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WSHU Public Radio’s Kate Remington combines her love of music and video games in this series of informal conversations with composers and performers of game soundtracks. Plus, there’s lots of music in the interviews, so you can hear it for yourself!
 
Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.
 
David Bouchier’s weekly essays are full of unexpected observations and whimsical opinions. Listeners will relish his entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes exasperated commentaries on the routines that carry us through the year, the surreal rituals of politics, the unsettling experience of foreign travel, and the confusions and comedies of everyday suburban life.
 
Interviews with classical musicians and music enthusiasts.
 
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Baum on Books
Monthly
 
Joan Baum is a recovering academic from the City University of New York, who spent 25 years teaching literature and writing. She has a long career as a critic and reviewer, covering all areas of cultural history but particularly enjoys books at the nexus of the humanities and the sciences. With an eye on reviewing fiction and nonfiction that has regional resonance for Connecticut or Long Island, Joan considers the timeliness and significance of recently published work: what these books have ...
 
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The Full Story
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The Full Story is a lively, thought-provoking one-hour talk show that delivers intelligent conversation on what’s happening right now in our community. Hosted by veteran journalist Ron Ropiak, The Full Story explores the news that is important in our region, including the economy, the opioid epidemic, the well-being of Long Island Sound, transportation, and Connecticut and New York politics. We talk with newsmakers, provide context for the issues, and invite listeners to engage in the discus ...
 
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The governors of Connecticut and New York, as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are working together on a unified approach to addressing the vaping crisis and legalizing adult use of recreational marijuana. We'll discuss the ideas with guests: Karen DeWitt, capitol bureau chief, New York State Public Radio Christopher Keating, capitol bureau ...…
 
I can never resist those columns in newspapers and magazines that pretend to offer expert advice on everyday problems – they are so entertaining. Many of them are about what to wear on particular occasions, although here on Long Island there is no sign that this kind of advice is ever followed. In a recent advice column a woman who planned to w ...…
 
Several times a year the West Side treatment plant in Bridgeport dumps raw sewage into Black Rock Harbor. It happens when rainwater overwhelms the system, and it's not going to stop anytime soon. Meanwhile, on Long Island, a lake is a test site for a new technology to get rid of toxic algal blooms. We'll explore water quality issues with guests ...…
 
In The Long Return , created by Max Nielsen, a young orphaned lion cub is retracing the last journey he made with his mother. Dale North composed the soundtrack, and he told me it was some of the most emotionally satisfying music he's written in a long time. Dale says the opportunity to write the score for The Long Return came at a busy time, b ...…
 
Connecticut State Senator Cathy Osten wants to know how many people in the prison system are dealing with mental illness. We speak with her, and prison reform advocates, about the role mental health plays in the prison system and what’s being done to address it. Our guests: Cathy Osten, Connecticut state senator, D-Sprague Randy Braren, directo ...…
 
A mysterious lung illness related to vaping has killed more than 20 people and sickened more than 1,000 across the country. And many of the victims are young. The vape industry blames black market marijuana products. The Centers for Disease Control reports that most of the sick have used THC vape products, but has not yet identified a cause for ...…
 
Fall weekends in our region are made for apple or pumpkin picking. But some growers say the season is changing. There’s also buzz about bees and the honey they produce. Beekeepers say they are more than just livestock — without them agriculture is in trouble. Our guests: Gregory Sandor, executive director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassa ...…
 
“In fourteen hundred and ninety two/Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” That little rhyme was something I learned I don’t know how many years ago, and it has proved to be a faithful friend. I never had any trouble remembering the date of Columbus’s famous voyage. Columbus did not sail the ocean blue, of course. He sailed out into the unforgiving A ...…
 
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s disapproval rating is lower than Dannel Molloy’s was in his first term. That’s the finding of a recent Sacred Heart University/Hartford Courant poll . More residents, particularly young people and Republicans, say their quality of life has declined in the state. On national issues, the poll shows mixed reviews ...…
 
The enduring legacy of Humphrey Bogart – and his most famous film – is deeply entwined with the story of a one-room theater not far from Harvard Square.By Davis Dunavin.
 
New York and Connecticut are looking to upgrade their port infrastructure to make way for offshore wind projects. New York is reaching out to coastal municipalities and developers about the construction and management of wind turbines. In Connecticut, the redevelopment of the State Pier in New London is moving forward in anticipation of offshor ...…
 
AIDS was predicted to kill millions in the U.S. To date, more than 650,000 Americans have died from the virus. Now New York says it’s on track to end the epidemic in the state by 2020. We’ll discuss the decline in new infections, the rise of HIV prophylaxis and the roles of needle exchange programs and public education campaigns, with guests: A ...…
 
The Norwalk River Valley Trial and the Empire Trail are two major projects underway in our region to expand and preserve open spaces for public use. But efforts to grow more greenscapes in our region are not easy. What’s the current health of the public trail system in Connecticut and New York? Our guests: Stacey Stern, program specialist, UCon ...…
 
