Beyond the Mic

A Reporter's Legacy
4:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Margot Adler on Being Wiccan and NPR Discrimination

Margot Adler, 2004
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Margot Adler's NPR career was just beginning in 1979 when she published her book, Drawing Down the Moon, an exploration of the Pagan community of which she was a member. When she died Monday, she left a long legacy as a reporter, and as an outspoken Wiccan.

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Voicemail Project
12:31 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story

Marc Dodge's mother bought this 1980 Vermont Teddy Bear Fireman for his father after he retired as a fire chief. It stayed with his parents until they both died, and now resides on his bed.

The Colin McEnroe Show is working on a show all about stuffed animals: the history of being attached, or developing a sentiment towards an object that comforts; the business of building them, and the awesome stories people have about their precious squishy toys.

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Fast and Feathered
1:59 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Listen Closely: There's Something Hidden in This Hummingbird's Chirp

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Here's the thing about hummingbirds: Almost nothing they do is like a regular bird. A hummingbird's heart beats about 1,200 times a minute while exercising. 

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Beyond The Microphone
8:01 am
Sat July 5, 2014

The Letter That Kicked Off A Radio Career

When NPR's Tamara Keith was 15 years old, she embarked on a letter-writing campaign that set her career in motion.
Courtesy Keith Family

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 11:36 am

The letter started like this:

Dear Mr. Simon,

Hi, I am a 15 year old high school senior, and I need help.
You see, my fondest desire (right after being an MTV VeeJay Chick) is to be a reporter for NPR. I really need some career advice. Living in a town where 80% of the population have four legs and udders and the high school a nationally recognized milk tasting team, I need some outside help.

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Baseball, Boughton, Bovine...
1:05 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Five Things You Have to Listen to From WNPR This Week

In the pantheon of dairy cows, Osborndale Ivanhoe is Zeus.
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1. A $60 Million Baseball Deal, and a Long-Awaited Supermarket 

Hartford Mayor Segarra and the city's Director of Development Thomas Deller joined Where We Live to talk ballpark. The city is looking to develop not just a ballpark, but a larger area that would be known as Downtown North, including a supermarket. Dankosky got a little fired up during the discussion about numbers presented by the city (like 600 full-time jobs created, and 700 people staying in hotels after a minor-league baseball game). Listen to the audio below -- and check out our Storify of the conversation.

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Tough Jobs
11:54 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Listen: My Job is to Make People Cry

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Have you wondered what work is like for the producer of a reality television show? Rebecca Hertz, based in Los Angeles, has worked on a number of shows, and to hear her describe it, sometimes the job is pretty harrowing.

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QUIET DOWN, Monkey Mind!
4:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Practicing Tai Chi at WNPR

The Tai chi master Yang Chengfu demonstrating the Single whip.
Credit Jdcollins13 / Wikimedia

You'd think Tai Chi would be a required part of any public radio employee's day, but only on Tuesday did it happen.

Colin McEnroe was hosting a show about sports that are on the rise, like pickleball, roller derby, and even World Extreme Pencil Fighting. When it came time for Tai Chi, he thought it would be cool if we could find a guest who could show us the ropes live. 

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Reviews
4:04 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Listen: Five Ways to Make Connecticut Better

Jumping for joy in Mystic.
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Known as The Land of Steady Habits, the Nutmeg State, and somewhere you can be "Still Revolutionary," Connecticut is ever-changing, if sometimes very slowly. 

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Hip Hop Classic
3:15 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Listen to a Beatboxer Explain How He Jams With the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

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Beatboxer Shodekeh has the skills to improvise along with a symphony. How does he do it?

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Technology
12:53 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Listen: How the Internet Works

Lit-up servers serving.
Tristan Schmurr Creative Commons

Have you ever wondered how your favorite cat video reaches your computer? Some questions stump even the most techno-savvy adults. 

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Who you gonna call?
3:41 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Connecticut Ghostbusters Inspect WNPR

Connecticut Ghostbusters represent.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Before Wednesday's Colin McEnroe Show on Comic Con culture, we invited our guests, the Connecticut Ghostbusters John Kantor and Eric Gunther, to take a tour of the 6th floor offices at Connecticut Public Broadcasting.

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Sound Effects
4:14 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Teaming Up to Explain the Internet's Future

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We did a Colin McEnroe Show about the current state of the internet, and what it could become in the future. Turns out, Chattanooga, Tennessee is way ahead of the curve, having taking it upon themselves to create a superfast Internet system. Colin's vision for the introduction was me stepping into the futuristic starship that is Chattanooga, guided by Greg Hill, learning the ways of the people and meeting some of their school children.

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Host's Diary
8:30 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

The Bee Trucker Song

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I sometimes notice that people think we have a lot more time than we really do, getting a daily show on the air. 

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Sound effects
4:12 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Songwriting With Colin: "Truckin' Bees"

Chion Wolf's Gibson Hummingbird.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

It's not too often I get to write a song with Colin, but I love when it happens. We had about two hours until showtime when Colin dropped off the lyrics to the song we wanted to use as an intro to our show about bees -- specifically about how bees are trucked to different locations throughout the country. I could hear the tune in my head right away.

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Sound Effects
10:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Creating the Sounds of a Wedding Reception

The multitrack for the intro about being a wedding guest at a reception.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Having Colin McEnroe write the introduction for every day's show is always a surprise. I never know what kind of sound effects I'll need, or who else will be voicing it with me. This introduction was no exception.

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Theme Music
1:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A "Love Theme" for Where We Live

Asylum Quartet members Tony Speranza (left) and Joseph Abad (right).
Chion Wolf WNPR

Last month, Hartford’s very own Asylum Quartet visited WNPR's Where We Live to talk about and perform some music. 

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Where We Misspell
10:35 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Who's Tucekr?

Where We Live host John Dankosky.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Every now and then, Where We Live airs a rerun. In order to make shows broadcast-ready a second time around, host John Dankosky needs to record a few things.

On this particular day, John needed to record credits. I spelled my own name, "Tucekr Ives." It was close enough, so I didn't go back and edit it.

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Dim Bulbs
11:16 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Why You Shouldn't Let Radio Hosts Take Care of Your Plants

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Do you love Amaryllis bulbs? So do we. Just make sure you don't let John or Colin take care of yours.