Where We Live
10:11 am
Mon July 22, 2013

HM and the Science of Memory

The Faith Middleton Show
1:41 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Becoming a Life Change Artist, and Bruce Clements on Trust

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Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvet 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
3:05 pm
Tue July 2, 2013


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Mirrors, ladders, black cats, salt, cracks in the sidewalk, pennies, rabbits' feet, umbrellas, crossed fingers, crossed hearts, crossing yourself…

Today: Superstitions. We'll look at how and why irrational beliefs keep us happy, healthy, and sane.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:07 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Minding Your Digital Manners

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Book of Psychiatric Diagnosis

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:11 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Drunk Tank Pink

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Today: The way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

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Prescription Drugs
6:42 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Stimulant Use Among Medical School Students

Colleges have known for years that students use prescription stimulants to focus and stay awake while studying. But new research finds that the rate of stimulant use among medical school students is higher.

Jadon Webb says he and a colleague got the idea for their research while in medical school, listening to a professor’s lecture.  

"He was talking with us about life in medical school 50, 60 years ago. And in the course of talking about it, he was joking about how whenever exams came up, everyone had to use speed."

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Where We Live
11:08 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'Marriage In the Movies'

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So how might we best portray the realities of marriage? In a novel, perhaps?  A long-running TV drama or sitcom?  What about a movie?

Serious business indeed. It seems hard to translate the ins and outs of a long relationship in a 2-hour capsule.  Hollywood has been trying since the silent film age, but not always with success.  Wesleyan Film Historian Jeanine Basigner calls a story about marriage a “screenwriter’s nightmare” in her book I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in the Movies.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Guns And The American Psyche

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We hear it all the time: America has a gun culture. What does that mean?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

The Science & Psychology Of Lucid Dreaming

The Grinch of dreaming is J. Allan Hobson.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:02 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Sizzling Spectacles: Fashion And The Economics Of Eyewear

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Glasses get people talking.

Remember Sarah Palin? Last month, Politico ran an item suggesting that CNN's Wolf Blitzer had picked out new eyeglasses that closely resembled those of much younger, hipper New Yorker politics writer Ryan Lizza.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Introvert Pride!

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Maybe you've seen somebody in your life lately reading a book called Quiet by Susan Cain. It seems to be getting passed around a lot and given as a gift to known introverts.

The argument of the book is that our world treats the extrovert as normal and the introvert as diseased and needing treatment. Cain says that attitude ignores the strengths of the introvert.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Exploring Earworms: Songs Stuck In Your Head

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We have a two-year running tradition of doing an episode in August gathering our music experts to argue about what song is the "Song of The Summer." (And on which critic Eric Danton suggests there is no such thing.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

The Process: What's On Your Mind?

Chion Wolf

In the past month or so we've done shows about nuns, quitting as a good thing, procrastination, puns, lawsuits, putting a chip in your head, poetry, design flaws, invasive species and women who fall in love with prisoners.

And the month ahead will include shows about Nudism, First Contact with ETs, why songs get stuck in your head, urban beekeeping and the history and future of the TV remote.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:16 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Procrastination Conversations

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One of the many interesting questions about procrastination is whether writers are, as a species, the absolutely worst culprits or whether writers are just better at describing procrastination than other people. Here's Paul Rudnick on the subject:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

When Does It Make Sense To Quit?

Click on the audio to hear Bobcat Goldthwait, Seth Godin and a former priest discuss why and how a person could decide that quitting is the right answer.

If you want to know how completely reviled quitting is, just type the word into the search field of Twitter.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Nose: Auriemma Drama, And Spoiler Psychology

Chion Wolf

A quick rundown of this week's Nose topics:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Is It Time To Rethink Guilty Pleasures?

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What is a guilty pleasure?

In seventh grade, I had not quite given up on series books. Specifically, the Rick Brant books which I would say were a lot more satisfying (I guess I can't say they were cooler)  than the Hardy Boy books, all 43 of which I read in fourth grade.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:50 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Nature, Disagreements, and the Author of The Practicing Mind

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Master any task by developing a love of the practicing mind. New Haven psychologist Nancy Horn on how to acknowledge another person's feelings even when you disagree. And Bruce Clements on why nature transforms us.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

What Drives Political Polarization


Why do we have such terrible political arguments? Are we really so divided?

Topics like abortion, the death penalty, gun control, drug policy, tax policy all make us sound like a deeply divided nation, although I've long believed it's possible to formulate a position on almost anything that 65 percent of Americans will agree with.

 But it's not in our natures to do that. Compromise is boring. Dispute is exciting.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The State of Play

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The Executive Director of the Alliance for Childhood talks about how important play is for young people. She’s part of a two-day creativity conference coming up in Ridgefield, CT.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:32 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Is Subliminal Influence Real?

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"All media work us over completely."  So said Marshall McLuhan.

It was clear to McLuhan in the early 1960s and it's even clearer to us that engagement with fast-moving electronic media is producing changes that are hard to keep track of.

What if somebody wanted to produce certain changes in us that we weren't aware of?  What if someone wanted to persuade us without having to have a conversation with our conscious intellects?

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:44 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Misophonia, The Death of Common Sense, and Carl Zimmer on Animal Friendships

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We'll look at whether animals have friendships with one another the way humans do. And discover why some people become full of rage after hearing normal sounds, like clearing your throat. Plus: why laws can sometimes mean The Death of Common Sense.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:17 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Are All Facts Relative?

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What is the truth? It's a question that comes up a lot in the news. Is Barack Obama a Muslim? Were there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?  Did 9/11 happen as we were told? Was JFK killed by a lone gun man? Were there any real instances in which Vietnam veterans were spat upon? Is there any such thing as post-traumatic stress disorder? Do certain vaccines cause autism? Is evolution a theory or a scientific truth?

I could go on.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:31 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

The Profound Pursuit Of Puzzles

Chion Wolf

It may be hard for some of you to remember, but there was a time when the correct answers to the clues to the New York Times crossword puzzle were for all intents and purposes out of reach. I mean, you could take the Sunday magazine with you to the library and look stuff up. Or you could wait a week for the answers. But there was no Google. The crossword doer today lives in a constant state of temptation.

Mark Messier's team for 12 years? You could look it up. That Rimsy Korsakov opera title? It's there to be found.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Clowns All Around

Chion Wolf

Here's a quote: "A clown is funny in the circus ring. But what would be the normal reaction to opening a door at midnight, and finding the same clown standing there in the moonlight?"

Sounds like a 21st century post-modern take on clowns, but it actually comes from Lon Chaney, the horror movie star who died in 1930.

Almost one hundred years ago, somebody understood that clowns can be scary. To Chaney, it was all a matter of context. What we've almost forgotten in our 21st century post modern mood is the first part of Chaney's statement. Clowns are funny.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Holiday Advertising

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It's the holiday season! Christmas, Hanukah, Christmakuh, Kwanza, or as advertisers like to think of it, the season when they separate you from your money.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:57 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: How To Be A Better Writer, The Art Of Friendship, And An Interesting Book

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Amy Bloom talks about how to be a better writer. Psychologist Nancy Horn explains the art of friendship. And, a new way to look at books.

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Where We Live
10:40 am
Wed November 9, 2011

On Deadline

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Today CL&P faces their final deadline to have everyones power back on. Are you still in the 1%?

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:19 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Hypocrisy And Ain't Misbehavin

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Is "faking it" as a person always a bad thing? Explore the art of hypocrisy with Faith Middleton and Bruce Clements. Plus, a celebration of Aint Misbehavin at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven for those who want a sassy good time.

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