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

The Anxiety Of Living With A 'Monkey Mind'

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:16 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Procrastination Conversations

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One of the many interesting questions about procrastination is whether writers are, as a species, the absolutely worst culprits or whether writers are just better at describing procrastination than other people. Here's Paul Rudnick on the subject:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Live From The Festival Of Arts And Ideas: Emily Bazelon, King Lear And Noori

Chion Wolf

Each year WNPR picks one day in the run on the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven  and moves both Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show to the lobby of The Study, a downtown hotel.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:54 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Dealing with Indecency

Chion Wolf

In the audio: Experts discuss the future of FCC regulation of TV and radio for indencent content.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:58 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Maggie Gallagher, John Corvino And Others On Same-Sex Marriage

Chion Wolf

“We’ve been fighting about gay marriage for what, 15-20 years now.  Is there any evidence that fighting gay marriage is contributing to a greater appreciation among the broad society of the marital institution? Is there any evidence that the re-institutionalization of marriage is happening as a result of opposing gay marriage? And the best answer I can give to that is 'no.'” - David Blankenhorn

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:45 am
Fri June 22, 2012

David Blankenhorn And The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage

Chion Wolf

“We’ve been fighting about gay marriage for what, 15-20 years now.  Is there any evidence that fighting gay marriage is contributing to a greater appreciation among the broad society of the marital institution? Is there any evidence that the re-institutionalization of marriage is happening as a result of opposing gay marriage? And the best answer I can give to that is 'no.'” - David Blankenhorn

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:41 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Get To Know Your 2012 Fringe Candidates

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In the audio: Colin talks to three outsider candidates who impressed people. Also, Jill Sobule and the McLovins take a crack at our fringe candidate song. 

Early in this campaign cycle, I realized that I was far more entertained by and interested in some of the fringe candidates showing up at debates. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Prison Love

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I never gave much thought to today's topic until 1990, when the Associated Press reported that a woman identified only as Margaret was engaged to be married to Dennis Coleman, serving a 34 year sentence for the murder of Joyce Aparo. The case -- for reasons I don't have time to explain right now -- had transfixed Connecticut and was one of the state's most high profile murders of the 20th century. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

When Does It Make Sense To Quit?

Click on the audio to hear Bobcat Goldthwait, Seth Godin and a former priest discuss why and how a person could decide that quitting is the right answer.

If you want to know how completely reviled quitting is, just type the word into the search field of Twitter.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:45 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Attack Of The Invasive Species

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The problem with invasive species is, of course, that they compete for resources with local species, and sometime they're a lot better at it. and sometimes they just incidentally wipe something out. 

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