history http://wnpr.org en 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 A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame http://wnpr.org/post/t-rex-reveal-itself-smithsonian This week, scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will start unpacking some rare and precious cargo. It's something the Smithsonian has never had before — a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.<p>Most people don't know it, but the T. rex that's standing tall in the Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., is a fake — a cast, a copy of the bones. It's an accurate replica, but for decades the Smithsonian has coveted a real skeleton of a T. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:43:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 20218 at http://wnpr.org A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame 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 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 Katharine Hepburn: Dressing a Star http://wnpr.org/post/katharine-hepburn-dressing-star <p>Katharine Hepburn is known for her on-screen personality and her off-screen style. &nbsp;In reality, the two were closely intertwined, since she used style, both on and off-screen, as a powerful reflection of character.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:17:19 +0000 Karen DePauw 19603 at http://wnpr.org Katharine Hepburn: Dressing a Star Indian Actors Dust Off Ancient Sanskrit Drama at Yale http://wnpr.org/post/indian-actors-dust-ancient-sanskrit-drama-yale <p>A troupe of actors from Kerala, India will perform an ancient, traditional drama known as Kudiyattam <a href="http://ism.yale.edu/event/guest-artist-nepathya-balivadham-kutiyattam">this weekend in New Haven.</a></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 19590 at http://wnpr.org Indian Actors Dust Off Ancient Sanskrit Drama at Yale Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://wnpr.org/post/chicago-celebrates-century-baseball-wrigley-field When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.<p>The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.<p>The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:36:00 +0000 David Schaper 19577 at http://wnpr.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field Celebrating the Ninth Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival http://wnpr.org/post/celebrating-ninth-annual-trinity-hip-hop-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I say "hip hop," do you think about an art form the exalts </span>bling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, consumption, excess, decadence, and vulgarity? What about all the other hip hop artists, exploring other kinds of truths? Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:03:47 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19472 at http://wnpr.org Celebrating the Ninth Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI http://wnpr.org/post/harlem-hellfighters-fighting-racism-trenches-wwi The 369th Infantry Regiment served 191 days under enemy fire in Europe. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 19434 at http://wnpr.org The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI The Adventure of a Lifetime: John Ledyard and Captain Cook’s Last Voyage http://wnpr.org/post/adventure-lifetime-john-ledyard-and-captain-cook-s-last-voyage <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In 1783, as Americans adjusted to peace time following the Revolutionary War, a young man’s incredible adventure story was published in Hartford. John Ledyard’s <i>Journal of</i> <i>Captain Cook’s Last Voyage </i>recounted Ledyard’s travels with the world-famous British explorer on his third and last exploration of the Pacific Ocean. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:57:57 +0000 Ben Gammell 19203 at http://wnpr.org The Adventure of a Lifetime: John Ledyard and Captain Cook’s Last Voyage 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus http://wnpr.org/post/vivian-maier-brings-nanny-photographers-life-focus Is an artist's life relevant to her reputation as an artist? Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:52:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 19181 at http://wnpr.org 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus A Woman Ahead of her Time: Mabel Osgood Wright http://wnpr.org/post/woman-ahead-her-time-mabel-osgood-wright <p>Few professions were available to women in the second half of the 19<sup>th</sup> century, and certainly not the medical profession. Although thwarted in her ambition to become a doctor, Mabel Osgood Wright made a name for herself as both a writer and a photographer.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:46:52 +0000 Barbara Austen 18923 at http://wnpr.org A Woman Ahead of her Time: Mabel Osgood Wright Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-irelands-great-hunger-asylum-saxophone-quartet <div>This week, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, even if we aren’t Irish.<p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But sadly, this holiday meant to celebrate a heritage doesn’t really go too much deeper than green beer and shamrocks in the public consciousness.</span></p></div><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & John Dankosky 18681 at http://wnpr.org Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet The 500-Pound 'Chicken From Hell' Likely Ate Whatever It Wanted http://wnpr.org/post/500-pound-chicken-hell-likely-ate-whatever-it-wanted For the past decade, dinosaur scientists have been puzzling over a set of fossil bones they variously describe as weird and bizarre. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 18727 at http://wnpr.org The 500-Pound 'Chicken From Hell' Likely Ate Whatever It Wanted The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition http://wnpr.org/post/ongoing-debate-over-tribal-recognition <p>Before Thomas Hooker founded the Colony of Connecticut, before Europeans even knew this land existed, the indigenous people&nbsp;already lived off the land. But over hundreds of years, the United States of America grew into what it is today, and the indigenous people were only granted small slices of land if they are "recognized" by the federal government.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:15:58 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18546 at http://wnpr.org The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition Fans Revive Connecticut-Based Charlton Comics 30 Years After It Closed http://wnpr.org/post/fans-revive-connecticut-based-charlton-comics-30-years-after-it-closed <p>What began as a joke on Facebook ended up reviving the work of a Connecticut-based comic book company that went out of business more than 30 years ago. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Alan Yu 18007 at http://wnpr.org Fans Revive Connecticut-Based Charlton Comics 30 Years After It Closed Behind the Stockade: Andersonville Prison http://wnpr.org/post/behind-stockade-andersonville-prison <p>Prisoners of war have long been an emotional subject. From 17<sup>th</sup> Century conflicts with Native Americans to the war in Afghanistan, the fate of POWs has aroused deep concern. Tales of mistreatment and brutality, from the notorious British prison hulks of the American Revolution to Vietnam’s “Hanoi Hilton” and beyond, have spurred contemporaries to protest and moved later generations to ponder man’s inhumanity to man.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:53:17 +0000 Richard C. Malley 18430 at http://wnpr.org Behind the Stockade: Andersonville Prison Lecture Gives Voice to Remarkable African American Women From Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/lecture-gives-voice-remarkable-african-american-women-connecticut <p>The lives of African American women throughout Connecticut history will be discussed at a lecture titled, "The Struggle for Full Rights as Citizens: The Voice of African Americans at the New Haven Museum," Thursday night at the New Haven Museum.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:37:04 +0000 Ray Hardman 18318 at http://wnpr.org Lecture Gives Voice to Remarkable African American Women From Connecticut The Unfolding Evolution of Origami http://wnpr.org/post/unfolding-evolution-origami <p>How do you make a 100 meter telescope that folds down to 3 meters so you can tuck it inside a space vehicle? How do you make a heart stent that folds out inside the human body? In each case, researchers have turned to masters of origami, the thousand year-old art of paper folding. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:19:14 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 18313 at http://wnpr.org The Unfolding Evolution of Origami Hartford Was the Typewriter Capital of the Country http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-was-typewriter-capital-country <p></p><p>In the second season of the Netflix series, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856010/"><em>House of Cards</em></a>, the protagonist Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, pulls out an old family typewriter, an Underwood of course, to write a pseudo-heartfelt letter to the President.</p><p>Frank's father gave him the typewriter saying this Underwood built an empire. Now you go build another.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:15:08 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 18219 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Was the Typewriter Capital of the Country Frances Laughlin Wadworth: Sculpting the Past http://wnpr.org/post/frances-laughlin-wadworth-sculpting-past <p>Frances Laughlin Wadsworth certainly left her mark on the art world.&nbsp; She also left it scattered about the city of Hartford.&nbsp; Frances Laughlin was born in Buffalo, New York, on June 11, 1909 to Frank and Martha Laughlin. She graduated from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia, and studied art in Europe under the tutelage of famous sculptors.&nbsp; An avid painter as well as sculptor, Frances identified painting as more of a hobby, like her interest in gardening, than as a serious art endeavor in line with her sculpture.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:59:30 +0000 Karen DePauw 18046 at http://wnpr.org Frances Laughlin Wadworth: Sculpting the Past A New Exhibit Focuses on New Haven's Punk Past http://wnpr.org/post/new-exhibit-focuses-new-havens-punk-past <p>Part of The Elm City's rock and roll past will be on display in an exhibit opening Friday night at Cafe Nine in New Haven. It's called The Early Years of Punk in New Haven, and features the work of photographer Tom Hearn.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:31:24 +0000 Ray Hardman 18041 at http://wnpr.org A New Exhibit Focuses on New Haven's Punk Past It's Grammar Day! Is My Exclamation Point Wrong? http://wnpr.org/post/its-grammar-day-my-exclamation-point-wrong <p></p><p>It's National Grammar Day, a time to take stock of the current status of the English language, and possibly get into bitter fights.