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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:25 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

The Nose: Komen Vs Planned Parenthood, And Diagnosing Grief

Chion Wolf

The sudden news that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has apologized and essentially reversed itself on the issue of defunding Planed Parenthood is yet another example of the incredible power of the internet. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:11 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Cinematic Titanic Carries On Mystery Science Theater 3000's Legacy

Chion Wolf

Today we have what I think of as the Terry Gross Problem.

I'm always impressed by the way Terry Gross just leads with her own pop culture tastes and doesn't seem to worry too much about whether her audience is on the same page. She'll do a whole show interviewing people from the show "Justified"  and just count on her audience to roll along with her, whether they watch "Justified" or not. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:52 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

The Joys & Perils Of Online Dating

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Clowns All Around

Chion Wolf

Here's a quote: "A clown is funny in the circus ring. But what would be the normal reaction to opening a door at midnight, and finding the same clown standing there in the moonlight?"

Sounds like a 21st century post-modern take on clowns, but it actually comes from Lon Chaney, the horror movie star who died in 1930.

Almost one hundred years ago, somebody understood that clowns can be scary. To Chaney, it was all a matter of context. What we've almost forgotten in our 21st century post modern mood is the first part of Chaney's statement. Clowns are funny.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:16 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

The Nose: How To Know When To Stop Talking

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I was appalled by the now famous taco comment by East Haven mayor Joe Maturo. The mayor had two jobs to do when the story broke last Tuesday about the arrests of four policemen. He had to assure the world that he was taking it seriously and that East Haven was not a hotbed of both casual and systematic prejudice against Latinos. He did not merely fail to do either.  He accomplished the polar opposite of each. The impact was worsened by the moment itself. A Latino reporter was asking a serious question about Latino issues.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Being A Real-Life Superhero

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OK, how many of you have at least thought or daydreamed about putting on a costume and fighting crime. Childhood doesn't count.

As a kid I had my whole superhero life planned down to the smallest details. I had figured out -- this is depressing -- that my secret lair would be inside a certain wooded hillside and I had worked out how my means of transportation, a kind of souped-up go-kart,  would emerge from the hill and roll out onto Braeburn Road as I headed off to do battle with evil.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

The Art (And Glut) Of Memoir

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My e-mail inbox is full of pitches for memoirs.

Here's one by Deirdre Marie Capone called, "Uncle Al." The press release refers to Al Capone as her uncle and promises us inside-the-family insights about the Valentnie's Day Massacre as well as "authentic Capone family recipes."  It concludes: Deirdre relates what life was like growing up the grand niece of Public Enemy #1, Al Capone.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Are Corporations Buying Elections?

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The lead story in today's New York Times is the second donation, by one married couple, to a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich. Miriam Adelson gave $5 million. Her husband Sheldon had already given he same amount.

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

Wolves In The World

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

The Nose: Gingrich's Allure, The Italian Captain Jumps Ship, And Award Show Arguments

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Newt Gingrich, Frencesco Schettino and singer Lana Del Rey. They've all had bad weeks and probably none of them wants to be lumped in with the other two. All three have come in for quite a bit of scorn over the last few days, and they'll all be discussed on this episode of The Nose.

Gingrich, of course, is in the thick of a fight for the Republican nomination and, even as he burst in the lead in South Carolina, he was dragged back into sordid and painful stories about the sloppy conclusions of each of his first two marriages.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

SOPA & PIPA: A Guide To Internet Censorship

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It's hard to keep an even keel about the debate over the two Internet anti-piracy laws known as SOPA and PIPA.

Yesterday's spectacle, if it revealed nothing else, showed what a flimsy connection there is between a congressmen "co-sponsoring" a bill and that same congressmen knowing what's in the bill.

After yesterday's show of force,  a number of congressmen withdrew their support for their co-sponsorship because ... wait for it ... they didn't agree with the content of the bills.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

An Argument To Self Publish

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It seems oddly fitting that today we're doing a show about performers and writers who, rather than seek the approval of publishers and entertainment companies, put everything together on their own. They produce. They publish. They market. They, if all goes well, collect.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:15 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Inside Gov. Malloy's Two-Storm Panel

Chion Wolf

We tell ourselves that Connecticut weathered huge storms last year, and that's both true and not true. Irene, for example, never struck Connecticut as a hurricane.  Any kind of hurricane. Irene's sustained winds reached about 50 mph.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:28 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

The Nose: 2012 Politicking, Destructive Yoga & Endorsements!

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You might have missed it, but this week saw an interesting discussion of the very nature of journalism. It was triggered by the New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane, who wrote a column asking whether reporters should challenge, examine and in some case rebut vague but untruthful statements made on their beat.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:11 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

David Edelstein On Noomi, Rooney, Charlize, Jessica Chastain and Simon Pegg

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Let me tell you about the last six days of my life. I've seen, in theaters, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and, in IMAX format, "Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol." At the Bushnell, I saw opening night of the national tour of "Memphis." On television, I squeezed in "The Debt" with Helen Mirren. And the season opener of "Downton Abbey".  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:06 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Will Print Dictionaries Survive?

