The Faith Middleton Show

The Faith Middleton Show airs Mondays through Thursdays at 3:00 and 9:00 pm. Wednesdays feature The Food Schmooze®, which also airs Saturday at noon. You can always stream WNPR live.

For 34 years, the two-time Peabody Award-winning Faith Middleton Show has been widely recognized for fostering insightful, thought-provoking conversation. Faith offers her listeners some of the world's most fascinating people and subjects. The show, which is produced by Lori Mack and Jonathan McNicol, has been inducted into the Connecticut Magazine Hall of Fame as “Best Local Talk Show.”

Call in to our live show most days in the 3:00 pm hour at (203) 776-WNPR. Join the conversation by email at faithwnpr@aol.com, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Happy Holiday Food and Drink for Christmas and Hanukkah

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Lemony Veal Piccata from a cooking star... a beautifully balanced healthy noodle kugel... why you might try giant potato pancakes instead of lots of small ones... our favorite holiday cocktail, The Aperol Sour Martini... make roasted chestnuts at home in the oven or fireplace... Martha Stewart's warm apple skillet cake... and a fabulous and festive $15 rosé sparkler, Lamberti... it goes with everything!

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:26 pm
Tue December 16, 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 Middelton Show
10:38 am
Mon December 15, 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
11:06 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Paleo Cooking From Elana's Pantry

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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. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Gluten-Free Baking: No One Will Know

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That was our test—could anyone tell Robert Landolphi's recipes were gluten free? None of us could, nor could anyone else who tried them. All we know is that they're delicious, and well they should be. Landolphi, head of culinary operations at UConn, says he spent 14 years perfecting these recipes after his wife was diagnosed with celiac disease.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Healthy Joints for Life

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No surgery. No medication. No drastic measures. Just healthy jointsfor life!

In Healthy Joints for Life, leading orthopedic surgeon and former NFL player Richard Diana applies his unique experience and training to tackle joint pain. Based on cutting-edge research that has clarified the crucial role of a molecule known as NFkB in regulating inflammation, Dr. Diana's proven eight-week program teaches you to harness the power of this research to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and rejuvenate your joints.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:27 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Dr. Raphael Kellman's Microbiome Diet

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Repair and boost the bacteria in the gut with the right food, prebiotics and probiotics, and you'll feel better and lose weight. That's the theory of Dr. Raphael Kellman of New York, author of The Microbiome Diet.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:08 am
Thu December 4, 2014

A Mini-Musical About the Shubert Theater, 100 Years Old

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If you charted the course of American musicals, a major stop on this extraordinary journey would be The Shubert Theater in New Haven. The Shubert was considered Broadway's try-out house, a stop where our local audiences determined whether New York producers had a hit or a disaster on their hands. How did this happen? Who got the nod and who earned thumbs down? 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:02 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Holiday Egg Nogs, Steak au Poivre, and Food and Wine Magazine's Dana Cowin

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On the menu... How to make superb steak with velvety peppercorn sauce... the perfect affordable holiday Bordeaux... Spiked Coquito and egg nog... how one of the best food magazine editors learned to correct all her mistakes (and you can, too)... plus holiday gift ideas for food-lovers...

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:34 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Share Your Own Dinner With Your Dog

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It's an ingenious recipe collection from a longtime dog lover and legendary cookbook editor, Judith Jones. Combing her two passions, Jones has written Love Me, Feed Me, her new book of tasty meals humans can make for themselves and share with their dogs.

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The Faith Middleton show
10:05 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Tips on Animal Care: December 1, 2014

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Barking, fleas, Lyme disease, pet food, biting, housebreaking, shyness, pet insurance, animal rescue. Top flight advice from vet Dr. Todd Friedland. Don't miss his adventures with animals of all kinds.

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The Food Shmooze
10:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving: Enjoy Our Holiday Kitchen Disasters

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On the menu... our craziest holiday kitchen disasters; misery loves company. Kitchen disasters occur among the most experienced cooks, so no need to get stressed.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:05 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Michael Roth: Why Liberal Education Matters, Part Two

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When Wesleyan University President Michael Roth visited China, he expected he'd need a hard sell to make the case for liberal arts degrees. (He's author of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.)

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:15 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

There Is No Such Thing as Silence

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That's what we learned from neuroscientist Dr. Seth Horowitz of Brown University; true silence is non-existent. "In truly quiet areas," he writes in his book, The Universal Sense, "you can even hear the sound of air molecules vibrating inside your ear canals or the fluid in your ears themselves."

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:31 am
Thu November 20, 2014

The Book Show: November 20, 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 Food Schmooze
12:51 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Our Best Thanksgiving Recipes Continued!

