Coming Up on WNPR

December 15 - 19, 2014

MONDAY: ‘Tis The Season To Be Shopping
According to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation, Thanksgiving sales dropped by 11 percent this year. While this might sound like an alarming figure, some economists would argue that 2014 sales aren't nearly as bad as they seem. This hour, we talk to some retail experts about the latest holiday shopping trends. We find out how sales are doing, and what they mean for the overall health of our economy. Later in the program, we also present the next installment in our new series, Topline. This week, we take a closer look at American attitudes toward local business.

TUESDAY: Sizzling Space Spectacular
Space is pretty exciting these days! Astronomers say data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft show the existence of billions of potentially livable planets in our galaxy, thousands of Americans are applying to the Mars One mission for a chance to move to Mars  - permanently, and just last month the Philae spacecraft first bounced, and then landed on a distant comet, sending back evidence that the comet contained life-sustaining molecules. We gather a panel of female scientists to share the excitement.

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Our weekly news roundtable.

THURSDAY: Bilingual Learning
This hour, we’ll talk about the importance of bilingual education and how our state is failing English Language Learners.  For example, Connecticut has the highest in the nation gap in 8th grade math scores between English Language Learners (ELL) and not ELL students. We’ll hear from the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission ahead of a panel discussion, and others.

FRIDAY: TBD

December 15 - 19,  2014

MONDAY: The Scramble
Today, we go around the world with Bruce
Feiler, a best-selling author and explorer who follows modern-day pilgrims around the globe in their quest for spirituality - including a 770 mile trek in Japan. Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler premieres on PBS starting Tuesday, December 16, at 9. We also revisit Sandy Hook.

TUESDAY: Thomas Moore on "A Religion of One's Own" (re-broadcast)
Thomas Moore was, for 13 years, a Servite monk. In 1992, he burst onto the national scene with "Care of the Soul", which combined the psychotherapeutic of Jung and James Hillman with ancient and contemporary religious and spiritual ideas. It was number 1 on the New York Times best seller list, and stayed on the list for a year. Moore's central premise is that part of ourselves cannot be fully nourished through purely rational modern thought. We have needs that cannot be met by science and social theory. His new book is kind of a toolkit for people who have that sense - that they need something they're not getting. They may not be comfortable sitting in a pew to get it, so can they make it themselves?

WEDNESDAY: The Hartford Convention
The issue over how much power the federal government should wield is a matter of public debate. While most agree that a unified military is in the best interest of the nation, it's a lot harder to decide whether state's rights should trump the federal government when it comes to issues like Obamacare, immigration, and whether to legalize marijuana. But, this question of state's rights in relation to the federal government isn't new. It dates back to the founding of our nation. This Wednesday, from 1-2 pm, the Colin McEnroe Show goes to the Old State House in Hartford. They’ll celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Hartford Convention, when Federalists and Republicans clashed over taxes, war and more. Sound familiar? Come join the debate.

THURSDAY: Alan Turing
The film "The Imitation Game" focuses on Alan Turing's accomplishments as a World War II cryptographer. But any expert will tell you that his achievements extend well beyond his war days. We'll look at Turing's many contributions to the world of science, and talk to one woman about her memories of Turing and Bletchley Park.

FRIDAY: The "Serial" Nose
“Serial” is the most popular podcast ever - a fascinating fact in itself - about the 1999 murder of a Maryland teenager by her ex-boyfriend. He was convicted and still sits in jail but has never wavered on his innocence. The case against him has leaks and his lawyer was...oh, never mind. Just hurry up and listen to it. It’s riveting and it ends this week. Join this week’s panel for an all-Serial Nose. The Scramble will react to new developments in the University of Virginia case of alleged sexual assault and Rolling Stone’s retraction of some its reporting. A second magazine story: what’s behind the mass -- and we do mean mass -- resignations at The New Republic. Most of its full-time staff and stable of contributing editors quit on the same day. Why?

December 15 - 19, 2014

MONDAY: Why We Make Things
The good life that society prescribes -- the untrammeled pursuit of wealth and fame, leisure and consumption -- often leaves some essential part of us malnourished. We may be capable, competent individuals yet find ourselves starved for avenues of engagement that provide more satisfying sustenance. Furniture making, practiced as a craft in the twenty-first century, is a decidedly marginal occupation. Yet the view from the periphery can be illuminating. For woodworker Peter Korn, the challenging work of bringing something new and meaningful into the world through one's own volition --whether in the arts, the kitchen, or the marketplace -- is exactly what generates the authenticity, meaning, and fulfillment for which many of us yearn. Today Korn joins us to discuss his book, Why We Make Things and Why It Matters.

TUESDAY: The Third Plate
At the heart of today’'s optimistic farm-to-table food culture is a dark secret: the local food movement has failed to change how we eat. It has also offered a false promise for the future of food. Our concern over factory farms and chemically grown crops might have sparked a social movement, but chef Dan Barber reveals that even the most enlightened eating of today is ultimately detrimental to the environment and to individual health. And it doesn’'t involve truly delicious food. Based on ten years of surveying farming communities around the world, Barber'’s The Third Plate offers a radical new way of thinking about food that will heal the land and taste good, too.

WEDNESDAY: The Food Schmooze 
Has cooking ever saved a life? It definitely rescued Steve Martorano from the streets of South Philadelphia, and an almost certain end in jail… or worse. Raised on Gram'’s meatballs and Mom'’s macaroni, Martorano learned at an early age that full-flavored food made with loving hands was the only food worth eating. And, by the way, that’s macaroni and gravy, not pasta and sauce, cuz. That'’s just the way it is in Martorano'’s world. Steve Martorano joins the Food Schmooze® gang to talk about his cookbook, It Ain'’t Sauce, It'’s Gravy.

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 
Has cooking ever saved a life? It definitely rescued Steve Martorano from the streets of South Philadelphia, and an almost certain end in jail… or worse. Raised on Gram'’s meatballs and Mom'’s macaroni, Martorano learned at an early age that full-flavored food made with loving hands was the only food worth eating. And, by the way, that’s macaroni and gravy, not pasta and sauce, cuzThat'’s just the way it is in Martorano'’s world. Steve Martorano joins the Food Schmooze® gang to talk about his cookbook, It Ain'’t Sauce, It'’s Gravy.