The Colin McEnroe Show

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Contact producers Chion Wolf and Betsy Kaplan.

The executive producer is Catie Talarski.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:37 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Susan Howe, Katha Pollitt, And Ayana Mathis On The Rhythm Of Language

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Today you will meet two poets and one novelist, all women, all fascinating, all appearing around here in the next three days. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

After Newtown, Gauging Emotions' Pull In American Politics

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Most political arguments are about authority, in the sense of "Who's wielding it right now?" and "Where does it truly reside?" 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Nose: Run Tell Obama, George Jepsen Is Smoking Hot

Chion Wolf

Today on the Nose, we're going to talk about looks. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Exploring The Vastness Of Folk Music

Chion Wolf

What is folk music? Phillip Phillips sounds like a folk singer, but he won American Idol. Does that disqualify him? Charles Bradley is the living embodiment of the sound of James Brown, but he played the main stage at the Newport Folk Festival last year. A few years ago, Richard Thompson started covering Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again," as a folk tune, even playing part of it "in the manner of the 16th century."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Exploring The Vastness Of Folk Music

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

What's The Big Deal About Vocal Fry

Danny Getz on Flickr Creative Commons

We'll be scrolling through many annoying modern speech mannerisms on today's show, but somehow the glowing white coal in the middle of it all is "vocal fry" -- also known as creaky voice.

It's an affectation popular among younger girls, although older actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon have used it in film roles, usually when playing, well, kind of an airhead.  

The word "annoying"  comes up a lot in reference to this.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

What's The Big Deal About Vocal Fry

Danny Getz on Flickr Creative Commons

We'll be scrolling through many annoying modern speech mannerisms on today's show, but somehow the glowing white coal in the middle of it all is "vocal fry" -- also known as creaky voice.

It's an affectation popular among younger girls, although older actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon have used it in film roles, usually when playing, well, kind of an airhead.  

The word "annoying"  comes up a lot in reference to this.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:24 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Real Lives Of Foster Families

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:24 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Real Lives Of Foster Families

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Future of Stem Cells

Idaho National Laboratory on Flickr Creative Commons

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Future of Stem Cells

Idaho National Laboratory on Flickr Creative Commons

Stem cells are the Wild West of biomedicine.

  The commercially run SpaceX Dragon capsule just delivered mouse stem cells to the International Space Station, part of an experiment to see how long periods in space affect living organisms.

  In Scotland, researchers are attempting to make blobs of stem cells in a three-d printer.

  And in Italy, terminally ill patients are being given an untested, unproven and theoretically risky stem cell treatment over the protests of scientists.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Nose: Troubles With 'Today'

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This week two parallels drama unfolded before the eyes of the nation.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Nose: Troubles With 'Today'

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This week two parallels drama unfolded before the eyes of the nation.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:35 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

A Brass Blast: Tubas, Trumpets, And Trombones

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Why do we have, in our studio today, a whole bunch of trumpet players, plus a trombonist, French horn player and what do you call someone who plays the tuba?  A tubist?  A tubaist? A tubista? 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:35 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

A Brass Blast: Tubas, Trumpets, And Trombones

Flickr Creative Commons, Jakob Kielgass

Why do we have, in our studio today, a whole bunch of trumpet players, plus a trombonist, French horn player and what do you call someone who plays the tuba?  A tubist?  A tubaist? A tubista? 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

'The Art Of Making Magazines' In The Digital Age

Here are some of the magazine's I've written for: Mirabella, Men’s Health, Mademoiselle, Best Life, Verge ...

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

'The Art Of Making Magazines' In The Digital Age

Here are some of the magazine's I've written for: Mirabella, Men’s Health, Mademoiselle, Best Life, Verge ...

