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2:38 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Faith Middleton's Book Show: June 6, 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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4:22 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Summer Events Roundup

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Tell us about great things to see and do in Connecticut and New York this summer. Call in and tell us about an event—music, lectures, museums, films, festivals, benefits—that you want everyone to know about. The welcome mat is out.

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1:12 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Authors of Agent Garbo and The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind

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Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day
by Stephen Talty

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2:29 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

What To Do About Being Too Busy

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First off, let me apologize to all the people I have spoken to in the last couple of years who have asked me how I am. My response has invariably been, "Busy." Which, I've decided, is a crap answer. In my defense, I really meant it. I sincerely believed that the word that summed up how I am was "Busy."

But what does that even mean? I used to think it meant I have so many different jobs and work responsibilities that I'm unable to do a whole bunch of other things, although I'm not even sure what those things are.

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3:45 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Connecticut's Political Corruption Abides, But Does Anyone Care?

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One of the lowlights of 2013 was the trial of Robert Braddock, campaign finance director for Chris Donovan.

 

FBI surveillance equipment gave us a greasy look at what appears to be business as usual at the State Capitol. Lawmakers and their staffs seemed more than a little familiar with the idea of campaign contributions being used as a lever to pass or kill legislation.

 

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2:20 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Love 2.0

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4:59 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

At 100, Igor Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' Still Looms Large

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Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" was incredibly controversial when it premiered, 100 years ago today, but chances are your current associations with is are affectionate and involve cartoon dinosaurs

 

Today on the show, we're going to discuss -- both seriously and playfully -- the way "Rite of Spring" shocked its 1913 audience and began the often jumpy relationship between modern music and the musical audience. 

 

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2:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze: Third Annual Cocktails Special

Jonathan McNicol

Today, it's our third annual cocktails special. Jonathan mixes up a Mtn Dewdriver. Faith whips up a recipe for an instant sangria sort of a red wine cocktail. And Mark Raymond stops by to show us how to make some, ya know… REAL cocktails. Plus music galore!

All in advance of the 3rd Annual Food Schmooze Martini Competition coming up on June 27 in Farmington, CT.

Join us!

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2:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Time Reborn, Revisited, and Reconsidered

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What is time?

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2:15 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

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

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2:13 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Dr. Ruth and the Authors of The Best Things You Can Eat and Astonished

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Five words: Dr. Ruth is our guest.

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1:57 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Faith Middleton's Book Show: May 23, 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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1:47 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze: Food52

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Powered by a thriving online community and edited by noted food writers Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, Food52.com spotlights the best recipes from talented home cooks all over the world. Their new book, The Food52 Cookbook, Volume 2, features seventy-five of the latest community favorites. Hesser, formerly the food editor of The New York Times Magazine, joins the Food Schmooze gang to talk Food52.

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3:37 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

'Two Cheers For Anarchy'

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Today, in order to watch a Lenny Bruce monologue on YouTube, I had to sit through a Starbucks commercial. This feels like proof that some kind of fundamental battle has been lost, right? The Internet is free, but not really.

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2:51 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Nose: Women Want To Want More SEX, Gay Scouts Are In, and Men In Underwear Are Still Hot!!

Chion Wolf

 

I feel like a waiter.

 

Here are today's specials for The Nose:

 

An article about the way women in monogamous relationships feel their sexual desire decline more steeply than do men, served on a bed of hope from new psychopharmacology. 

 

The promise of new advertising for men's underwear in which the male models look more like real people, garnished with a reduction of I don't believe it.

 

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2:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Book of Psychiatric Diagnosis

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According to the newly revised DSM V -- often called the Bible of psychiatry -- there are no hypochondriacs.

 

Hypochondriasis has been removed as a diagnosable disorder. So has Asperger's Syndrome, which has been folded into a larger Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are new disorders, including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and Hoarding Disorder.

 

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12:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Biden Addresses Graduating Coast Guard Cadets

 

Vice President Joe Biden gave the commencement speech at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London today/Wednesday. As WNPR's Harriet Jones reports he stressed the new dangers of a changing world.

 

The 227 graduates of the class of 2013 filed onto Cadet Memorial Field under a cloudy New London sky Wednesday, but mood was far from grey. Superintendent Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz welcomed the cadets and their families.

 

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3:45 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Army Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel: A Remembrance

Courtesy of Helen Pedersen Keiser

On Thursday, May 23, the photo of U.S Army Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel will be added to the State of Connecticut's Wall of Honor.

It's a tribute to servicemembers who've died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Pedersen-Keel was killed March 11 in what the military calls a green on blue attack.

