The Faith Middleton Show

Mondays through Thursdays at 3:00 and 9:00 pm. Saturdays at 12:00 pm.

For 35 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.”

The Faith Middleton Show airs Mondays through Thursdays at 3:00 and 9:00 pm. Wednesdays feature The Food Schmooze®, which also airs Saturdays at 12:00 pm. 

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This interview originally aired September 12, 2011.  

From Faith Middleton: Only Peter Matthiessen, a celebrated author (and Buddhist priest) from The East End of Long Island, would have confessed to me in the interview posted here that he used his meditation time once to work on his book. And he said it with so much earnestness, though he was a little amused. How could I not adore him? 

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From Faith Middleton: Everyone wants to know how to have more joy, embrace prosperity, and deepen relationships with friends, family and co-workers. But rarely do we want to take advice on these things from someone who hasn't lived it. 

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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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From Faith Middleton: 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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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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From Faith Middleton: Never ask a seriously sick person what she needs, despite the best intentions. Your sick friend will be better off if you select something and offer your services with confidence. She or he will tell you if it's needed. The idea is not to put an added burden of choice on someone ill.

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From Faith Middleton: For some time on the show, long-time contributor Gina Barreca and I have been making our way through The Seven Deadly Sins. (Lust was fun.)

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From Faith: Mostly we think of Cajuns when we talk about hearty, soul-deep Jambalaya, a blend of flavors that go to town on your palette...smoky sausage, diced tomatoes, shrimp, smoked paprika, green onions and rice. Oh yes, and in this recipe you begin it all with one teaspoon of bacon fat, unless you prefer vegetable oil. 

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From Faith Middleton: Roughly 40 million Americans reportedly say they have struggled with anxiety issues. Why wouldn't we in such a surprising world? Still, there are anxiety sufferers and there are anxiety sufferers. Scott Stossel is one of the latter.

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From Faith Middleton: 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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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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From Faith Middleton: If you want a "jump in the mouth," you've just discovered the right easy, quick and delicious recipe, combining flavors I love -- chicken, fresh lemon juice, sage and crispy prosciutto.

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From Faith Middleton: 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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Except when you shouldn't admit ignorance, as in, you'll be found out, or it would devastate another person (“You do look much fatter in your jeans”).

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Call and tell us what you're watching on TV and at the movies.

Resurrection is a new TV series with enough highway billboard promotion to fund several small countries. (Dead people are returned to their stunned families and friends.) Veep starts on HBO, taking aim at ego-oriented politics in Washington. True Detective just ended, though it can be seen on HBO Go or On Demand. (Great moody acting, but not for the squeamish. The finale episode is a little cheap in the exploitation department. Still, it was irresistible.)

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From Faith Middleton: You know the usual American-style St. Patrick's Day drill… corned beef and cabbage, or beef and beer stew. They're great, but for something different this year we recommend a 15-minute Irish Brown Soda bread, made especially tasty from buttermilk and brown sugar.

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This show originally aired May 24, 2011. We're reposting it here, along with Chion Wolf's photos, because of the death last week of the 33-year-old beluga whale Naku.

We’re On the Road again! Today we take you to Mystic Aquarium in Stonington, Connecticut. We’ll explore the fascinating lives of whales, penguins, sharks, seals, sea lions—all the wonders of the undersea world. We’ll talk to scientists, trainers, educators, and explorers—and a few marine mammals will talk to us (and you)! And don't miss Chion Wolf's amazing photographs of our day at the Aquarium!

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From Faith Middleton: One of the nation's most interesting thinkers, writer Frank Rich talks with us about his analysis of what's happened to Fox News. Essentially, Rich says liberals and centrists keep falling for the Fox game, by responding to Fox's silly stories, like the so-called war on Christmas, or the birther controversy. The bait is offered time and again, and usually taken. Witness MSNBC's constant responses to Fox “news” reports.

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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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Today's show originally aired February 6, 2014.  

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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From Faith Middleton: The twice-baked potato is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and as easy to do as it is delicious. Because of its umami charm, I just threw a twice-baked potato party that was a big hit. All you do is prepare a big salad, and put out bowls of add-ins so your guests can make their own stuffing mixtures for the final 30-minute baking session.

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Today's show originally aired January 28, 2014.  

From Faith Middleton: The "doyenne of civility," Judith Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners, has decided that the fast-changing modern workplace could use some tips on what is and is not okay. And she delivers it in her characteristic dry, witty way, in the book she has co-authored with her son, Nicholas Ivor Martin—Miss Manners Minds Your Business.

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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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Today's show originally aired January 7, 2014.

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 in January.

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."

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This recipe is from home cook Ryan Pelletier, who works in the dining room at Metro Bis in Simsbury, CT. It's easy and wildly delicious.

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From Faith Middleton: Science still can't say for sure why we need sleep, though we spend a third of our lives asleep, or trying to sleep. Those trying to sleep include the millions who have some sort of sleep issue, from insomnia to over-sleeping.

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From Faith Middleton: 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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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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From Faith Middleton: If you've eaten a velvety salmon and wondered how it's done, wonder no more. Now you can easily do it at home by steaming your salmon in an aluminum foil pouch in the oven. And what's more, we're providing you with what I call Lucinda's Razzle Dazzle Green Sauce to drizzle on.

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Today's show previously aired on April 30, May 30, and August 29, 2013.  

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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