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:33 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

A Remembrance Of Candies Past

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Writer Steve Almond says when he brings up his own candy obsession with other people "there is this immediate outpouring of memories, confessions, opinions, regrets."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:33 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

A Remembrance Of Candies Past

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Writer Steve Almond says when he brings up his own candy obsession with other people "there is this immediate outpouring of memories, confessions, opinions, regrets."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Statutory Rape & The Trouble In Torrington

Nigsby, Flickr Creative Commons

What is this story we're unpacking today? In a nutshell, two Torrington high school football players -- both 18 -- and a third boy -- 17 and therefore unidentified -- were arrested and charged with statutory rape arising from sex with two 13 year old girls. When the news came out, a group Torrington students jumped on social media and publicly blamed the victims. They called the girls whores and snitches, and demanded to know why they were not being punished.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:46 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

March Madness 2013

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Every year, I say March Madness cannot get any more elaborate, and every year, I am wrong. This year, for example, the sports site Deadspin provides a meta-bracket, which allows you to click on games and see the outcome predicted by Nate Silver, Barack Obama, and five actual basketball experts - And yes, I listed Nate Silver first intentionally.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

There Are Saints, There Are Sinners, And There Are Beechers

Chion Wolf

You can't make this stuff up. The Beecher family was at the forefront of every important reform movement of the late 19th century. Abolition. Education. Temperance. Women's suffrage.

Underlying that was a streak of untameable craziness, especially as incarnated by Henry Ward Beecher. Beecher was a pastor and a rock star orator. He was also, one would have to conclude, a little bit out of control on the sexual front.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Iraq War: How Collected Memories Shape The Past

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If you had to tell the story of 10 years ago today, the story of our invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, what story would you tell? How hard would it be to assemble a narrative?

Today we'll look at that story through the lens of collective (or collected) memory, a fascinating branch of history that looks at the way people and societies assemble and preserve factual narratives.

 We'll also look at one high school history teacher's attempt to teach the Iraq War even as it hovers on the cusp that separates contemporary issues from history.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Why You Need To Eat Bugs (And Get Over The 'Ick' Factor)

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John the Baptist, we are told, subsisted on locusts and honey. I used to think that John the Baptist's would be a great name for a chain of fast food edible insect restaurants, if that trend ever took off.

Come to find out, there's some disagreement, especially online, about whether he really ate locusts or whether that's a reference to the fruit of the locust tree. Maybe people just don't like to think about John the Baptist eating bugs.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

The Nose Gets Popey, Gives Up Stuff For Lent, And Addresses A 'Boob Apology'

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What a week.  Here's what we're tackling on The Nose today.

Well, we can't NOT talk about Pope Francis. I'm fascinated by his austere lifestyle and how it's going to mesh with the high-ranking cardinals in the Curia, who mostly do not live that way at all.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:18 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Divorce In 2013

NDrewC, Flickr Creative Commons

Let me tell you about my Christmas Day this year. In the morning, I drove my significant other to the airport so she could fly to L.A. and see her grandchildren. Then I drove out to Canton to the home of my ex-wife and her significant other. My son and his girlfriend went there too, and we proceeded to have an absolutely lovely Christmas Day.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:42 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Mikhail Baryshnikov on the Arts in Connecticut and Beyond

Chion Wolf

Hartford is not the most artistically adventurous place in the world, even though 79 years ago we hosted the debut of "Four Saints in Three Acts," a Virgil Thomson - Gertrude Stein opera that was ground-breaking on about five different levels.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:20 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney On Music, The Pope, And Mark Twain

PMO, Flickr Creative Commons

Jill Sobule has visited the Colin McEnroe Show, and what came out of it was one of our favorite shows to date. Now, she's teaming up with comedian Julia Sweeny, best known as a writer and actress for Saturday Night Live, to talk about their upcoming "Jill & Julia Show" at the Mark Twain House.

This conversation includes talk about choosing a new Pope, packing lightly, harmonizing, and self-doubt. And, of course, Jill sings a few requests.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:37 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Irish Music That Doesn't Suck

Chion Wolf

For a long long while, I thought I didn't like the music of my own Irish culture. That's because I had never heard it. What I had heard instead was a very Americanized version of Irish music. It was hokey, overly cheerful, and often from a genre I would call glass-clinking music.  It was music to drink beer with.

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