Sweetness and Light
8:25 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics

Commentator Frank Deford advises the White House press office not to let the president be photographed in a golf cart again.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 8:53 am

There's been much criticism of the president lately, even within his own party, that he's too detached and withdrawn, not combative enough anymore. This can be explained completely with a sports analogy: We elected a basketball president, but then we ended up with a golf president.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Live From Litchfield's White Memorial Conservation Center

The boardwalk at White Memorial.
claumoho Creative Commons

For 50 years, the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield has provided a hands-on look at the natural diversity of northwestern Connecticut. With workshops, educational programs -- even its own Nature Museum -- the center has been teaching visitors about the various species and habitats found on the surrounding land. 

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State Parks Centennial
1:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Gov. Malloy Announces Free State Parks Weekend in Connecticut

Huntington State Park in Redding.
David Brooks Creative Commons

Have you been to a state park lately? On July 26 and 27, you'll be able to visit any state park in Connecticut for free.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:47 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Vacation Survival Guide: How To Be Happy Leaving and After You Get Back

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Is it even possible, you might be wondering, to like all parts of a vacation, including re-entry? We think so. Our senior contributor, New Haven psychologist Nancy Horn, explains what goes into making vacation a less stressful experience, and also less about perfection. This is one of those podcasts worth listening to.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:11 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Celebrate the Pleasure of Summer Living

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Since the days are speeding by we thought, hey, let's celebrate summer. What is it about this season that is worth noticing, that makes us happier? Breezes, food, gardens, friends, sex, parties, swim, seersucker, the new and tradition. Celebrate summer with us.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Fun Things to Do This Summer

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Our region has exploded with fun things to see and do, from new happenings to traditional events. Feed your mind and body by checking out the Connecticut Tourism Guide. Your local newspaper will have lots of activities listed. And so will the wall at your local supermarket, library and post office.  Get out and enjoy; it will your vacation state of mind.

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Downtown 720
11:55 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Hartford Breaks Ground on City's First Skate Park

"Heaven," Hartford's first skate park, is located just blocks from the XL Center.
Lara Maltz Rozza

Hartford broke ground on a new skate park this week. Skaters have dubbed it "Heaven" and say it will be a space for skaters, bikers, and artists.

The park is located just above the I-84 tunnel a few blocks from the XL Center. For years it's been an informal hangout spot for skaters and artists. And now, Hartford is ready to formalize "Heaven" as the city's first official skate park.

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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 Colin McEnroe Show
2:27 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Get To Know Your Bike Helmet & Ride To Work!

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Where We Live
12:46 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Roz Savage: The Environmentalist Who Rows Across Oceans

Chion Wolf

Have you ever wanted to make a big change in your life and go on a big adventure? You know, try something where you could push yourself?

Well Roz Savage did that - but the challenge she took on was bigger than most of us could even imagine. She became the first woman to row - solo - across the world’s major oceans.

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1:16 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Pool Safety Bill On Table In Wake Of School Drownings

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A bill to create pool safety standards in swim classes across Connecticut is moving forward for a vote by the General Assembly following two drowning deaths in East Hartford and Manchester schools. 

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Where We Live
12:05 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

A Look At Pool Safety

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On Nov. 21, 2012,  Malvrick Donkor, 14, drowned during a swim class at Manchester High School.

His death was the second drowning at a Connecticut school last year. In the neighboring town of East Hartford, Freshman Marcum Asiamah  drowned Jan. 11 during P.E. class at East Hartford High School.

His family - like Malvrick’s from Ghana - said the boy did not know how to swim. The lessons at school were apparently his first. This year, the town settled a $1.5 million claim with his estate.

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Where We Live
9:59 am
Fri March 16, 2012

String Theorie - Little Elephant

Chion Wolf

String Theorie is a Hartford-based band that plays what they call “Instrumental World Fusion.”

Fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Joel Weik, electric bassist Karl Messerschmidt and percsussionist Jordan Critchley have been playing all over Central Connecticut for the last few years - including in our studios.  

