Arts/Culture

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The Nose: Free Hugs, TomKat, Happiness In Politics, And Travelling While Rude

MTVLive, Wikimedia Commons

Every time I turned on my TV this week, there was a Tom Cruise movie playing. Are they able to do that? And by "that" I mean react so quickly to celebrity news that they can move somebody's back catalogue into the movie rotation of a cable channel. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Maybe if I knew more about what Scientology says about coincidences... Well, actually, I do.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:29 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Conversions: Not My Parents' Religion

gnuckx (Flickr Creative Commons)

Ingrid converted from lapsed Catholicism to Islam. Leah from high profile atheism to Catholicism. Soshanna from Christianity to Judaism to Wicca. Andrew from unbelief to the Unification Church. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Is America Awash In A Sea Of Twee?

Flickr Creative Commons, Thai Weber

This is one of those shows where you may start by saying, "huh?"  But with any luck, 30 minutes from now, you'll start to say, "Oh!" 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:58 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Exposing The Naked Body

QuidoX, Flickr Creative Commons

There are many kinds of nudism - or naturism. There are people who just like doing stuff while not wearing clothes. And there are those who believe there are hygiene benefits. And people who link nudism with various utopian movements that break down barriers among people.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:10 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Urban Beekeeping

Aoife City Womanchile

Here's what one New York City newspaper said about creating small urban farms in unused lots:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:55 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

The Nose: Anderson Cooper And Higgs Boson Come Out

Chion Wolf

After years of speculation, rumors, and whispers, we finally heard this week what we had long expected. The only problem is I can't tell whether I'm talking about the Higgs boson or Anderson Cooper.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:02 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

The Remote Control

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Exploring Earworms: Songs Stuck In Your Head

Flickr Creative Commons, gemsling

We have a two-year running tradition of doing an episode in August gathering our music experts to argue about what song is the "Song of The Summer." (And on which critic Eric Danton suggests there is no such thing.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

What Happens If Aliens Contact Earth?

Flickr Creative Commons, tomalen

First contact is probably not going to be like "Close Encounters" or any other sci-fi movie you can think of, because the likelihood of another civilization in the universe with technology even that close to ours is very low.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

The Process: What's On Your Mind?

Chion Wolf

In the past month or so we've done shows about nuns, quitting as a good thing, procrastination, puns, lawsuits, putting a chip in your head, poetry, design flaws, invasive species and women who fall in love with prisoners.

And the month ahead will include shows about Nudism, First Contact with ETs, why songs get stuck in your head, urban beekeeping and the history and future of the TV remote.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:16 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Procrastination Conversations

Alex.Shultz, Flickr Creative Commons

One of the many interesting questions about procrastination is whether writers are, as a species, the absolutely worst culprits or whether writers are just better at describing procrastination than other people. Here's Paul Rudnick on the subject:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Live From The Festival Of Arts And Ideas: Emily Bazelon, King Lear And Noori

Chion Wolf

Each year WNPR picks one day in the run on the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven  and moves both Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show to the lobby of The Study, a downtown hotel.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Dealing with Indecency

Chion Wolf

In the audio: Experts discuss the future of FCC regulation of TV and radio for indencent content.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:58 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Maggie Gallagher, John Corvino And Others On Same-Sex Marriage

Chion Wolf

“We’ve been fighting about gay marriage for what, 15-20 years now.  Is there any evidence that fighting gay marriage is contributing to a greater appreciation among the broad society of the marital institution? Is there any evidence that the re-institutionalization of marriage is happening as a result of opposing gay marriage? And the best answer I can give to that is 'no.'” - David Blankenhorn

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:45 am
Fri June 22, 2012

David Blankenhorn And The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage

Chion Wolf

“We’ve been fighting about gay marriage for what, 15-20 years now.  Is there any evidence that fighting gay marriage is contributing to a greater appreciation among the broad society of the marital institution? Is there any evidence that the re-institutionalization of marriage is happening as a result of opposing gay marriage? And the best answer I can give to that is 'no.'” - David Blankenhorn

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Prison Love

826 PARANORMAL, Flickr Creative Commons

I never gave much thought to today's topic until 1990, when the Associated Press reported that a woman identified only as Margaret was engaged to be married to Dennis Coleman, serving a 34 year sentence for the murder of Joyce Aparo. The case -- for reasons I don't have time to explain right now -- had transfixed Connecticut and was one of the state's most high profile murders of the 20th century. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

When Does It Make Sense To Quit?

