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Jonathan McNicol

Producer

Jonathan started at WNPR as an intern in 2010 and was hired later that year. In his work, Jonathan is always just trying to figure out a little bit of how the world works, while paying special attention to the absurd and the just plain goofy. He is as likely to produce a show on America’s jury system as he is a story on all the grossest parts of the human body. His work has been heard nationally on Here & Now and locally on WNPR’s talk shows, on Morning Edition, and on All Things Considered.

Jonathan comes to radio from a background in, of all things, graphic design. He lives in the greater New Haven area.

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A24 Films

Listen live Friday at 1:00 pm. My mom liked Moonlight . She compares it favorably to other movies she's liked like Brokeback Mountain . But she's not sure that she left the theater a different person from when she went in , that she was transformed by the movie , that it is transcendent . And so: Is it good enough to merely like a movie that the zeitgeist says is a masterpiece ?

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There's a theory that ours isn't the only universe . That there are, actually, infinitely many universes. That there are, then, infinitely many yous.

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Jerks . Jackasses . A-holes . Some people are just ... the worst . Aren't they? But so: Why? And what do we do about it?

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For the last 18 months, we've kind of all seen Donald Trump's possible presidency as, well, implausible. As funny on its face. But guess what. It's a real thing that's going to actually happen.

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Colin is back, and we've got some questions, and we're guessing you do too.

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What makes a great audiobook? What makes a great audiobook narrator? (And, for that matter, what makes a not-so-great audiobook and audiobook narrator?)

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You may have heard there was an election last week. You may have heard that the outcome... surprised some people. You may have heard that the press made some mistakes, here and there, in its coverage. This hour, we look at this election season's media winners and losers .

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The one thing we knew for sure was that by the time we got to today, yesterday would be over. And it is. And we have a new President-elect .

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He's an Academy Award winner, a Golden Globe winner, a BAFTA Award winner. He's the star of American Graffiti , Jaws , Close Encounters of the Third Kind , What About Bob? , Mr. Holland's Opus , W. , Madoff , and many more movies and TV shows.

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Leonard Cohen's 14th studio album, You Want It Darker , dropped last Friday. Coupled with a new David Remnick profile of Cohen in The New Yorker , the reviews have been pretty gushing . The Nose's take isn't quite as one-note.

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Sana Sarr is 11 years old. He goes to a magnet school in Bridgeport. He's in the sixth grade.

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Ira Glass -- host of This American Life , creator of Serial , professional dancer -- used our show as his prime example in " a principled defense of fun on public radio ." And then he called the kind of failure that we aim for many days of each week "where you'll find the future." We want to know more about all that stuff.

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Everybody loves a bulldozer. In fact, we all grew up loving bulldozers, didn't we? From Benny the Bulldozer to Katy and her big snow, from all the Tonka toys to all the die cast model Caterpillars, the bulldozer is more of an icon in American popular culture than we maybe realize.

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It's just by happenstance that we ran into three short films this week that are both remarkable and newly available online. One of them is really something , and because of that, you have to figure, it won this year's Oscar for Best Live Action Short. One of them is merely clever and well done. And the last is an animated short that will utterly defy your expectations of an animated short. And the best part is: You can watch all three of them in just 27 minutes.

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See, we were supposed to send a whole team of people to the first presidential debate on Long Island. We were supposed to do an episode of The Colin McEnroe Show from Hofstra.

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We've never sent a Nose panel to a play before. So this week, we figured we'd try it out. So we've all gone to see Steve Martin's world premiere at the Long Wharf in New Haven: Meteor Shower .

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HBO's new 10-episode western sci-fi thriller remake of the 1973 movie "Westworld" took an awfully long time and a big old pile of money to see the light of day. But it looks like it might've been worth it .

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In the more than six years that it's been on the air, we've never taken The Colin McEnroe Show to the Peabody Museum before. (Crazy, right?) And: In the more than six years that it's been on the air, we've never done a Colin McEnroe Show about dinosaurs before. (Crazy! Right!?)

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Everybody hates cargo shorts. Except the people who don't. And more than that, everybody keeps talking about whether or not they hate cargo shorts . It's even come up on our show in the past.

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So here's what happened. Lucy Nalpathanchil got a pitch from some PR person about covering David Ortiz's retirement at the end of this baseball season. And she forwarded it to Colin and me and said it sounded like our kind of show. And Colin (a Red Sox fan) said that I (a Yankees fan) "would [expletive] hate that." And he's right. I would [expletive] hate that. And so here we are doing that show.

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The biggest surprise about Oliver Stone's Snowden is probably how controversial it isn't . Which isn't to say that it isn't somewhat controversial -- anything about Edward Snowden is bound to be somewhat controversial. But for an Oliver Stone conspiracy thriller, The Nose finds Snowden to be pretty tame.

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Colin's out today, and Julia Pistell returns as guest host. We devote the hour to two interesting guys and their interesting jobs.

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Normally by Friday morning we've got the first one or two topics for The Nose ironed out, and we maybe spend some time hashing out what the third and fourth might be. Not this week.

USA Network

The cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction emerged in the ' 70s and ' 80s with books like Neuromancer and movies like Blade Runner set in the early 21st century in a world full of high tech and lowlifes, in a society divided and unequal, dominated by mega corporations, where the lines between actual reality and virtual reality have started to blur. Sound familiar?

FX Networks

Barbra Streisand's new album dropped two weeks ago. It's an album of duets with . . . actors. Babs and her famous friends sing . . . show tunes. To my mind, that's the makings of a pretty huge disaster (or even a completely ignored disaster). Instead, Streisand's Encore: Movie Friends Sing Broadway is the number one album in the country .

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