books

The Faith Middleton Show
12:37 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

The Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival, the Essex Steam Train, and Facts

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Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing. But it turns out there’s an order to the state of knowledge, an explanation for how we know what we know. Samuel Arbesman is an expert in the field of scientometrics—literally the science of science, and he’ll join us to look at The Half-Life of Facts.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:19 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Fast-Forward Family

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History
3:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Is Martha Stewart History?

With over thirty books published and millions of magazines devoured by fans eager to organize their homes, prepare delicious meals, and simply be crafty, Martha Stewart has become known as the most successful modern domestic advisor in the United States.  But domestic advice of the kind Stewart doles out in her television appearances, print, and internet publications is not something new.  Domestic advisors have long had a place in America’s kitchens and homes and have been providing women with guidance on how to manage their homes and cook appropriate meals for hundreds of years. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:22 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Sticks and Stones — Emily Bazelon on Bullying

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Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well. Slate’s Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, joins Faith in studio to talk about bullying in the 21st century.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

'The Art Of Making Magazines' In The Digital Age

Here are some of the magazine's I've written for: Mirabella, Men’s Health, Mademoiselle, Best Life, Verge ...

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:17 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Sublime Engine and Previvors

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The heart has consistently captured the human imagination. It has been singled out as a cultural icon, the repository of our deepest religious and artistic impulses, the organ whose steady functioning is understood, both literally and symbolically, as the very life force itself. The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart explores the profound sense of awe every person feels when they ponder the miracle encased within their ribs. Author Stephen Amidon and Yale cardiologist Sandip Mukherjee join us to examine this most vital of organs.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:49 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

A Look at War

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As we approach its tenth anniversary, 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
3:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

There Are Saints, There Are Sinners, And There Are Beechers

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You can't make this stuff up. The Beecher family was at the forefront of every important reform movement of the late 19th century. Abolition. Education. Temperance. Women's suffrage.

Underlying that was a streak of untameable craziness, especially as incarnated by Henry Ward Beecher. Beecher was a pastor and a rock star orator. He was also, one would have to conclude, a little bit out of control on the sexual front.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:52 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Book Show: March 14, 2013

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The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we’ll take your calls! What’re you reading? What’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Call us!

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Literature Awards
8:58 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Windham Campbell Prize Awards $1.35 Million To Writers

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Yale University announced the winner of its inaugural Windham Campbell literature prizes. The award was established by a gift from the estate of writer Donald Windham and his partner Sandy M. Campbell. 

The nine recipients each received $150,000. The fiction winners were James Salter, Zoë Wicomb, and Tom McCarthy.

Naomi Wallace, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Tarell Alvin McCraney were recognized for their work in drama.

The non-fiction prizes were awarded to Jonny Steinberg, Adina Hoffman, and Jeremy Scahill.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:25 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Book Show: February 28, 2013

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The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we’ll take your calls! What’re you reading? What’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Call us!

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Where We Live
10:25 am
Mon February 25, 2013

The Search for "Lost White Tribes"

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Today we’ll talk with our exploration expert, Michael Robinson of the University of Hartford. He’s written about the great arctic explorers of the past, but his new book has him on his own voyage to the tops of giant mountains in Uganda, searching for a fabled “Lost White Tribe.” His book Lost White Tribe: Explorers, Scientists and a Theory of Race that Changed Africa will be out in 2015.    

Robinson will be speaking about his research Monday February 25th at 1:30PM. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:13 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Book Show: February 14, 2013

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The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we’ll take your calls! What’re you reading? What’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Call us!

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The Nose: Meteorites, Broken Bridges, & Breakdowns Of Trust

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It seemed this week that we were living in a Jonathan Franzen novel -- or maybe a collaboration between Franzen and his long-departed buddy David Foster Wallace. A cruise ship so impaired that passengers spent days pooping in bags. A flurry of accusations back and forth between a great newspaper and the inventor of an electric car.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:32 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Why Worry?

The Faith Middleton Show
12:56 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Make Your Brain Smarter

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:52 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Science of Skinny

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Daniel Handler Explains 'Why We Broke Up'

Each of us has a good break up story from youth. And most of us can manage now, to make it kind of funny.  Because that's the only possible response to such searing pain.

Breaking up, when it first happens, introduces us to a whole new kind of pain. We're in our teens. We've skinned our knees and broken our collarbones. We've had pets and maybe grandparents die. All kinds of other things have happened to us. What's the likelihood that life has some fabulously different type of pain to throw at us?

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:31 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Book Show: January 31, 2013

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The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we’ll take your calls! What’re you reading? What’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Call us!

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:40 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Authors of Choke and You Had Me at Woof

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:38 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Bishop John Shelby Spong

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As a follow up to our very popular 2010 show, Bishop John Shelby Spong returns for the full hour. For two hundred years, scholars have been analyzing one of the most important books ever written—the Bible—and overturning much of what we once thought we knew. Everyday Christians, however, are not privy to this deeper conversation. Bishop Spong's Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World takes readers into the contemporary academic debate about the Bible.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:35 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

May I Be Happy

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:37 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

How Children Succeed with Paul Tough

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:46 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Dating After Divorce, the New Haven Green, and You are What You Speak

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What is it about other people’s language that moves some of us to anxiety or even rage? For centuries, sticklers the world over have donned the cloak of authority to control the way people use words. Now this sensational new book strikes back to defend the fascinating, real-life diversity of this most basic human faculty.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

How Correspondence Provides A Window Into The Past, Present, & Future Of Literature

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Today we're exploring the past present and future of literature, and we're using the notion of correspondence as a throughline. 

We start with Daniel Mendelsohn who began, at age 15, writing letters to novelist Mary Renault.

 The letters, recounted in a recent New Yorker essay, spanned years and half a continent and form a stately gavotte about gay identity, the Graeco Roman world and the writer's life.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:18 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Sharon Salzberg on Faith

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In her book Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg offers discerning wisdom on understanding faith as a healing quality. Through the teachings of Buddha and insight gained from her lifelong spiritual quest, she provides a road map for cultivating a feeling of peace that can be practiced by anyone of any tradition. Salzberg joins us live for the full hour.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:05 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Authors of The End of Country and Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:03 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Authors of Turning the Tide and Daughters of the Declaration

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:47 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Authors Of The Practicing Mind, Clarence Darrow, Plus An Inside Look At Choate Rosemary Hall

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The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life - Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process

In those times when we want to acquire a new skill or face a formidable challenge we hope to overcome, what we need most are patience, focus, and discipline, traits that seem elusive or difficult to maintain. In this enticing and practical book, Thomas Sterner demonstrates how to learn skills for any aspect of life, from golfing to business to parenting, by learning to love the process.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:26 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Authors of New and Who Are We?

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