An Afghan policeman shot him and another Special Forces soldier and wounded several others.

 

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil sat down with Pedersen-Keel’s mother, Helen, who tells us in her own words about her son. 

 

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2:03 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: Passionate Pursuits

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Collecting, enduring sports, writing, tell us what energizes your life. Whether you like diving with sharks, decorating cakes, marshal arts, painting, photographing whales, cooking, meditation, golf, tennis, community theater, you name it—if your passionate pursuit gives your life energy, we'd like to hear about it.

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1:46 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: On Coping with the Death of a Child

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“There are a few circumstances in life in which most people respond the same way, such as starvation. The emotional and psychological stance, as we'll as mental calculations, one takes to prevent starvation would all basically be the same.

“If your child dies, it's an assault on your life, and because of that there is a universal response — [and there are] some basic common elements to that response.” — Bruce Clements

Today, Bruce joins us for a live call-in show on coping with the death of a child.

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12:06 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Randomly Accessed Memories and Teethed Glory

This week on the Needle Drop, we're serving up new tracks from Kimya Dawson's and Aesop Rock's the Uncluded, and black metal outfit Deafheaven as well. We'll also be diving into the latest releases from metal outfit Altar of Plageus and the kings of French house music, Daft Punk.

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12:06 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Star Trek & Superman - Twin Pillars Of American Optimism

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I feel like I've been preparing my whole life for this show. 

 

I'm a Baby Boomer, but within that generational cohort, you could say I'm as much a Star Trek baby boomer as anything else. I was 12 when the original series debuted. Even though it ran only three seasons and was never a real hit, I was ripe for the plucking.  This vision -- Wild West style adventure in a utopian future setting -- was incredibly seductive. The TV worlds we choose are the worlds we wish we lived in. The world of Star Trek was everything I wanted and didn't have. 

 

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10:11 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Violent Video Games Involving Human Characters Linked to Aggression

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The University of Connecticut has come out with a new study on violent video games. It looked specifically at whether video games that pit players against human looking characters provokes more violent thoughts in the player than fighting non-human creatures.

When players fight human looking characters, "they're later more verbally aggressive and they have more aggressive thoughts," said Kirstie Farrar, who is an associate professor of communication and lead researcher of the study.

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4:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Seaweed And The Sound

Jan Ellen Spiegel

For the last decade or so, Connecticut’s fishermen and shellfishermen have weathered a nearly non-stop storm of difficulties;  some related to climate change; some from pollution.

One fisherman who has had enough is embarking on a new enterprise that many hope will help to save or create jobs on Long Island Sound, and clean it up.

Brendan Smith: Isn’t it beautiful?  Look at that. 

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4:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Regulating Fido: Animal Laws In Connecticut

Lucy Nalpathanchil

This year the state legislature will consider bill that would forbid the outdoor the tethering of dogs between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., prohibit pet shops from selling dogs and cats bred at commercial animal mills, establish the idea of an animal advocate -- probably a law student working pro bono -- to investigate and argue for the welfare of an animal subject to cruelty, and prohibit municipalities from adopting breed-specific dog ordinances.

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3:39 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Second-Time Blues: The Difficulties Of Doing It All Over Again

Chion Wolf

Once upon a time in a second term, a president used his power to go after journalists in Hartford. I could be talking about President Obama's justice department seizing AP phone records, including some from AP's Hartford office. But I could also be talking Thomas Jefferson in 1806.

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1:30 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Is Connecticut in for "Rate Shock?"

Commercial insurers are very close to revealing the rates they’ll charge for healthcare plans under the new Connecticut healthcare exchange. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it’s been a long, uncertain road to get here.

 

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4:21 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The Nose: Jolie's Medical Choice, Royal Polo, & A Revival Of '24'

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I'm one of those odd people who still gets physical newspapers thrown into his driveway.

On Monday, I was paging trough the New York Times and came upon Angelina Jolie's now-famous essay about her decision to have her breasts removed preventively, after learning of her high genetic risk factor for beast cancer. I had the odd sensation of looking at my laptop on a nearby table and knowing that, inside it, a massive cyber-conversation was unfolding.  

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3:31 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Lobsters and Oysters and Clams

As the weather warms up this spring, so does the lure of the open road, and all that comes with it- scenic views, the ocean breeze along the coast, and everyone’s favorite road food!  While it may not be warm enough to go for a swim in Long Island Sound, it is perfect weather for a stop at one of the popular seafood restaurants that dot the Connecticut coast.

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6:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Faith Middleton Show: 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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