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Television
12:45 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Jack Bauer Is Back, But One Woman Has His Number

Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) is back in Fox's 24: Live Another Day.
Christopher Raphael Fox

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 4:36 pm

Let's get one thing straight right away: Fox's new version of 24 references all sorts of newfangled ideas about politics, espionage and terrorism — from the use of drones to kill America's enemies to efforts by hackers in the Edward Snowden mold to expose governments' illegal acts.

But the heart of Fox's slimmed-down 24: Live Another Day is the same as it's always been: a principled, misunderstood Jack Bauer letting no rule book, villain or clueless bureaucrat stop him from doing what must be done for the greater good.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Tips on Animal Care: Lyme, Ticks, and Fleas

Credit Asaf antman/flickr creative commons

Barking, fleas, Lyme disease, pet food, biting, housebreaking, shyness, pet insurance, animal rescue. Top flight advice from vet Dr. Todd Friedland. Don't miss his adventures with animals of all kinds.

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Honoring Veterans
7:01 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Coast Guard Breaks Ground in New London For National Museum

The Coast Guard Barque Eagle docked in New London for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Harriet Jones WNPR

The U.S. Coast Guard broke ground for its new museum in the City of New London. It will be the first museum honoring the Coast Guard in the nation.

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Comics
1:52 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day

The cover of The Tick, one of many --€” 57, in fact --€” comics you may be able to snag at no charge on Saturday, Free Comic Book Day.
Fantagraphics

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 3:25 pm

Here's the drill: This Saturday, May 3rd, is Free Comic Book Day. Walk into a comics shop (you can find the one nearest you at www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator), and they will hand you some free comics.

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Nerd
9:48 am
Fri May 2, 2014

"Wits" Host John Moe Answers Lightning Round Questions

Wits 'Lightning Round' with Robyn Hitchcock, Paula Poundstone, and host John Moe (left to right).
Credit Wits APM / YouTube screenshot

At the end of every episode of Wits, host John Moe puts his guests through a lightning round of questions. The relevance of Moe's questions is not important. One of my favorite questions was about the prettiest state in terms of geographic outline.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

"The Things They Carry" in Afghanistan; Wits' John Moe Is a Nerd

U.S. soldiers overlook the Chowkay Valley in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
Credit U.S. Army / Creative Commons

Inspired by Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War book The Things They Carried, journalist Jake Warga set out to document some of the physical objects and emotional memories carried by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Jake recently joins us to talk about the series, The Things They Carry: U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan, which will begin airing as part of our Coming Home Project on WNPR.

We also visit with John Moe, host of the public radio show Wits. He's in Hartford this weekend to moderate the Connecticut Forum’s season finale event, Nerd Fest: Why Nerds Rule the World.

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History
8:52 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Katharine Hepburn: The Personal Wardrobe of a Star

Katharine Hepburn seated on lawn, 1938.
Connecticut Historical Society, 2009.62.6

From a very young age, Katharine Hepburn was a sporting enthusiast. She relished time spent outdoors playing golf, tennis, and swimming. In her film and stage career, she did many of her own stunts; even advancing age didn’t deter her. This love of movement and comfort greatly influenced her personal style. She held fast to her own informal style even while becoming one of Hollywood’s glamorous movie starlets.

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Sound Effects
4:14 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Teaming Up to Explain the Internet's Future

Credit Woodley Wonderworks / Flickr Creative Commons

We did a Colin McEnroe Show about the current state of the internet, and what it could become in the future. Turns out, Chattanooga, Tennessee is way ahead of the curve, having taking it upon themselves to create a superfast Internet system. Colin's vision for the introduction was me stepping into the futuristic starship that is Chattanooga, guided by Greg Hill, learning the ways of the people and meeting some of their school children.

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Hartford Stage
3:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Hartford Stage Production Garners Ten Tony Award Nominations

" A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder" leads all Tony nominations with 10, including "best musical".
Joan Marcus

The Tony awards were announced earlier this week, and a musical that got its start at Hartford Stage leads all nominations.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:51 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Book Show: May 1, 2014

Credit Ryan Hyde/flickr creative commons

Faith's motto on The Book Show is… Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.

Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.

