Jonathan McNicol

Producer

Jonathan started at WNPR as an intern on The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live in 2010. Later that year he was hired as producer for the two-time Peabody Award-winning Faith Middleton Show, where he books guests, engineers live broadcasts, and edits sound. He can be heard regularly on The Food Schmooze, where his nuanced knowledge of sugary sodas, fast food chicken, and local pizzerias enhances the show immeasurably. Jonathan comes to radio from a background in, of all things, graphic design. He went back to school in his late twenties in anticipation of a career in broadcasting, and it looks like he just may have found it in public radio. He lives in greater New Haven.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:04 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Book Show: August 28, 2014

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Faith's motto on The Book Show is: Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.

Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:33 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Easy, Delicious Watermelon-Lime Martinis

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We've discovered one of the best rotisserie chickens in the country being served right now in New York City. And we’re serving up easy, delicious watermelon-lime martinis, along with a great, affordable Prosecco. Plus, Alex Province's recipe for a killer gazpacho. That’s on this week’s fresh edition of The Food Schmooze.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:18 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Best Travel Tips

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Save money. Avoid long lines. Get better seats.

Check out our best travel tips conversation with Amy Farley, Travel Doctor columnist for Travel + Leisure magazine.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:19 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

How Personality Shapes Our Lives

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From Faith Middleton: Respected researcher and psychologist John Mayer says we can become the best version of ourselves by building our “personal intelligence” to understand ourselves and perceive what makes others tick.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:18 am
Thu August 21, 2014

New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff

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He wrote one of the greatest cartoon lines ever, a sentence that rocketed through the country like a speeding train: How about never—is never good for you?

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Foil Packet Velvet Steamed Salmon With Razzle Dazzle Sauce

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Your family has a hankering--a yen for chicken tikka masala or queso fundido, for shrimp pad Thai or a Philly cheese steak--and they want it bad. So you decide to eat out at a local ethnic or roadside restaurant, or do a take-out. It's expedient, but is the food really good? Really, really good? Because Lucinda Scala Quinn's versions of all those dishes families crave will knock your socks off and prove beyond a doubt that the foods you love can be made better, faster, tastier, cheaper, and more healthfully at home. We tried her recipe for a velvety salmon using an aluminum foil packet. Fantastic! 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:45 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Moments That Made the Movies

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If you saw When Harry Met Sally…, there was a wry, riveting exchange between the two main characters, Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, sitting at a restaurant table, causing an observing customer to say, "I'll have what she's having."

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Remembering Great Books

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If you're in search of great reads, here's a list to get you started. Gina Barreca joins Faith to talk about the books many of us have forgotten about.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Book Show: August 14, 2014

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Faith's motto on The Book Show is: Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.

Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Easy Thai Summer Rolls

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Years ago in southern California, at ocean-side Montage Resort, I ordered the same thing for six lunches in a row—Thai summer roll with dipping sauce. It was a knockout, and now we can tell you how to make delicious ones at home. We can tell you how thanks to a respected chef, Gale Gand, author of Gale Gand's Lunch! As Gale told us, she learned from a Thai woman who was making them as fast as she could manage for thousands of hungry fans at the Lolllapalooza music festival. And wait till you try her watermelon gazpacho.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Wally Lamb's Latest Novel, We Are Water

Author Wally Lamb
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Wally Lamb's books beat with a human heart.

Many people, especially Wally Lamb's fans, recall that his first novel, She's Come Undone, was selected by Oprah's book club. But what I remember is the experience of riding in the New York subway, and seeing so many people bumping along, engrossed in his story. On one occasion, these subway readers, strangers to each other, started a discussion about the book—possibly the first underground book club. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:51 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

NYC Teacher Grace Kiley: Acting Lessons

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New York City acting teacher Grace Kiley is interested in the natural actor. Understandable, since she is a licensed mental health counselor who has a gift for teaching what contributes to a transformative performance on stage or on film.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

The New Science of Building Brain Power

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For over a century, IQ scores have been viewed by scientists as placing an upper limit on what a person can ever achieve: a cognitive glass ceiling, a number tattooed on the soul.

Shattering decades of that kind of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training. But is it all just hype?

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:16 am
Wed August 6, 2014

August Fun: Have a Clam Bake

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There's still some summer left and we have ideas for clam bakes, grilled shrimp, and cocktails, along with plenty of kitchen tips. We also have a great recipe for a portobello mushroom po' boy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:26 am
Tue August 5, 2014

The Science of When We Laugh and Why

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Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny—and why?

