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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:18 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Poster Boy Subverts Advertising, One Slice At A Time

Patrick Raycraft, The Hartford Courant

You're about to meet Poster Boy, an artist who defaces and rearranges advertising posters so that new messages appear. His work is up at Real Art Ways and we recorded this interview late last week.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Cartooning With Roz Chast

Larry D. Moore, Wikipedia

Roz will be signing WHAT I HATE at Books on the Common in Ridgefield, CT Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m.

In 1978, Roz Chast published her first New Yorker cartoon and one could argue that many things were never the same again. The magazine had never had a superstar woman cartoonist, but Chast grew into the role. And no New Yorker cartoonist had ever messed so boldly with the basic format of a cartoon.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:54 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Psychologist Nancy Horn Gives Advice On Fighting Fair

Helgi Halldórsson

Psychologist Nancy Horn talks about the rules for fighting with partners, friends, work colleagues, and salespeople. Plus, live music and horror films at New Haven's Firehouse 12.

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Music
8:18 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Harp Guitar Gathering In Connecticut

Musicians from Europe, Canada and across the U.S. will meet in Connecticut on October 8th & 9th for the 9th annual Harp Guitar Gathering. What’s a harp guitar?   

Think of an acoustic guitar – either nylon or steel string - sitting on your lap. Between your chin and the guitar, half of a harp springs out from the top shoulder of the instrument. It's a sight to behold!  There are no frets on the additional strings. They’re either plucked or resonate as you play, but they expand the instrument’s range down as low as a grand piano.

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Artifact Recovery
1:11 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Peru Bestows Award On Yale University President

The government of Peru has presented Yale University’s President with its highest civilian award. The honor was bestowed in recognition of an agreement ending a nearly century-long dispute over ancient artifacts from the Incan site of Machu Picchu.

In a ceremony at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, DC on Thursday, Yale President Richard Levin was awarded the Order of “The Sun of Peru” in the Grade of “Great Cross”.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:04 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Documentary Film Artists Max Scott And Vera Graaf; Environmental Writer Peter

Wolffer Estate

Conversation with two documentary film artists, and one of the great environmental writers around, Peter Matthiesen, a Buddist who describes what it's like to cheat at meditating.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:46 pm
Sat August 27, 2011

The End Of Overeating; The Watermill Center

Photo by Lovis Dengler

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

Dr. David A. Kessler, the dynamic and controversial former FDA commissioner known for his crusade against the tobacco industry, is taking on another business that's making Americans sick: the food industry. In The End of Overeating, Dr. Kessler shows us how our brain chemistry has been hijacked by the foods we most love to eat: those that contain stimulating combinations of fat, sugar, and salt.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:22 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Life As A Theatrical Understudy

Flickr Creative Commons DanBrady

There is no more heart-stopping understudy story (that I'm aware of) than Elaine Stritch's much-told tale of understudying Ethel Merman in "Call Me Madam" while simultaneously being cast in the 1952 debut of "Pal Joey," with a first entrance in the second act.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:54 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Hipsters & The Hipsters Who Love Them

Frostnova, Flickr Creative Commons

I don't hate hipsters, but I will admit to watching them with amusement.

Starting around 2008, my son and I picked up the practice of going to the Lower East Side, grabbing some seats facing out on the street at a place like Spitzer's and watching the hipster scene go by. Our favorite moment came in 2009 when we saw an older Lower East Side street guy explode at some hipsters sauntering down Houston. "Eff you!" he yelled  "It's supposed to be some kind of artistic gesture that you live here?"

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:41 pm
Sun August 14, 2011

Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center

Pollock Krasner House & Study Center

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is regarded as the undisputed leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1945, he married fellow artist Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and moved from New York City to Long Island’s East End. With a loan from art dealer Peggy Guggenheim, they purchased a small homestead on one and a quarter acres overlooking Accabonac Creek in The Springs, near East Hampton.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Music Among The Memorials & A Moby Dick Marathon

Chion Wolf

Herman Melville knew he had written a difficult book to love. After Hawthorne praised it, Melville wrote back saying:

"You did not care a penny for the book. But, now and then as you read, you understood the pervading thought that impelled the book—and that you praised. Was it not so? You were archangel enough to despise the imperfect body, and embrace the soul."

The problem with the book is the problem with the whale. They're both too damned big.
And the virtue of the book is the vice of Ahab. They are gloriously mad and unapologetically obsessive.

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Real Art Ways
4:49 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Ethiopian Boy Shares Life With Photographer, On Display at Real Art Ways

Eric Gottesman

An exhibit by photographer, Eric Gottesman, has opened at Real Art Ways in Hartford. It's part of the art organization's Step Up exhibition series that profiles emerging artists.

Eric spoke with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about his installation, "Tinsae." 

The photographs  chronicle the conversations he's had with a 13-year-old boy from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

More about Eric at: http://www.ericgottesman.net

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:28 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Painter April Gornik; An Extraordinary New Map Of The Universe

Faith Middleton talks with renowned artist April Gornik about a project involving art, a big truck, and the start of a new conversation about what matters in life. Plus, a new era in citizen science thanks to a new map of the universe

A Grand and Bold Thing: An Extraordinary New Map of the Universe Ushering In A New Era of Discovery

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:46 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

The Creativity Of Two Unmistakable Voices

Chion Wolf

There is, of course, nothing to do in Connecticut in the summer, except that tonight, for example, I face a hard choice between one of today's guests, Meklit Hadero, at Real Art Ways or the soulful and talented singer Liam O Maonlai of the Hothouse flowers at 41 Bridge Street in Collinsville.

