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
12:39 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The Book Show: September 26, 2013

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by Faith Middleton

Gather around book buddies. It's time to join in the hunt for books that will make life interesting. Whether you want escape, pleasure, thrills, wisdom, information, learning, or laughs, you'll hear about all kinds of good reads on our Book Show… Mysteries, Science, History, Comedy, Biographies, Thrillers, Memoirs, Politics, Food, Travel.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:50 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Food Schmooze: Faith's Favorite Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Dark Chocolate

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by Faith Middleton

What makes a chili unforgettable? When the meat and the right combo of spices are cooked slowly enough to make them melt into the sauce. This is the recipe that makes that happen, and the unsweetened cocoa powder addition is masterful, adding dark, dusky flavor.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:33 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A Key to Inner Power and Freedom

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by Faith Middleton  

I learned to use a valuable tool for self-awareness at an Omega Institute workshop led by psychologist and mindfulness trainer Dr. Tara Brach. Please join us on the show to hear Dr. Brach explain a simple technique, known as RAIN, to recognize what your emotions are in any given moment, especially when thoughts and feelings are racing by. This quick, check-in method prevents us from storing up hurt, anger and frustration, or acting it out in a damaging way. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:19 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Could Creativity Heal the Body and Mind?

Judy Sirota Rosenthal

by Faith Middleton  

Life is a difficult journey, despite its beauty, and that makes us wonder if artists are ahead of the game in using their creative expression to work through challenging times. We talk with nationally recognized artist Joy Wulke, who is now living with cancer, yet continuing to plan for her future.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Food Schmooze: Moist, Crispy Meatloaf Baked in a Brown Paper Bag

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Moist, Crispy Meatloaf Baked in a Brown Paper Bag

 by Faith Middleton 

Yankee Magazine food editor Amy Traverso poured through the archives going back many decades, in search of the best vintage recipes from readers. When I spotted this recipe for brown paper bag meatloaf, I knew we had to try it. And why drag out the suspense? We loved it!

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:24 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

What Was, Is, and Will Be Popular

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by Faith Middleton

If most Americans no longer exclusively watch the same three network TV channels, which were—long ago and in a galaxy far away—a measurement of popularity, how do we calculate what's popular now? How do we figure out what's popular in any realm—movies, books, music, chefs, reality shows, sports, politics, even the candy bar world? And, if you have something to promote, how do you make what you do crazy popular in a sliced and diced digital world?

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:01 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Recognizing Everyday Traumas Leads to Happier Lives

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by Faith Middleton

I'm featuring New York psychiatrist Dr. Mark Epstein's fascinating new book, The Trauma of Everyday Life, because it explains the big pay-off for learning to notice the small and big traumas we all experience daily in an unpredictable world. By comprehending these traumas, he says, we permit their release, which leads to less stress and a greater sense of feeling fully alive. Dr. Epstein is a Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City. He's interested in the interface of psychotherapy and Buddhist philosophy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:10 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Book Show: September 12, 2013

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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.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:39 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Food Schmooze: Faith's BLT Chicken with Grilled Buttered Cornbread

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by Faith Middleton 

Celebrate the end of summer with one of your last meals from the grill. This one's fresh and memorable, so savor every bite. I came up with what I call BLT Chicken by making a salad and adding flavors I love together—chicken, fresh corn, tomatoes and, I thought, why not? Let's butter and grill the cornbread. It has a little crispy edge that makes me swoon, caramelized and buttery on the tongue.

Listen, you're free to make the cornbread on a weekend, when there's time to do it from scratch, but feel free to use the supermarket as your prep chef. That's what my pal Jacques Pepin does; he buys supermarket stuff pre-chopped to save time. So you can buy the cornbread made, use a packaged mix, or use that time-honored family recipe. In fact, you can do so much of this on a Sunday night for Monday supper, including wash the greens, dice the scallions, make the dressing, make the corn and slice off the kernels, and cut the cherry tomatoes in half.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Junk Food TV

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Storage WarsCheaters, Hoarders — what's your favorite junk food TV? Why do we watch them, when we do? Do we test ourselves by seeing how others behave? Are reality shows for real?

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:18 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Why Museum Hopping Is the Rage

Virgil Marti, "Cemetry Gates." Photo: Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.

