Friday’s programs on WNHH Radio take a dip in the Bering Sea to look at sustainable seafood, applaud parental advocacy, bring back the world’s best pundits, and take Talladega College to court for joining Donald J. Trump’s inauguration lineup.
On Friday morning, cars lined State Street all around the #1 Fish Market. Cars were parked on side streets, and people hustled across the state thoroughfare with grocery bags full of seafood. The market’s own small parking lot was completely full. A line snaked out the door and stretched across the entire front of the building. Some people would be there for hours. But everyone was in a good mood.
They were part of an annual ritual that has been going on for years. The #1 Fish Market — which many consider the best in the New Haven area — becomes the epicenter not only for anyone who wants seafood for their holiday meal, but also specifically for the Italian-American tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, which stipulates that a family serve an enormous meal of, you guessed it, seven fishes on Christmas Eve.
Friday’s programs on WNHH radio go full steam ahead into the end of 2016, exploring last-minute local shopping, recapping a crazy year of news, and looking at how New Haveners get their holiday season on.
Standing before a hot plate and sacks of sugar, semolina flour, and ground nuts, A (who asked not to be identified by her name) prepared to perform culinary magic. Her hands flew through the still air, 30 pairs of eyes following her every move. The swift flick of her wrist. A spoon stirring slowly through simple syrup.
As she spoke, a fast thread of Arabic running from her to the audience, translator Malak Nasr stepped forward to distill her sentences. Two cups of sugar. Four cups of coarse semolina.
Behold, I tell you a mystery, sang out bass Bryan Murray Thursday night to a packed Woolsey Hall, the wide O of his mouth quivering as William Boughton parted the air before his face with two sure, outstretched hands. We shall all be chang’d in a moment.
In the hall’s lobby, Karen Comstock and David O’Sullivan were planning the lineup for Friday’s first and second meals of the day at New Haven’s Community Soup Kitchen, which would start with Comstock rising around 5 a.m. for prep and end after over 100 bellies had been filled. Every so often, music wafted into the space, and the two smiled.
The latest broadcasts on WNHH radio probe American identity in a nascent age of Trump, interrogate the word “sidepiece,” preview political protest, revisit immigrant and refugee families in New Haven, and celebrate New Haven’s nightlife scene.