traditions http://wnpr.org en A Salute to Irish Music with Martin Hayes http://wnpr.org/post/salute-irish-music-martin-hayes <p>The musician Christy Moore said Ireland could never have the equivalent of a folk revival because it never let its traditions lapse. And that's very true. The are probably other places in the world as deeply attached to their traditional music, but I don't know where they are. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:21:24 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18684 at http://wnpr.org A Salute to Irish Music with Martin Hayes Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived http://wnpr.org/post/throw-me-something-again-mister-mardi-gras-beads-revived In Louisiana, Mardi Gras comes each year with dozens of parades filled with marching bands, colorful floats and parade-goers who scream, "Throw me something, Mister!"<p>That "something" the crowd wants are beads. The goal of any Mardi Gras parade is to catch as many as possible. After the revelry, people often have so many beads around their necks they can barely turn their heads.<p>The problem is that when it's over, well, you're left with a bunch of plastic beads. Everyone in Louisiana has their own way of coping with this. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Eads 17765 at http://wnpr.org Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived Connecticut Ukrainians Celebrate Christmas With Protests in Their Thoughts http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-ukrainians-celebrate-christmas-protests-their-thoughts <p>As Ukrainian Christmas celebrations get underway, the recent political protests in Kiev have been on the forefront of some people's minds this holiday season.</p><p>On-going rallies have been held at Independence Square in Kiev in opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych's stand with Russia. Protesters want their former Soviet-country to sign an economic deal with the European Union.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:35:16 +0000 Tucker Ives 15065 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Ukrainians Celebrate Christmas With Protests in Their Thoughts Happy New Year! The Celebrations Are Underway http://wnpr.org/post/happy-new-year-celebrations-begin <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5rhLzjt-mw</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:28:07 +0000 Mark Memmott 14745 at http://wnpr.org Happy New Year! The Celebrations Are Underway Christmas Songs That We Love to Love and Hate http://wnpr.org/post/christmas-songs-we-love-love-and-hate <p>There are some holiday songs that should banned.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">I'm sorry, Burl Ives, but there's really no reason for anybody to have to hear "Holly Jolly Christmas" ever again.</span></p><p>And Little Drummer Boy? There's almost no way to describe the sinking feeling that tune gives me. Except, well, to call it a sinking feeling. On the other hand, I don't mind Mariah Carey singing "All I Want for Christmas Is You," but my producers are pretty much coming though the glass of the control booth at me for saying that.</p><p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:22:47 +0000 Chion Wolf 14527 at http://wnpr.org Christmas Songs That We Love to Love and Hate Joys of the Holiday Season http://wnpr.org/post/joys-holiday-season <p></p><p><em>Today's show originally aired December 22, 2011.</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Join Faith for one of our favorite shows on the joys of the holiday season, from family and friends to presents and donations to those in need. In this busy life, we'll pause to appreciate Christmas.</p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 14398 at http://wnpr.org Joys of the Holiday Season What Did Santa Bring? Presents Under the Tree 100 Years Ago http://wnpr.org/post/what-did-santa-bring-presents-under-tree-100-years-ago <p><em>"For Muriel Armstrong From Santa" </em>These words are written on a child’s easel blackboard sitting next to a tree decorated with tinsel, beads, glass ornaments and even an American flag. Other presents, including dolls, a sewing set, Bradley’s Toy Village, and “Denslow’s One Ring Circus and Other Stories” surround the tree. This black and white photograph captures the Christmas morning scene for a comfortable Connecticut family about 100 years ago. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:00:33 +0000 Mary Muller 14284 at http://wnpr.org What Did Santa Bring? Presents Under the Tree 100 Years Ago From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas http://wnpr.org/post/dukes-nutcracker-cynical-carol-jazz-christmas <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R6W4eGak50</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi0s4ujoJfQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqZ1O0YhY5Q</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:38:51 +0000 Nick Spitzer 14220 at http://wnpr.org From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas A Swig of "Christmas on the Rocks" http://wnpr.org/post/swig-christmas-rocks <p>Today we're talking about the afterlife of characters from classic Christmas stories. What happened, in later years, to Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" or Susan Walker from "Miracle of 34th Street" or Charlie Brown or Clara from "The Nutcracker?" Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:03:46 +0000 Chion Wolf 13802 at http://wnpr.org A Swig of "Christmas on the Rocks" Food Schmooze: Faith's Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up http://wnpr.org/post/food-schmooze-faiths-thanksgiving-recipe-round <p></p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 18:21:40 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 12327 at http://wnpr.org Food Schmooze: Faith's Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan http://wnpr.org/post/thanksgivukkah-stress-getting-you-down-heres-literary-escape-plan Mark your calendars: According to some scholars, the next time it might happen is the year 79,811. I'm talking, of course, about the hybrid holiday of Thanksgivukkah, a melding of Thanksgiving and the Jewish Festival of Lights. The Borsch Belt-style Pilgrim jokes and mishmash recipes (turkey brined in Manischewitz, anyone?) are flying around the Internet; but since Jews are frequently referred to as "the People of the Book" and Pilgrims pretty much lived by the Book, Thanksgivukkah seems to me like the quintessential (stressful) family holiday to celebrate by escaping into a book. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:35:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 13049 at http://wnpr.org Thanksgivukkah Stress Getting You Down? Here's A Literary Escape Plan Don't Stuff The Turkey And Other Tips From 'America's Test Kitchen' http://wnpr.org/post/dont-stuff-turkey-and-other-tips-americas-test-kitchen If there's one Thanksgiving mistake Jack Bishop sees more than any other, it's people rushing to carve their birds. Bishop is editorial director of the public TV series <em>America's Test Kitchen</em>. He tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross, "Turkey needs to rest before you carve it ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:05:00 +0000 editor 13037 at http://wnpr.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish http://wnpr.org/post/thanksgivukkah-mash-two-holidays-thats-easy-relish It's that time of year again. Time for Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish. Every year since 1972, around Thanksgiving, I've shared my mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe on the radio. It's appallingly pink, like Pepto Bismol — but it tastes terrific.<p>This year, I bring my relish recipe to Thanksgivukkah. Next week, Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day. It's a rare convergence.<p>How unusual is it? Well, the last time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah shared a start date was 125 years ago — and it won't happen again for another 76,000 or so years. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 12826 at http://wnpr.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Is Connecticut Born and Raised http://wnpr.org/post/rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-connecticut-born-and-raised <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you visit Rockefeller Center this holiday season, you can look up in awe at a New York transplant from Connecticut.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The iconic Christmas tree will be cut down in Shelton later today, and shipped to New York City by tractor-trailer, according to the Associated Press.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:40:00 +0000 Tucker Ives 10856 at http://wnpr.org Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Is Connecticut Born and Raised Ethiopian Music And Dance Ensemble "Fendika" To Perform In Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/ethiopian-music-and-dance-ensemble-fendika-perform-connecticut <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20121005%20Ethiopian%20musicians.mp3</p><p></p><p>In the past decade, West African sounds and rhythm have become part of America’s musical mainstream.&nbsp; Less well-known is music from East Africa &nbsp;which blends African drumming with Middle Eastern melodic inflections. &nbsp;</p><p>A music and dance ensemble will bring the sounds of Ethiopia to Connecticut this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>Endris Hassan is practicing his single stringed fiddle called the <em>masenqo</em>. &nbsp;He's part of Fendika, a collective of musicians and dancers.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:25:37 +0000 Diane Orson 7377 at http://wnpr.org Ethiopian Music And Dance Ensemble "Fendika" To Perform In Connecticut Irish Identity In The U.S. http://wnpr.org/post/irish-identity-us <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2003-16-2012%20Irish.mp3</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-st-patricks-day-parade-0311-20120310,0,299871.story">Hartford</a> and <a href="http://photos.newhavenregister.com/2012/03/photos-new-haven-st-patricks-day-parade-2012/27029/#more-27029">New Haven</a> held their St. Patrick’s Day parades last weekend...but the holiday is actually this weekend. It’s a time when we’re supposed to honor and celebrate the rich Irish culture and history.</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:29:22 +0000 John Dankosky 6075 at http://wnpr.org Irish Identity In The U.S. Changing Marriage Rates http://wnpr.org/post/changing-marriage-rates <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%201312.mp3</p><p></p><p>Today, just 51% of adults over 18 are married, dropping from 72% in 1960. It’s a record low.</p><p>Instead, more people are living in alternate arrangements, including cohabitation, single-person households and as single parents.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:56:02 +0000 John Dankosky 6399 at http://wnpr.org Changing Marriage Rates Santa, Scrooge and Economics http://wnpr.org/post/santa-scrooge-and-economics <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2012-23-2011.mp3</p><p></p><p>Twas the last show before Christmas and we’re visiting Santa, Scrooge...and an economist.</p><p>We’re digging into the Where We Live archive for some of our favorite interviews from previous Decembers.</p><p>The holiday season is what many retailers look forward to. Consumers head out or log-on in hopes of finding the perfect present for friends and family. But we’ll hear from an economist who proposes a different idea and he calls it, Scroogenomics.</p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:58:00 +0000 John Dankosky 4229 at http://wnpr.org Santa, Scrooge and Economics Mormon Voting Trends http://wnpr.org/post/mormon-voting-trends <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/Where%20We%20Live%2012-19-2011%20JNR.mp3</p><p></p><p>A recent Trinity College study takes a look at socio-demographic trends among the United States' Mormon population. Mormons make up just 1.4% of the U.S. adult population and vote heavily Republican.</p><p>It is also a group with very high rates of voter registration. We talk with someone who worked on this study,&nbsp;Juhem Navarro-Rivera and take listener phone calls about the media's coverage of the Mormon presidential candidates.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:12:37 +0000 John Dankosky 4249 at http://wnpr.org Mormon Voting Trends Where We Live: Cocktails, A History Of http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-live-cocktails-history <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2006-23-2011.mp3</p><p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:42:05 +0000 John Dankosky 9055 at http://wnpr.org Where We Live: Cocktails, A History Of The Question Of Jewish Identity http://wnpr.org/post/question-jewish-identity <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Josie/Where%20We%20Live%2006-13-2011.mp3</p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:44:35 +0000 John Dankosky 4445 at http://wnpr.org The Question Of Jewish Identity