Museum attendance is up in Connecticut, New York, and nationwide—what are people experiencing that adds to their lives? What makes something art? If you don't understand it, does that make you feel dumb? AND: A look at the groovy new 1960s hippie show at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:14 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

How Do We Inspire Students at the Start of School?

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Happy New Year! It's Rosh Hashanah. The new television season is upon us. And… school's back in session.

Students, teachers, parents: How was your first day of school? What qualities and experiences made the start of school feel like the year might be exciting? What are your best tips and tricks for navigating that transition from the freedom of summer to the day-in-day-out of school?

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Food Schmooze: Kitchen Disasters—Everybody Has Them

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It's 5 o'clock, your future in-laws are coming to dinner and… well… is the chicken really supposed to be that color? And the bread seems to be a strange sort of shape. And, hm. Is something on fire?

Today: KITCHEN DISASTERS. Award-winning author Amy Bloom and senior contributor Chris Prosperi join Faith for a live call-in edition of The Food Schmooze. We'll confess to our worst (best) horror stories, and we invite you to join the fun!

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Time Reborn, Revisited, and Reconsidered

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What is time?

This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time. The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

On Second Thought and Tories

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Our brains are marvels, hard-wired by millions of years of evolution to boast a number of mental shortcuts, biases, and tricks that allow us to negotiate our complicated lives without overthinking every choice and decision we have to make.

Unfortunately, those ancient shortcuts don't always work to our advantage in our modern lives-when we don't also think slowly and rationally, those hard-wired habits can trip us up.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:56 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Love 2.0

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We all know love matters, but today, positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson joins Faith to show us just how much. Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. Using research from her own lab, Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers. She demonstrates that our capacity for experiencing love can be measured and strengthened in ways that improve our health and longevity. Finally, she introduces us to informal and formal practices to unlock love in our lives, generate compassion, and even self-soothe.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:02 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Apple Lover's Cookbook and Quick-Fix Indian

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Fall is finally almost kind of here, and to celebrate we devote most of The Food Schmooze to apples. Amy Traverso returns with her book, The Apple Lovers’ Cookbook. Plus, Ruta Kahate and her Quick-Fix Indian.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Drunk Tank Pink

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Today: 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
4:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Where Good Ideas Come From and Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

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The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery—these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the groundbreaking ideas that push forward our lives, our society, our culture?

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Wine Bites and The Book Club Cookbook

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Join the Food Schmooze gang for a look at post-summer grilling. Plus, the cookbooks Wine Bites: 64 Nibbles That Pair Perfectly with Wine and The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:05 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Long Walk and The Yellow Birds

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Today we’ll talk to two veterans of the Iraq war. Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. His book, The Long Walk, chronicles his "story of war and the life that follows."

When veteran Kevin Powers returned from Iraq, he turned his experiences there into The Yellow Birds, a novel about two young privates trying to stay alive at war. Castner and Powers join us for the full hour.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:35 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The Beer Trials

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Beer Trials: America's Most Popular Beers Blind-tasted and Rated by a Panel

The essential guide to the world's most popular beers, The Beer Trials features brutally honest ratings, full-page reviews, and photos of the 250 most popular beers in the world, based only on brown-bag blind tasting. The Beer Trials also includes a complete reference to the major beer styles, flavors, and regions.

• The essential reference for anyone who enjoys drinking beer

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:50 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Authors of The Wave, Plastic Ocean, and Beyond the Blue Horizon

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The Wave. Water waves. Not lazy surf lapping at your toes along the beach. Colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves; scientists scrambling to understand the phenomenon; and extreme surfers seeking the ultimate challenge. Susan Casey’s account follows the exploits of boarders conquering suicidally large, 70- and 80-foot waves and the physicists trying to grapple with the destructive powers of 1,740-foot waves off the coast of Alaska and tsunamis in the Pacific. Casey is our guest.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:13 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Authors of The Criminal Justice Club and Toasts

Michael Grimes

The Criminal Justice Club is the book about Walt Lewis' conversion from a young ACLU liberal, who sympathized with the criminal, into an advocate for crime victims and longer sentences for violent and career criminals.

Lewis defines The Criminal Justice Club as a group of deputy district attorneys, public defenders, private defense attorneys, criminal court judges, and the career criminal who have been through the system many times.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:39 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Authors of Tokyo Vice and Wandering Souls

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:47 am
Mon June 24, 2013

RJ Julia's Roxanne Coady and the Wadsworth Atheneum's Susan Talbott

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