Coming Up on WNPR

August 25 - 29, 2014

MONDAY: The Culture and Design of Podcasts (rebroadcast)
A conversation about the podcast revolution. From the business case for breaking away from broadcast, to the many styles, neatly crafted storytelling gems to sprawling gabfests, we’ll take a closer look at the culture and design of podcasts.

TUESDAY: Talking About Suicide (rebroadcast)
We'’ll revisit a show we did last year on suicide. The recent death of actor Robin Williams left many people shocked and re-started the conversation about suicide, its warning signs, and ways to get help. We’ll also hear a moving story about depression shared by  author Andrew Solomon at the Connecticut Forum earlier this year.

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Our weekly news roundtable.

THURSDAY: Think Tanks
What exactly are think tanks? And how much of an influence do they have in American politics? We’ll talk to some think tank experts who’ve set out  to answer these very questions. We’ll also take a closer look at the role of think tanks throughout history and see if -- and how -- that role has changed in recent years.

FRIDAY: Connecticut at Work
We’'re honoring Labor Day weekend with a conversation about the past, present, and future of Connecticut work life. The discussion will feature Connecticut Humanities’ year-long Connecticut at Work program along with the Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked exhibition, which is currently on display at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry.

August 25 - 29 , 2014

MONDAY: The Scramble
The Scramble welcomes Mark Coddington from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas in Austin, to talk about the way social media influences news – and the other way around, especially during the developments in Ferguson. Then, Jonathan Pelto, who was running for Governor until he didn’t have enough signatures to make it through, will talk about the challenges facing 3rd party candidates.  Finally, we’ll talk about predictions for the Emmy Awards with Matthew Gilbert, the TV critic for the Boston Globe.

TUESDAY: Mini Golf
If you play mini golf, you probably have two major worries: What color ball you want, and how to time to windmill. But there’s a world of competitive mini golf, with its own stars who compete on a national tour of tiny erupting volcanoes, miniature waterfalls, and animatronic dinosaurs.

Inspired by the book, “XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America’s Love Life”, we talk with its author and others about dating when being skinny has no place at the table. We’ll talk about the challenges – physically and emotionally – of finding XL love.

THURSDAY: Vibrations
Researchers at MIT have figured out a way to look at video of objects like leaves and potato chip bags, and extract the audio that made them ever so slightly vibrate. This inspired us to devote an entire show about vibrations, including the aforementioned video/audio research, as well as a visit to a Holistic Sound Healer who uses singing bowls and other instruments to help calm his patients. Then, how could we NOT spend some time talking with Dame Evelyn Glennie, one of the most celebrated percussionists in the world who also is deaf? We hear all of their perspectives on the role vibrations play in our lives, whether we see, feel, or hear them or not.

FRIDAY: The Nose
Our usual end-of-the-week popular culture roundtable discusses the newsworthy events that got us tweeting and talking.

August 25 - 29, 2014

MONDAY: The Science of Winning and Losing
The science behind what's truly in the heart of a champion. The joy of victory and the character-building agony of defeat. Testosterone and the neuroscience of mistakes. Why rivals motivate. How home field advantage gets you a raise. What teamwork really requires. We'll talk to Ashley Merryman, coauthor of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing.

TUESDAY: Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure magazine's Trip Doctor, Amy Farley, joins us with all the newest travel tips: the best apps and websites for saving time and money, the scoop on hidden fees and surcharges on both airlines and at hotels, tips and money-saving tricks for holiday travel, up-and-coming destinations, responsible eco-conscious travel, and so much more. 

WEDNESDAY: The Food Schmooze
We've discovered one of the best rotisserie chickens in the country being served right now in New York City. And we’re serving up easy, delicious watermelon, lime martinis, and a great affordable Prosecco. That'’s on this week’s fresh edition of The Food Schmooze.

THURSDAY: The Book Show
The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we’ll take your calls! What’re you reading? What’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Call us!

SATURDAY: The Food Schmooze 
We've discovered one of the best rotisserie chickens in the country being served right now in New York City. And we’re serving up easy, delicious watermelon, lime martinis, and a great affordable Prosecco. That’s on this week’s fresh edition of The Food Schmooze.