On Thursday the fabulously talented Hartford artist Barbara Hocker opens a show at 100 Pearl Street in Hartford. Down in Middletown, ArtFarm, one of several Connecticut outdoor Shakespeare troupes, has a high speed mashup osf the bard's comedies up and running.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:37 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

What Do Comic Books Say About Popular Culture?

Flickr Creative Commons, renaissancechambara

So much has changed. 

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Design
1:20 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Kozby World Fashions

J Holt

According to a study released this spring by the Kauffman Foundation, immigrants are more than twice as likely as native-born Americans to start businesses. Kola Zubair came to Connecticut from Nigeria because it was the one state where he had family, but he also found the supportive environment he needed to start his own clothing design company. WNPR’s J Holt brings us this story.\

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

The Nose: Our Favorite Superheroes & Rioting In Canada?

Flickr Creative Commons, OiMax

Sports and superheroes have certain elements in common. Maybe I just want to think that because today we're going to talk about superhero movies like the Green Lantern and the Spider-Man Broadway musical. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:14 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

On the Road: Sennheiser Electronic

How to rock concert performers set up for huge stadium events? How do the singers on American Idol get that special sound to capture the attention of the judges? Find out when The Faith Middleton Show goes on the road to Connecticut's Sennheiser Corporation in Connecticut, where they work with some of the world's top recording artists.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:56 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

What Do Festivals Do?

Chion Wolf (file photo)

Last year, Patrick Skahill and I arrived on one of the first days of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and attended, if that's the right word, "Susurrus," a play that unfolded in our heads as we walked though New Haven's Edgerton Park listening to the drama unfold on headphones.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:33 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Beautiful Roadkill

Flickr Creative Commons, Hitchster

It starts with two raccoons "sprawled still as stones in the road." 

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:55 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Legendary Publishing Editor Jason Epstein; Financial Advice From Robert

David Shankbone

On today's show...Financial advice, the upcoming Festival of Arts and ideas in New Haven, and from the Faith Middleton's satellite studio on The East End of Long Island, legendary publishing editor Jason Epstein.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:58 am
Sat June 4, 2011

Comedian Darrell Hammond

Zach Klein

Today, conversation  with three creative minds. Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond, who's won audiences over for years with his dead-on impersonations of various celebrities and political figures. And violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman talks about his life, teaching and performing. Plus, Kendall Cromstrom, Editor in Chief of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. Cromstrom is a veteran editor holding key editorial posts at Elle, Decor, House Beautiful, In Style and Real Simple.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:56 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Looking At Art

littlevanities

Zina Davis, former director of the Joseloff Gallery at the Hartford Art School on the campus of the University of Hartford, talks about the world of art.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:47 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

The Beauty of Hospice Care

joiseyshowaa

Connecticut Magazine editor Charlie Monagan's new musical based on real events in Waterbury, Connecticut. And, big news -- a new hospice facility is about to be built on the east end of Long Island. Plus, Yale law professor Stephen Carter talks about his latest novel Jericho's Fall.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:06 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Caio Fonseca And The Unveiling Of Our New Home Away From Home

Caio Fonseca

Caio Fonseca's work is collected privately and by museums around the world. Fonseca comes from a family of artists and is an accomplished pianist. He divides his time between New York and his hillside studio in Pietrasanta, Italy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:06 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Caio Fonseca And The Unveiling Of Our New Home Away From Home

Caio Fonseca

Caio Fonseca's work is collected privately and by museums around the world. Fonseca comes from a family of artists and is an accomplished pianist. He divides his time between New York and his hillside studio in Pietrasanta, Italy.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Exploring Jazz at Firehouse 12

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Firehouse 12 in New Haven  is an innovative space that is part of a neighborhood resurgence in downtown New Haven. In fact, the jazz trumpeter and composer Taylor Ho Bynum says that there are only a few places like it in the world. It's a high-tech recording studio that presents avant garde jazz, while attracting a crowd to its downstairs cocktail bar.  The setting is a renovated firehouse in the up-and-coming Ninth Square neighborhood, newly filled with restaurants and galleries.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:26 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Nationally Recognized Sculptor Joy Wulke

Joy Wulke

Joy Wulke  is an environmental sculptor with a host of creative abilities. Her work has incorporated lighting, glass, metal, and natural materials.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:26 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Nationally Recognized Sculptor Joy Wulke

Joy Wulke

Joy Wulke  is an environmental sculptor with a host of creative abilities. Her work has incorporated lighting, glass, metal and natural materials.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Pucker Up and Blow: the World of Whistling

Chion Wolf

We got interested in whistling after the Library of Congress launched its National Jukebox, an amazing online compilation of playable, often scratchy music from the library's collection. There's a lot of music there, including a whole section devoted to whistling. (Also yodeling, but that's another show ... )

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