The Colin McEnroe Show http://wnpr.org en Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away! http://wnpr.org/post/please-dont-take-my-stuffed-animal-away <p>Take a few seconds to reminisce about your childhood "best friend." Maybe it was a boy, a girl, an imaginary friend, or perhaps a stuffed toy. This stuffed toy was your childhood confidant that you dragged everywhere, from the local supermarket to the preschool sandbox, a transitional object that temporarily stood between you and your relationship with your parents.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Katherine Peikes 25700 at http://wnpr.org Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away! Are Middle Initials Are A Thing Of the Past? http://wnpr.org/post/are-middle-initials-are-thing-past <p></p><p>Imagine two people. One of them is named Betsy Kaplan, the other, Betsy F.P.R. Academic studies suggest people, on average, would infer a higher intellectual capacity for Betsy F.P.R. Kaplan and be more likely to admire her and think she made more money than plain old Betsy Kaplan. A middle initial, says the scholarly literature, is basically a free ticket to higher status.&nbsp;</p><p>Which makes it odd that each successive generation is less likely, overall, to use them.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:01:51 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 25697 at http://wnpr.org Are Middle Initials Are A Thing Of the Past? Songs of the Summer: 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/songs-summer-2014 <p>The song of the summer is not always pretty, but there always is one, and unless something is done quickly, this year's will be "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, which will make you nostalgic for last year's "Blurred Lines."</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 25633 at http://wnpr.org Songs of the Summer: 2014 The Scramble: Who Will Take the Kids? http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-who-will-take-kids <p></p><p>I was reading a story about some refugees who cabled the President asking for asylum. The President never responded. The federal government had decided not to take extraordinary measures to permit the refugees to enter the United States. A state department telegram stated that the passengers must await their turns on the waiting list and qualify for and obtain immigration visas before they may be admissible into the United States.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:07:17 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 25619 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Who Will Take the Kids? The Nose Ran Off The Tracks http://wnpr.org/post/nose-ran-tracks <p> We've never done this before but last night the three Nose panelists and I gathered at my house so we could all watch <em><a href="http://guardianlv.com/2014/07/snowpiercer-chris-evans-in-korean-science-fiction-thriller-reviewtrailer/">Snowpiercer</a></em>, a sci-fi summer action movie with a brain. <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowpiercer">Snowpiercer</a></em> is a meditation on leadership, climate change and socioeconomic inequality and it manages to tackle all of those topics without skimping on the bloody axe fights. It's based on a French graphic novel and it stars the actor who played Captain America in two movies and we're going to spend a lot of time today in that universe.</p><p>What with the <a href="http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/archie-death-riverdale-comic-book-spinoffs/">death of Archie</a> and the news that the new movie <a href="http://newsone.com/3039326/captain-america-black-man/"><em>Captain America</em> will have a black actor</a> and the new <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2014/07/18/on-the-new-female-thor-and-the-black-captain-america/">Thor will be a woman</a>. Also, on our topic list will be the viral audio of a guy trying to cancel his cable subscription against spirited resistance from a comcast rep on the other end.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:29:47 +0000 Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 25521 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Ran Off The Tracks The Prodigy Paradox http://wnpr.org/post/prodigy-paradox <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a society which rewards brains over brawn, who better than a prodigy to place your bets on? The answer may surprise you.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bobby Fischer was terrible at everything &nbsp;except chess. His entire life was punctuated by extreme paranoia, bouts of seclusion, and cascading, erratic behavior. Ted Kaczynski, a child math and science prodigy… I don’t have to tell you how that one worked out. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thomas Chatterton was writing publishable poetry by the age of 12, and in the immediately ensuing years, wrote work that left its mark on the literature and influenced the&nbsp; romantic movement. He took his own life with arsenic three months shy of 18.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:54:20 +0000 Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Josh Nilaya 25445 at http://wnpr.org The Prodigy Paradox Eating 69 Hot Dogs in Ten Minutes is a Piece of Cake http://wnpr.org/post/eating-69-hot-dogs-ten-minutes-piece-cake <p>Competitive eating has grown far beyond the popular event at local fairs where winners won blue ribbons for eating the most pies.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, it's a global sport with its own league, dedicated fans, and professional competitors who train to eat more food than seems humanly possible.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://majorleagueeating.com/about.php" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Major League Eating</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the sports governing body, is largely responsible for the change. Public relations executives Richard and George Shea professionalized the sport, attracting larger crowds every year for more than a decade. This July 4, &nbsp;<a href="http://www.nathansfamous.com/">Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Championships,</a> the Olympics of competitive eating, drew 40,000 fans to the Coney Island contest. