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Bruce Barber

Announcer

For almost thirty years, Bruce has been known to radio audiences for his pop culture commentary and “off-kilter” sense of humor. As half of the the top-rated “Smith and Barber The Morning Show” on WPLR-FM in New Haven, Connecticut (a show he helped create), Bruce entertained thousands of listeners every morning.

These days, Bruce is serious about his work as an independent producer for Connecticut Public Radio. He hosts WNPR’s weeknight and Saturday morning programs, and is the creator of “The Real Life Survival Guide."

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-72-2013-0310.mp3 This time we’ll be talking about “Parenting College Aged Kids” with an expert in the field, Dr. Alan Kazdin from Yale, and several parents - Duo Dickinson, Susannah Bailin, Susan Jacobs, and Jon Crane. We met over wood-fired pizza at Da Legna , a new restaurant on State Street in New Haven, and the conversation was almost as good as the pies! Duo Dickinson has written seven books on architecture. His latest, “ Staying Put:...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-71-2013-0224.mp3 This time we’ll be talking about “Grief and Loss”, an issue we’ve been struggling with since the unthinkable violence in Newtown on December 14th. As you’ll hear in the podcast, grief and loss comes in many different forms - everything from the the sudden death of a spouse or a child to the loss of a job, a pet, a relationship... or sometimes even “all of the above”. Joining me at the beautiful new restaurant Indgo by the...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-70-2013-0203.mp3 For our 70th "in person"conversation, we’ll be talking about “Germs”, which came to mind because we’re having a really bad flu season, and because experts are now talking about the highly contagious (and extremely unpleasant) norovirus . Gathered around a table at the newly opened Lenny and Joe’s A Fish Tale 's new Long Wharf restaurant (over some pretty amazing lobster rolls) were Physician Assistant Lynette White,...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-69-2013-0127.mp3 As we rounded the corner in to 2013, my thoughts turned from the food I had been eating during the holidays to the food I’ve been eating during the football playoffs, and I figured it was a good time to talk about what we put in our bodies on a daily basis. For this conversation, I invited Yale Professor Kelly Brownell, writers Mary Elliott and Susan Campbell, Weatherman Matt Scott, home chef Rob Oliver and the formerly...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-68-2012-1223.mp3 I try to be a happy person, and I’m becoming more and more aware of the fact that to be truly happy, you have to look beyond yourself. (This seems particularly true when you consider recent events.) So I decided to pose the question “what role should things like “volunteerism, charity and giving back” play in our lives? For this conversation I invited active volunteers Debby Wan and Susannah Bailin, and teacher Shahid Abdul...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-67-2012-1216.mp3 For episode 67 of the RLSG, we decided to talk about “holiday stress”. This was before our perception of the world changed - just two days ago - as the heartbreaking series of events played out in Newtown. There will be more than the normal level of stress during this holiday season, and for too many, life will never be the same. It is with thoughts of those who are no longer with us, and of those who will never see their...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-66-2012-1209.mp3 This time I decided to focus on extreme temperatures and money - two things I have a problem with. For this conversation, I invited Duo Dickinson (who happens to be an architect with a passion for such matters), writer Bob Tedeschi, animal rescuer (and farm gal) Kathleen Schurman, travel industry goddess Katie Gerhard, and our resident genius, Harlan Brothers, to talk about how we heat (and cool) our homes for a reasonable...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-65-2012-1202.mp3 The holiday season has me thinking about parties, decorations and family togetherness... and the way people freak out when things don't live up to their expectations. So, in honor of this "emotional minefield" of a time of year, I decided to convene a group of the usual suspects for a conversation about the broader subject of "getting along". We met (of course) at a winery; the incredible Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, with...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-64-2012-1118.mp3 The great paradox of the holiday season for me has always been the way joy and stress walk hand in hand as we traverse the short days of November and December. In our never ending quest to find "joy", our intrepid producer Cindy Papish Gerber suggested we reach out to legendary chef Jacques Pépin to see if he might join us for a conversation about the decidedly joyful subject of "holiday cooking". Not only did Jacques say...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-63-2012-1104.mp3 When you look at the degree to which families are worried about money these days, we're talking about something of fairly epic proportions. College tuitions have risen faster than Apple's stock price, while our economy has caused widespread belt tightening across a variety of social and economic lines. What to do? Go to a fun spot ( Duffy's Taven in West Haven) with a group of smart people to identify important topics for...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-62-2012-1021.mp3 Out of all the things that confuse me (and there are many), parenting has to be at the top of my list. It's something I really, really, really don't want to screw up... but the correct path often seems so murky. To narrow down the list of topics that we like might explore in the Guide, I invited Duo Dickinson, Joanne Kahan, Stacey Battatt and Joe Amarante, along with Dr. Alan Katz, who runs the Yale Parenting Center, to...

Gary Choronzy

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-50-2012-0617.mp3 I've been working on the concept for The Real Life Survival Guide - in one form or another - since the mid nineties. The idea was to create a radio show that was helpful and funny, and to use the Internet to extend the conversation. Having celebrated (and recorded) our 50th Episode, I do believe we're getting somewhere! We gathered - fifty strong - at Lyric Hall in the Westville section of New Haven to look back at what...

