books

The Faith Middleton Show
12:39 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The Book Show: September 26, 2013

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by Faith Middleton

Gather around book buddies. It's time to join in the hunt for books that will make life interesting. Whether you want escape, pleasure, thrills, wisdom, information, learning, or laughs, you'll hear about all kinds of good reads on our Book Show… Mysteries, Science, History, Comedy, Biographies, Thrillers, Memoirs, Politics, Food, Travel.

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Colin McEnroe Show
8:14 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Catholics Perk Up To Pope Francis

Emeritus Bishop Peter Rosazza, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus for the Archdiocese of Hartford
Chion Wolf

As a shot in the dark, this week I asked my rather large Facebook audience whether any of them were lapsed Catholics thinking about tiptoeing back to the church based on the recent comments of Pope Francis, who talked about rebalancing the church's priorities with possibly less emphasis on what he called an obsession with abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage.

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Author Interview
5:36 am
Sat September 21, 2013

A Road Trip Sparks An Unlikely Friendship In 'Norvelt To Nowhere'

Jack Gantos recently won the Newbery Medal, the highest award in children's literature, for his novel Dead End in Norvelt.
Anne Lower Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 11:34 am

From Norvelt to Nowhere is a book that begins in the shadow of nuclear annihilation, during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The first few paragraphs also disclose that nine elderly women in the town of Norvelt are dead by poison.

Did we mention it's a kids' book, too?

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Color
5:27 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Read The Rainbow: 'Roy G. Biv' Puts New Spin On Color Wheel

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Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:50 am

There are a lot of fascinating details hiding below the surface in the world of color. For instance, scientists once thought the average color of the entire universe was turquoise — until they recalculated and realized it was beige.

In Japan, you wait at a stoplight until it turns from red to blue, even though it's the same green color as American stoplights.

And in World War II, the British painted a whole flotilla of warships pinkish-purple so they'd blend in with the sky at dusk and confuse the Germans. That's right — pink warships.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:10 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Book Show: September 12, 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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:57 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Searching For J.D. Salinger In A New Biography

J.D. Salinger is the subject of a new documentary and book by David Shields and Shane Salerno
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If you seek parallels between J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon they're easy to find. Both were literary geniuses. Both were publicity-shunning recluses. Both men were psychosexually arrested by God knows what primal wound.

Salinger seemed able to bond only with very young women and girls. Pynchon had a pattern -- somehow linked to inability to form normal alliances --  of hijacking the wives and partners of his friends.

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News
3:37 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Prisons Ban Wally Lamb Books, Then Reverse Course

Author Wally Lamb on The Colin McEnroe Show
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 Wally Lamb, the best-selling author, advocate for female prisoners, and frequent contributor to The Colin McEnroe Show, reported last night that the Connecticut Department of Corrections had banned his book "She's Come Undone" and put "I'll Fly Away" on an "endangered list."  

Then we got this statement from the State Department of Correction less than a day after the news broke: 

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Faith Middleton's Book Show: August 22, 2013

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The Book Show gang joins Faith with recommendations in all categories. What’re you reading? What’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:08 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Authors of Goddess of the Market and Healing at the Speed of Sound

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Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right
by Jennifer Burns

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Wine Bites and The Book Club Cookbook

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Join the Food Schmooze gang for a look at post-summer grilling. Plus, the cookbooks Wine Bites: 64 Nibbles That Pair Perfectly with Wine and The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:29 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Authors of Choke and You Had Me at Woof

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Why do the smartest students often do poorly on standardized tests? Why did you tank that interview or miss that golf swing when you should have had it in the bag? Why do you mess up when it matters the most—and how can you perform your best instead?

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Authors of What Language Is and The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Jonathan McNicol photo

The linguist John McWhorter joins us to talk about his book What Language Is (And What It Isn't, and What It Could Be). From Standard English to Black English; obscure tongues only spoken by a few thousand people in the world to the big ones like Mandarin—What Language Is celebrates the history and curiosities of languages around the world and smashes our assumptions about "correct" grammar. Plus, a look at the career con man and serial impostor Clark Rockefeller, who wasn't, ya know, actually a Rockefeller at all.

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Books
11:27 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Twin Passions Lead to Major League Business Opportunity

Harriet Jones

It's a common story for a personal passion to lead to a business opportunity. For one Connecticut entrepreneur it was the convergence of two passions -- baseball and art -- that launched her on the road to success. 

 

 

"Well, I grew up listening to the Red Sox on the radio, and on the only station that we had on our TV, you know, back in the Seventies. And my dad was a baseball coach and an umpire, so we just grew up with the Red Sox as sort of part of the family."

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:21 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Faith Middleton's Book Show: August 8, 2013

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The Book Show gang joins Faith with recommendations in all categories.