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:11:02 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 25385 at http://wnpr.org Eating 69 Hot Dogs in Ten Minutes is a Piece of Cake Germany: Who Are You Now? http://wnpr.org/post/germany-who-are-you-now <p>Two snapshots: <a href="http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2014/07/14/germany-world-cup-football-champions-deep-seated-reluctance-wave-flag-remains/" target="_blank">The first from the publication <em>American Bazaar</em></a>, right after the German World Cup win. "In the city of Leipzig, a solitary car scuttled along, with the flag attached to the roof. Waving the flag has yet to catch on. Jan Hoffman, who works in Frankfurt, was in New York when 9/11 happened. &nbsp;'I had never seen so many flags in my life. Here, there are hardly any, although we won football's greatest tournament. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 25267 at http://wnpr.org Germany: Who Are You Now? Death, Sex, and Money with Anna Sale http://wnpr.org/post/death-sex-and-money-anna-sale <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I'm excited about today's Scramble. </span>WNYC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>podcaster<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Anna Sale, host of </span><a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/deathsexmoney/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Death, Sex &amp; Money</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is our </span>superguest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which means she gets to pick three topics for her conversation with me. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Her choices are&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers" style="line-height: 1.5;">LeBron James and the notion of going home</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a new </span><a href="http://www.vulture.com/2014/06/jenny-lewis-single-just-one-of-the-guys.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Jenny Lewis song about a ticking biological clock,</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the </span><a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/diane-rehm-my-husbands-slow-deliberate-death-was-unnecessary-n150096" style="line-height: 1.5;">long agonizing death of the husband of NPR broadcaster, Diane Rehm</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. At least on paper, that's a perfect combination for the Scramble.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:30:05 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 25254 at http://wnpr.org Death, Sex, and Money with Anna Sale Emojis Make The Nose :) http://wnpr.org/post/emojis-make-nose <p></p><p>It's time for our cultural roundtable, The Nose! Insert smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes. With 250 new emoji coming to a phone near you, we think it's time to give these tiny additions to our written language a face with stuck-out tongue and winking eye. Don't go all Hear No Evil Monkey on us! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 25049 at http://wnpr.org Emojis Make The Nose :) 70 Years Later, the Hartford Circus Fire Still Burns http://wnpr.org/post/70-years-later-hartford-circus-fire-still-burns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On July </span>6<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 1944, a circus tent in the North End of Hartford caught fire. The tent covered three blocks. It was gone in six minutes.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roughly 170 people died. You'll understand my imprecision as we go along. Five employees of the Ringling Brothers Barnum &amp; Bailey Circus pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, and served minimal prison sentences. One of them, James Haley, was so unscarred by this that he later served for 24 years in Congress.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 25005 at http://wnpr.org 70 Years Later, the Hartford Circus Fire Still Burns Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities http://wnpr.org/post/phoniness-resume-fraud-fake-identities <p>Maybe Holden Caulfield was onto something when he ranted about "phoniness." This June, Michael Sharpe &nbsp;resigned as CEO of FUSE, a Hartford-based charter school management company, when it came to light that he was not, in fact, a doctor, as his biography might have you believe.</p><p>That got us thinking about faking it: Why do people commit resume fraud? What is<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">our obsession with titles? What happens when someone adopts a whole new identity?</span> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:13 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Allison Ehrenreich 24935 at http://wnpr.org Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities Philippe Petit's "Perfect Crime" http://wnpr.org/post/philippe-petits-perfect-crime <p>Philippe Petit made his walk between the towers of the World Trade Center 40 years ago. He stayed up on that wire for 45 minutes, made 8 passes between the towers, got down on his knees, and he even laid down on it! But it's more than that one feat - it was a placeholder for a much broader philosophy of risk and creativity, and evidence of who the man really is. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 21837 at http://wnpr.org Philippe Petit's "Perfect Crime" It's Not Easy to Find a Good Comedy at the Movies These Days http://wnpr.org/post/its-not-easy-find-good-comedy-movies-these-days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I'm pretty sure that in the summer of 1992, somebody tried to tell me about </span><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063929/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Monty Python's Flying Circus</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I didn't get it, and there weren't that many chances to &nbsp;break in as a Python fan. Their actual television show didn't begin airing on public TV in America until October of 1974. Then, in the space of about two years, they changed the face of American comedy.