books

The Faith Middleton Show
5:24 pm
Wed January 2, 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
4:40 pm
Wed January 2, 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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Where We Live
10:16 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Ralph Nader on the Seventeen Solutions

Chion Wolf

Ralph Nader’s book “The Seventeen Traditions” was a postcard to his hometown - and the one where I now make my home - Winsted, CT. He wrote about small-town life and the lessons he learned in his father’s restaurant, in the local library, in the nearby woods.

His newest book builds on these traditions and presents “The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for our American Future.”

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The Faith Middleton Show
6:16 am
Sun December 23, 2012

The Author of Saul Steinberg: A Biography, and Diane Arbus: Guggenheim Grants

Saul Steinberg: A Biography

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:37 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Eating Mindfully

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Mindful eating is not a diet. There are no menus or recipes. It is being more aware of your eating habits, the sensations you experience when you eat, and the thoughts and emotions that you have about food. It is more about how you eat than what you eat. Today, Dr. Susan Albers joins us to talk Eating Mindfully.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:16 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Bunch of Amateurs

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From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish’s glow-in-the-dark gene into common yogurt (all done in her kitchen using salad spinners) to a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home, Jack Hitt's Bunch of Amateurs not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America’s history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surges. Hitt is our guest.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:18 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Eating Mindfully

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Mindful eating is not a diet. There are no menus or recipes. It is being more aware of your eating habits, the sensations you experience when you eat, and the thoughts and emotions that you have about food. It is more about how you eat than what you eat. Today, Dr. Susan Albers joins us to talk Eating Mindfully.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

The Author of Jerks in Connecticut History

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A look at the notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary—if misunderstood—thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes from the history of the Nutmeg State. Ray Bendici's Jerks in Connecticut History reveals the dark side of some well-known and even revered characters from CT’s past—both part-time Jerks and others who were Jerks through and through. Bendici joins us.

The Faith Middleton Show
5:03 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Book Show: November 29, 2012

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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
4:58 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Treasures from the Rubble, The New 60, and How To Find Out Anything

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How to Find Out Anything: Our guest, Don MacLeod, explains how to find what you're looking for quickly, efficiently, and accurately—and how to avoid the most common mistakes of the Google Age. From top CEO’s salaries to police records, you’ll learn little-known tricks for discovering the exact information you’re looking for. Whether researching for a term paper or digging up dirt on an ex, MacLeod’s advice arms you with the sleuthing skills to tackle any mystery.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:22 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Artist Marianne Weil and the Author of America the Possible

Where We Live
11:31 am
Mon November 26, 2012

What's In A Short Story?

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We’ve talked on this show about the decline of the book - about how new technology and shorter attention spans make it harder for fiction writers to get their stories out in the “traditional” way - and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Here’s one thing we do know - this new world could mean good news for the writers of short stories.

Today, we’ll explore this form - that used to have a home in dozens of magazines and journals before TV and movies began to dominate the ‘story’ landscape.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:23 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

The Authors of Alone and Invisible No More

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Alone and Invisible No More is the true story of a new way of caring for the elderly in Maine that is cost-effective and promises humane end of life care. Plus, a look at what the bible says in contradictory ways about sex and desire.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:41 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Authors of American Colossus and Chasing the Sun

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American Colossus explains how we transformed ourselves from an agrarian society to a booming industrial nation. Can we transform ourselves again? Plus, a biography of the sun.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:38 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Authors of American Wasteland and The Maid's Daughter

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American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do About It)
by Jonathan Bloom

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:34 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Authors of A Force for Nature and Triumverate

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Where We Live
10:45 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Presidential Eccentricities

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

These days, it seems as though we know just about everything (probably more than we need to know) about the men who are running for President. Every gaffe and personal trait gets a full treatment on SNL and on Twitter.

But throughout history, our presidents have had some pretty interesting things about them.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Authors of Our Patchwork Nation and Conquering Fear

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:08 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Authors of Defiance of the Patriots and The Emperor of All Maladies

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From its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence, physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. His Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the disease is The Emperor of All Maladies.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:03 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Nathan Englander: 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank'

Juliana Sohn

The MacArthur Genius grants were just announced. One of them went to Junot Diaz, whom you will hear discussed today by me and short story writer Nathan Englander. So we're one degree of Kevin Bacon removed from a genius grant.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:34 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Mark Siegel On The Magical, Sexy World Of 'Sailor Twain'

Mark Siegel, creator of "Sailor Twain," is doing wildly creative things with the graphic novel, which is doing widely creative things with the novel form iteself. 

Siegel says the graphic novel is in a golden age, attracting writers not only from the book world, but from movies and television. And the work is starting to get noticed. In 2006, Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, which Siegel published, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:58 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Authors of Occult America and Bound to Last

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From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and personas—from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce—dramatically altered the nation’s culture, politics, and religion. Yet the mystical roots of our identity are often ignored or overlooked. Mitch Horowitz joins us to talk Occult America, his study of the esoteric undercurrents of our history and their profound impact across modern life.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:58 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Authors of Choke and You Had Me at Woof

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:40 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Authors of The Dark End of the Street and Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:49 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Authors of Moral Ground and Morning of Fire

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:52 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

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
3:35 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Authors of The Secret History of Dreaming and Ethan Allen

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:14 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Authors of Turning the Tide and Daughters of the Declaration

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:02 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Authors of The End of Country

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:34 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Authors of New and Who Are We?

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