 

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:05 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Dan Rattiner and the Authors of America the Possible and Thomas Jefferson's

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:52 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Giants of Poetry and Literature

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Today’s show features two loosely-related interviews. Billy Collins is probably the most popular poet in the United States and this summer he’s guest curating and guest voicing The Writer’s Almanac, a popular Garrison Keillor radio segment which showcases one poem every day and then looks back-- usually because of birthdays—at creators of the past.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:44 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Authors of Our Patchwork Nation and Conquering Fear

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:48 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Food Schmooze: Salad Days and Essential Pepin

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On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze, we’ll look at Pam Powell’s Salad Days: Recipes for Delicious Organic Salads and Dressings for Every Season. And Food Schmooze all-star Jacques Pépin joins us to discuss Essential Pepin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:24 am
Wed July 31, 2013

How Can We Make Kids Enjoy Summer Reading?

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Summer’s here, surf’s up, and you can watch all your favorite TV episodes in re-runs, but instead you have to read — what? David Copperfield? Eight-hundred pages long? That doesn’t seem fair. But that’s what your school told you to read. 

I’m Mark Oppenheimer, your guest host for the Colin McEnroe Show, and today we’ll be talking about summer reading. Not the kind you choose to do, but the kind your school makes you do. The kind you get tested on in September.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:07 am
Tue July 30, 2013

The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices

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If you've ever read a book on an e-reader, unleashed your inner rock star playing Guitar Hero, built a robot with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a vehicle with child-safe air bags, then you've experienced first hand just a few of the astounding innovations that have come out of the MIT Media Lab over the past 25 years. We'll look at the transformative innovations that these digital magicians have up their sleeves for the coming years with Frank Moss, author of The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Authors of Self Comes to Mind and Winged Obsession

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One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas, and rhinos on the black market. In this cutthroat $200 million business, no one was more successful—or posed a greater ecological danger—than Yoshi Kojima. Jessica Speart’s Winged Obsession covers the pursuit of the world’s most notorious butterfly smuggler. Speart is our guest.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:36 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Blake Bailey and David Margolick on How to Write a Biography

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Today we'll talk about the art of biography. When you think about it, it's a strange thing for a writer to do. Spending years learning every detail of another human's life.

Do biographers ever get sick of their subjects? Do they rue the day they decided to immerse themselves in another person's life? Or do they get infatuated?

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Arts/Culture
4:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

In The Mood For Some New Summer Music?

Pokey LaFarge
Glenn Hall

Been searching for that new band? Or a cool summer song you can blast while driving on I-84 with your windows down? Well, we got your back ...

Today, The Colin McEnroe Show welcomed their seasonal panel of music mavens. Their picks were good. Like really good. If you asked me to name a couple of my favorites, I'd suggest Jason Isbell (who will play at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford on Sunday, Aug. 4), Colorway (a band from Northampton), and the fantastic psych-rock 12 string guitar on "Shelter Song" by Temples, a UK-based quartet.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:11 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Summer Songs 2013 With Wally, Joan, And Eric!

Wally Lamb, Joan Holliday, Eric Danton.
Credit Chion Wolf

You know who needs this show today?

Me.

I'm having a musically starved summer, at least in terms of modern recorded music. I've made it out to some live shows, but I really have no idea what's being released these days.

I can sum up my relation to music his summer in the following way: I was going to order the new Laura Marling CD, but I didn't. That's it. Meanwhile to force myself to do bicycle training runs every night, I've been playing an obscure 1978 Todd Rundgren song called "Determination." Sad, really.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Astrophysics and "Strange" Sex

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The world’s most popular astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, joins us. Plus a look at Secret Sex Lives, Suzy Spencer’s year on the fringes of American sexuality.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:44 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Authors of Speaking for Spot and Made for Each Other

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:05 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Long Walk and The Yellow Birds

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Today we’ll talk to two veterans of the Iraq war. Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. His book, The Long Walk, chronicles his "story of war and the life that follows."

When veteran Kevin Powers returned from Iraq, he turned his experiences there into The Yellow Birds, a novel about two young privates trying to stay alive at war. Castner and Powers join us for the full hour.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:05 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

The Long Walk and The Yellow Birds

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Today we’ll talk to two veterans of the Iraq war. Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. His book, The Long Walk, chronicles his ‘story of war and the life that follows.’ When veteran Kevin Powers returned from Iraq, he turned his experiences there into The Yellow Birds, a novel about two young privates trying to stay alive at war. Castner and Powers join us for the full hour.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:23 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Stephen King: Writers Are 'Secret Agents' Of The Arts

Shane Leonard/Hard Case Crime

Imagine somebody offered you a ticket to go hear Stephen King be interviewed (by me) on stage at the Bushnell in Hartford July 18. Imagine also that you had never read any of his work.  What would Stephen King want you to read in the next ten days, just to get to know him.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:23 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Stephen King: Writers Are 'Secret Agents' of the Arts

Shane Leonard/Hard Case Crime

Imagine somebody offered you a ticket to go hear Stephen King be interviewed (by me) on stage at the Bushnell in Hartford July 18. Imagine also that you had never read any of his work.  What would Stephen King want you to read in the next ten days, just to get to know him.

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