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The word "meme" is a great example of a meme and of a word that was very quickly and totally absorbed into the language.

Thinker Richard Dawkins proposed the word in 1976 to refer to a unit of information that can be passed around. My guess is that it sat pretty quietly until the 1990s until it became a perfect way to talk about the spread of ideas across the Internet. We would eventually coin another term for this: "going viral."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:41 am
Tue January 10, 2012

The Light & Dark Side Of Neutrinos

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If you're anything like me, your knowledge of neutrinos goes something like this:

  • They are extremely small. Smaller than other really small things.
     
  • John Updike wrote a poem about them.

There's something inherently funny about them. It might be their name. It might be something more than that. And then maybe you saw the coverage of the experiment in which neutrinos appeared to move faster than light.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:41 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Willpower

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

The Nose: Iowa's Caucus; The 'Real' Kardashians & Things We Like in 2012

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The national political media spend about a month trying to convince you that Iowa's caucuses are important. Now they're going to spend a week telling you why they don't matter.

On his blog PressThink, media critic Jay Rosen argued this week that: "The Iowa Caucuses are presented as a news event, a mini-election with an informational outcome, a winner. But what they really are is a ritual, the gathering of a professional tribe, which affirms itself and its place in our political system by staging this thing every four years."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:04 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

'The Changing Landscape Of TV Comedy'

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Why do we watch television comedies?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:34 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

In Defense Of Fixing Stuff

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This show is happening partly because my TV set broke. It was a big flat screen Samsung purchased in 2008, and it suddenly wouldn't turn on.

I asked about TV repair on Facebook and was surprised at how many people told me that nobody fixes anything anymore. So I posted again on Facebook, writing "Really, I just have to throw it out?"

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:10 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

What Do We Know When There's Too Much To Know?

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David Weinberger, our guest today, argues that our reservoir of information has become so huge and complicated that one of the standard activities of knowledge-making -- shaping facts into testable theories and equations -- doesn't really work any more. Scientists take data and build models. Then they watch the models to see what happens.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

The Nose: Looking Back At 2011, Looking Forward To 2012

Bayasaa, Flickr Creative Commons

The job we do here tends to breed a mild case of optimism, because we spend a lot of time talking about new ideas. If we spent a lot of time talking about the status quo, we'd be more pessimistic because so many basic institutions -- political, financial, medical and cultural -- all seem broken.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:59 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Anesthesiology 101

Isafmedia, Flickr Creative Commons

Whether it's 30 minutes of 24 hours, time under anesthesia is time you'll never get back. Anesthesia finds the light switch of the brain and flicks it off. We're not conscious, we don't feel pain, we don't remember and we don't move. Even now, 165 years into the age of anesthesia, we know what works but we don't know exactly how. Consciousness is a mystery, so there's no exact road map for his induced and carefully controlled state of unconsciousness is.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:09 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Our Favorite Jazz For 2011

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Like pretty much everybody else on the planet, I bought my first jazz recordings in college. Thirty-five years later, I still feel inadequate and intimidated by a lot of what I hear. I think listening to jazz is sort of a muscle. Either you use it or it atrophies.

For today's show, we asked three jazz experts to pull together about 15 of their favorite recordings from the past year. (Listed below.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:32 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Is Everybody A Gossip?

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On the Internet, gossip lives forever.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Political Endorsements, Ambition And Portraits

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Today's show was sort of a political grab bag. We drilled down -- that might be the first time I've ever used that expression -- on the subject of political endorsements, which are flying around fast and furious right now.  We'll also alighted briefly on the issue of reapportionment, which is winging its way to the State Supreme Court.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:04 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

The Life Of Bodies After Death

We are constantly confronting death. If you watch those CSI shows, you see death. If you watch cable shows, like "Boardwalk Empire", you see gruesome grisly death. If you watch the news or read the paper, you find out about people who died.

But none of them are us.

They're abstractions. They don't tell us about our own deaths any more than Lord of the Rings tells us about our impending trip to Mordor. Death, in television and even in the news, is usually somebody else's problem.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:38 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Our Favorite Songs Of 2011

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We're bringing our music experts in today to give you their picks, especially those of you who have to buy stuff for other people during the holiday giving season. I decided to get out of their way and not bring in any picks of my own, but I'll use this little unencumbered moment to mention a few things.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:31 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

The Nose: Christopher Hitchens & Tebow Trend While Mann's Malloy Epic Continues

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The person with the best take on the death of Christopher Hitchens would have to be Christopher Hitchens.

Here he is:

"The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more."

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