</p><p>I'm old school. I'm the kind of person who will only use "not only" if I intend to follow it with "but also." That's probably a convention that died the quiet death of a feverish sloth many years ago. But I know what's right, and sometimes it feels like I'm helping to hold the language together even as it drifts into chaos.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:58:41 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17867 at http://wnpr.org It's Grammar Day! Is My Exclamation Point Wrong? Proposal Could Allow Adoptees to Access Birth Certificates http://wnpr.org/post/proposal-could-allow-adoptees-access-birth-certificates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposal that went before the Public Health Committee could allow adopted children access to their birth certificate if they are age 21 or older.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17731 at http://wnpr.org Proposal Could Allow Adoptees to Access Birth Certificates The Great Ice Storm of 1898 http://wnpr.org/post/great-ice-storm-1898 <p>Ice. It is both a beauty and a menace, often simultaneously. From February 20 to February 22, 1898, an ice storm swept through northwestern Connecticut, coating tree branches and utility wires.</p><p>Roads were treacherous and slippery. Tree branches, weighed down with ice, broke and fell, rendering some streets impassable. The storm knocked out electricity and telegraph and telephone communications, and closed the trolley lines in parts of the state. The railroad trains kept running, though their tracks had to be cleared of branches and debris, and they arrived well behind schedule.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:51:14 +0000 Tasha Caswell 17708 at http://wnpr.org The Great Ice Storm of 1898 The Web At 25: Hugely Popular, And Viewed As A Positive Force http://wnpr.org/post/web-25-hugely-popular-and-viewed-positive-force For something that's become so ubiquitous in our lives, the World Wide Web is just a youngster. It was only 25 years ago that Tim Berners-Lee first created a rudimentary information retrieval system that relied on the Internet. It's since exploded into a primary means by which we learn, work and connect. (To put things in perspective, the film <em>Die Hard</em> is older than the World Wide Web.)<p>How far have we come and how much impact has Internet connectivity made in our lives? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:03:00 +0000 Elise Hu 17627 at http://wnpr.org The Web At 25: Hugely Popular, And Viewed As A Positive Force Smithsonian: Meaning of Family Heirlooms http://wnpr.org/post/smithsonian-meaning-family-heirlooms <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">From Faith Middleton:&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A chair… letter… diary… clock… coin… jewel… car… house… meat grinder… what makes a family heirloom have powerful meaning, even if it has little monetary value? That question will be answered when you read </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by Richard </span>Kurin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:26:50 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 17454 at http://wnpr.org Smithsonian: Meaning of Family Heirlooms Battling Bat Battalino: One of Hartford’s Heroes http://wnpr.org/post/battling-bat-battalino-one-hartford-s-heroes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the streets of Hartford to Madison Square Garden was a giant leap for featherweight boxer Christopher “Bat” </span>Battalino<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">orn in Hartford in 1908,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Battalino&nbsp;quit Brown School after the fifth grade to work in a tobacco factory. He got his boxing start in amateur bouts, and went all the way to the national amateur featherweight championship before turning pro when he was 21 years old.</span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:45:57 +0000 Mike Messina 17320 at http://wnpr.org Battling Bat Battalino: One of Hartford’s Heroes Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator http://wnpr.org/post/sochi-was-once-vacation-spot-fit-dictator Long before it became an Olympic host city, Sochi was a favorite getaway for one of history's most ruthless dictators: Josef Stalin.<p>The Soviet leader had a villa built in the hills overlooking the Black Sea, and he visited it during some of the most tumultuous years of his reign.<p>The villa, known as Stalin's dacha, or summer house, was built in 1934, and he used it until the end of World War II in 1945. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:07:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 17273 at http://wnpr.org Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator Connecticut in the Civil War http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-civil-war <p></p><p>Here's a little bit of Civil War history that seems to have started here in Connecticut. It was in this month of February in 1860 that Cassius Clay, a Kentucky planter turned anti-slavery crusader spoke in Hartford not far from where we're doing this show today. He was accompanied by a torch-bearing honor guard in capes and caps. The Hartford Courant called these young men "wide-awakes."&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:24:22 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17197 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut in the Civil War