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The Faith Middleton Show
3:58 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Authors of What Language Is and The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

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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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The Faith Middleton Show
3:28 pm
Tue September 18, 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
3:18 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

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
1:38 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Jane Stern on Strange Happenings, and the Author of Constitution Café

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Constitution Café: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution
by Christopher Phillips

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Where We Live
12:26 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New Book on Pete Seeger "In His Own Words"

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Pete Seeger may be one of the most important folk singers of the 20th century. But he’s more than a musician – he’s a political activist and an environmentalist too. At age 93, he is still thriving. He was even featured on the Colbert Report in August.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Design Critic Steven Heller and the Author of Comebacks at Work

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According to Kathleen Kelley Reardon, our success—or failure—in the workplace depends on how we handle ourselves in conversation with our colleagues, whether in one-on-one interactions or large meetings. Workplace conversations are like a chess game, Reardon argues. The outcome is all in the strategy. Her book is Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation To Master Confrontation.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:25 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Authors of Final Verdict and You Lost Me There

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Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case
by Walter Schneir

A new narrative of the famed case that finally solves its remaining mysteries, by the author of the bestselling Invitation to an Inquest

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:29 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Authors of Odd Girls Out and What I Eat

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Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio stop by to discuss their book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. Their collection of profiles features a Japanese sumo wrestler, a Massai herdswoman, world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria, an American competitive eater, and more, and expands our understanding of the complex relationships among individuals, culture, and food.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:15 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Amy Bloom on Cheating Friends and Ned Zeman on The Rules of the Tunnel

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If you find out your friend's partner is cheating do you say something or keep it to yourself? Amy Bloom offers some suggestions. Vanity Fair contributing editor Ned Zeman writes an honest memoir about his life and diagnosis of manic depression.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:17 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Katharine Weber on Lost Objects, and the Author of Lives Like Loaded Guns

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What was poet Emily Dickinson really like? Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon tells the riveting story of the Dickinson family and reveals some surprising discoveries. Gordon, through his unprecedented use of letters, diaries and legal documents, digs deep into the life and work of the famous poet in his book Lives Like Loaded Guns.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:05 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Authors of On Second Thought and Tories

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On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:36 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Internet Addiction and the Author of Wendy and the Lost Boys

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Wendy Wasserstein was the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award. Her play, The Heidi Chronicles, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989. We’ll look at Julie Salamon’s biography, Wendy and the Lost Boys. Plus a conversation about Internet addiction.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:11 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Authors of Through a Dog's Eyes and Give Me Tomorrow

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Through a Dog's Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World by Jennifer Arnold
A “transformative,” inspiring book with the power to change the way we understand and communicate with our dogs.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:57 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Extreme Beliefs and Weeds

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Nutty spiritual ideas. Do you say something or let it be? Gina Barreca joins us for a conversation on spiritual beliefs. Plus, what makes one plant an unworthy weed and another one lovely? The author of Weeds is our guest. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:47 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Authors of Generosity Unbound and The Women Jefferson Loved

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Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class

In Generosity Unbound, Claire Gaudiani mounts a spirited defense of philanthropic freedom addressed to conservatives, liberals and centrists. She acknowledges the good intentions of those who favor greater regulation of private philanthropy, but powerfully demonstrates the dangers of this approach.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:55 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Liar in Your Life

The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships
by Robert Feldman

In The Liar in Your Life, psychology professor Robert Feldman, one of the world's leading authorities on deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it exacts on us, and what to do about it. His work is at once surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:20 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

A Conversation About Bad Driving and a Biography of Clarence Darrow

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Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned
by John A. Farrell

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

The definitive biography of Clarence Darrow, the brilliant, idiosyncratic lawyer who defended John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial” and gave voice to the populist masses at the turn of the twentieth century, thus changing American law forever.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:54 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Authors of Why Not Say What Happened? and Verbal First Aid

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Why Not Say What Happened?
by Ivana Lowell

An astonishing and at times outright comic memoir that marks the brilliant debut of a writer raised in a creative, bohemian household characterized by extreme privilege tinged with neglect.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:38 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Authors of A Force for Nature and Triumverate

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:01 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Authors of Present at the Creation and Lion of Liberty

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Learn about the machine trying to figure out how we were created. And the story of Patrick Henry, the first of the founding fathers to call for a citizen revolt. Is history repeating itself?

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Augusten Burroughs and Charles S. Dutton

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Conversation that should not be missed. Faith interviews Augusten Burroughs about his prickly self-help book. And the remarkable stage and film actor Charles Roc Dutton, about his life story, and training at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:24 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Book Show: June 21, 2012

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In a world filled with books we search out interesting reads, and soon we'll be taking calls from book clubs across our region to hear what you love, so make your lists, and stay tuned for that.

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Cenorship Target
11:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Judy Blume Uncensored And Coming To Hartford

The Faith Middleton Show
5:53 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Psychologist Nancy Horn, Novelist Alice Mattison, and the Author of The Letter Q

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Join Faith for a look at the novel, We Argued All Night. Amy Bloom and Sarah Moon on The Letter Q, asking well known authors who are gay to write letters to their younger selves. And, psychologist Dr. Nancy Horn on the art of connecting.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:17 pm
Tue June 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 Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Summer Reading: Joseph Kanon & Luanne Rice

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One thing we mostly don't do on this show is interview an "author who has a book out." As you can probably imagine, that's just about the easiest show or segment to schedule. We're barraged all day every day with solicitations from publishers and publicists. And usually we say we won't do it, unless it fits into some larger theme we're working on.

Today we're breaking the rule for authors Luanne Rice and Joseph Kanon. One reason for that is that they're both old friends of mine, and Luanne was actually involved in the launching of this show three years ago.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:30 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Authors of Becoming a Life Change Artist and Growing, Older

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Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life

The Artist's Way meets What Color is Your Parachute? in an innovative approach to reinventing yourself at any stage of life.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:25 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Guy Stanley Philoche, Nancy Horn, and Joan Didion

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One of America's greatest living writers, Joan Didion, talks about her new memoir. A-list celebrities are quietly making their way to an artist's studio in New York City. And New Haven psychologist Nancy Horn on issues for couples.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:13 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Authors of Atlantic and Two Cents Plain

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No one has tried it before—a biography of the Atlantic Ocean, a remarkable history by Simon Winchester. And a graphic novel, Two Cents Plain, about a Jewish boyhood in Brooklyn.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:11 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Authors of Writers Gone Wild and New Self, New World

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Writers Gone Wild: The Feuds, Frolics, and Follies of Literature's Great Adventurers, Drunkards, Lovers, Iconoclasts, and Misanthropes

Truth is stranger than fiction.

If you've imagined famous writers to be desk-bound drudges, think again. Writers Gone Wild rips back the (book) covers and reveals the seamy underside of the writing life.

Insightful, intriguing, and irresistibly addictive, Writers Gone Wild reveals such fascinating stories as:

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