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We have more best recipes for our Thanksgiving and holiday recipe kit...fantastic homemade brandied 

We have more great recipes for our Thanksgiving and holiday recipe kit... fantastic homemade brandied cranberry sauce from a mom who knows the real deal...an easy and oh so good pumpkin tart... pumpkin bread for the morning after... paleo vegetable stuffing that tastes like the real thing... cranberry-Brussels sprout slaw... Dorie Greenspan's chocolate roses made with cereal... and another perfect Thanksgiving Pinot Noir from Willamette Vineyard; it goes with everything on the table!

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:09 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Movies Now and for the Holidays

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The day after Thanksgiving is not only the biggest leftover eating spree of the year; movie theaters are as packed as our stomachs are. To catch our list of what's playing now and what's coming for the holidays, listen to our conversation with Arnold Gorlick, founder of Madison Art Cinemas in Madison, Conn.

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The Faith Middleton show
2:47 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Are Artificial Wombs on the Horizon? And Those Egg-Freezing Parties…

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Reportedly, younger women of child-bearing age are paying $10,000 to freeze their eggs, hoping to preserve their viability until the women find mates, or their careers and finances allow them to become pregnant. That's just one issue addressed by Faith's guests, regular contributor Dr. Mary Jane Minkin and new guests Dr. Erin Wysong Hofstatter and Dr. Elena Ratner, all affiliated with Yale's School of Medicine.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:12 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

On ICE: November 13, 2014

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We love ideas, innovation, invention. On ICE: Innovation, Creativity, Edge, we ask you to brainstorm with us about ideas, and we talk to innovative types about what's they're doing. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner Kit

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Here’s our Thanksgiving recipe kit to help make your holiday feast the best it can be. You’ll find here all the delicious dishes, ideas for leftovers, and recommended wines and cocktails we’ve been giving you for more than a month on The Food Schmooze®. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:12 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Seeing Stars in the Deepest Dark Location Reveals Wonders

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Paul Bogard, the author of the paperback, The End of Night, went on a journey in search of something rare in America and Europe—true darkness. He wanted to have the jaw-dropping experience of looking up at the night sky to see uncountable stars and planets that we seldom see due to light pollution.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:11 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Actor Danny Aiello, The Godfather, and Madonna

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In his new memoir, stage and screen actor Danny Aiello reveals that he was so poor growing up in New York that he worked as a numbers runner and burglar, specializing in robbing cigarette machines. He was also a street fighter, and bouncer, the type of late-night guard who didn't hesitate to slam a rowdy patron or rough up someone in the neighborhood who deserved it. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

The Book Show: November 6, 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
10:16 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Delicious Side Dishes and A New Way to Open Oysters

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We have easy recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes, including roasted lemon broccoli and twice baked crispy pecan sweet potatoes. Plus, don't miss the video of Faith using the Aw Shucks!™  oyster opening device.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:03 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Why Do We Volunteer to Help People in Other Countries?

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As elections are held across the U.S., raising the volume on what needs fixing in America, many Americans choose to work on helping citizens in other countries. Whether paid, or unpaid, we wonder what inspires work that says we are living now in a global village.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:03 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

The Best Travel Tips for Winter Vacations from Travel and Leisure Magazine

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When she's our guest, we encourage you to do more than read. Push the play button and hear the outstanding travel tips we get from Amy Farley, who does The Trip Doctor pages in Travel + Leisure magazine. Some of the topics we covered with her: 

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:40 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

On ICE: Innovation, Creativity, Edge

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We love ideas, innovation, invention. On ICE we ask you to brainstorm with us about ideas, and we talk to innovative types about what's they're doing. On this edition of The Faith Middleton Show's On ICE, Dr. Eileen Cooper, a Fullbright Scholar, has written Holographic Mind, a book about training the brain to think in four dimensions.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:51 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Faith Is Honorary Chair for December 5 Trees of Hope

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The 25th Anniversary Trees of Hope Fundraising Spectacular will be aglow with gorgeously decorated Christmas trees at the New Haven Maritime Building. The festive event, chaired by WNPR's Faith Middleton, benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ina Garten: Make the Whole Turkey Ahead of Time!

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Seriously? You can actually roast an entire turkey ahead of time and serve it hot at the table? Yes, says Ina, and she now does it often, including on Thanksgiving. Here's the thing… it's not only Ina's taste in flavor combinations and technique that always win us over—it's her knockout ideas. And they are as dazzling as ever in her new book, Make It Ahead. There's the do-ahead turkey and gravy, sides, and desserts—we'll get to those, but also ways to whip cream ahead, freeze things and pull them out, even make your own healthy peanut butter dog biscuits. (She says she's been trying to get her publishers to print that one for ages; this time she insisted.) 

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Studio Artists Call-In: What Things Inspire Your Work?

Sandy Hook Remembered, Lula Mae Blocton, 2013

Scenes. Conversation. Politics. What inspires artists working in their studios?

Inspiration can come from the quiet of the mind, or, as we just noticed, the spark that results in art can be set off because of world events. Connecticut artist Lula Mae Blocton explains how her work on paper was inspired by events in Newtown, Connecticut.

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