Patrick Skahill

Reporter

Patrick Skahill is a reporter at WNPR. He covers science with an emphasis on health care and the environment. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009 and won a PRNDI award in 2011. Patrick's reporting has appeared in The New York Times and on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He worked for two years as a print reporter at Stonebridge Press in Massachusetts where he covered crime and education. 

A graduate of Villanova University, Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in history with a concentration in Arab & Islamic Studies and a minor in Classical Studies. He holds a master's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He knows way too much about Seinfeld and is a devoted fan of comedian Hannibal Burress.

He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email: pskahill@wnpr.org.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:57 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Searching For J.D. Salinger In A New Biography

J.D. Salinger is the subject of a new documentary and book by David Shields and Shane Salerno
Credit Wikimedia Commons

If you seek parallels between J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon they're easy to find. Both were literary geniuses. Both were publicity-shunning recluses. Both men were psychosexually arrested by God knows what primal wound.

Salinger seemed able to bond only with very young women and girls. Pynchon had a pattern -- somehow linked to inability to form normal alliances --  of hijacking the wives and partners of his friends.

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Arts/Culture
4:02 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Nose: Dave Chappelle Reacts To Hartford, Millennials Hate Phones, & Putin Puts On Sexy Lingerie

Patty McQueen
Chion Wolf

Listen to the full podcast from today's The Colin McEnroe Show.

We have in the works, for next week, a show about J.D. Salinger, the American writer most at odds with his own greatness. 

Little did we suspect that Dave Chappelle, the comedian most at odds with his own greatness, would come to Hartford and have peculiar and very contrary experience with the audience here and create a national stir by his refusal to perform for them.

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Nice Moves
4:27 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Why Saying 'Disco Sucks' Is Dumb

Disco gave birth to modern club scenes and transformed the gay-rights movement. But we still hate it.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons, Photos-By-Richard

I'll be the first to admit it: I've said, 'disco sucks.' The music is cheesy, the outfits tacky, and, before last week, when you'd say 'disco,' my mind immediately leapt to the lovable joke that is Disco Stu, a Simpsons character perpetually living in 1976.

But that's what I thought before researching today's Colin McEnroe Show. For starters, disco's influence on music was huge. Groups like Chic, Kool & The Gang, and MFSB employed sweeping orchestral instrumentation, protest lyrics, and heavy bass grooves - things that would all later carry over to rap, funk, and modern electronic dance music. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:37 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Maybe Disco Doesn't Suck ...

Flickr Creative Commons, kodomut

Through the lens of time, the anti-disco backlash looks a little ugly. What was disco, really? It started as an underground dance movement propelled by blacks, gays, and Puerto Ricans. It was a liberating and hedonistic music of the oppressed, and people from those groups gathered and mixed in the early downtown clubs.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:18 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Eels Are The New Lobster

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Eels are hailed as monster-seducers by New Zealand's Maori and are the only fish that spawn in the middle of the ocean, but spend their lives in freshwater. Chad Johnson uses them to get the ladies. They've inspired Internet memes. And in Maine, where eels sell for upwards of $2,000 per pound, this misunderstood fish is providing a modern gold rush for struggling fisherman.

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Young and Old
10:29 am
Wed August 21, 2013

The New Middle Age

They were gutted by the economy, saddled with existential angst, and on today's Colin McEnroe Show, a few Generation Xers tweeted us about what it's like to live in a world inherited from the Baby Boomers. Our idea to dedicate a whole show to Generation X started with a great article. (Wasn't Matt Dillon's hair delightful?)

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Cons
4:41 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

How a Few Barbershop Clippings Conned America Out of Millions

Con man Philip Musica.

While you probably never give a second thought to the clippings scattered about when you get a haircut, Philip Musica turned this trash into cash. Millions of dollars of cash. 

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Sports
2:03 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Why Isn't There A Women's Tour de France?

Earlier this week, former World Time Trial Champion Emma Pooley (who won a silver medal in 2008) explained why the women's Tour de France failed on the BBC Radio 4 show, Woman's Hour.  "There used to be the 'Tour de France Feminin' in the 1980s that was two weeks long, with proper mountain stages, but it eventually fizzled out because of a lack of sponsorship," said Ms.

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Sports
12:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Why Isn't There A Women's Tour de France?

Earlier this week, former World Time Trial Champion Emma Pooley (who won a silver medal in 2008) explained why the women's Tour de France failed on the BBC Radio 4 show, Woman's Hour.

"There used to be the 'Tour de France Feminin' in the 1980s that was two weeks long, with proper mountain stages, but it eventually fizzled out because of a lack of sponsorship," said Ms. Pooley.

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Women in Cycling
12:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Why Isn't There a Women's Tour de France?

Earlier this week, former World Time Trial Champion Emma Pooley (who won a silver medal in 2008) explained why the women's Tour de France failed on the BBC Radio 4 show, Woman's Hour.

"There used to be the 'Tour de France Feminin' in the 1980s that was two weeks long, with proper mountain stages, but it eventually fizzled out because of a lack of sponsorship," said Ms. Pooley.

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College Readiness
4:11 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Bill Aims to Cut Remedial Classes in Connecticut Colleges

Before Alie Garry could enroll at Tunxis Community College, in Farmington, Conn., the 18-year old Simsbury resident had to take a required standardized test called, ominously, the “Accuplacer.” It told her what she might not have wanted to hear - that she needed remedial classes in math and English. But now, three years later, she is grateful for the Accuplacer.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:18 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Patrick Skahill's Vegan Journal

Photo / Chion Wolf, WNPR

There isn't too much Colin McEnroe Show producer Patrick Skahill won't do for his job, and this month that includes giving up meat, dairy and all manner of animal products for an upcoming show on veganism. Follow along as Patrick heats the tofurky and goes through hard-core donut withdrawl. Add your questions, cheers, and complaints in the comments section. 

September 8, 2011

Here's a tip - if you don't want to be the center of attention at your neice's first birthday, DON'T announce you've gone vegan.

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Homeless
6:21 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Street Newspaper Calls Attention To Hartford's Homeless

Flickr Creative Commons, vixjohnson

"Street newspapers" are designed, written and sold by the homeless. They are small, usually no more than a few pages, and feature articles, photographs and poetry about what it's like to live in shelters or on the street. They're easy to find in cities like Portland, Oregon or Providence and as WNPR's Patrick Skahill reports, now Hartford has its own street newspaper.

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