Radio

Public radio is alive and well in Connecticut, and the State Historian is a frequent guest on many of WNPR's popular programs.  For more information on which AM and FM frequencies to tune into, or to listen to WNPR live via their internet stream, click here.



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December 17, 2014
The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR
"The Hartford Convention: 200 Years Since We Started the Fight Over States' Rights"

Recorded live in the Senate Chamber of Connecticut's historic Old State House

In December 1814, the Hartford Convention brought together prominent, disgruntled Federalists from New England states to air out their bitterness over the War of 1812 and the succession of Virginia presidents who didn't have the Northeast interests at heart.  The rest of the country screamed treason -- but was it?  Come join the debate!


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March 11, 2014

The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR
"Hartford was the Typewriter Capital of the Country"

These were the machines on which the business prose of America was written, but also much of its poetry. Recorded live from the New Britain Museum of American Art at their new exhibit: Click! Clack! Ding! The American Typewriter. Guests include Greg Fudacz, a typewriter collector, enthusiast, and "pseudo typewriter historian," and Walter Woodward, Connecticut State Historian.


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May 23, 2012
The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR
"The Real Revolutionary Connecticut and Other States' Theme Songs"

As most of you know, the state has just jumped into a $27 million marketing push with the slogan "Still Revolutionary." The only problem with that is that Connecticut has always appeared to be, at best, a supporting player in the story of that war. We were really good and getting provisions to the troops. We had a couple of largely forgotten battles. We had Israel Putnam, a genuinely badass warrior and Nathan Hale, who was a complete unknown until long after the conflict ended when there was indeed what amounted to a marketing campaign to bring his story to the forefront.

We wanted to talk a little more about all of the preceding, and then we found out that State Historian Walter Woodward actually used to work in advertising. And wrote state jingles.


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December 5, 2012
The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR
"'Still Revolutionary' and Connecticut's War-filled Past"

Do people care about their own history?

Writer Robert Sullivan offers a novel approach. If you really want to connect with history, figure out where it happened, and go there, and have your own adventures.  He'll be on our show today, and so will our state historian, Walter Woodward, with some pretty cool revolutionary war stories you've probably never heard.


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April 3, 2010
The Faith Middleton Show on WNPR
"Prospero's America"

Faith Middleton and State Historian Walter Woodward examine the history of John Winthrop, Jr., the influential 17th century natural philosopher, alchemist, founder of New London, and governor of Connecticut.