Colin McEnroe

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Colin McEnroe hosts the daily WNPR show, The Colin McEnroe Show. He is a weekly columnist and blogger for The Hartford Courant and a contributing editor at Men's Health. He has recently concluded a series of columns for Bicycling magazine.

He is the author of three books and one play; and his work has appeared on the New York Times Op-Ed Page and in Mirabella, Best Life, Cosmopolitan, Forbes FYI and Mademoiselle. It is not his fault that only one of those magazines still exists. He frequently moderates the Connecticut Forum and teaches media studies at Trinity College. His books, columns, magazine articles and radio shows have won numerous awards, all of which are in boxes somewhere.

There are times when he still can’t believe it’s not butter. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:42 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Crowbar Governor & The Senator From Central Casting

Chion Wolf

I've been plowing through two biographies of Connecticut political titans -- Morgan Bulkeley who was Hartford mayor, Connecticut governor and a US Senator during the Gilded Age -- and Tom Dodd, Nuremberg prosecutor, Congressman, and a US Senator.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:56 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Strengthen Your Marriage With Quantum Entanglement!

Jonathon Keats

Writer, critic and artist Jonathon Keats explains how he uses quantum entanglement - an intimate trans-universal relationship between particles - to strengthen the bonds of marriage between couples.

He also explains his latest exhibit in California, a gourmet restaurant ... for plants.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Hartford Police Officer Pitching Real Life Crime Drama

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One of our subjects today is a web TV drama about cops and gangs in Hartford. "Second District" is very much in the mode of "The Wire."  

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News
2:24 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Reaction To Osama Bin Laden's Death

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I confess I was surprised last night when crowds surged to the White House and to the former site of the World Trade Center to cheer the death of Osama bin Laden.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

It's Storytime!

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Today's show is about storytelling.

Even though we didn't plan it that way, it turns out to be weirdly appropriate because our station has been having storm-related transmitter problems that probably forced a few of our listeners to entertain and enlighten one another the old way.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Supporting The Military Family

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Just a few days ago, the First Two Ladies on the United States, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced a national initiative called Joining Forces. The idea is to combine as many elements of society as possible -- communities, individuals, nonprofits and businesses -- to make life a little less stressful for military families.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Supporting the Military Family

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Just a few days ago, the First Two Ladies on the United States, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced a national initiative called Joining Forces. The idea is to combine as many elements of society as possible -- communities, individuals, nonprofits and businesses -- to make life a little less stressful for military families.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Sifting Through The Rubble For The Truth About 9/11

via WikiMedia Commons

From Colin McEnroe:

Let me be clear: I believe 9/11 was the work of al-Qaeda. I believe they hijacked planes and flew them into buildings.

Let me also be clear: I believe there was a concentrated, organized effort at the highest levels of American power to mislead the American public about the fundamental nature of 9/11 and that said effort was largely successful.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

The Nose: Touchy Words And Nail Polish For Boys

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Vinyl Records Aren't Going Away

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We're talking today about independent record stores. At first I thought the show would be mostly about the romance of vinyl, but I see now that that's not the point. (Or at least that the emphasis should be on romance and not on vinyl.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Baseball's Longest Game Ever

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Heartbreak is embedded in baseball at a granular level. Football, basketball, boxing, hockey ... these sports can knock the spiritual wind out of you, but not the way baseball can.

There's something about the slow unfolding of the game that mirrors Shakespeare's history plays and the work of the Greek tragedians. Is it a coincidence that the great yearly festival of Greek tragedies was held in late March/early April, which roughly coincides with the start of our baseball crop cycle?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:42 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

The Fear Of Missing Out

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On Sunday, the New York Times business section introduced me to a new term: FOMO, "Fear of Missing Out."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Poetry, Politics & (Bully) Pulpits

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

The Nose: The Semiotics Of Office Jargon

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Here is what we propose to talk about on The Nose today - Bewlidering office jargon.