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Jazz Corridor
11:02 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Two Modern Jazz Powerhouses Generate Merry May Mayhem

The Cookers, including Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart.
The Cookers

Thanks to The Side Door Jazz Club, one of Connecticut’s newest and hottest venues, and the Hartford Jazz Society, the nation’s oldest jazz society in continuous operation, May gets off to an explosive start with performances by two powerhouse modern mainstream ensembles that believe in the aesthetic primacy of unabashedly hard-swinging jazz crackling with unashamedly soulful feeling. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic and Vermouth

Credit Helen/flickr creative commons

From Faith Middleton: Who knows where this started—throwing enormous amounts of garlic at chicken… a garlic festival in California? The French countryside? On a farm with more garlic than anyone knew what do with? The point is that we have someone to thank for creating one of the simplest, most delicious dishes, featuring garlic that becomes sweet and nutty from time spent in the oven, as well as juicy from bathing in those divine chicken juices.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Anatomy of a Villain

Brian Francis Slattery is a writer and editor of public policy and international affairs
Chion Wolf WNPR

A couple of weeks ago, I was sick with the April flu, lying in bed in a New York apartment, and trying to distract myself by watching one of the film adaptations of "Nicholas Nickleby". I found myself repeatedly moved to tears, especially when anything good or kind happened. Okay, part of this was that I felt a little vulnerable, and may have over identified with poor tubercular Smike. But another part, I'm convinced, was the excitement generated by pure moral language, which you don't encounter so much in modern culture.

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Host's Diary
8:30 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Bee Trucker Song

Via WikiMedia Commons

I sometimes notice that people think we have a lot more time than we really do, getting a daily show on the air. 

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Sound effects
4:12 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Songwriting With Colin: "Truckin' Bees"

Chion Wolf's Gibson Hummingbird.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

It's not too often I get to write a song with Colin, but I love when it happens. We had about two hours until showtime when Colin dropped off the lyrics to the song we wanted to use as an intro to our show about bees -- specifically about how bees are trucked to different locations throughout the country. I could hear the tune in my head right away.

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Movies
1:32 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Force Is With Them: Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed

J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars: Episode VII on Tuesday with Harrison Ford (clockwise from right), Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan.
David James

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 3:53 pm

Announced, the cast is: The Star Wars franchise has announced the cast for the upcoming Episode VII movie.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow will join the cast of the new movie. The three stars of the original films — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill — will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, respectively. Also back are Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2 and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

What Happens When Social Consciousness Meets Art?

Noah Baerman
Chion Wolf WNPR

This hour, a panel of local artists join us for an in-depth conversation about social consciousness and the arts. Together, they share how visual and performing arts have been and continue to be used as vehicles for positive change. 

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Jazz
8:15 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Trumpeter Geraldo Marshall and trombonist Johannes Utas, students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, rehearse for their school's 40th anniversary celebration.
Lauren Migaki NPR

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Duke Ellington didn't consider himself a jazz musician.

He said he was a musician who played jazz. And what a musician: pianist, bandleader, composer of more than 1,000 songs including standards like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady."

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:32 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Practical Strategies for Treating Rejection, Guilt, Failure

Credit Liz / Creative Commons

From Faith Middleton: The emotional cuts of daily life are endured by all of us, but one of the most frequent cuts, rejection, can lead to profound consequences -- four different psychological wounds. According to our show guest, Dr. Guy Winch, The Squeaky Wheel blogger for Psychology Today, "Rejections elicit emotional pain so sharp it affects our thinking, floods us with anger erodes our confidence and self-esteem, and destabilizes our fundamental feelings of belonging." 

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Sound Effects
10:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Creating the Sounds of a Wedding Reception

The multitrack for the intro about being a wedding guest at a reception.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Having Colin McEnroe write the introduction for every day's show is always a surprise. I never know what kind of sound effects I'll need, or who else will be voicing it with me. This introduction was no exception.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:00 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry

Credit Alpha/flickr creative commons

Today's show originally aired April 16 and 19, 2014.

The Paleo diet emphasizes the basics: meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables and nuts. It's based on the foods our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The diet has also been touted as the solution for food allergy relief and better health. But healthy eating shouldn't mean you have to give up flavor. 

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Code Switch
10:31 am
Sat April 26, 2014

3 Pitfalls To Avoid When Talking About Race

In a recent dissent, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that "we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society."
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 5:28 am

My first hint that a recent column on diversity in late-night TV had made an impact came when I saw a tweet from an old acquaintance.