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Where We Live
10:03 am
Fri February 10, 2012


Where We Live
10:50 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Improv Everywhere

Stephen Haynes

The songwriter Paul Simon once said: Improvisation is too good to leave to chance.

Improvisation is one of the key parts of musical expression...from fiddling with chord changes until a song emerges, to full-on “free” jazz, created on the spot.  In fact, jazz is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of “improv” - followed by comedy.

A troupe of actors, thrown quickly into haphazard situations - forced to think fast and create characters and dialogue on the spot.

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Where We Live
10:57 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Needle Droppin'

We get some end-of-the-year music recommendations from Anthony Fantano. He’s the man behind The Needle Drop, which is a blog, YouTube channel and radio show that can be heard on WNPR. He is the “internet’s busiest music nerd.”

We have a bonus song included in the web version of this segment. Here is a list of all the songs Anthony and John discuss for the latest edition of the Where We Live/The Needle Drop mashup.

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What's Cookin', Moonshine
7:37 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Moonshine Is Back

From Onyx Spirits Facebook page

Moonshine. The word evokes images of Hillbillies sipping out of jugs or mason jars, and brass stills nestled deep in the backwoods during prohibition. A Connecticut start-up has brought Moonshine into the 21st century, and as WNPR's Ray Hardman reports, the liquor is getting a lot of attention.

"Basically this is where the product is in its tanks ready to be made into the finished product. So we've got moonshine here in these two 50-gallon drums and we've got the organic..."

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Thu October 6, 2011

The Origins Of The Universe


Following up on our conversation with astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, today we check in with cosmologist Priya Natarajan from Yale’s upcoming conference “Why is There Anything”.

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Where We Live
2:05 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Manhattan Short Film Festival

NightRStar, Creative Commons

During the week of September 23rd to October 2nd 2011, over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Galleries, Universities, Museums and Cafes for one purpose - to view and vote on our Finalists' Films in the Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

In 2011 the Film Festival recieved 598 Entries from 48 Countries and selected 10 short films which are Finalists in the 2011 MANHATTAN SHORT. 

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Where We Live
11:35 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Gone Fly Fishin'

Tucker Ives

Connecticut attracts people from all over the country for one of its natural resources: the Farmington River.

The reason people come to this river is for fly fishing.

Every day, you see them: The men and increasingly, the women, who stand - silently - in the middle of the river in their waders and vests, constantly casting in hopes of the perfect catch.

But what makes the Farmington River so ideal for anglers?

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Where We Live
10:53 am
Tue September 20, 2011

The U.S. Gun Fight

Michael Martelli (Creative Commons)

There was a time when both the National Rifle Association and the Ku Klux Klan were advocates for gun control.

The 2nd Amendment debate has always been contentious. One recent example was the scene outside the United States Supreme Court building in March of 2008 where a gun rights case was being heard.

Advocates on both sides carried their signs and chanted slogans at each other, even in freezing cold weather.

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Where We Live
10:42 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Where We Live: Cocktails, A History Of

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WNPR has a popular regular show where food and drink flows freely.  This is not that show.

Yes, while Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze gets ready to crown a “Connecticut state cocktail” tonight - we’ll take our “sober” look at the history of the cocktail.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Exploring Jazz at Firehouse 12

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Firehouse 12 in New Haven  is an innovative space that is part of a neighborhood resurgence in downtown New Haven .

In fact, the jazz trumpeter and composer Taylor Ho Bynum says that there are only a few places like it in the world.

It's a high-tech recording studio that presents avant garde jazz, while attracting a crowd to its downstairs cocktail bar.  The setting is a renovated firehouse in the up-and-coming Ninth Square neighborhood, newly filled with restaurants and galleries.

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10:21 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Keney Park in Hartford Receives $96,000 For Trails

Nancy Eve Cohen

Keney Park in Hartford has received a $96,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The money will be spent to improve hiking  trails. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

A crowd gathered in front of a windswept pond to celebrate the grant. The pond is part of the park’s 693 acres which includes trails for hiking, biking, and even a golf course. Henry Hester, of the Friends of Keney Park, says the money will pay for enhancing trails and creating a web-based trail guide

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