The graphic novel as college textbook

Listen to the episode Immediately above and below are images from a graphic novel created by UConn history Prof. Jason O. Chang about a 19th-century mutiny by Chinese slaves on a ship that ultimately wrecked on Japanese shores. Today, we go beyond the Sunday funnies and explore the graphic novel with Prof. Chang and Prof. … Continue reading

‘Everything Italian Is Perfect’

Listen to the episode Sicily native Franco Liseo, longtime host of WESU-FM’s Italian language news and music program ‘Avanti Tutta’, celebrates all things Italian — the art, the food, the cars, the language, the people — in a lively conversation at a noisy Middletown cafe. ‘Avanti Tutta,’ with co-host Lucilla Caminito contributing commentary from Rome, … Continue reading

Power Boothe: Beyond the Bio

Listen to the episode Abstract painter Power Boothe, a professor at Hartford Art School and its former dean, talks about his early development as a painter, including living hand-to-mouth in NYC, and his continuing development as an artist and teacher. Also: what it’s like to be named Power. His work has been included in many … Continue reading

A morning with the Medici

Listen to the episode Today, Mari and Maria’s Big Adventure. Two art buddies go to NYC for a press preview of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest blockbuster exhibition, “The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570.” It opened to the general public yesterday and will run till Oct. 11. I urge you to take it in … Continue reading

‘THIS IS A ROBBERY’ and so are these…

Listen to the episode On March 18, 1990, 13 works of art were stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A recent four-part Netflix documentary, This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist, told the story. Art historian Fran Altvater at her desk at the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College, where she is the … Continue reading

Middletown: a home for art?

Listen to the episode Today, we continue our deep dive into how Middletown, CT, already a way cool city, might become even cooler by developing its potential to be an arts destination. In case you’re unfamiliar with Middletown, it’s well-known for its excellent restaurants. It’s got the Connecticut River running alongside it. It’s got Wesleyan … Continue reading


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