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
12:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Positive Living: The Generosity of Strangers

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From Faith Middleton: If you need a pick me up, join us for stories about strangers who were unexpectedly kind or generous. Call us if you were inspired to "pay it forward," or surprised to be the recipient of someone's generosity: 203 776-9677.

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The Food Schmooze
10:05 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Faith's BLT Chicken with Grilled Buttered Cornbread

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 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. Grilled cornbread has a crispy edge that makes me buckle in the knees, caramelized and buttery on the tongue.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:53 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Identity: Who Are You If You No Longer Do Your Job?

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From Faith Middleton: Extraordinary numbers of people are about to join the ranks of the unemployed—by choice. They're about to retire. (Of course some are forced to give up work because of illness, injury, or a major change in circumstances.)

No matter how it occurs, who are you after you can no longer continue in work that in many ways has given you your sense of identity, what you say you are when you meet someone… a detective, judge, reporter, florist, teacher, bus driver.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:44 am
Mon September 15, 2014

How to Protect and Grow Your Money

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While more people are saving, a startling number of people have no pensions or savings as they head toward retirement years. If you are lucky enough to have investments, the key question for our show is, how do we protect and grow our assets at the same time? Too conservative means you miss the gains; too risky means you can lose a bundle if the market sinks, and never make it up if retirement is near.

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The Faith Middleton
12:45 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

The Book Show: September 11, 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
10:05 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Moist, Crispy Meatloaf Baked in a Brown Paper Bag

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We have the vintage recipe, Meatloaf Baked in A Brown Paper bag, so moist, so crispy. City Steam Brewery designed a delicious beer, lemonade martini for The Food Schmooze called the Shand-tini. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:18 pm
Tue September 9, 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
10:48 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Tips on Animal Care: September 8, 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 Faith Middleton Show
12:59 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Napping at Work Makes Employees More Productive

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Studies show that power naps at work make us more productive. At the software giant Google's headquarters, employees are actually invited to nap in an area set up for this purpose.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:49 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Grilled Lemony Lamb Chops

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On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze, we give you the recipe for grilled lemony lamb chops from The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook. The authors tell you how much you have to walk or run for every low calorie dish.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:05 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

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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
8:17 am
Tue September 2, 2014

ADHD and Managing Emotions

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We focus this hour on one of the nation's most respected clinicians and researchers working with teens and adults who have ADHD. Dr. Thomas E. Brown is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders. (There is sometimes a link between ADHD and autism.)

Dr. Brown's new book, Smart but Stuck, looks at how managing emotions plays a key role in the lives of those with ADHD, including those who have high I.Q. scores.

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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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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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