music Among The Memorials & A Moby Dick Marathon

Chion Wolf

Herman Melville knew he had written a difficult book to love. After Hawthorne praised it, Melville wrote back saying:

"You did not care a penny for the book. But, now and then as you read, you understood the pervading thought that impelled the book—and that you praised. Was it not so? You were archangel enough to despise the imperfect body, and embrace the soul."

The problem with the book is the problem with the whale. They're both too damned big.
And the virtue of the book is the vice of Ahab. They are gloriously mad and unapologetically obsessive.

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Hartford Business
2:41 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Rethinking, And Rebranding, Hartford

The Needle Drop
1:35 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Grimy Thrash Riffs and Glam Rock Revivals

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new tracks from Toxic Holocaust's cut-throat thrash metal album, Conjure and Command. We'll also hear Alaska's Portugal. The Man embrace the sounds of glam rock, and we'll also be featuring tracks on upcoming albums from the Drums, Girls, M83, and Siskiyou.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:42 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Food Schmooze: Farmer's Markets; The Beer Trials

Marc Smith

Beer Trials: America's Most Popular Beers Blind-tasted and Rated by a Panel

The essential guide to the world's most popular beers, The Beer Trials features brutally honest ratings, full-page reviews, and photos of the 250 most popular beers in the world, based only on brown-bag blind tasting. The Beer Trials also includes a complete reference to the major beer styles, flavors, and regions.

• The essential reference for anyone who enjoys drinking beer

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Real Art Ways
4:49 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Ethiopian Boy Shares Life With Photographer, On Display at Real Art Ways

Eric Gottesman

An exhibit by photographer, Eric Gottesman, has opened at Real Art Ways in Hartford. It's part of the art organization's Step Up exhibition series that profiles emerging artists.

Eric spoke with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about his installation, "Tinsae." 

The photographs  chronicle the conversations he's had with a 13-year-old boy from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

More about Eric at: http://www.ericgottesman.net

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:32 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

South Fork Natural History Museum And Yellow Dirt

Ken Lund/flickr creative commons

The mission of the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center – SoFo is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment, with special emphasis on the unique natural history of Long Island’s South Fork.

The goals of the museum and nature center are to:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:52 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Unconventional Shakespeare

Chion Wolf

How influential is Shakespeare?

Bernard Levin writes:

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