The semiotics of button-down collars. Why anyone should care about the upcoming royal wedding. The possibly overstated report of a gay caveman ...

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:42 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Colin McEnroe Show: Good Friends Of The CMS

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Luanne Rice has written 28 novels, many of them bestsellers, with translations into 24 languages and five TV adaptations.

She's a bi-coastal literary force, welcome in and familiar with the power corridors of New York publishing and the L.A. entertainment industry.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

'Color Me Obsessed' ... Not Crazy

Chion Wolf

*This episode originally aired April 6, 2011*

We all know what it's like to slip into the gravitational pull of a musical artist. You might have a few weeks where you just can't stand to listen to to anything else. In fact, the musical universe seems divided up exactly that way - Your Guys. And Everybody Else.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:50 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

You'll Pry My Hookah From My Cold, Strawberry-Scented Hand

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Lately, there's been a lot of debate over whether or not Connecticut should have hookahs.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:50 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Huskies Are National Champs, But Is Calhoun Likable?

Christine Zenino

There's something Shakesperean about Jim Calhoun. I'm just never sure which play he's in. Henry V? Lear? Richard III?

On Monday night, he was Henry V, leading his troops into battle. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers," indeed. But since 2008, he has auditioned for other roles. Sometimes exploding like Lear and sometimes appearing to connive like Richard.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:13 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Telling Hartford's Story

Chion Wolf

Think of a story from your neighborhood over the past weekend. Anything happen?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:35 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

The Nose: Sources We Can Trust

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Today on The Nose, we'll be talking about the rise of master conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and about the Kennedy mini-series that was driven off the History Channel -- where, interestingly, Alex Jones has appeared.

We've been having some interesting discussions around here about one of Alex Jones's favorite topics, the notion that 9/11 happened in a manner very different from the commonly accepted scenario.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:00 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Music Advice From The Hip Kids

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**Today we get music advice from Colin McEnroe, Joan Holliday, Eric Danton and Wally Lamb. Check out their playlists below.**

We need a better name for these music shows we do with Wally Lamb, Eric Danton and Joan Holiday. At the moment, we call them Peekaboo Radio, and the deal is that we introduce you to music you may not know about. Or may have forgotten about.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:54 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Puppets Are Serious Business

Chion Wolf

Before we begin, Clarence, the WNPR puppet, would like to address the New Britain puppet thieves.

You probably think an International Puppetry Conference at UConn -- there is one this weekend -- would be full of cute stuff, right?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:18 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Everyone Loves Trees

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:45 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

The Nose: Voluptuous Ladies & Parenting The YouTube Generation

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Speaking of Elizabeth Taylor and modern perceptions of American womanhood, Camille Paglia said this week "we're in a period now where everything has to be taut in mind and body."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

The New York Times and the Price of News

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Here, to me, are the killer statistics:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:37 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Is 'Movie Magic' Dying?

Elizabeth Taylor has died. But the moviegoing experience she embodied died long before her. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:36 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Building a Connecticut Startup

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On today's show we're going to look at the elaborate networks -- pipeline is too straight and straightforward a word -- that exist in Connecticut to nurture new businesses -- which came to be called, in the last two decades -- "start ups."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

The Healing Power Of Music

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The idea that music can be medicine may strike some of you as woo-woo new age piffle. To a degree I had not understood until now, serious researchers all over the world as studying these connections and making astonishing breakthroughs.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

The Nose: Men Behaving Badly & 'Too Soon' Comedy

Chion Wolf

Garrison Keillor has announced that he'll retire in 2013.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Irish Music That Doesn't Suck

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**NOTE: Today's Playlist Is Posted Below**

For many years of my adult life, I rejected Irish-American culture. I don't particularly like the way St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in this country with green beer and bad music. Growing up in the 1960s, I had few exposures to anything deeper and "rootsier" than tacky Irish-American treacle.

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