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:08 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Mastering the Art of Quitting in Life, Love, and Work

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As we can see from a recent Planet Money story on NPR, millions of people are quitting their jobs each month, and Janet Yellen of The Fed thinks this is a good sign. She says if people are quitting in high numbers, that signals they're sure better jobs are available. In other words, a strong signal for the economy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:10 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Book Show: July 31, 2014

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Faith's motto on The Book Show is… Life is short, but it can be ever so wide.

Join Faith and her book buddies for a call-in show recommending terrific books to read in all categories. If you're in a book club, please tell us what you've read and enjoyed. And, hey, kids, we'd love to hear from you about books you love.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Lidia Bastianich: Salmon with Prosecco Sauce

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If it is the Lord who should be praised, then praise the Lord for Lidia Bastianich, one of the great chefs in America. She is always in service to the food, not her own ego, yet there is a self-contained sureness in her as she teaches on television and in her books. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:59 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Dreamland, a Cruise Through the Science of Sleep

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Science still can't say for sure why we need sleep, though we spend a third of our lives asleep, or trying to sleep. Those trying to sleep include the millions who have some sort of sleep issue, from insomnia to over-sleeping.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Amy Bloom's New Novel, Lucky Us

Amy Bloom

Successfully erotic sex scenes are notoriously difficult to write, but novelist Amy Bloom has hit the jackpot in her new novel, Lucky Us, featuring one of the most glamorous orgy scenes of all time. The irresistibly steamy Hollywood party involves a roomful of stars and starlets dancing, flirting, and seducing in the old Hollywood of the 1940s.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Craft: Why Making Things Matters

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Carving birds? Knitting sweaters? Paper cutting? Blowing glass? If you're a crafts person, paid or unpaid, please call and tell us what it adds to your life.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The Rage: Crazy-Good Bánh Mì Sandwiches

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Bánh … the name might be new to you, but we hope you'll try the sandwich that is the rage coast to coast. It has amazing, explosive flavor, the kind you want again and again. It sounds weird, we know, and you might think, how good can this be?

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Smithsonian: Meaning of Family Heirlooms

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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 The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:24 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Miss Manners Takes On Workplace Etiquette

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The "doyenne of civility," Judith Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners, has decided that the fast-changing modern workplace could use some tips on what is and is not okay. And she delivers it in her characteristic dry, witty way, in the book she has co-authored with her son, Nicholas Ivor Martin, Miss Manners Minds Your Business.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:47 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Vacation Survival Guide: How To Be Happy Leaving and After You Get Back

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Is it even possible, you might be wondering, to like all parts of a vacation, including re-entry? We think so. Our senior contributor, New Haven psychologist Nancy Horn, explains what goes into making vacation a less stressful experience, and also less about perfection. This is one of those podcasts worth listening to.

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The Food Schmooze
10:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Basil and Grilled Peaches

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Every shrimp gets a leaf of fresh basil and together they're wrapped in a slice of prosciutto and grilled; the outside gets crispy, and the shrimp is succulent. The flavor trio of basil against sweet shrimp and salty prosciutto is fantastic. Sprinkle a little sugar on fresh peach halves before grilling and you get caramelized beauties to go with your prosciutto-wrapped shrimp and basil. We adore this dish, it's so easy, and you can prep it before your guests arrive. No grill? No worries! The whole thing can be done in a cast-iron skillet indoors.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Great Ideas Including Free Lunch at the Library

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This hour: a call-in on great ideas past, present, and future. Tell us about things in technology, psychology, science, education, art, culture, and design that rank as great ideas. If it's not invented yet, tell us what you dream of—you never know who's listening. The world is filled with great ideas; it's fun and interesting to notice them. Many more are on the way from Apple and others.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:57 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Drunk Tank Pink

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This hour: the way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Celebrate the Goodness of Ordinary People

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Celebrate someone you know, even a stranger who offered some kindness. Was a nurse or doctor there for you, a teacher, a neighbor, your mate, or a friend? Today we pay tribute and remember the goodness of ordinary people.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:08 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Grilled Salmon Is Magic with Peach-Jalapeño Salsa

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On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze: Ariston's Pizza-Flavored Olive Oil, and how farmers' markets are booming right now, including the full-service North End weekly market in Hartford. Cook corn on the cob in your microwave, and don't miss a recipe for mouth-watering, no-bake chocolate mousse pie. Make your salmon fantastic with a simple recipe for fresh peach-jalapeño salsa.

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