Arts/Culture

Arts/Culture
4:24 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Hartford Mural Art, Just Add Water

Walter Wick

Downtown Hartford has a new piece of public art -- a large mural of the famous Charter Oak.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen met with the artist to talk about the project.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Introvert Pride!

Ed Yourdon (Wikimedia Commons)

Maybe you've seen somebody in your life lately reading a book called Quiet by Susan Cain. It seems to be getting passed around a lot and given as a gift to known introverts.

The argument of the book is that our world treats the extrovert as normal and the introvert as diseased and needing treatment. Cain says that attitude ignores the strengths of the introvert.

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Where We Live
1:35 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Sam Pickering "Doesn't Have An Answer"

Wikimedia Commons

Remember the 1989 Robin Williams movie “Dead Poet’s society?” An unorthodox and inspirational teacher takes on the establishment culture of a prestigious boy’s school.

The real-life teacher who helped inspire that character has been teaching literature at UConn since 1978. Sam Pickering told us that he doesn’t really think much about the movie. He told us that he “only saw it once” and even missed parts of it.

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Where We Live
9:14 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Geography Gets Its Revenge

Newport Geographic (Flickr Creative Commons)

Does geography matter anymore? It seems more and more Americans have trouble finding other countries on the map, but why would you need to? Your cellphone can tell you.

Robert Kaplan says knowing the map can actually tell you quite a bit about how we got here politically, socially and culturally, and where we might be headed.

"Where a country is, is more important than the system by which it's governed often," said Kaplan. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:31 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

In 'Hedda Gabler,' A Woman's Timeless Struggle

Flickr Creative Commons, forfjamsa

Sitting behind me at the Tuesday night performance of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"was a couple in late middle age... or whatever comes after that.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:08 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Impostors In Plain Sight

quapan

From Frank Abagnale in "Catch Me If You Can" to "The Return of Martin Guerre" to "The Music Man," we are entertained and amused by stories of impostors.

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History
3:42 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

New Connecticut on Lake Erie

If you drive through the area of Ohio still called the Western Reserve today, you will find towns named Norwich, Saybrook, New London, Litchfield, Mansfield and Plymouth. Many of these towns have a town green or square and the ubiquitous white-steepled church common in Connecticut.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

The Nose: "Eastwooding," RNC 2012, And Will.i.am On Mars

Flickr Creative Commons, Jayel Aheram

One of the basic rules of showbiz is that you don't overshadow the star.

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Where We Live
2:40 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Middletown Gets Remixed

Jason D. Neely

We're surrounded by cool technology. Skype allows us to talk to people on the other side of the world. We have iPods that let us carry thousands of songs in our pocket.

But how about an iPhone app that lets you record the sounds of your hometown, then remix them into a unique audio portrait? That’s the idea behind Middletown Remix a project that running from now until May at Wesleyan University and the town it calls home.

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Where We Live
12:26 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New Book on Pete Seeger "In His Own Words"

Asterio Tecson (Flickr Creative Commons)

Pete Seeger may be one of the most important folk singers of the 20th century. But he’s more than a musician – he’s a political activist and an environmentalist too. At age 93, he is still thriving. He was even featured on the Colbert Report in August.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:36 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

The Process: How Can Public Radio Better Engage Younger Listeners?

Chion Wolf

Here's how we see it. We get an hour a day on this amazing medium of public radio.On average, we do about 20 new shows a month, give or take. Do the math and that's about 230 or 240 episodes a year. To do that, we need to go pretty fast, and we started to worry that the countryside was flashing past us.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:10 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

A Snapshot Of Sincerity In History, America & Modern Pop Culture

Flickr Creative Commons, katerha

It's hard to be sincere and not seem like a freak. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:17 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

A Roundtable About Rebates

Brandie, Flickr Creative Commons

I freely confess that today's show arose from my own sense of consumer exasperation. I don't buy many things, but occasionally one's cellphone breaks and one has no choice. I went to Verizon. The guy and I picked out a phone for me.

He quoted me a price of $200 plus a $50 mail-in rebate. With the feeble, ebbing strength of my dying old phone, I managed one final wheezing flickering internet browser. The MSRP for this new phone was 80 bucks. I pointed this out to my new friend.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:22 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Chicks and Cars: Women And Wrenches, Not Wenches

Flickr Creative Commons, Library of Congress

Women do everything now, but not many of them do the auto mechanic thing. When was the last time you saw a woman handling sales in an auto dealership? On the repair side, the job keeps changing to place greater reliance on smarts and diagnosis, with less emphasis on brawn. That doesn't mean you don't have to take a wheel off sometimes, but fixing a car can very easily be women's work.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:20 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Disintegration and What Good is God?

Doug Wheller/flickr creative commons

Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America 

The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book, Disintegration, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Eugene Robinson argues that over decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered. Instead of one black America, now there are four:

• a Mainstream middle-class majority with a full ownership stake in American society; 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

The Nose: Considering Lance Armstrong & Photos From A Deadly Shooting In NYC

Flickr Creative Commons, margaretglin

Do you give up on Lance Armstrong? Earlier today, Armstrong announced he has given up the fight against the US Anti-Doping Agency's charge that he used steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

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Where We Live
12:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Say Hello to "Goodnight Blue Moon"

Chion Wolf

Today, we’re in our studio 3 for some live music with the New Haven indie-folk band “Goodnight Blue Moon.”

They’ve been playing as a band in the area since 2008...but many of them have been playing songs together for much, much longer.

Erik Elligers is the lead singer and plays guitar. His wife Nancy plays cello and his brother Sean plays trumpet. Along with Mathew Crowley and Henry Lugo, they’ll be playing songs from the band’s new record, “How Long.”

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Jittery Rise Of Energy Drinks

Flickr Creative Commons, MJmerry

Energy drinks aren't new. In the late 1800s, there was something called Vin Mariani, which was coca leaves soaked in wine and had about 6 miligrams of cocaine or more per fluid ounce. Thomas Edison drank it to stay awake. Ulysses S. Grant said it helped him finish his memoirs. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:30 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

The Deep Web and Darknet

elhombredenegro

OK, type something pretty basic into Google. Pablo Picasso.  Right away you'll get services trying to sell you really crappy college papers about Pablo Picasso. You'll get Wikipedia, of course.  If you sharpen your search terms, you'll find other stuff, some of it even interesting. You might even find out he's the most stolen artist in the world with more than 1,000 pieces still missing.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Getting Lost

Jaypee (Wikimedia Commons)

Daniel Boone, the great American frontiersman, is alleged to have said, "I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks."

Most people today think they're lost if the voice on the GPS machine fades away for 15 minutes.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:34 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

I Don't Know How To ...

L to R: Jenn Durfey, Nate Steiner, Ralph Hockens – Flickr CC

My name is Colin McEnroe and I can't skate -- ice or roller.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:25 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Nose: Parking Meters, Presidential Workouts, & Getting 'Shredded' On P90X

Flickr Creative Commons, pasukaru76

What's with all the fuss about the body of Paul Ryan?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:19 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

On Primary Day, A Check In With "Citizen Observers" Around Connecticut

Chion Wolf

A well known author. A Roller Derby athlete. A poet and performance artist. A farmer. A comedy performer. A psychology researcher. Those are just some of the people we sent out today to vote in the primaries and report on the experience.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:31 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

What's It Like Being A Gay Farmer?

Flickr Creative Commons, mnchilemom

Today's show is about gay farmers -- and about the possibility that there's a gay farming movement. There's a documentary film about American gay farmers currently in the late stages of editing. And, as you'll learn today, there's a gay farmer reality show.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The Nose: Can Lolo Jones' Story Serve As A Case Study On American Race Relations?

Wikimedia Commons

American thinking about race has not caught up with American thinking about race.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Transportation Etiquette

A.M.F. photo

In some ways, it's a miracle that we all travel together as well as we do. 

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Where We Live
10:44 am
Wed August 8, 2012

The Future of Cities

Chion Wolf

TV shows and Sci-Fi books and  from the 1950’s and 60s brought us images of future cities filled with flying machines, moving sidewalks, helpful robots and meals at the push of a button.

Although we never quite got there,  we do have internet, a phone in our pocket that does everything and we sent a roving space lab on Mars.

But what do the visionaries of today have planned for the city of tomorrow?  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Cheaters Gonna Cheat

FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What is cheating? In games, It takes myriad forms. There's the spontaneous cheating that mainly tests the watchfulness and judgment of the officials. How much can I push you or nudge you with my elbow? Can anybody see this cheap shot to your face as we football linemen hunker down before the snap?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Traducción, Por Favor (Translation, Please)

Gwydion M. Williams

If I told you that England is in the midst of a translation crisis, you'd probably assume it had something to do with the Olympics. Not so much.

The British court system recently awarded a contract to one company, Applied Language Solutions, for all the legally mandated interpreting work that goes on in court. The problem is that ALS has proved to be repeatedly inadequate. It sends interpreters who are not up to the job...or they don't show up at all, halting the proceedings and costing the government thousands of pounds.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:01 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

The Nose: Transforming Identities And A Debate Over Hair

Flickr Creative Commons, Bob Bekian

American identity is pretty fluid. Don't like who you are? Become someone else. 

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