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:27:50 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 24847 at http://wnpr.org It's Not Easy to Find a Good Comedy at the Movies These Days The Nose Got Blown Off By an Errant Roman Candle http://wnpr.org/post/nose-got-blown-errant-roman-candle <p>This hour, we lead off with a quick discussion of a term floated on Fox News this week. <a href="http://jezebel.com/fox-news-identifies-important-new-voting-demographic-b-1598738299" style="line-height: 1.5;">"Beyonce voters,"</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to one commentator, are single women who depend on the government because they don't have a husband. You know, just like Beyonce.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is he for real or a democratic plant? He does get one thing right. </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/us/single-women-midterm-elections.html?_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;reports</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that "the decline of marriage in this last generation has created an emerging bloc of unmarried women that &nbsp;is profoundly reshaping the American electorate."</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:35:44 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 24693 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Got Blown Off By an Errant Roman Candle This Trailer Show is Rated G for Great http://wnpr.org/post/trailer-show-rated-g-great <p>This hour, we talk about movie trailers. Maybe you wonder what a movie critic thinks of them.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Actually, critics don't see as many as you do because they often go to special screenings.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:45:33 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf & Betsy Kaplan & Lily Tyson 24642 at http://wnpr.org This Trailer Show is Rated G for Great Sumptuous Silence Transcription http://wnpr.org/post/sumptuous-silence-transcription <p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:56:34 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 24584 at http://wnpr.org Sumptuous Silence Transcription Can Technology Save the World? http://wnpr.org/post/can-technology-save-world <p>Let's take the most dire problem facing humankind: Climate change has so many negative implications it would take all day to list them. Meanwhile, there's the possibility of a sudden acceleration of a problem caused by the melting of Arctic ice, which exposes more ocean water to warming, which causes more melting, which causes more...well, you get the picture.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:02:45 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 24567 at http://wnpr.org Can Technology Save the World? The Scramble: Court Contradictions and Conservative Consternation http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-court-contradictions-and-conservative-consternation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's that time of year when nine people who were never elected decide all manner of questions about how we live. Monday marked the last round of Supreme Court decisions. By now, you probably know that in a five-four decision, they sided with Hobby Lobby in affirming the rights of employers to invoke their religious principles to opt out of the requirement to provide certain contraceptives otherwise mandated by </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:46:50 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 24506 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Court Contradictions and Conservative Consternation The Nose Bit First http://wnpr.org/post/nose-bit-first <p>This week on The Nose, our culture roundtable, we'll tackle "<a href="http://jezebel.com/columbusing-a-word-for-when-white-people-claim-to-disc-1596239038" target="_blank">Columbusing</a>," the act of believing that something never existed before you discovered it. Also, this week's <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/25/why-do-some-athletes-bite-like-uruguays-luis-suarez-bite/?tid=hp_mm" target="_blank">biting episode in the World Cup </a>makes us wonder if vampires are setting a bad example.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 24344 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Bit First The Evolution of Game Shows http://wnpr.org/post/evolution-game-shows <p>What's become of game shows in America? Since their television debut in 1938 we've seen everything from microwave ovens to million dollar payouts awarded to lucky contestants. Now, in a television culture increasingly captivated by reality T.V., we see traditional game shows being crowded out by reality competition shows at an alarming rate. What will become of the time-honored genre? Are we witnessing the end of an era or will a new generation of Trebeks and Sajaks emerge to save the day? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:56:22 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Chion Wolf & Colin McEnroe & Josh Nilaya 24324 at http://wnpr.org The Evolution of Game Shows Sumptuous Silence http://wnpr.org/post/sumptuous-silence <p>Imagine having no capacity for language acquisition.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine developing a language with grammars that are completely independent from the spoken language of the surrounding hearing culture. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;being unable to engage in any of the thought processes I'm using right now:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Choosing words, and bundles of words, to convey meaning, and pausing to ponder the interesting similarities between deafness and deficit; or grabbing for a phrase like "language acquisition" and appreciating the neat little package it represents.