He runs a website and blog devoted to covering television and had decided to write a post based on my audio story on late-night TV. He then sent out a Twitter message with the headline:

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Humor Research
10:31 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Home Of Second City Comedy Ranks First In Humor

Head to Chicago for top-shelf comedy.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:45 pm

Need a good laugh? Try Chicago.

The Humor Research Lab at the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado Boulder (and doesn't that sound like it was created by The Onion?) concocted an algorithm to rate America's funniest cities.

Humor researchers calculated factors like the number of working comics and comedy clubs per capita, funny local tweeters and visits to funny websites. They asked people to assess what they called their "need for levity."

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Tiny Desk
10:31 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Quilt: Tiny Desk Concert

Quilt performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:00 am

It's right there in the band's name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that's thoughtful and playful. The opening song at this Tiny Desk Concert, "Arctic Shark," questions and enchants.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:10 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public

Maria Callas at home in her Milan Apartment, in 1958. One of 85,000 archive films British Pathé has uploaded to YouTube.
British Pathé

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 9:42 am

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History
10:54 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Up from the Ashes: Fire at the Meriden Britannia Company

Ruins of a Portion of the Meriden Britannia Works. Photograph by Prescott & White, 1870. This overview suggests the extent of the damage.
The Connecticut Historical Society, 1988.136.2

On July 16, 1870, a devastating fire destroyed the main building of the Meriden Britannia Company, in Meriden, Connecticut, an internationally famed producer of silver-plated ware. The 700-foot-long building employed over 900 people, including 100 women, all of whom were left temporarily without work. However, the building was fully insured, the loss was fully covered, and rebuilding began immediately, while work continued unabated at the company’s six other factories.

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Live Music
9:11 am
Fri April 25, 2014

The Sea, The Sea Shares a Brand New Song

Mira Stanley and Chuck e. Costa of The Sea, The Sea.
theseathesea.com

Singer-songwriter duo Chuck e. Costa and Mira Stanley of The Sea, The Sea visited WNPR recently and played a brand-new song not available on their brand new debut album, Love We Are We Love. It's called "Let It Be Said," and you can listen to it below from their recording session for WNPR's Where We Live.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

The Sea, The Sea (and The Sea)

Jeremy Keith Creative Commons

It’s time for the next installment in our new series featuring local artists and musicians. This hour, we hear from folk-pop duo Chuck Costa and Mira Stanley of The Sea, The Sea. Their debut album, Love We Are We Love, dropped earlier this year. Both recently stopped by our studio to talk about and perform some of their new songs.

Later, we hear a tale from the sea. Kate Moore served as Keeper of Bridgeport’s Fayerweather Lighthouse for most of the 19th century. A Bridgeport historian and Coast Guard Ensign will tell us about her heroic and inspiring devotion to Long Island Sound’s busy seaway.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Eastern Hemlock is Dying

David Foster is the director of Harvard University's Harvard Forest, the author of Thoreau's Country: Journey Through a Transformed Landscape, and editor of Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge
Chion Wolf

You have to trust us. 

Because I realize that a show about the Eastern Hemlock doesn't sound that sexy. In fact, we've done tree shows in the past after which I have said, "Let's not do any more tree shows." But we think we've got something here. 

First of all, this our third show working with Bob Sullivan, a writer who, in the past, has been able to make just about any topic exciting. Second, this is a story with a villain, a cottony, crawling, feeding life form called the wooly adelgid. You want something you can hate without the tiniest tremor of remorse? We're going to give it to you. 

Third, this little villain is striking right at a major player in the natural cycles that can either slow or accelerate climate change. Fourth, we're going to be talking about the souls of trees. Trust us. 

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Museums
5:42 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Wadsworth Atheneum Celebrates Spring With Weekend Events

Trish Manfredi of The Country Gardeners of Glastonbury Garden Club created this floral arrangement inspired by Piet Mondrian's "Composition in Blue and White"
The Wadsworth Atheneum

The Wadsworth Atheneum celebrates spring this weekend with the 33rd annual Fine Art and Flowers event, a fundraiser for the Hartford museum. It's a unique concept: over 40 florists and garden clubs have been selected to create a floral arrangement inspired by a masterwork in the Wadsworth's permanent collection.

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