Kim Grehn

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-49-2012-0603.mp3 As we near an important milestone in the evolution of the Real Life Survival Guide, our location selection for Episode 49 - as suggested by Gerry McGuire - was fitting. We gathered around a sunny table with stunning mountaintop views at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford. Our guest editors included the aforementioned Mr. McGuire, as well as Liz Petry, and (not coincidentally) the husband and wife team that wrote the book A...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-48-2012-0527.mp3 This week’s editorial meeting for the RLSG was recorded just before Mother’s day, so OF COURSE we met at chocolate shop! Big thanks to Jane Tamarkin, Danyel Aversenti, Susan Campbell, and Harlan Brothers for joining the conversation - and to Christian, Fritz, and everyone at the AMAZING Chocopologie in New Haven for hosting us. According to her Facebook page, Jane Tamarkin is a "...teacher, actor, daughter, wife, mother,...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-43-2012-0422.mp3 It was a pretty raucous discussion at Caseus Fromagerie Bistro as we were joined by Owner (and Cooking Channel star ) Jason Sobocinski who treated us to some great insights - and some incredible food and drink. (Mad props to Chuck from Chucklettes as well!) No less insightful were our AMAZING group of guest editors; Susan Bailin, Janice Christopher, Elizabeth Larkin and Colin Caplan. Susannah Bailin is so smart it scares me...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-41-2012-0408.mp3 For the 41st meeting of our (extremely) informal editorial board, we gathered, in the company of four *amazing* women, at Carmines Tuscan Grill in New Haven. (Duo and I providing the junk DNA.) Over delicious (and healthful!) appetizers, we talked about embarrassing moments, guilty pleasures - and choosing activities for summer vacations - with Deborah Pan, Kathy Barkin, and Anne Garland and Binnie Klein. Deborah grew up in...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-25-2011-1211.mp3 Episode 25 was recorded at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange (theres also a Chips in Fairfield ) where we feasted on award-winning pancakes. (Thanks to Dina for her award-winning hospitality!) Our guest editors were Susannah Bailin, Jaki Valensi-Lauper , Randye Kaye , and Helen Kauder. We talked about talked about moderation at holiday parties, how much to tip people in the service industries, and what to do when someone...

The White House

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-2011-1002.mp3 The 15th recording session for the RLSG on WNPR occurred on Sunday, September 25th at Geronimo in New Haven. Joining the conversation: my wonderful friend from Hobart and William Smith Colleges , Holly Adam , "a Retailer, Fashion Director, stylist, merchandiser, fine cashmere expert, and the grand-daughter of the first Master of Davenport College at Yale"; Sarah Kyrcz, freelance writer for Madison Patch ; and Paul Schatz, who...

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-Editorial-Meeting-14.mp3 We met at Claire's Corner Copia, among the hustle and bustle of downtown New Haven, and in the shadow of what Duo told us is "reputedly the first Gothic Revival structure in America". (We love Claire and we wanted to show our support after she and her husband Frank took a direct hit from Irene.) Joining the conversation: New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer and food writer Todd Lyon. We talked about wrestling,...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/Real-Life-Conversation-13.mp3 Joining the conversation this week: Paul Sessions, the Director of the Center for Family Business at the University of New Haven, dog adoption advocate Sarah Oren, co host Duo Dickinson, and Meteorologist Matt Scott. We gathered at Manjares, a wonderful family owned restaurant in the Westville section of New Haven, on Sunday September 4th. In the previous week we had all experienced an earthquake, a hurricane, and...

Gary Choronzy

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-Episode-12.mp3 We're now three months into producing a radio show and podcast for "The Real Life Survival Guide", and with summer winding down I thought it would be a good idea to reflect a bit. Joining cohost Duo Dickinson and me were author and radio host Binnie Klein, web designer Gary Choronzy, producer Cindy Papish Gerber, executive producer Kim Grehn and Kim's wife Deb. I chose The New Haven Open at Yale as the site for our meeting...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-2011-0828.mp3 It happened, on a recent Thursday afternoon in Woodbridge, Connecticut: we gathered at New England Brewing Company. This was because at Delaney's, Amanda told us how much she loves their beer... and, if you listen to the audiocast, we ended up loving their beer, too! You’ll also hear from Yale Rugby coach John Broker, Amanda from Delaney's, Rob from NEB, Duo Dickinson and freelance writer Alix Boyle. ...and you can join the...

Gary Choronzy

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-2011-0821.mp3 This week we traveled to Ashley’s Ice Cream in Branford Connecticut, to pay homage to the summertime ritual of cooling down from the heat through the consumption of delicious animal fats. We gathered with Ashley’s co-owner Brian Anderson, organizing and lifestyle expert Lisa Lilas, cookbook author and personal chef Gloria Zimmerman, and Ed Bartlett, the publisher of CT Out and About.com. We invite you to have a listen, and to...

Gary Choronzy

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-2011-0814.mp3 Over Chef Bun Lai's creative, soulful, and sustainable cuisine - at the restaurant his mom started when there literally were no sushi restaurants in Connecticut - we gathered with three guest editors: Pam Landry, Mary Scanlon and Randye Kaye - our "fabulous female broadcasters in transition." These are smart, funny women, and their pitches reflected their shared sensibilities, with questions ranging from preparing for your...

Cindy Papish Gerber

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Bruce/RLSG-2011-0807.mp3 Orange Hills Country Club is a public 18 hole course in, not a surprise, Orange Connecticut. Our gracious hosts for the afternoon were Judy and Jud Smith; their father, Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame Inductee Walter “Bud” Smith, cleared much of the land for the course himself. Our guest editors were Harlan Brothers - an inventor, composer, mathematician, educator, and co-creator of the iKandl Birthday App; Joanne Kahan, who...

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