The first death linked to vaping has been reported in Connecticut. New York was on the verge of banning flavored e-cigarettes, but an appeals court put the ban on hold. Also, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We check out what health advocates are doing to fight the disease in our region. Our guests: Mary Daugherty Abrams, Connecticut s ...…
 
Connecticut lawmakers still need to resolve a lot of issues like transportation, restaurant wages and nursing home funds. And more issues are piling up, like a ban on vaping. We look at Connecticut’s unfinished business and more, with guests: J.D. Allen, news editor, WSHU Dan Haar, columnist and associate editor, Hearst Connecticut Media Paul S ...…
 
There's lots to explore in Borderlands 3 , the latest expansion in the game series that Gearbox Software began in 2009. Raison Varner has been with the series since the beginning as a composer, music supervisor and sound designer, and he says it's been an incredible experience to expand the music along with the games! For Borderlands 3 , Raison ...…
 
A Yale University study of New Haven’s community policing policy shows that personal relationships developed by police increase trust and improve public attitudes. Is this the future of policing in our region? Our guests: Kyle Peyton, Ph.D. candidate, political science, Yale University; author, A field experiment on community policing and polic ...…
 
In the last few weeks, three people have died of Eastern equine encephalitis in Connecticut. They are the first deaths from the virus in the state in six years. What is EEE? How does it spread and what are local health officials doing about it? Our guests: Amanda Cuda, health reporter, Connecticut Post Jocelyn Mullins, DVM, Ph.D., co-coordinato ...…
 
Is the allure of private jets and boats fading? Sales of private boats in our region have dropped so much that some stores are considering closing their doors. And as concern over climate change grows, a younger generation is calling celebrities out on using private jets. What’s the future for the business of small planes and private boats in o ...…
 
The latest U.N. climate report warns of drastic, accelerated changes in our oceans due to increased greenhouse gas emissions. The climate crisis is projected to cause dramatic sea level rise, stronger hurricanes and regular flooding of coastal cities. New York has an aggressive plan to move to renewable energies and has made efforts to fortify ...…
 
One of the more amusing stories to make it into the newspapers this past summer was the saga of Maurice the rooster. Vacationers on the island of Oléron in southwestern France had complained that Maurice’s daily wake-up calls had ruined their sleep. They did more than complain, they sued the rooster’s owner in court, claiming that the bird was ...…
 
We close out our week talking about the controversial groundbreaking of the new Islanders arena at Belmont Park; a meeting between the governors of New York and Connecticut to discuss a regional effort against vaping; a state investigation into the City of Bridgeport’s mayoral primary earlier this month; and Stamford-based Purdue Pharma’s role ...…
 
Farmers and fishermen say they’re already feeling the impacts of climate change. This fall’s harvest was disappointing. Crops either matured too early or too late, and some were ruined, making planning and planting for next year’s growing season difficult. We’ll discuss the effects of climate change on agriculture and aquaculture in our region, ...…
 
As soon as composer Petri Alanko heard about Remedy Entertainment's paranormal thriller, Control , he knew he had to write the music for it! Petri was intrigued by the story of a seemingly-normal woman, Jesse Faden, who arrives at the well-hidden Federal Bureau of Control, looking for answers to her brother's disappearence. All is not as it see ...…
 
New York State is promoting social-emotional learning in its school system. It's been taught in Connecticut schools since the 2012 Newtown school shooting. What is social-emotional learning? How is it working in Connecticut and how is New York implementing it? Our guests: Marc Brackett, Ph.D., founder and director, Yale Center for Emotional Int ...…
 
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says the Ukrainian whistleblower complaint needs to be sent to Congress immediately. We'll speak with Senator Murphy and other experts about the developing Ukrainian crisis, the attack on Saudi oil fields, gun reform, and much more. Today's guests: U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Ana Radelat, reporter ...…
 
The new education commissioner in Connecticut has a lot to manage. Keeping students safe at school, dealing with inequality and making sure the curriculum prepares students for life after school. We'll discuss education in Connecticut, with guests: Miguel Cardona, Ed.D., Connecticut commissioner of education Gwen Samuel, founder and president, ...…
 
When the words “Autumnal Equinox” appear on the calendar they send a little chill through the heart as well as the body. Labor Day is one thing, but this is official. Summer is over. It should be more dramatic. But only the weather changes. When we were in the south of France two autumns ago, everything changed. The visitors and tourists went h ...…
 
Two 19th century artists defined American landscape painting. Their art took them all over the world. But they always returned to the mountains and valleys around New York’s Hudson River.By Davis Dunavin.
 
I read an article in a magazine about young people who make pots of money by becoming “Influencers” on the internet. The idea of making pots of money without any real work has always appealed to me, although I have never succeeded in actually doing it. The “Influencers” described in the article, though rich, didn't seem to be particularly talen ...…
 
Nainita Desai's chamber orchestra soundtrack for Telling Lies by director Sam Barlow is pretty much the only honest thing in this intriguing live-action thriller. The player has access to a stolen hard drive to view videos of conversations with each of the four main characters, all of whom are hiding something. Nainita says working with Sam was ...…
 
This is the season when weather gets interesting: first the hurricanes, then the winter storms. The unpredictable cruelty of the weather led our ancestors to assume that it was sent by capricious gods to torment us mere mortals, or perhaps just for their own celestial entertainment. This theory has persisted for thousands of years, and it makes ...…
 
Today’s story idea came from a listener – 7-year-old Emmalyn Paulsson. She wanted to show me her favorite place: Watch Hill in Westerly, Rhode Island, with its famous merry-go-round.By Davis Dunavin.
 
