Coming Up on WNPR

July 28 - August 1, 2014

MONDAY: Where We Vote 2014 - Elizabeth Esty
The 2012 race for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District seat was filled with campaign-related shenanigans. The person who came out on top was Elizabeth Esty. She'’s running for re-election this year in the “Fightin'’ Fifth” and she'’ll join us for our Where We Vote series.

TUESDAY: School Restraint
A conversation about school restraint -- a legal, albeit controversial, practice that allows students to be restrained and secluded against their will. On this episode of Where We Live, we'll take a closer look at the role of restraint in our nation's public school system, and see how it's being carried out here in Connecticut.

WEDNESDAY: The Wheelhouse
Our weekly news roundtable discusses the week’s top stories.

THURSDAY: One For The Birds
We’'ve been thinking a lot about birds at WNPR, largely because of Patrick Skahill’'s reporting on hummingbirds and one prehistoric big bird (no, not THE Big Bird). Coming up, we'’ll be joined by bird experts answering your ornithological questions. If you have a good bird story, or if you just can'’t figure out what that bright yellow bird is in your backyard, then we'’ll try to help.

FRIDAY: Litchfield Jazz Festival Preview; Transgender Youth
Among the many highlights of summer in Connecticut is the annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. On this episode of Where We Live, we're sitting down with two of the festival's veteran musicians -- Jimmy Greene and Mario Pavone -- to preview some of the music that's being featured on the main stage this year. Later in the program, we're following up to our recent show on transgender rights with a story on trans youth from PRX.

August 4 - August 8, 2014

Monday: The Scramble

Mellini Kantayya is an actor, writer, humorist and the author of “Actor. Writer. Whatever. (essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry) She’ll talk with Colin about inclusive TV and Film casting, if sort-of-true memoirs get a pass because they’re funny, and methadone for the TV binge-watcher to tide you over until the next “hit.” After Mellini leaves, news from the weekend.

Tuesday: Imagining Life Without the Internet 

There’s no doubt that technology has made our lives easier. We no longer need to clutter our minds with details easily retrieved by Google--phone numbers, directions, the War of 1812. The internet provides more information than we could possibly stuff into our limited brains- at the touch of a fingertip. But, how does technology alter developing minds? Are we less creative, or more? Does remembering less free our minds to think more deeply about solving say, world problems? Or, does a deluge of information dampen the rich imagination in our mind’s eye.

Wednesday: Nixon and the Aftermath of Watergate 

August 8, marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of former President Richard Nixon, yet we’re still trying to sort who he was and how Watergate left its mark on America. Some say Nixon was a man divided. Remembered as paranoid and ruthless, he was also conscientious and affable. He promoted protections for consumers and the environment, yet disparaged the black, Jewish and gay citizens his policies would protect. He red-baited with McCarthy, yet later, stood by Mao Zedong. We'll talk about the man who fought his way to the top of the Hill, only to knock himself off, but not before stirring the simmering neoconservative movement of the following decades.

Thursday: Accordions

Accordions have a bad reputation. To the untrained ear, it represents corny polka or antiquated traditions. On this show, you’ll meet a man who is reclaiming the accordion, outfitting his latest version with midi controls, so it can mimic voice and other instruments. You’ll meet other accordion rock stars, too, including James Fearnley from The Pogues. Just try to tell him that the squeezebox isn’t cool!

Friday: The Nose

Our esteemed Nose panelists know no bounds. They’ve regressed to the 90’s, grooved to Weird Al, dissected a Comcast service call from Hell and so much more. Why would you want to miss it?

July 28 - August 1, 2014

MONDAY: Amy Bloom
Connecticut writer Amy Bloom's new novel, Lucky Us, comes out tomorrow. It's a story set in the roaring 20's with memorable characters and a riveting sex scene, filled with glamorous starlets at a Hollywood party. More than that Lucky Us features big themes that matter, conveyed in Bloom's unmistakable voice. We talk with the writer on the eve of publication. New York Magazine is calling it one of the top six books of the summer.

TUESDAY: TBA

WEDNESDAY: The Food Schmooze 
In her beautifully illustrated new cookbook Lidia Bastianich lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips -- from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. As storyteller and chef, she draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate. Recalling lessons learned from her mother, Erminia, and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, Lidia pays homage to the kitchen sages who inspired her. Food Schmooze All-Star Lidia Bastianich joins the gang to talk Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking.

THURSDAY: The Book Show
The Book Show gang joins Faith live with recommendations in all categories. And we'’ll take your calls! What a’re you reading? What ha’ve you recently read and loved? Are you a librarian? A teacher? Are you part of a book club? Call us!

SATURDAY: The Food Schmooze
In her beautifully illustrated new cookbook Lidia Bastianich lays out a comprehensive curriculum of wise cooking tips -- from the cutting board to the kitchen table. Channeling the instructive elements from her TV show, she teaches us that a good dose of common sense is the key ingredient to a stellar meal. As storyteller and chef, she draws on anecdotes to educate and illustrate. Recalling lessons learned from her mother, Erminia, and her grandmother Nonna Rosa, Lidia pays homage to the kitchen sages who inspired her. Food Schmooze All-Star Lidia Bastianich joins the gang to talk Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking.