Arts/Culture http://wnpr.org en End May Be Near For Hartford Cabaret Series http://wnpr.org/post/end-may-be-near-hartford-cabaret-series <p>Dan Blow, the noted Hartford-based fashion designer who creatively refashioned himself into one of the city’s most industrious and illustrious concert producers, plans to pull up stakes in Hartford to live in the Bahamas; shutter his clothing business, sell his elegant Woodland Street condo, and in a severe blow to the local music scene, perhaps end his enormously popular&nbsp;Music@Japanalia&nbsp;series&nbsp;held primarily in his West End boutique.</p><p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:55:29 +0000 Owen McNally 20470 at http://wnpr.org End May Be Near For Hartford Cabaret Series A "Love Theme" for Where We Live http://wnpr.org/post/love-theme-where-we-live <p>Last month, Hartford’s very own Asylum Quartet <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-irelands-great-hunger-asylum-saxophone-quartet">visited</a> WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> to talk about and perform some music.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:01:36 +0000 Lydia Brown 20373 at http://wnpr.org A "Love Theme" for Where We Live Yankee Ingenuity: Curtis Veeder, a Mechanical Genius and Shrewd Businessman http://wnpr.org/post/yankee-ingenuity-curtis-veeder-mechanical-genius-and-shrewd-businessman <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:47:40 +0000 Mary Muller & Erin Strogoff 20370 at http://wnpr.org Yankee Ingenuity: Curtis Veeder, a Mechanical Genius and Shrewd Businessman Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/life-cerebral-palsy-asylum-saxophone-quartet <p>Photographer Chris Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. Despite being twins, there was a major difference between these two: Nick was born with cerebral palsy; Chris was not.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The photography of both brothers’ is featured in the book&nbsp;</span><a href="http://chriscappy.com/distance-between-us-book.php" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Distance Between Us</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The story it tells is about how both&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capozziellos</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are living and coping with Nick’s condition. Both join us to talk about their project.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:11:03 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20320 at http://wnpr.org Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock Conduct Dynamic Workshops at Wesleyan University http://wnpr.org/post/members-sweet-honey-rock-conduct-dynamic-workshops-wesleyan-university <p>Three members of the legendary <a href="http://sweethoneyintherock.org/" target="_blank">a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock</a> are finishing up a unique residency at Wesleyan University.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:05:47 +0000 Ray Hardman 20308 at http://wnpr.org Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock Conduct Dynamic Workshops at Wesleyan University Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger' http://wnpr.org/post/rodrigo-y-gabriela-russian-messenger <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dN91dhERgA</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:26:35 +0000 Robin Hilton 20307 at http://wnpr.org Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger' Who's Tucekr? http://wnpr.org/post/whos-tucekr <p>Every now and then,&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> airs a rerun. In order to make shows broadcast-ready a second time around, host John Dankosky&nbsp;needs to record a few things.</p><p>On this particular day, John needed to record credits. I spelled my own name, "Tucekr Ives." It was close enough, so I didn't go back and edit it.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:35:14 +0000 Tucker Ives 20303 at http://wnpr.org Who's Tucekr? Achieving Goals Through The As If Principle http://wnpr.org/post/achieving-goals-through-if-principle <p></p><p>Our actions guide our emotions, according to psychologist and author Richard Wiseman. In his book,<em>&nbsp;The As If Principle: The Radically New Approach to Changing Your Life,&nbsp;</em>Wiseman offers solutions for achieving day-to-day goals that do not take the popular self-help approach of positive thinking.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 20282 at http://wnpr.org Achieving Goals Through The As If Principle Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele http://wnpr.org/post/jake-shimabukuro-and-friends-show-how-uken-play-ukulele <p>The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:36:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 20237 at http://wnpr.org Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele Singer Marianne Solivan Brings Subtle, Soulful Style to Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/singer-marianne-solivan-brings-subtle-soulful-style-hartford <p>Besides possessing a lovely instrument of a voice graced with rich, sensuous timbres, <a href="http://www.mariannesolivanjazz.com/" target="_blank">Marianne Solivan is a gifted, wise singer</a> who never feels compelled to use her ample skills to push the envelope so hard that she murders the enclosed message in the song.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:21:33 +0000 Owen McNally 20173 at http://wnpr.org Singer Marianne Solivan Brings Subtle, Soulful Style to Hartford Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry http://wnpr.org/post/paleo-cooking-elanas-pantry <p></p><p>The Paleo diet emphasizes the basics: meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables and nuts. It's based on the foods our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The diet has also been touted as the solution for food allergy relief and better health. But healthy eating shouldn't mean you have to give up flavor.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:23:59 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 20217 at http://wnpr.org Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry Forty Years, in Search of a Zipless F--- http://wnpr.org/post/forty-years-search-zipless-f-0 <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Fear of Flying</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sold 18 million copies worldwide and helped tip feminism into a new focus on fulfilled sexuality. But it also introduced a meme so pervasive that the book's author, Erica&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jong</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, worried the phrase "</span><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/05/228487056/40-years-ago-fear-of-flying-dared-to-show-women-like-sex-too" style="line-height: 1.5;">zipless f--k</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" would appear on her tombstone.