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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

The Last Flight Out of "Old" Cuba; Music From The Sarah LeMieux Quintet

Musicians in Cuba play with heavily used and damaged instruments.
Flickr user "yosoynuts"

Many people were surprised by the news of a new relationship between the United States and Cuba. It was especially surprising for WNPR's Morning Edition host Diane Orson. When the news broke, she was returning from a cultural mission to Cuba, and landed back in the United States. She shares her story and we hear the music of the Sarah LeMieux Quintet, who will brings us on an imaginary visit to a Paris nightclub.

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Live Music
1:40 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

The Meadows Brothers Perform at WNPR

Ian Meadows of The Meadows Brothers, who sings and plays guitar.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Connecticut-based music duo The Meadows Brothers recently visited WNPR's Where We Live to perform and record some live music. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Connecticut Photographer Creates Historical Tintypes; The Meadows Brothers Perform

Ty Morin's tintype of John Dankosky.
Chion Wolf WNPR

If you've ever seen a photograph from the Civil War era, there's a good chance it was created using a process known as tintype photography. These pictures are honest and organic in nature, and they're beginning to make a comeback within the modern photography world. 

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Local Music
2:22 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

The Soothing Sounds of Northampton's Winterpills

Winterpills members Philip Price and Flora Reed in WNPR's studios.
Heather Brandon WNPR

Colin McEnroe has been working for an age to get Winterpills to appear on his show. A new album was recently released by the band, Echolalia, allowing WNPR a perfect reason at last to bring in members Philip Price and Flora Reed.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Elizabeth McGovern's Sadie and the Hotheads, and Winterpills

Elizabeth McGovern at the screening of the restored version of "Once upon a time in America" at the Cannes Film Festival.
Credit JJ Georges / Creative Commons

Casting is an underrated art. There used to be an Academy Award for it, and there probably still should be. We honor actors, but not the people who pick the perfect actor for the role, so that actor doesn't have to act quite so much.

"Downton Abbey" is immaculately cast, and the choice of Elizabeth McGovern to play Cora, the Countess of Grantham, seems especially nuanced and inspired. Cora is an American Jew, a transplant to English nobility, who wears all the status and tradition comfortably without fully buying into it. McGovern herself is a transplant, married to a British director for 22 years, long enough to slip effortlessly into Cora's skin.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Celebrating Local Stories: Quilters, Singers, and Sweethearts

Joe Hudson.
Chion Wolf WNPR

When Laura and Joe Hudson moved to Bristol, Connecticut, they brought with them some of their Southern traditions. 

For Laura, that tradition was quilt-making. For Joe, it was singing gospel music. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Dirt Floor: The Music Sanctuary of Connecticut

A look into the control room at Dirt Floor from the studio.
Credit Eric Lichter / Dirt Floor

Today, a conversation and music from Dirt Floor Studios in Chester, Connecticut. It’s a music studio, carved into the woods, where the sound of the music they create is every bit as organic as the surroundings.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Celebrating the Arts: The Role and Importance of Arts Education

eddie welker Creative Commons

Back in 2010, a resolution was passed by U.S. House of Representatives making the second week of September "Arts in Education Week" -- a week designed to spotlight the role and importance of the arts in our schools. 

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Americana
11:26 am
Thu August 28, 2014

"Woody Sez," the Life and Music of Woody Guthrie at Theaterworks in Hartford

David Lutken is the devisor of "Woody Sez" and portrays the lead character.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Legendary American folk singer/activist Woody Guthrie, is best known for his classic song, "This Land is Your Land." All of his music gives voice to a restless and profoundly American search for freedom: artistically, politically, and personally.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:07 am
Thu August 7, 2014

A Salute to Accordions!

Cory Pesaturo is a multiple award-winning accordion player from Rhode Island
Chion Wolf WNPR

Here are some songs from your life, "Backstreet Girl" by the Rolling Stones, "Joey" by Bob Dylan, "Road to Nowhere" by the Talking Heads, "Boy In The Bubble" by Paul Simon, "July Fourth, Asbury Park", better known as "Sandy" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys. They all rely heavily on the accordion.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

A Conversation with Jazz Musicians Mario Pavone and Jimmy Greene; Transgender Youth

Tenor saxaphonist Jimmy Greene.
Chion Wolff.

Mario Pavone and Jimmy Greene are both veterans of Connecticut's jazz scene -- having grown up here, decades apart -- and both deciding to make the state their home.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Conversations With "Democracy Now!" Host Amy Goodman and Guitarist Yovianna García

Yovianna García.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Amy Goodman’s radio, TV, and Web program Democracy Now! has a wide following among people who think the mainstream media doesn’t let us hear enough voices from those who protest against powerful interests. This week, she visits the Mark Twain House and Museum to discuss her new book The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope.

This hour, we preview that event, with a conversation about the state of the news media today. We also listen back to a conversation with a Hartford-based guitarist who celebrates the music of her home country, Puerto Rico, while also exploring the classical repertoire.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Juvenile Sentencing; Women in Politics; Guitarist Yovianna García

Madeline Sachs.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Each year, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center honors people whose writing advances social justice and inspires action. This year, the two winners of the Student Stowe Prize crafted essays on two issues that are very important in 2014.

Madeline Sachs, a high school student from Chicago, spoke on the inequity of juvenile sentencing standards, an issue that’s important as Connecticut lawmakers grapple with -- and still fail to implement -- a new law to come into compliance with a Supreme Court ruling on the issue. We hear some of her presentation and talk with a civil rights lawyer.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

A Salute to Banjos!

Chion Wolf WNPR

Maybe you think of the banjo as primarily a bluegrass instrument, but try not to forget that prior to about 1830, it was played pretty much exclusively by African-Americans, and it seems to have as ancestors several African instruments. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Live from the International Festival of Arts and Ideas

John Dankosky, Nick Slie, Michael Twitty, Sal Trapani, and Mary Lou Aleskie (left to right)
Credit Brittany Hill / WNPR

Today we make our annual trip to one of our favorite shows each year - broadcast live from the International Festival of Arts and Ideas -- a fifteen-day celebration of arts and creativity in downtown New Haven. Each year, the festival fills the city with live music, theater, film, lectures, tours, and conversation.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Kerri Powers and Quiet Life: Music With a Sense Of Place

Singer-songwriter Kerri Powers performing in WNPR's studios.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Our show is, as much as anything, about a sense of place, and about things that matter to people who live here. When we talk to artists and musicians, we want to know about the places that influence them. This hour, we have two conversations that are firmly planted with Connecticut roots.

Kerri Powers is a singer-songwriter who grew up in Massachusetts, even though her voice might read “West Texas.” She lives in suburban Connecticut now, but the songs on her new self-titled record might well fit in a small southern bar. This weekend, she’s performing at the Hartfolk Festival at the University of St. Joseph - we hear her music and get a preview.

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Live Music
10:27 am
Fri May 9, 2014

West End Blend Is the Soundtrack to Your Party

This wall of sound goes by the name "West End Blend."
Chion Wolf WNPR

Have you heard of West End Blend? You should.

Hartford may not be known for its funk, but nobody told this 14-piece band. Horns? Check. Rap? Got it. Hearty, soulful vocals? Yup. Toe-tapping beats? Of course.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

West End Blend Brings the Party; Local Professor Monitors Ukrainian Elections In Person

"West End Blend" is a 14-piece group that started in Hartford.
Chion Wolf WNPR

When you’re right in front of West End Blend, it’s hard to not be physically blown away by their powerful sound and deep grooves. The band is about to put out an EP that they hope will capture at least some of the live energy of their stage performances. We hear a special concert and conversation with West End Blend recorded at the TELEFUNKEN factory and studio in South Windsor.

