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

For thirty-four 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 3pm hour at 203 776-WNPR. Or 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 January 8, 2014

Food Schmooze: Throw a Hot Chocolate Party!

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From Faith Middleton Since cocktail parties have gone the way of the Dodo bird, try a hot chocolate party instead. Everybody loves it, and you're part of a long tradition—hot chocolate was reportedly served at Catholic mass in Spain ages ago. (And you thought folk mass was something?)

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:48 am
Tue January 7, 2014

David Thomson: Moments That Made Movies Great

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Note: The web version of today's show (posted all the way at the bottom here) includes full, unedited, and unexpurgated film clips (which include some adult language) and runs more than four minutes longer than the show we did live on the air.

From Faith Middleton: 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."

I can't recall the detailed plot of that movie, but I will never forget that scene, and that's what drew all of us on our show to a new book by one of the great writers on film, David Thomson, film critic for The New Republic, and our interview guest.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Are Babies Born As Moral Persons?

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From Faith Middleton: Yale's Paul Bloom is an expert on research showing infants do, in fact, act with moral purpose, if given the opportunity.

Babies, says Bloom and his colleagues, show empathy, compassion, and have a clear understanding of what is and is not fair.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Fakery and the Faking Fakers Who Fake It

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From Faith Middleton: Starting the New Year with a roar, we examine the pervasive habit of faking it. Think about it… we smile to be polite, or grimace to teach children not to swear. We say nothing when we think a partner's outfit looks odd, or when a pal has given us a gift that makes us wonder, do you know me at all?

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Food Schmooze: Dinner for the Premiere of Downton Abbey!

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Today's show originally aired December 18 and 21, 2013.

From Faith Middleton: Our Food Schmooze crew decided to throw a Downton Abbey dinner party on the air to celebrate the return of our beloved PBS series, season four. As you can see, we've provided you with all of our delicious recipes, in case you decide to have your own Downton Abbey feast.

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The Food Schmooze
12:06 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Tuna Steaks with Jalapeño-Cumin Butter

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From Cree LeFavour's Fish: 54 Seafood Feasts: Toast some seeds in a cast-iron pan for a minute or two, mix with butter and shallots, and you're ready to go. The beauty of this dish, which has some kick, is that a small amount of butter is used as a flavoring agent. (Faith says you could also use it on beef steak or chicken.)

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:09 am
Mon December 30, 2013

The Willpower Instinct

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New Year's resolutions are more successful when willpower is reinforced.

Most of us don't keep our resolutions all year, but this year could be different. Today we'll look at willpower. What is it, how does it work and is there a link to health and happiness through self-control? We talk with Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:36 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

How Friends Make Us Who We Are

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From Faith Middleton: Though it is not widely discussed, there is a science of friendship peopled by academics, psychologists and others studying the earliest references to friendship, why humans began valuing friends, and how we continue these relationships all our lives.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:33 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Food Schmooze: A History of Connecticut Food

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Today's show originally aired December 26, 2012.

What is Connecticut food? Which crops, livestock and seafood have shaped the complex cuisines that its people have cherished for more than four centuries? From familiar comforts like chicken potpie and fried oysters to curious concoctions like Grape-Nuts pudding and steamed cheeseburgers, Connecticut's food history is long and varied. Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki, authors of A History of Connecticut Food, join us on The Food Schmooze for the full hour.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Joys of the Holiday Season

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Today's show originally aired December 22, 2011.  

Join Faith for one of our favorite shows on the joys of the holiday season, from family and friends to presents and donations to those in need. In this busy life, we'll pause to appreciate Christmas.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:02 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Book Show: December 19, 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. 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 December 18, 2013

Food Schmooze: Dinner for the Premiere of Downton Abbey!

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From Faith Middleton: Our Food Schmooze crew decided to throw a Downton Abbey dinner party on the air to celebrate the return of our beloved PBS series, Season 4. As you can see, we've provided you with all of our delicious recipes, in case you decide to have your own Downton Abbey feast.

Across America, fans of the show are getting ready with celebratory foods ranging from a simple bowl of popcorn to dinners worthy of the royal family.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:54 am
Tue December 17, 2013

What Teacher Will You Always Remember?

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From Faith Middleton: What was it about good teachers, the ones we'll never forget, that made them good at what they did? We ask this in the interest of understanding what qualities and judgments are necessary to make a great teacher.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:21 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Latest on Connecticut Health Care Sign-Ups

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From Faith Middleton: Our check-up on our health care enrollees reveals Connecticut has one of the nation's most successful exchanges. The state doubled what the Obama administration set as a target for Connecticut—more than 14,000 of us have enrolled in the exchange. 

