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CMS: Puppet Apocalypse
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They're unstrung! And they're coming for Colin!


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49:30 minutes (23.76 MB)
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Puppets! Aiiiieeeeeeee! Connecticut is home, for some reason, to a lot of puppets. A lot of them. Really a lot. What are they doing here? Do they hate us? Do they plan to drain our life forces and take over?

Bart Roccoberton will talk about the joyous side of puppetry. He runs the puppetry program at UConn.

Anne Cubberly is a Hartford kinetic sculptor who makes puppets that sometimes creep even her out. Colin and Ann’s evil puppets will be performing in “Dirt,” later this fall at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Colin has also performed (in the Hartford Symphony’s “Peter and the Wolf”) with Bart’s puppets, and they were quite nice.

Also, on “Let Us Correct You,” what – really – is the Immaculate Conception? You might be surprised.

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Facebook Comment from Shirley

CT is rich for marionettes/puppets etc! Every so often Joe Cashore does a show in West Hartford. And CT has a Puppetry Guild also!

Facebook Comment from Karen

Any fan of puppets should check out the museum at Bread & Puppet ("cheap art and polical theatre") in Glover, Vermont. Not only could you put your hand into one of these gimungo characters, you could put you're whole body and a few friends ... if they'd let you!

Facebook Comment from Mark

...the thing i most like about puppets is that you can say pretty much anything!...swear words....insults...and it's not your fault...you are deniable...the puppet said it.....this is why i always take one with me wherever i go...

Facebook Comment from Sally

We have been using puppets for 20 years. My husband is a ventriloquist and the popularity of his puppet characters usually overshadows his clown character. There is NOTHING that intrigues a child more than a puppet that they can relate to. We adore them. Has anyone seen Avenue Q on Broadway? (A not for children puppet production)

Listener E-mail from Jane

I am questioning whether ellipsis is the correct description for the use of three dots as Colin described it on air, that is, at the end of an unfinished sentence. My understanding of ellipsis is that the three dots take the place of words omitted because they are not needed for comprehension, especially in a quotation. I think the two uses of three dots really have nothing in common with one another. It's also time to lecture Colin (and many of my favorite writers, including Ellen Gilchrist), on the distinction between the intransitive verb "lie" and the transitive verb "lay." Intransitive present tense "lie" becomes "lay" in its past tense: I lie down; yesterday I lay down. Note the absence of an object of this verb. Transitive present tense: I lay this book here every morning; three days ago, I accidentally laid it on the book shelf. Thus, the puppeteer laid the puppet on the floor. Please. Thanks for being on the air, in the Courant, on the Web -- Jane