The first time Tom Salta heard a synthesizer in the early 1980s he was hooked on the sound, so composing music for Wolfenstein: Youngblood by Machine Games was a dream project with a chance to recreate that vibe. Tom only used sounds and samples that were available in the 1980s to to create a pitch-perfect accompaniment to a story that follows ...…
 
It is a paradox that Labor Day is devoted to fun and idleness because, after all, it is the one-day in the year when we are supposed to celebrate work. In particular we should be honoring the history of the Trade Union Movement that protected workers and gave them a political voice.By David Bouchier.
 
With his new book called “Howard Stern Comes Again” – two decades after the off-the-charts sales of “Private Parts” and “Miss America” – Howard Stern, the Shock Jock of the Western World, may disappoint those who expected his new memoir to be as shocking. But the old “poster boy for doing everything offensive,” as he once described himself, del ...…
 
Austin Wintory loves a challenge! But he had no idea the level of granular music adaptations he'd have to write to keep his music as seamless as the action in the new full-motion video game Erica . Flavourworks, the studio behind Erica , gives the player interactive opportunities every 15-20 seconds, and the possibility of monumentally changing ...…
 
On August 31st, the Free Play concert takes audiences around the world to hear jazz sets of game music performed by The Hard Modes in Virginia, The VGM Collective in New York City, the 8-Bit Jazz Heroes in California, The Counsouls, based in Sydney, Australia, and Tokyo's Nice! Edmond is Super Sumo Wrestler (N!ESS). The concert is the creation ...…
 
The barbecue season has been kind to me so far – nothing worse than a couple of minor burns and a few hundred mosquito bites. The house, miraculously, is still intact. We haven’t had to call the fire service or go to the emergency room, and I count this as a success. It is a risky business, but it is part of the summer ritual, and it must be do ...…
 
Nikola Tesla spent years obsessed with a dream to bring wireless communication to the world. He built a laboratory and a huge tower to harness the earth’s energy — but he eventually lost it all — in the village of Shoreham, on Long Island.By Davis Dunavin.
 
I was preparing to take a photograph of some attractive buildings in a French village when a little girl popped out of her doorway and asked: “Why are you doing that?” in excellent French, considering how young she was. I had no ready answer, in that or any other language, but it was an interesting question. Why was I doing that? She may not ha ...…
 
Elsinore , inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet, gives players a chance to re-write the action, playing as Ophelia, who talks to the characters to try to fend off the doom of the haunted castle in Denmark. Composer Adam Gubman told me he loved working on his Elizabethan-inspired soundtrack so much, he ended up writing much more music than the devel ...…
 
For more than 15 years, the Naive recording label has been releasing performances of a huge collection of autograph manuscripts by Antonio Vivaldi contained in an archive in Turin, Italy. The extensive and varied contents illuminate the extent of Vivaldi's prolific and creative genius - an extraordinary cross-section of concertos, operas, and s ...…
 
Who knew that until the middle of the last century, East Granby, Connecticut, was a center for Connecticut Shade, a hand-tended tobacco leaf used as a wrapper for premium cigars? And that the work, which relied a lot on summer migrants, many students from the South, once included Martin Luther King? Keith Scribner knew because he spent a lot of ...…
 
When composer Chad Seiter got an invitation to create a live concert of music from video games, he immediately thought how awesome it would be to shine the spotlight on music from independent games. The Game Theory Concert will be presented on October 5th at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Chad told me he had no trouble recruiting some of ...…
 
During some recent travels I was suffering from a bad knee – nothing serious but just one of those things that happens when you keep on using your knees for decades and decades without any proper maintenance. But it made me even more unstable on my feet than I normally am, so I plucked a nice solid walking cane out of the umbrella stand by the ...…
 
Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Jimi Hendrix have something in common – aside from being music legends. They all performed as unknowns on a small stage in a basement club in Greenwich Village.By Davis Dunavin.
 
Off the Path host Davis Dunavin speaks with WSHU Morning Edition host Tom Kuser for a sneak preview at some upcoming stories in the next season.By Davis Dunavin.
 
The election by a tiny group of party insiders of Boris Johnson to lead Britain’s ruling Conservative Party may be bad news for the British people, but it will surely usher in a golden age for cartoonists, satirists and standup comics. Mr. Johnson is not only not a serious political leader, he doesn’t even pretend to be one. He is first and for ...…
 
The modern passion for air conditioning began in the 1920s and, as you might guess, it began in Texas, which long ago replaced California as the world capital of unreality. Houston is said to be the most air-conditioned city in the world. In such places ordinary fresh air is regarded with about as much enthusiasm as poison gas. For several mont ...…
 
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