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 Food Schmooze
10:05 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Acorn Squash with Sausage Stuffing & An Autumn Bourbon Sipper

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On the menu...Real polenta in under 15 minutes, no lie! Mouth-watering acorn squash...Alex Province's Early Autumn Bourbon Cocktail...a fantastic crisp rosé from California in our $15 and under discovery category...and Wowza Spaghetti Carbonara from The Homestead Egg Guide and Cookbook.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:32 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Smart Living: It Makes Sense To Plan for a Cancer Diagnosis

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From Faith Middleton: Whether it's you or someone you know, why can't we be prepared to take certain actions if we're diagnosed with cancer? We prepare for retirement, for funerals, for wills—isn't it wise to have as much information as possible for ourselves and people we care about, should we face the challenge?

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:32 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Is a Liberal Arts Degree Still Smart?

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What makes an educated person? Is it the desire to learn? The ability to be a critical thinker in any situation? Perhaps.

For me, an educated person has the capacity to be a critical thinker—and an optimist at the same time. An educated person has developed a curious mind, thinks critically, has empathy, and an optimistic view.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:17 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Inventions Coming Soon to Enchant Our Lives

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Your kitchen cabinet glows and you simply open its doors and begin talking (on Skype) with a friend or relative you can see. (Think what this means for children and grandparents, no matter they live.)

This is the idea of David Rose, an inventor and instructor at the legendary MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His new book, Enchanted Objects, is a fascinating read, because it explains how technology, human desire, design, and purpose meet up to improve our lives.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Food Schmooze: Timeless Favorites, Gluten-Free

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On this week's fresh edition of The Food Schmooze: good gluten-free dishes… taco ideas… and delicious acorn squash… 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:05 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Have Some Fun: Great Things to See and Do

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This is the season of events, fairs, festivals, theater, museum shows, art happenings, music performances, and more. We open the phones for your tips, and we have some too.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:19 pm
Mon September 22, 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
12:53 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Positive Living: The Generosity of Strangers

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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 Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Food Schmooze: 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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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 Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Food Schmooze: 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

Food Schmooze: 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

Food Schmooze: 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

Food Schmooze: 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

Food Schmooze: 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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