Arts/Culture

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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The Faith Middleton Show
4:54 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Solving The City

Vaughan Leiberum/flickr creative commons

Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Shaping Our World
by Doug Saunders

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:37 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Technology's Inexorable Forward Momentum

James Vaughan/flickr creative commons

Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World
by Sam Howe Verhovek

The captivating story of the titans, engineers, and pilots who raced to design a safe and lucrative passenger jet. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:31 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Summer At An Indian Call Center

Flickr Creative Commons, chrisdlugosz

Why do we get so freaked about outsourcing?

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Where We Live
12:29 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Architecture In The Public Interest

Philippe AMIOT, creative commons

What if the blueprints to the next great American building were released to the public and it was designed collaboratively?

That’s a far cry from the “individualistic” approach in the iconic novel, “The Fountainhead.”  

This new idea suggests all of us might have something to contribute to Architecture.  It’s called “Open Source Architecture” and it’s based on an inclusive approach to the profession.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:12 am
Mon July 25, 2011

On The Road: New Britain Museum Of American Art

New Britain Museum of American Art

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History
2:18 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

A Sunny Summer Staple

Edward Saxe

Prior to the 20th century, women’s fashions concealed them from the harsh sun, and the prying eyes of male onlookers.  However, with the popularization of the sun tan in the 1920s, women began to bask in the sun’s rays rather than hide from them under long sleeves, long skirts, and parasols.  The shift from porcelain-skinned beauty to sun-bathed beauty coincided with fashion’s shift from concealing to revealing the female form. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:34 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

The Nose: Pie-ings & Bruce Barber's 'Project Basket'

Flickr Creative Commons, Seth Lemmons

The winds of life can change abruptly.

Go back about six weeks, and Rupert Murdoch's media empire looks indomitable. Now it's slowly rolling in the water like a half-dead sea mammal.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:24 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Food Schmooze: Boozehound Jason Wilson And The Best Of Recipes For Health

get directly down/flickr creative commons

Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits
by Jason Wilson

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The Needle Drop
11:48 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Ambient Interludes and One Band's Weezer Worship

This week on the Needle Drop, we dive into new records from Theophilus London and Jeff and the Brotherhood. We'll also be serving up new tracks from Bill Baird and the Young Maths. Finally, we've got tracks from two favorites from my neck of the woods as well: Sidewalk Dave and the Guru.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:32 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Marsha Norman And Former FBI Hostage

Carsten Lorentzen/flickr creative commons

Stalling for Time
by Gary Noesner

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:28 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Environmentalist and Journalist Bill McKibben And How Pleasure Works

Rhys Jones/flickr creative commons

Long Distance: Testing the Limits of Body and Spirit in a Year of Living Strenuously
by Bill McKibben

A new edition of a classic McKibben book about what it takes to be a world-class athlete and where the true meaning of endurance can be found

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:15 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Fan Fiction Keeps 'Harry Potter' Alive; Sheds Light On Spock's Evening Wear

Flickr Creative Commons, laverrue

"Lay down some cover fire for me," I told Commander Troi, Buffy and Bill Curry. "I have to get back to Earth and do a show about fan fiction."

The vampire slayer and the busty Betazoid Starfleet counselor crouched behind the body of the slain Chewbacca while Curry scrambled to fetch the phasers and I activated the escape pod, setting the controls for the Dankosky Building on planet Earth in the Delta Quadrant. I hit warp speed and was gone in a flash.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

The Arguments For Arguments

Tom Hilton, Flickr Creative Commons

I wasn't sure I understood the main idea of today's show... Until I talk to Bill Curry. That doesn't happen very often. I mean, I talk to Curry pretty much every day, but I usually don't end up feeling less confused.

But here's what he helped me see:

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The Needle Drop
5:00 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Singer-Songwriters and Jazz / Hip Hop Fusions

This week on the Needle Drop, we've got new albums from Herman Dune and Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis. We'll also dive into a fusion of jazz and hip hop courtesy of Canada's BADBADNOTGOOD; plus, a listen to the Indian garage rock trio Sleeping Bag.

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History
3:21 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Cash Crop

Both small farms and large companies have shaped the history of tobacco production in Connecticut. Native Americans grew tobacco and passed their knowledge on to colonial settlers. Since then, from the broadleaf variety grown prolifically during the 1800s to the innovative shade-grown tobacco that remains a major Connecticut crop today, tobacco has had a significant economic and cultural impact on Connecticut.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Stay Cool In The Summer Heat

Flickr Creative Commons, Jan Tik

I'm not opposed to air conditioning. I'm opposed to its ubiquity and misuse.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:28 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Painter April Gornik; An Extraordinary New Map Of The Universe

Faith Middleton talks with renowned artist April Gornik about a project involving art, a big truck, and the start of a new conversation about what matters in life. Plus, a new era in citizen science thanks to a new map of the universe

A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering In A New Era of Discovery

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