We also talk to a local professor, just days before he leaves for Ukraine to be an elections monitor in their upcoming, very controversial vote.

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Tiny Desk
10:31 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Quilt: Tiny Desk Concert

Quilt performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:00 am

It's right there in the band's name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that's thoughtful and playful. The opening song at this Tiny Desk Concert, "Arctic Shark," questions and enchants.

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Live Music
9:11 am
Fri April 25, 2014

The Sea, The Sea Shares a Brand New Song

Mira Stanley and Chuck e. Costa of The Sea, The Sea.
theseathesea.com

Singer-songwriter duo Chuck e. Costa and Mira Stanley of The Sea, The Sea visited WNPR recently and played a brand-new song not available on their brand new debut album, Love We Are We Love. It's called "Let It Be Said," and you can listen to it below from their recording session for WNPR's Where We Live.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

The Sea, The Sea (and The Sea)

Jeremy Keith Creative Commons

It’s time for the next installment in our new series featuring local artists and musicians. This hour, we hear from folk-pop duo Chuck Costa and Mira Stanley of The Sea, The Sea. Their debut album, Love We Are We Love, dropped earlier this year. Both recently stopped by our studio to talk about and perform some of their new songs.

Later, we hear a tale from the sea. Kate Moore served as Keeper of Bridgeport’s Fayerweather Lighthouse for most of the 19th century. A Bridgeport historian and Coast Guard Ensign will tell us about her heroic and inspiring devotion to Long Island Sound’s busy seaway.

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Theme Music
1:01 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A "Love Theme" for Where We Live

Asylum Quartet members Tony Speranza (left) and Joseph Abad (right).
Chion Wolf WNPR

Last month, Hartford’s very own Asylum Quartet visited WNPR's Where We Live to talk about and perform some music. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet

Chris and Nick Capozziello
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Photographer Chris Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. Despite being twins, there was a major difference between these two: Nick was born with cerebral palsy; Chris was not.

The photography of both brothers’ is featured in the book The Distance Between Us. The story it tells is about how both Capozziellos are living and coping with Nick’s condition. Both join us to talk about their project.

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All Songs TV
11:26 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger'

Rodrigo y Gabriela in a scene from their new video for the song "The Russian Messenger."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 2:27 pm

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:36 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele

Jake Shimabukuro
Chion Wolf WNPR

The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres. 

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Tiny Desk
2:36 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Both: Tiny Desk Concert

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform together as The Both at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 9:50 am

Singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are often at opposite ends of the volume knob. But what started as separate sets during a mutual tour, then a few walk-ons during Leo's solo set, is now an adventure in collaboration and mutual songwriting — and the birth of The Both. Months after this Tiny Desk Concert, which we recorded in February, there's an album.

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Tiny Desk Concert
8:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert

The Haden Triplets perform a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 3:42 pm

Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they've separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let's Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet

Irish Peasant Children, Daniel McDonald (1847)

This week, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, even if we aren’t Irish.

But sadly, this holiday meant to celebrate a heritage doesn’t really go too much deeper than green beer and shamrocks in the public consciousness.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

A Salute to Irish Music with Martin Hayes

Martin Hayes is one of the world’s most creative and accomplished fiddlers, hailing from County Clare, Ireland.
Chion Wolf WNPR

The musician Christy Moore said Ireland could never have the equivalent of a folk revival because it never let its traditions lapse. And that's very true. The are probably other places in the world as deeply attached to their traditional music, but I don't know where they are.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

New Releases From Goodnight Blue Moon and Daphne Lee Martin

Goodnight Blue Moon performed songs from their new EP, <em>A Girl I Never Met</em>
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

This hour, we check back in with two musical acts that we’ve featured on the program before. Goodnight Blue Moon’s Elm City roots are evident in their music. Their new EP, A Girl I Never Met, features a song that’s based on a poem found in a Fair Haven history book. Goodnight Blue Moon join us in studio to talk about the new release and to play some music.

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