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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The Nose: Can Lolo Jones' Story Serve As A Case Study On American Race Relations?

Wikimedia Commons

American thinking about race has not caught up with American thinking about race.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:49 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Live From A Forest: Discussing Hiking, Archaeology, Invasives & Connecticut's Trails

Chion Wolf

There are more than 800 miles of Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails in Connecticut. Today we're doing our show from one of them. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Transportation Etiquette

A.M.F. photo

In some ways, it's a miracle that we all travel together as well as we do. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Cheaters Gonna Cheat

FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What is cheating? In games, It takes myriad forms. There's the spontaneous cheating that mainly tests the watchfulness and judgment of the officials. How much can I push you or nudge you with my elbow? Can anybody see this cheap shot to your face as we football linemen hunker down before the snap?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Traducción, Por Favor (Translation, Please)

Gwydion M. Williams

If I told you that England is in the midst of a translation crisis, you'd probably assume it had something to do with the Olympics. Not so much.

The British court system recently awarded a contract to one company, Applied Language Solutions, for all the legally mandated interpreting work that goes on in court. The problem is that ALS has proved to be repeatedly inadequate. It sends interpreters who are not up to the job...or they don't show up at all, halting the proceedings and costing the government thousands of pounds.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:01 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

The Nose: Transforming Identities And A Debate Over Hair

Flickr Creative Commons, Bob Bekian

American identity is pretty fluid. Don't like who you are? Become someone else. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:49 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Bikers Beware

Seabamirium, Flickr Creative Commons

In 1896 -- a time when Scientifc American ran a regular "Cycling notes" column -- the following item appeared. "Count Leo Tolstoi, the Russian novelist, now rides the wheel, much to the astonishment of the peasants on his estate."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:06 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

The Burden Of Having Too Much Stuff

Flickr Creative Commons, aprillynn77

There is well over 2 billion square feet of self-storage space in the United States. For some perspective, if every man, woman and child in the United States stood up straight, arms at sides, they would all fit into the storage space that already exists.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

The Process: Show Ideas, Introductions, Emails, And What To Do With Jonah Lehrer

Tucker Ives

It's the last day of July. Our shows this month were about urban beekeeping, musical mashups as a distinct genre, anxiety, internet trolls, why certain songs get stuck in your head, artificially enhanced athletes, conversion to a different religion, a pervasive pop aesthetic called twee, the history of corn, noise, nudism, the history of the TV remote control.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:23 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The Anxiety Of Living With A 'Monkey Mind'

Flickr Creative Commons, CarbonNYC

I'm what Daniel Smith, one of today's guests, would call a "stifler."

I have anxiety attacks and  a lot of background anxiety, but most people who know me would have no idea how bad or how recurrent my anxiety is. Because it's embrassing, right? Our culture connects anxiety with a kind of generalized cowardice. You're supposed to suck it up and face life with your shoulders squared up.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The Nose With Michael Ian Black: Olympians Behaving Badly & The Chick-fil-A Gay Debate

Chion Wolf

Today's edition of The Nose is an occasionally tense conversation about a series of issues all of which swirl around the issue of free speech. Chick-fil-A, a sandwich chain, sends millions of dollars in corporate profits to vehemently anti-gay groups, including ones that practice “gay-to-straight” conversion therapy. Its CEO went public this week with his anti-gay-marriage views. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:03 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Live From Springfield, Hartford's Neighbor To The North

Chion Wolf

The city of Springfield, Mass. was founded by a nice guy who also happens to be an ancestor of the novelist Thomas Pynchon.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:07 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

NOISE

Chion Wolf

Here is life imitating the show. I live in a quiet neighborhood, but last night there was heavy construction nearby. I'm guessing a water main broke out on one of the main roads. It wasn't loud in my bedroom but it was audible, especially the beep-beep-beep noise of heavy equipment backing up. I fell asleep, but at 3:30 I was wide awake. There may have been several contributing factors, but the noise from the road crew was one of them. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:11 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

U Mad? A Look At Trolls & Anonymous

It's tough to generalize about internet trolls. If there's a common denominator, it's that they thrive on attention and response. An internet troll who is not making anybody crazy is not a happy troll. 

In 2009, a troll calling himself Bob M. took up residence on the comment threads of my newspaper column. He was uncommonly vicious. He even took it upon himself to do a little research, find out that my father had died of cirrhosis and taunt me about that.  

