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.

September 1 - September 5, 2014

MONDAY: Celebrate Labor Day at the Drive-In! 

Last August, the Colin McEnroe Show celebrated the 80th anniversary of the drive-in theater. If you haven’t been to one for awhile, you might be surprised at how much fun they are. But, it won’t be easy to find one. Connecticut, once a mecca of drive-in theaters, claims only three remaining theaters. A combination of factors including the advent of digital technology, spectacular home entertainment systems, and rising real estate prices contribute to their decline. Undeterred, we grabbed the Culture Dogs and piled into our movie-van to watch a flick at The Mansfield Drive-In. Today, we revisit our show from last summer.

 TUESDAY: The Scramble

We decided to move our Monday Scramble to Tuesday this week so you could enjoy your day at the movies. Today’s SuperGuest is Saul Austerlitz, author of the new book, “Sitcom,” who’ll talk about The Cosby Show (it first aired 30 years ago this month), Director Michael Winterbottom and The Trip to Italy, and you guessed it, sitcoms. We’ll finish the Scramble with news from the weekend. 

WEDNESDAY: Surviving Suicide

You may be surprised to learn that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. It’s not easy to talk about suicide--we don’t understand it, we fear it, we’re shamed by it. But, shame may be a tipping point into suicide, making it vital to talk about that which we fear. Today, we talk to Kevin Hines, author of “Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt,” about his long journey back after his jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, and others. 

THURSDAY: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: From Comics to CGI

You may have seen the recent CGI-filled TMNT movie, but did you know that it started as a gritty comic in Northampton, MA? Today, we’ll talk to one of the creators to find out about the early days of the angsty turtles. We’ll talk to the director of a new documentary “Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and to one of our friends from The Culture Dogs about how the turtles have evolved over time. Cowabunga, dude! 

FRIDAY: The Nose

The fearless leader of our weekly Nose panel is out today. But, no worries. Big Dog Dankosky steps in to save the day with his own special panel of Noser’s.

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.