Coming Up on WNPR

July 21 - 25, 2014

MONDAY: Conversations With Amy Goodman and Yovianna García
This week, Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now!," visits the Mark Twain House and Museum to discuss her new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope. 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.

TUESDAY: Podcasts
We take a look at the art and design of podcasting, and talk with some podcast hosts and producers -- including Mike Pesca of The Gist and Julia Pistell of Literary Disco -- about the people, places, and things that have inspired them to get involved in the growing digital trend.

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Join us for our weekly news roundtable.

THURSDAY: Charter Schools
The recent FUSE scandal has raised questions about charter school oversight. We take a broader look at charter schools across the country. How effective are these schools? We are joined by experts and we want to hear from you, especially if you have experience yourself in the charter school system.

FRIDAY: A Conversation about Controversial New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is making headlines once again. Just a few weeks ago, he vetoed a bill that would have restricted the size of gun magazines, angering a number of gun control advocates -- including some Sandy Hook parents. We hear from one of those parents. We also talk to some reporters who’ve been following the story, and get the latest on Christie’s controversial visit to Connecticut earlier this week.

July 21 -25 , 2014

MONDAY: The Scramble
Amanda Marcotte, one of’s top writers, is our guest. She wrote recently on the humanitarian crisis on the U.S. border. We’re devoting the other two segments of our show to a discussion of Connecticut’s refusal to participate in sheltering the young refugees. 

TUESDAY: The Best of This Summer's Music
“Can’t you taste this gold? Remember my name. ‘Bout to blow.” Those are words from “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, which is the current leading contender for the Song of the Summer. Our music mavens Wally Lamb, Eric Danton, and Joan Holiday will be on the case as we sort out whether any other song can overthrow Iggy

WEDNESDAY: The Middle Initial is Going Extinct
We’re doing a whole show about middle names. Abraham Lincoln did not have one, but most people of his era did. A recent essay in The New York Times suggested that middle initials are falling out of favor. That’s just one element of our journey into interstitial onomastics.

THURSDAY: Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away From Me!
There is something entirely mysterious about our relationship with stuffed animals and other stuffed toys. Modern children have embraced stuffed creatures. We explore the allure of these transitional objects, and even speak with a “travel agent” in Japan who books trips around the Floating Kingdom for stuffed toys.

FRIDAY: The Nose
The Nose is our weekly roundtable about things that arose in culture during the week. 

July 21 - 25, 2014

MONDAY: Miss Manners on Workplace Etiquette (rebroadcast)
Human resources or the small business owner can put out some rules, but what does professional behavior look like in our fast changing work landscape? Job interviews, firings, clothes, personal conversations, money, emails—it’s all here in the book we’re going to talk about. Judith Martin, coauthor of Miss Manners Minds Your Business, is our guest.

TUESDAY: Curating a Literary Exhibition
The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Undersecretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Kurin joins us for the hour.

WEDNESDAY: The Food Schmooze 
Sandwich lovers, hold on to your chairs. We introduce you to the sandwich that causes its fans to travel almost anywhere to get it at its best, banh mi. We’ devote our entire show to recipes you can make in astounding varieties to create these crazy delicious Vietnamese sandwiches. 

THURSDAY: Making Furniture
Furniture making, practiced as a craft in the 21st century, is a decidedly marginal occupation. Yet the view from the periphery can be illuminating. For woodworker Peter Korn, the challenging work of bringing something new and meaningful into the world through one's own volition —is exactly what generates the authenticity, meaning, and fulfillment for which many of us yearn. Korn joins us to discuss his book, Why We Make Things and Why It Matters.

SATURDAY: The Food Schmooze (rebroadcast)
Sandwich lovers, hold on to your chairs. We introduce you to the sandwich that causes its fans to travel almost anywhere to get it at its best, banh mi. We’ devote our entire show to recipes you can make in astounding varieties to create these crazy delicious Vietnamese sandwiches.