Coming Up on WNPR

July 28 - August 1, 2014

MONDAY: Where We Vote 2014 - Elizabeth Esty
The 2012 race for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District seat was filled with campaign-related shenanigans. The person who came out on top was Elizabeth Esty. She'’s running for re-election this year in the “Fightin'’ Fifth” and she'’ll join us for our Where We Vote series.

TUESDAY: School Restraint
A conversation about school restraint -- a legal, albeit controversial, practice that allows students to be restrained and secluded against their will. On this episode of Where We Live, we'll take a closer look at the role of restraint in our nation's public school system, and see how it's being carried out here in Connecticut.

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Our weekly news roundtable discusses the week’s top stories.

THURSDAY: One For The Birds
We’'ve been thinking a lot about birds at WNPR, largely because of Patrick Skahill’'s reporting on hummingbirds and one prehistoric big bird (no, not THE Big Bird). Coming up, we'’ll be joined by bird experts answering your ornithological questions. If you have a good bird story, or if you just can'’t figure out what that bright yellow bird is in your backyard, then we'’ll try to help.

FRIDAY: Litchfield Jazz Festival Preview; Transgender Youth
Among the many highlights of summer in Connecticut is the annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. On this episode of Where We Live, we're sitting down with two of the festival's veteran musicians -- Jimmy Greene and Mario Pavone -- to preview some of the music that's being featured on the main stage this year. Later in the program, we're following up to our recent show on transgender rights with a story on trans youth from PRX.

July 28 - , August 1, 2014

MONDAY: The Scramble
We welcome back SuperGuest David Rees, a cartoonist, author of a book on how to sharpen pencils, and a really funny guy who is hosting a brand-new show on The National Geographic Channel. It’s kind of a how-to show for people who love absurdity with their insights. News from the weekend will follow.

TUESDAY: A Musical Blast From The Past & Present
What do Seth Avett from the Avett Brothers, John Hall from Orleans, and Glen Phillips from Toad The Wet Sprocket all have in common? They’re all talking with Colin McEnroe on this show about music acts touring through Connecticut in August! Also, at some point, beards. Except Glen. What does he have against beards? We’ll find out.

WEDNESDAY: The Evolution of Hell
Where did the notion of hell come from? How has the concept changed over the years? What, if any, overlap is there between religions? Does a religion require the threat of hell to be taken seriously? Find out how hell ignited its fury, and what college students consistently leave out when their Comparative Religion professor asks them to create their own religions. (hint: it’s HELL)

THURSDAY: Handwriting Is So Yesterday
Do you know what your best friend's handwriting looks like? Your brother's or sister's? Your own? Do you even still use pens? Handwriting lessons in schools are slowly giving way to lessons in keyboards, college students are taking notes on their computers instead of by hand, and people are preferring to correspond via emails or texts instead of handwritten letters. Is the art of handwriting dead? In this show we will talk to some handwriting experts to see why they still like to write by hand, what value there is in learning handwriting, and what your handwriting can say about your personality.

FRIDAY: The Nose
Every week, our weekly Nose panelists go through a grueling mental process of knock down, drag out first nominating and then eliminating ideas until they find the cultural stories they most want to talk about and (they hope) you want to hear.

July 28 - August 1, 2014

MONDAY: Amy Bloom
Connecticut writer Amy Bloom's new novel, Lucky Us, comes out tomorrow. It's a story set in the roaring 20's with memorable characters and a riveting sex scene, filled with glamorous starlets at a Hollywood party. More than that Lucky Us features big themes that matter, conveyed in Bloom's unmistakable voice. We talk with the writer on the eve of publication. New York Magazine is calling it one of the top six books of the summer.

TUESDAY: TBA

WEDNESDAY: The Food Schmooze 
In her beautifully illustrated new cookbook Lidia Bastianich lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips -- from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. As storyteller and chef, she draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate. Recalling lessons learned from her mother, Erminia, and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, Lidia pays homage to the kitchen sages who inspired her. Food Schmooze All-Star Lidia Bastianich joins the gang to talk Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking.

THURSDAY: The Book Show
The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we'’ll take your calls! What a’re you reading? What ha’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
In her beautifully illustrated new cookbook Lidia Bastianich lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips -- from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. As storyteller and chef, she draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate. Recalling lessons learned from her mother, Erminia, and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, Lidia pays homage to the kitchen sages who inspired her. Food Schmooze All-Star Lidia Bastianich joins the gang to talk Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking.