Arts/Culture

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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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Joel Stein And His Quest For Manliness

Courtesy of thejoelstein.com

Joel Stein will be at the Mark Twain house with Colin on Thursday, May 24th at 7:30 to talk about his book, "Man Made: The Stupid Quest For Masculinity". Get a preview of the evening with this conversation with Stein, including stories about going to boot camp, getting choked out, overcoming his fear of dogs, participating the stock market, and hanging out with the especially manly football star Warren Sapp.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:35 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Authors of Virtual Justice and Teacher at Point Blank

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Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Authors of Stealing the Mystic Lamb and Spellbound

Javier Carcamo/flickr creative commons

Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The World's Most Coveted Masterpiece

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece is on any art historian’s list of the ten most important paintings ever made. Often referred to by the subject of its central panel, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, it represents the fulcrum between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It is also the most frequently stolen artwork of all time.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:19 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

The Nose: Connecticut Is 'Still Revolutionary', Donna Summer Dies & Endorsements

Flickr Creative Commons, The National Infantry Museum and Soldie

Donna Summer would have been a great pop singer in any era, but she happened to come of age in disco. 

I'd go further than that and say that Donna, because she was a first class talent, lifted disco up out of what it had been -- a swamp of backbeats and heavy production -- and almost single-handedly said: This can be great music if somebody great sings it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:11 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

What Is Jazz - Two Musicians Make Jazz Easy

Chion Wolf

I once heard a story about Liza Minelli talking to a fellow singer about her approach to a song called "Bobo's Bar and Grille." It's a Kander and Ebb song and not one of their really memorable ones. Anyway, it turned out that Minelli had an explanation, a motivation, a strategy for how to sing every word of the song. And when she got to the end of all that she said: "Or" --dramatic exhalation of cigarette smoke -- "you could just sing the damn thing." Actually, she said something a little more colorful than "damn thing."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Humans In Flight

Max Nash.

It's time to try defying gravity.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:43 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Jack Hitt Chronicles 'A Bunch Of Amateurs' In Latest Book

Flickr Creative Commons, Horia Varlan

Jack Hitt will speak at R.J. Julia Booksellers Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

Today I got into a Twitter debate with a guy who thinks the press spends too much time covering candidates who aren't really legitimate contenders.

I'm on the other side of that these days. I told him I think anybody running should be invited to the debates.

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Coming Home Project
2:00 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Gold Star Mothers Tell Their Stories in Upcoming Documentary

Courtesy of Nick Forte

Two graduates of the University of Connecticut have teamed up to tell the stories of women who share a common experience. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:03 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Exploring Prom Night In America

Mary Ellen Mark

It's just a dance, right?

Actually, maybe that's the last thing the prom is. Maybe the photo is even more important, because it freezes you. It's your chance, as high school trickles away, to say "This is who I am. This will be who I was."

We've been looking at prom photos by Mary Ellen Mark, who will be on our show today, and they're striking in the range of emotional states they convey. We see joy, hesitation, confidence, detachment and some flat-out haunted looks.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:36 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Are American Workers Starving For A Longer Lunch?

Flickr Creative Commons, Meneer Zjeroen

Lunch here at WNPR is both a sad and a joyous affair.

Those people who work on this show have, of course, almost no time for lunch. We mostly eat at our desks, but then so do most of our co-workers, even the ones on very different schedules.

On the happier side, we have established diplomatic relations with a wide network of cheap takeout providers, and it's not uncommon for ace newsman Jeff Cohen to blow a wooden whistle announcing what we call "the lunch train."  (To get on board is to consult that takeout menu and place one's order.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:01 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Spoons!

Chion Wolf

Why are we doing a show about spoons?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Nose: Sneaking Food Into Movie Theaters, Overpriced Tickets & 'Scream'

Chion Wolf

Today on The Nose, we link together a series of only marginally related stories.

We'll start with the amusing tale of Michael Wolff, a well-known media critic who found himself in a standoff with New York City cops over his attempt to bring his own juice to the movies.He got caught and then turned the whole thing into a Twitter episode.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:44 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

The Art of Self-Improvement

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Keurig Coffee: Revolutionary Invention or Environmental Scourge?

Flickr Creative Commons, meddgarnet

Twenty years ago, I got interested in those plastic -- usually white plastic -- outdoor chairs. "Resin casual furniture," as they were known in the industry. The most popular design was called a "bucket" chair.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Is It Time To Rethink Guilty Pleasures?

Flickr Creative Commons, Brett Jordan

What is a guilty pleasure?

In seventh grade, I had not quite given up on series books. Specifically, the Rick Brant books which I would say were a lot more satisfying (I guess I can't say they were cooler)  than the Hardy Boy books, all 43 of which I read in fourth grade.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Steven Moffat & Sherlock The Series

Flickr Creative Commons, grahamc99

Right now, you don't have to go more than a few days without Sherlock Holmes. I caught the second Robert Downey Jr. version on a plane a couple of weeks ago, and PBS's remarkable new version starring Benedict Cumberbatch opens up its second season Sunday night.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:26 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

The Nose: Scandals, Dumb Tweets, & Medical Marijuana In Connecticut

Chion Wolf

Some weeks are inexplicably more scandalous than others.

This week began with a probe into millions of dollars in apparent bribes by Walmart officials in Mexico. And sitting alongside it was the slime spreading across the reputation of the Secret Service as more reports of strippers and club hijinks trickled in from all over the globe.

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Yale Drama
7:20 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Yale Gift Supports Creation Of New Plays...Forever

Joan Marcus, with permission

Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre have received the largest financial gift in their history.  The funds will support the creation of new plays and musicals for the American stage.

The $18 million gift will permanently endow Yale’s ongoing new plays program, says Yale Rep Artistic Director James Bundy. 

"To our knowledge, it’s the largest gift in the history of the American Theatre specifically for programming, which is to say that funds from the endowment will go to the commissioning, development and production of new plays."

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