Coming Up on WNPR

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

March 23 - 27, 2015

MONDAY: Reforming Our Juvenile Justice System
In her latest book, Burning Down the House, journalist and author Nell Bernstein explores the dark side of America’s juvenile justice system. Through the eye-opening stories of incarcerated youths, she argues that it’s time to shut down the nation’s juvenile prisons once and for all. This hour, we listen to a conversation host John Dankosky had with Nell at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. A little later, we also take a look at juvenile justice here in Connecticut, including the governor’s recent proposal for a society of ‘second chances’ for children and adults.

TUESDAY: Tipping
Tipping is such a part of our American story that until recently, we rarely question why we still do it...even as we’re expected to tip more workers at higher percentages. But, more than ever, tipping is based less on service and more on ritual and some people don’t leave any tip at all - which punishes workers who need tips to pay their bills. Several states - including Connecticut - are pushing back on tipping, instead seeking an increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers above the $5.78 they currently receive. But not everyone is happy about that. In the meantime, tipping is here to stay and we need to understand the rules on when to tip, who to tip, and how much to leave.

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Our weekly news roundtable.

THURSDAY: The Lore and Lure of Coney Island (Rebroadcast)
Everyone’s heard of Coney Island but most of us have never seen it except through the eyes of others, including artists and filmmakers who used it as a prism through which to shape their view. A new exhibit on Coney Island is on display at The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art through May 31. It brings together cultural artifacts that capture the changing spirit of Coney Island over more than a century.

Programming note: Our originally scheduled check-in on the Affordable Care Act will be rescheduled soon.

FRIDAY: How Humans and Dogs Killed the Neanderthals; Music For Cats 
In her new book called The Invaders, Pat Shipman argues that humans and their domesticated dogs played a central role in the extinction of Neandertals. On this episode of Where We Live, we'll talk to Shipman about her book. And later, we'll talk to WNPR's Patrick Skahill about one scientist's peculiar interest in composing music for cats. 

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

March 23 - 27, 2015

MONDAY: The Scramble
The Scramble’s March Madness bracket has been completely busted. Our Final Four was VCU, Iowa State, Baylor and SMU. But we will march forward and catch up on whatever else we missed while drowning our sorrows in salsa and seltzer water.

TUESDAY: Mysterious Diseases
Doctors have been treating the symptoms of their patients, often before they know the cause, for centuries. But, we've increasingly expected more from doctors as medicine gained sophistication and precision. Today, we want them to name what we have, know why we have it and cure it. But, have we gone too far? In demanding what ails us have a name and clear pattern of cause, effect and treatment, we tend to dismiss conditions which exist but that we don't fully understand. And, without legitimacy, the condition lacks resources for research and also acceptance of the condition as more than psychosomatic. 

The United States spends over $400 billion a year on rust. We'll talk to one journalist who traveled across the nation to meet the people who fight corrosion. We'll also hear from an artist who uses rust to create beautiful portraits.

THURSDAY: Anthropomorphizing Animals
Author Michael Erard is interested in how and why we name things - especially non-human objects and animals -  and how naming affects our perceptions and behaviors toward those objects. He studies different subcultures of workers, like laboratory researchers who name laboratory animals used for research, to see if naming the animals anthropomorphizes them to a degree that makes their research more difficult and less objective. We'll talk to one of those researchers. Also joining Michael will be author and New Yorker contributing writer Maria Konnikova, for our exploration of naming and the psychology of anthropomorphism.  

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

March 23 - 27, 2015

MONDAY: The Money Show
What do we make of this economy and stock market? Why aren't more people positive about the good numbers? Why do the markets react every time there's a whisper of raising interest rates to more normal numbers? How do you protect and grow your money? Join Faith and experts from Kreitler Financial in New Haven.