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:06:29 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 24245 at http://wnpr.org Sumptuous Silence Pickleball, Tai Chi, and World Extreme Pencil Fighting? Exploring Sports on the Rise http://wnpr.org/post/pickleball-tai-chi-and-world-extreme-pencil-fighting-exploring-sports-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America</span>, and for one good reason: that 77-million-person wave of boomers headed into their 60s and beyond. Pickleball is what you play when your knees and shoulders start saying "no" to tennis. We talk about the game and its sudden surge. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:00:22 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 24171 at http://wnpr.org Pickleball, Tai Chi, and World Extreme Pencil Fighting? Exploring Sports on the Rise The Scramble Is Proud of June Thomas http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-proud-june-thomas <p>On Monday, we do The Scramble. And on the Scramble, we always start with a SuperGuest, which means that in defiance of public radio logic, we pick the person first and then figure out what the topics will be.&nbsp;</p><p>This week we started with June Thomas, one of my favorite Slate.com writers and talkers, and someone I assumed would want to riff at least a little bit about pop culture. Instead, her top two choices are Gay Pride month and dentistry.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:26:40 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 24099 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble Is Proud of June Thomas The Nose Is Live From the Yale Writers' Conference http://wnpr.org/post/nose-live-yale-writers-conference <p></p><p>Jeff VanderMeer is one of the hottest writers in the science fiction and fantasy genre. MG Lord is a humorist and recovering political cartoonist who has written books about Elizabeth Taylor and Barbie. Louis Bayard writes historical fiction who specializes in detective novels, but his new book features Teddy Roosevelt stalking a mysterious beast through the Amazon. That's the river and jungle, not the book dealer. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:41:48 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23985 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Is Live From the Yale Writers' Conference A Salute to Banjos! http://wnpr.org/post/salute-banjos-0 <p>Maybe you think of the banjo as primarily a bluegrass instrument, but try not to forget that prior to about 1830, it was played pretty much exclusively by African-Americans, and it seems to have as ancestors several African instruments.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23856 at http://wnpr.org A Salute to Banjos! Pencils: What's the Point? http://wnpr.org/post/pencils-whats-point <p>Why pencils? Here's an answer from <a href="http://www.PencilRevolution.com" target="_blank">PencilRevolution.com</a>, one of the many pencil blogs and websites we uncovered while prepping for this show: "The first and best reason to use pencils is because you like them, and enjoy writing, drawing with them. Because you feel better connected to the paper you're writing on (or the wall, etc.), and the earth, from which the clay, the graphite, and the wood all came. Because they smell good. Because sharpening them can be sort of a meditative process. Because you can chew on them. Or for reasons we can't explain." Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:06:34 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 23842 at http://wnpr.org Pencils: What's the Point? The CMS at the International Festival of (Pancakes) and Arts and Ideas, 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/cms-international-festival-pancakes-and-arts-and-ideas-2014 <p><a href="http://artidea.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">New Haven's International Festival of Arts and Ideas </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is back! The theme of this year's festival is "Transformation and Tradition," and runs from this past Saturday through June 28. You don't want to miss it.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:10:48 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 23749 at http://wnpr.org The CMS at the International Festival of (Pancakes) and Arts and Ideas, 2014 The Scramble: Henry Alford on Garrison Keillor, Cash Frenzies, and Reworking the Reservation http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-henry-alford-garrison-keillor-cash-frenzies-and-reworking-reservation <p>Henry Alford is a very funny writer. I've been laughing at his writing since about 1990, when he erupted in Spy Magazine, with hilarious speculative pieces like, "What If The Pope Were A Dog?"</p><p>Not long ago, he was asked to review a collection by another funny writer, Garrison Keillor. He did it, keenly aware that many people who find him funny are the kinds of people who find Keillor tiresome. And, maybe a bigger problem, Keillor had written some columns about gays and atheists that riled up not just Alford's fans, but people he knows pretty well. So what's a critic to do? Alford actually admired some things about the book, and said so. There was pushback. We'll talk about that today on The Scramble. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:49:18 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23708 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Henry Alford on Garrison Keillor, Cash Frenzies, and Reworking the Reservation The Nose: Hillary vs. Terry and Opera vs. Robots http://wnpr.org/post/nose-hillary-vs-terry-and-opera-vs-robots <p>It has been a strange week for mixing gay right, media, and politics. Texas Governor Rick Perry<a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/12/rick-perry-compares-homosexuality-to-alcoholism/" target="_blank"> surprised a San Francisco audience</a> when he said, "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at homosexual issues the same way."<a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/andersoon-cooper-confronts-texas-goper-over-gay-conversion-therapy/" target="_blank"> Anderson Cooper had an edgy conversation</a> with a Texas -- what is it about Texas? -- state rep who supports the so-called "conversion therapy." Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 23536 at http://wnpr.org The Nose: Hillary vs. Terry and Opera vs. Robots