The majority of enrollees are between the ages of 55 and 64, which raises the question of whether the majority are also unemployed. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:41 am
Thu December 12, 2013

The Face of Resilience

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From Faith Middleton: What is resilience? To my horror, I stumbled on one dictionary definition saying resilience is “returning to the original shape.” Who, I wonder, had such an idea? How many copy editors read that and agreed it made sense? Was there anyone on staff who'd been traumatized by what life can randomly dish out? Apparently it must be said that it is impossible to be the same after some events, and to expect such a recovery from ourselves or others is both ignorant and cruel. Still, resilience is possible, if by resilience we mean the ability to continue, to go on attached, even by a thread, to hope, to life itself.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Food Schmooze: New Year's Eve Dinner: Truffle Butter Lobster with Linguini

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From Faith Middleton: Crack open the champagne… prepare for a mind-blowing experience. Truffle butter lobster combines chardonnay, vermouth, shallots, heavy cream, ginger, mushrooms, and, of course, black truffle butter, available at gourmet stores and markets, or online from D'Artagnan.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:10 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Chef Michel Nischan: Healthy Food for All Incomes

Michel Nischan at TEDx Manhattan 2011.
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From Faith Middleton: As Republican leaders seek further cuts to food stamp benefits, Connecticut chef Michel Nischan is rowing hard in the opposite direction. His Wholesome Wave organization has been a leader in the movement to double the value of food stamps when purchasing fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:09 am
Mon December 9, 2013

How Does Your Animal Companion Show You Love?

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How does your animal companion let you know that you're loved? Has your dog or cat recognized your sadness? Has your animal ever tried to help you, even save you? 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:14 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Food Schmooze: The Good-to-Go Cookbook

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Today's show originally aired October 7 and 12, 2013.  

From Faith Middleton: If your schedule is rushed, have we got a cookbook for you! The Good-to-Go collection of about 300 recipes is a winner with adults and children. It's also the perfect cookbook for transitioning kids in a first apartment, or for kids in college.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Food Schmooze: 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

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Today's show originally aired October 16 and 19, 2013.

From Faith Middleton: The queen of slow cooking gives us Beer-Braised Brown Sugar Brisket with Bacon; Cajun Shrimp Chowder; Artichoke Chicken Lasagna; and Thai Peanut Butter Pork Roast. Throw the ingredients in a slow-cooker in the morning, and return hours later to a house full of comforting aromas. Honestly, it's like having staff!

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:21 am
Tue December 3, 2013

The Trauma of Everyday Life

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From 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
10:33 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Historic Preservation in Connecticut

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What makes a building worth preserving? Why do we choose some structures, and ignore others?

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:21 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Food Schmooze: Faith's Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up

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From Faith Middleton: 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
10:05 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Food Schmooze: Meatza: If Meatloaf and Pizza Had a Baby

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From Faith Middleton: What happens if you cross meatloaf with pizza? You get Meatza… okay, you get food legend James Beard's "Hamburger Pizza," a dish that always delighted his party guests because his "pizza" had no dough. This dish put us in such a good mood, we decided to make up one of our own for parties. It rocks—because it includes a layer of Parmesan mashed potatoes under the tomato sauce and toppings.

We also have some holiday party wines to recommend (listed below), affordable wines for a crowd, and some bubbly for a dinner party or romantic dinner for two.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:38 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Ask Yourself: What Do You Want?

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Huge question, but try asking yourself. The answer you give might surprise you.

Retirement planners, good ones anyway, have sometimes asked this kind of question of clients contemplating retirement—what do you want in retirement? The question—what do you want?—has a way of focusing the mind, erasing the blurry chatter in our heads. Suddenly, we're faced with the essential question. Want do we really want? To feel safe and secure? To love and be loved in return? Money? Connection? Friends? Power? Here's a big one—what about control?

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Tips on Animal Care

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Today's show originally aired October 28, 2013.

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
11:16 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Book Show: November 21, 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. 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 November 20, 2013

Food Schmooze: Italian Butternut Squash and Brown Butter Green Beans with Pecans

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From Faith Middleton: Want to make your holiday dinner or dinner party memorable and delicious? It's all about creating new flavor profiles for old standby dishes.Try our featured calorie-careful recipe for sweet and sour butternut squash, or, if you prefer, green beans with the ultimate treatment -- brown butter and toasted pecans, from an archive recipe in Fine Cooking Magazine.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:34 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Does High Unemployment Mean the Humanities Should Be Dumped?

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From Faith Middleton: More institutions of higher learning have shuttle busses to the nearest corporate high rises.

While it is understandable in a time of high unemployment to think about practical careers, it appears more people, including some entrepreneurial university administrators, think it's time to leave the “fluffy stuff” for hobby hour. That fluffy stuff would include literature, philosophy, languages, the arts and history—what we call the humanities. (Or, the stuff that hangs around long after we're dead.) Possibly the new rules of the road go something like this: read Michener before bed, and call it a day.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:32 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Wally Lamb's New Novel, We Are Water

Author Wally Lamb
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From Faith Middleton: 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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