Click on the audio to hear Bobcat Goldthwait, Seth Godin and a former priest discuss why and how a person could decide that quitting is the right answer.

If you want to know how completely reviled quitting is, just type the word into the search field of Twitter.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Nose: Auriemma Drama, And Spoiler Psychology

Chion Wolf

A quick rundown of this week's Nose topics:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Jill Sobule Live!

Chion Wolf

[Featured on the Audio to the left: A one-hour conversation and performance with and by Sobule in which she sings "Jetpack" and "Heroes" and some rarities.]

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:06 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

An American Nun: We Are Standing With Laity

Alex E. Priomos, Flickr Creative Commons

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Pat Sajak & The Odd Couple

Chion Wolf

(Before we go any further, this will explain why Pat Sajak is in Connecticut and, for that matter, on The Colin McEnroe Show.) Click on the audio to hear Pat Sajak and two of his friends talk about their lives, Hawaii Five-O and other pressing topics. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Cell Phone Addiction, Sugary Drinks, Nuns Behaving 'Badly' & Endorsements

Chion Wolf

What counts as a bad habit? And who should have the power to save us from one? That's a big part of our discussion today.

This week, addictions were all over the news. New Yorkers are facing a ban on sugary drinks, while California chefs repeal a foie gras ban. A Massachusetts teen is looking at a jail sentence for not being able to put down his cell phone.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Summer Reading: Joseph Kanon & Luanne Rice

will ockenden, Flickr Creative Commons

One thing we mostly don't do on this show is interview an "author who has a book out." As you can probably imagine, that's just about the easiest show or segment to schedule. We're barraged all day every day with solicitations from publishers and publicists. And usually we say we won't do it, unless it fits into some larger theme we're working on.

Today we're breaking the rule for authors Luanne Rice and Joseph Kanon. One reason for that is that they're both old friends of mine, and Luanne was actually involved in the launching of this show three years ago.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:17 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Computer-Brain Interface And More ...

digitalbob8, Flickr Creative Commons

The idea of putting a chip in somebody's head invariably conjures up predictable waves of paranoid notions about mind control and the New World Order. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:59 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

The CMS 2012 Poetry Show

takomabibelot, Flickr Creative Commons

Today is our Summer Poetry Show, so let's begin with a poem. This is one of my favorites, a relatively obscure Pablo Neruda poem called "Let's Wait."

Other days still to come
are rising like bread
or waiting like chairs or a
pharmacopeia, or merchandise:
a factory of days in the making:
artisans of the soul
are building and weighing and
preparing
days bitter or precious
that will knock at your door in due time
to award you an orange
or murder you in cold blood where you stand.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Puns!

Ecstatic Mark, Flickr Creative Commons

Puns are terrible, right? But then why do we love Groucho? When Mrs. Teasdale tells him: "This is a gala day for you," he says: "Well, a gal a day is enough for me." He also tells her:
"You can leave in a taxi If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff. "

These are puns, right? But instead of being agonizing they're part of the Rosetta Stone for the greatest manic American comedy.

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Coming Home Project
3:34 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

An Art Group for Veterans

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

A coffee house in Middletown is showcasing the work of artists who are also veterans. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil has more

Al Kim works the night shift as a police officer for the city for the Middletown. During the day, he often hangs out at Klekolo World Coffee a few blocks from the police department. Kim is also a photographer and some of his work hangs on the walls of the small coffee shop. He points to one of them,  It’s a picture of the Swing Bridge over the Connecticut River.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

The Nose: The New Busway, Chasing Doctor Clinics, And The Facebook IPO Drama

I'm convinced that people in Connecticut really hate and fear mass transit, which is why mass transit in this state is stuck the era of Don Draper from Mad Men. The way people react to the Hartford/New Britain busway project is basically the way Gollum reacts when he's tied up with Elvish ropes: "It burns! It burns! We hates it!"

There are lots of reasons why now, getting into the game very late, Connecticut is going to face a lot of extra challenges. One of them is that development has followed no particular logic.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:10 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Faith Middleton's Book Show: May 24, 2012

Phil Moore/flickr creative commons

Join Faith and her book buddies for conversation on their favorite reads.

 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:42 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

The Real Revolutionary Connecticut & Other State's Theme Songs

rich701, Flickr Creative Commons

Maybe what Connecticut needed, during and immediately after the American Revolution, was a huge marketing campaign like the one recently announced. As most of you know, the state has just jumped into a $27 million marketing push with the slogan "Still Revolutionary."

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