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Where We Live with John Dankosky
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am and 7:00 pm

April 20 - 24, 2015

MONDAY: Re-Thinking Ivy Leagues: a Conversation with William Deresiewicz (rebroadcast)

Today more than ever college students face an uncertain future. We hear more and more about the importance of a top-notch education and how increasingly, studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics offer the only promise of a successful road forward. But as the pragmatism of STEM fields is professed, and the ivy leagues declared the place to study them, has the importance of the humanities been forgotten? In his controversial new book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, author Bill Dereseiwicz claims that it has. He paints a bleak picture of these schools, not only by  arguing they discount the humanities, but also by saying they promote such fierce competition and fear of failure that it actually takes a toll on their student’s mental health. This hour, we look at the educational approach of elite institutions: their role in shaping the minds of America’s best and brightest and what they might be missing in the process.

TUESDAY: Is It Time to Stop Tipping? (rebroadcast)
Americans have been tipping for good service for centuries. Tipping is so ingrained in our American story that we rarely question why we still do it, even though we leave an estimated $40 billion in tips every year. Some say tipping is a good thing because it gives a much-needed boost to lower-paying service jobs. Others wonder if tipping still serves its purpose - to reward good service. And, workers reliant on tips to pay their bills are sometimes tempted to discriminate against customers they think will be “bad” tippers. This hour, we talk about the pros and cons of tipping. How much do you tip? Is it for a job well done? Or, is it just a social pressure you’d just as soon avoid?

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Colin McEnroe guest hosts our weekly news roundtable.

THURSDAY: New England Governors Meet in Hartford; How International Trade Policy Could Affect Local Business 
As New England governors prepare to meet in Hartford today, we'll check in with reporters from across the region to get a sense of what they'll be talking about. We'll also take a look at some of the latest news surrounding international trade policy -- including new legislation granting the president "fast-track" trade authority.

FRIDAY: Armenian Genocide; A Polish Collection in Chicopee
Pope Francis recently called the 1915 deaths of more than a million Armenians a genocide. The Turkish government hasn't responded kindly. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we'll speak with local experts and artists about what happened and the lasting political tension that still exists today. And did you know that one of two plaster casts of Pope John Paul II’s hand is in Chicopee MA? It’s part of a collection of thousands of pieces of Polish culture and history.  WNPR’s Catie Talarski gets a tour of the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning with founder Stas Radosz.

The Colin McEnroe Show
Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm

April 20 - 25, 2015

MONDAY: The Scramble
Our weekly Monday magazine show is back this Patriots' Day and we'll recap the big news of the weekend.

TUESDAY: A Conversation with Elizabeth Alexander

You may remember poet Elizabeth Alexander from President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. She’s a poet, but also an essayist, playwright and teacher. She’s currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and professor of poetry at Yale University. He memoir “The Light of the World” is released this month. She joins us in studio.

WEDNESDAY:  The Science of Snake Oil  
We like to think of healthcare as an exact science: established guidelines, uniform practices, rigorously tested treatments vetted through extensive lab trials, etc. But this was certainly not true in the early days of medicine and unfortunately, it's not true today. Indeed the days of snake oil and traveling medicine shows may not be as long gone as you'd imagine. Today, millions of Americans are still trusting their health to modern day hucksters peddling unproven treatments. So how is one supposed to tell the quacks from the real McCoys? This hour we'll talk with experts in an effort to answer that question.


FRIDAY: The Nose
Our weekly cultural roundtable. 

The Faith Middleton Show
Monday - Thursday, 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm
The Food Schmooze®
Wednesday at 3:00 pm & Saturday at noon

April 20 - 25, 2015

MONDAY: The Healthy Mind Cookbook 
In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function -- all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years. Rebecca Katz joins the Food Schmooze®.

TUESDAY: Insider's Guide to Connecticut 
We'll get you in the mood to explore our state with the author of Insiders' Guide to Connecticut, the best state guide on the market, now in its second edition. It's pure pleasure cover to cover. And we'll send the book to your door.

WEDNESDAY: The Garden Show 
We're itching to be surrounded by gorgeous summer flowers in pots, window boxes and in the garden. That's why we're thrilled to feature the incomparable White Flower Farm of Litchfield, Conn., and an online distributor, to discuss what's new and beautiful.

THURSDAY: Yogurt, Yum! 
A fresh, modern yogurt-centric cookbook that showcases the versatility of this dairy superstar in 50 recipes for appetizers, salads, soups, sauces, marinades, beverages, and desserts, and provides fail-proof directions for making your own yogurt at home.