Coming Up on WNPR

February 23 - 27, 2015

MONDAY: Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex Ed in Our Public Schools
With sex education being a big political issue in many states, what does this all mean for the future of sex education funding in America? This hour, local and national experts weigh in on how public schools are talking to students about their sexual health. We learn about the history of sex education in the U.S., and find out where it's all headed in the future.

TUESDAY: Coney Island
Most of us remember Coney Island, even if we’ve never been. And, what we remember is often soaked in nostalgia for a time when people felt more connected, when love conquered all, and leisure time was abundant, even if those times never really existed beyond our dreams. So, how do our images of Coney Island square with the reality of it? As it turns out, much of our nostalgic glow springs from the culture inspired by it. Coney Island became a symbol of a better America, able to move beyond the wars, poverty, and inequality of the times. A new exhibit on Coney Island is at the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford through May 31 - a multimedia look at Coney Island over more than a century. Today, we visit Coney Island. 

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Our weekly news roundtable.

THURSDAY: Diversity on the Air
When NPR launched a network-wide “diversity project” in 2012, the aim was for the network to sound more like America. Three years later, race and diversity issues are in the news like never before – from stories about immigration to police conduct to how we interact on social media. We’ll be joined by two leaders of this project, to talk about how the media covers diversity – and how we talk about it in society.

FRIDAY: Stanley Maxwell and Paul Winter
We'll preview two local concerts happening this weekend. First, we'll talk to jazz quartet Stanley Maxwell about their jazz-meets-funk-meets-rock style, which will be featured as part of the Music at The Russel House series at Wesleyan University. And later, saxophonist Paul Winter will preview a Brazilian music-themed program he'll be presenting at Infinity Hall in Norfolk. 

February 23 - 27, 2015

MONDAY: The Scramble: Oscars, Baseball, and Coventry Market
Most of us watched the Oscars last night. We also read most of this morning's headlines that revolved around who won, who lost, who gave the best speech, and who bombed. This is what gripes Steve Almond. It's not that he doesn't like the Oscars - it's just that our cultural tendency is to turn every form of creativity into a competition. And, he has a problem with that. It's a zero-sum game - if you're not a winner, you must be a loser. And, worrying about who won cuts off deeper introspection about the work itself. We talk about that. Next, have you noticed that baseball games are running over three hours these days? If you're a baseball fan you've noticed. So, Major League Baseball decided to change a few rules and speed up the game.  One new rule requires hitters to keep one foot in the batter's box between pitches or risk a fine of  up to $500. Is this the best way to speed up the game -  assuming we want to. 

TUESDAY: Killers of the King
Charles Spencer is a journalist and author and, not incidentally, the brother of Princess Diana. He’ll join us in studio for a conversation about the men who executed Charles I and the subsequent attempt to hunt them down. Two of New Haven’s most famous names, Whaley and Dixwell are in fact the names of two of the so-called “regicides” who showed up in New Haven and then had to flee for their lives.  If you ever wondered what all that “Three Judges” stuff in New Haven was all about, you’ll get the full scoop along with some unusually spine-tingling history.

WEDNESDAY: Phil Klay and Frank Rich: Writing on War
Klay won the National Book Award for his collection of stories about Americans fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rich was one of the most prominent critics of the Iraq invasion. As the country seems convulsed by everything from “American Sniper” to the Brian Williams debacle, we’ll talk about whether we’re ready to talk about Iraq.

THURSDAY: Our Wild, Wonderful Bodies: Exploring the Human Microbiome 
Biologist Rob Dunn and science writer Carl Zimmer join us to talk about the wildlife that inhabits our bodies. From bellybuttons to armpits, we'll explore the microorganisms that call our bodies home. 

FRIDAY: The Nose
Our weekly cultural roundtable.

February 23 - 27, 2015

MONDAY: Generosity
Join Faith for a call-in show on acts of kindness and generosity. Pay tribute to someone who did something small or big that you appreciated. Or, if you're the giver, explain what you did; it might inspire someone. And all of this could make us understand that life is like this too.

TUESDAY: TBA

WEDNESDAY: Popcorn Party! 
We're having a popcorn party! Discover how easy and delectable it is to make buffalo ranch popcorn, pepperoni pizza popcorn, and these other popcorn flavors: balsamic salt & vinegar, taco lime, honey-roasted peanut, maple bacon, chocolate-covered potato chip, brown butter, and chocolate-covered pretzel popcorn. We even have the perfect wine for a popcorn party.

THURSDAY: The Pet Show
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.

SATURDAY: Popcorn Party! 
We're having a popcorn party! Discover how easy and delectable it is to make buffalo ranch popcorn, pepperoni pizza popcorn, and these other popcorn flavors: balsamic salt & vinegar, taco lime, honey-roasted peanut, maple bacon, chocolate-covered potato chip, brown butter, and chocolate-covered pretzel popcorn. We even have the perfect wine for a popcorn party.