"Maybe you'll start hitting the bottle, like daddy," he wrote.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

A Check-Up With Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Chion Wolf

Last week Dannel P. Malloy got the kind of press coverage that governors dream of. Unfortunately, he got it in New Jersey, which is not the state he governs. A columnist for the Star Ledger revisited a two-year-old flare up between Malloy and New Jersey governor Chris Christie who taunted Malloy about his tax policies which he said would drive jobs out of Connecticut and into New Jersey where he, Christie, would be waiting with open arms. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:36 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

The Nose Reacts To Shootings In Colorado, Portrayal Of Violence In Pop Culture

Flickr Creative Commons, Michael Melchoirre

What a strange day. I've just been reading the final tweets of a very young journalist named Jessica Ghawi also known as Jessica Redfield.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

What Are You Laughing At?

Flickr Creative Commons, nahtanoj

Tomorrow night I'll be appearing with the comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv in a format requiring me to do little monologues based on prompts from the audience. The Sea Tea troupe will then improvise sketches based on my monologue.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

In America, Corn is King

Perry McKenna

This is a strange time in the life of corn. The 2012 US corn crop is getting smaller by the hour because of the terrible heat and drought in the Midwest. It's difficult to know what that means, because from a certain perspective, this country produces way too much corn. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:59 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

The Melodies Of The Mashup

Flickr Creative Commons, Music for Ads

There are musicians who believe in the idea of pure and original creation, but my anecdotal sense, after a lot of creations, is that far more of them see music as a kind of coral reef, constructed out of layers and layers of prior work and that if you hear something that sounds startling and unprecedented, chances are you just haven't heard the stuff it's based on.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:43 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Does An Olympian On Carbon-Fiber Legs Have An Unfair Advantage?

via: http://www.oscarpistorius.com/

When Oscar Pistorius runs, it seems like a miracle that he can run at all on those j-shaped carbon blades.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The Nose: Free Hugs, TomKat, Happiness In Politics, And Travelling While Rude

MTVLive, Wikimedia Commons

Every time I turned on my TV this week, there was a Tom Cruise movie playing. Are they able to do that? And by "that" I mean react so quickly to celebrity news that they can move somebody's back catalogue into the movie rotation of a cable channel. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Maybe if I knew more about what Scientology says about coincidences... Well, actually, I do.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:29 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Conversions: Not My Parents' Religion

gnuckx (Flickr Creative Commons)

Ingrid converted from lapsed Catholicism to Islam. Leah from high profile atheism to Catholicism. Soshanna from Christianity to Judaism to Wicca. Andrew from unbelief to the Unification Church. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Is America Awash In A Sea Of Twee?

Flickr Creative Commons, Thai Weber

This is one of those shows where you may start by saying, "huh?"  But with any luck, 30 minutes from now, you'll start to say, "Oh!" 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:58 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Exposing The Naked Body

QuidoX, Flickr Creative Commons

There are many kinds of nudism - or naturism. There are people who just like doing stuff while not wearing clothes. And there are those who believe there are hygiene benefits. And people who link nudism with various utopian movements that break down barriers among people.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:10 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Urban Beekeeping

Aoife City Womanchile

Here's what one New York City newspaper said about creating small urban farms in unused lots:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:55 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

The Nose: Anderson Cooper And Higgs Boson Come Out

Chion Wolf

After years of speculation, rumors, and whispers, we finally heard this week what we had long expected. The only problem is I can't tell whether I'm talking about the Higgs boson or Anderson Cooper.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:02 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

The Remote Control

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Exploring Earworms: Songs Stuck In Your Head

Flickr Creative Commons, gemsling

We have a two-year running tradition of doing an episode in August gathering our music experts to argue about what song is the "Song of The Summer." (And on which critic Eric Danton suggests there is no such thing.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

What Happens If Aliens Contact Earth?

Flickr Creative Commons, tomalen

First contact is probably not going to be like "Close Encounters" or any other sci-fi movie you can think of, because the likelihood of another civilization in the universe with technology even that close to ours is very low.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

The Process: What's On Your Mind?

Chion Wolf

In the past month or so we've done shows about nuns, quitting as a good thing, procrastination, puns, lawsuits, putting a chip in your head, poetry, design flaws, invasive species and women who fall in love with prisoners.

And the month ahead will include shows about Nudism, First Contact with ETs, why songs get stuck in your head, urban beekeeping and the history and future of the TV remote.

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