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jong recenly defined the phrase on NPR's Weekend Edition:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">The zipless f---- was more than a f----. It was a platonic ideal. Zipless, because when you came together, zippers fell away like rose petals. Underwear blew off in one breath like dandelion fluff. Tongues intertwined and turned liquid. Your whole soul flowed out through your tongue and into the mouth of your lover.</span></p></blockquote><p>So how does the world of 2013 look to the writer who gave us Isadora Wing?</p><p>We talk with Jong about feminism and gender in American pop culture and politics.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:22:42 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Patrick Skahill & Chion Wolf 20234 at http://wnpr.org Forty Years, in Search of a Zipless F--- Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/insiders-guide-connecticut-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We'll get you in the mood to explore our state with the author of Insiders' Guide to Connecticut, the best state guide on the market. It's pure pleasure cover to cover. And we'll send the book to your door.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 20132 at http://wnpr.org Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread? http://wnpr.org/post/wheres-whole-grain-most-our-wheat-bread We've all heard the advice to eat more whole grains, and cut back on refined starches.<p>And there's good reason. Compared with a diet heavy on refined grains, like white flour, a diet rich in whole grains — which includes everything from brown rice to steel-cut oats to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/02/227838385/farro-an-ancient-if-complicated-grain-worth-figuring-out">farro</a> — is linked to lower rates of heart disease, certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes.<br /> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:22:00 +0000 editor 20156 at http://wnpr.org Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread? Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella http://wnpr.org/post/reunited-and-it-feels-little-awkward-outkast-coachella <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPEiAGFMnNI</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 20152 at http://wnpr.org Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella The Scramble: Mad Men, Blood Moons, and Racism http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-mad-men-blood-moons-and-racism <p>Our SuperGuest on today's Scramble is Jen Doll, who has three topics that she wants to discuss:</p><p>The first is the return of Mad Men, a show in its final season and perhaps more than any other TV show, a driver of the phenomenon that utilizes the talents of many, many cultural commentators to analyze and debate the underlying themes in each episode. If you visited a site like Slate or Salon on certain Monday mornings, you might make the mistake of thinking this was a publication mainly, or entirely about, Mad Men.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:32:29 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 20112 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Mad Men, Blood Moons, and Racism The Success and Failure of Design; a Conversation with Medea Benjamin http://wnpr.org/post/success-and-failure-design-conversation-medea-benjamin <p>This hour, we take a look at design and the impact it has on our lives. Longtime design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn joins us along with Dr. Henry Petroski of Duke University to talk about the good design that helps us, and bad design that hinders us in our daily routines.</p><p>Later, we talk to CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about her work as a political activist and author. Her latest book is called <em>Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control</em>.</p><p><strong>GUESTS: </strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:52:53 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20097 at http://wnpr.org The Success and Failure of Design; a Conversation with Medea Benjamin Make the Bread, Buy the Butter http://wnpr.org/post/make-bread-buy-butter-1 <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Today's show has aired on eight previous dates, most recently on February 11, 2014.</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When blogger Jennifer Reese lost her job, she began a series of food-related experiments. Economizing by making her own peanut butter, pita bread, and yogurt, she found that “doing it yourself” doesn’t always cost less or taste better. In fact, she found that the joys of making some foods from scratch—marshmallows, hot dog buns, and hummus—can be augmented by buying certain ready-made foods—butter, ketchup, and hamburger buns. Tired? Buy your mayonnaise. Inspired? Make it.</span></p><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 20010 at http://wnpr.org Make the Bread, Buy the Butter Eyewitness to History: The Treasury Guard Regiment Flag http://wnpr.org/post/eyewitness-history-treasury-guard-regiment-flag <p>In 1864, President Lincoln ordered his executive departments to each raise a force of troops for the defense of Washington should it be threatened by Confederate forces. The Treasury Department raised a full regiment of citizen-soldiers, and the women employed there presented a custom set of colors to the unit. The canton of the national flag bore hand-painted patriotic images and a banner identifying the unit, which spent months drilling on a dusty lot in Washington. In April 1865 the unit held a ball at Ford’s Theater celebrating Lee’s surrender. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:27:32 +0000 Richard C. Malley 20006 at http://wnpr.org Eyewitness to History: The Treasury Guard Regiment Flag How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All http://wnpr.org/post/how-stereotypes-explain-everything-and-nothing-all A few days ago,<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/02/297287958/why-arent-asian-americans-getting-their-one-shining-moment"> I wrote a post in which I was mulling just why so few Asian-Americans played</a> Division I basketball in the 2012-2013 season. The numbers were striking. Of the 5,380 men's players in the top tier of college basketball, only 15 were Asian-American. Asian-American ballers weren't just underrepresented. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:25:07 +0000 Gene Demby 20012 at http://wnpr.org How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards http://wnpr.org/post/npr-music-nominated-three-webby-awards NPR Music has been nominated for many Webby Awards over the years (and even won a few), but we've rarely reached out and asked you to vote for us when we are. This year, the Webbys' eighteenth, we're particularly proud of our nominations.<p>The first is a video we conceived with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397557/ok-go" target="_blank">OK Go</a> to document the packing and moving of the Tiny Desk to NPR's new headquarters. The video was shot over a few days and the band had to play the song, a variation on "All Is Not Lost," hundreds of times. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:11 +0000 Bob Boilen 20005 at http://wnpr.org NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards 5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz http://wnpr.org/post/5-points-where-poetry-meets-jazz <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6bKgljhvR0</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:50 +0000 Pamela Espeland 19994 at http://wnpr.org 5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz First Listen: 'The Space Project' http://wnpr.org/post/first-listen-space-project As of last September — some 36 years after their launch on Sept. 5, 1977 — NASA's Voyager 1 & 2 space probes were some 12 billion miles from home, easily the farthest man-made objects from Earth. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:33 +0000 Andy Beta 19995 at http://wnpr.org First Listen: 'The Space Project' Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' http://wnpr.org/post/without-giving-too-much-away-heres-what-we-can-say-about-mad-men <em>This review discusses the plotline of </em>Mad Men<em>, up through the end of Season 6.</em><p>Matthew Weiner's <em>Mad Men </em> begins its seventh season Sunday on AMC. Every season, as this outstanding period drama has made its way through the 1960s, Weiner has been increasingly insistent about the things he doesn't want critics to reveal in advance. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:28:00 +0000 David Bianculli 19990 at http://wnpr.org Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men' The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov http://wnpr.org/post/nose-replaces-colbert-marries-jesus-and-has-no-love-gov <p>Scientists say the papyrus that mentions<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/science/scrap-of-papyrus-referring-to-jesus-wife-is-likely-to-be-ancient-scientists-say.html?hp" target="_blank"> a wife of Jesus</a> is not a forgery. Stephen Colbert will take over when Letterman leaves. I'm not saying the two things are connected, but maybe our weekly culture roundtable The Nose will find a common thread.</p><p>It might seem like a small thing - the departure of Stephen Colbert from his late night role in which he depicts a strutting, preening, right-wing media star. In the last analysis, who cares who takes over the Letterman show? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19927 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Replaces Colbert, Marries Jesus, and Has No Love For the Gov A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard http://wnpr.org/post/year-after-bombings-some-say-boston-strong-has-gone-overboard The phrase Boston Strong emerged almost immediately after last year's marathon bombings as an unofficial motto of a city responding to tragedy. But now some are wondering whether the slogan is being overused.<p>The words are everywhere: Boston Strong is plastered on cars, cut into the grass at Fenway, tattooed on arms, bedazzled on sweatshirts and printed on T-shirts (and everything else).<p>"We have Boston Strong bracelets, we have car magnets, little money pouches, we have mints," says Catherine Thomas, manager of a souvenir shop in Quincy Market. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 19940 at http://wnpr.org A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard Memory of Hartford Dancer Lives On in Annual Performance http://wnpr.org/post/memory-hartford-dancer-lives-annual-performance <p>This Saturday night, dozens of Connecticut dance ensembles will gather in Hartford to celebrate the memory of Hartford dancer and choreographer Ted Hershey.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:56:35 +0000 Ray Hardman 19933 at http://wnpr.org Memory of Hartford Dancer Lives On in Annual Performance Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show' http://wnpr.org/post/stephen-colbert-will-take-over-late-show Breaking news <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSTweet/status/454287447795326978" target="_blank">on CBS-TV's Twitter feed</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Stephen Colbert to be next host of 'The Late Show'...press release coming"<p></blockquote><p>David Letterman <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298889806/david-letterman-will-retire-in-2015" target="_blank">announced last week</a> that he plans to retire in 2015. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19920 at http://wnpr.org Stephen Colbert Will Take Over 'Late Show' These Aren't The Rock Hall Inductees You're Looking For http://wnpr.org/post/these-arent-rock-hall-inductees-youre-looking <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dLrxS4eTLM</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:05:45 +0000 David C. Barnett 19904 at http://wnpr.org These Aren't The Rock Hall Inductees You're Looking For We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered http://wnpr.org/post/weve-only-just-begun-carpenters-remembered <p>If you are a person of a certain age, you probably remember the moment when you were first seized by Karen Carpenter's voice. For me, it was getting into my mother's Pontiac LeMans after a commencement ceremony at Kingswood School in 1970. I was a sophomore at an all-boys school, and nobody wanted to be "Close To" me. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19850 at http://wnpr.org We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered