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Contact producers Chion Wolf and Betsy Kaplan.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

The Nose: Tracking Changes In Newspapers And Occupy Wall Street

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Are we all entitled to a few blind spots? If so, one of mine is newspapers. I keep thinking somebody is going to find ways to improve them and make them thrive, even as the evidence of my own eyes suggests the opposite.

Today on The Nose, one of our panelists is Susan Campbell from the Hartford Courant. A few weeks ago, she shuttered her blog on the newspaper's web site. And this week, her colleague Helen Ubinas announced that she's leaving.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Cartooning With Roz Chast

Larry D. Moore, Wikipedia

Roz will be signing WHAT I HATE at Books on the Common in Ridgefield, CT Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m.

In 1978, Roz Chast published her first New Yorker cartoon and one could argue that many things were never the same again. The magazine had never had a superstar woman cartoonist, but Chast grew into the role. And no New Yorker cartoonist had ever messed so boldly with the basic format of a cartoon.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:22 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Esty Admits Mistakes, Outlines Future Policies

Chion Wolf

What a bumpy ride it has been for Connecticut new environment and energy commissioner Dan Esty.

Esty blew into office looking like a natural fit with the administration of Jed Bartlett on West Wing. He was exactly the kind of quick-witted, telegenic, academically certified office-holder that Aaron Sorkin tended to craft for "the West Wing."

Nine months later, Esty is struggling to beat back headlines about a couple of controversial interventions and his failure to intervene in an equally controversial land swap.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

The Life Of Languages

Kim Nowacki, Flickr Creative Commons

There are a lot of made-up languages with big fans. You may have heard of Na'vi from the movie Avatar, or Elvish from Lord of the Rings. Among fans, many of these languages have found a home on the web, where they continue to be developed and studied.

At the same time, thousands of real languages around the world are facing extinction.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:45 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

The Art & Business Of Fortune Telling

CarbonNYC, Flickr Creative Commons

One of the many things I love about the Canadian novelist Robertson Davies is the way his otherwise orderly, scholarly, reasonable Canadian characters are forever bumping up against the realms of the obscure which include, to borrow a list from another Davies fan, alchemy, saints' legends, Gypsy wisdom, tarot cards, shamanistic rituals, Anglo-Catholicism, and Jungian psychology. Davies rarely seems to endorse any of the above. He simply notes that they exist and that some people use them in interesting ways.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Was Connecticut First in Flight?

Dick Howell, Wikipedia

Contrary to what you've been told, the first flying machine may have flown in Bridgeport.

Gustave Whitehead is a mostly unsung pioneer in American aviation, and there's some evidence supporting the claim that he flew before Wilbur and Orville did.

Whitehead's story stayed buried a long time, and some believers say this was because of anti-Teutonic attitudes at the outbreak of World War I.

We'll check in with the New England Air Museum about Gustave's flight and the storm of controversy his story ignited among aviation historians.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Increasing The Police Beat In New Haven

ElvertBarnes, Flickr Creative Commons

I sometimes worry that  our show is too Hartford-centric, so I'm thrilled that everything we're talking about today happens south of Middletown.

First we're talking to New Haven's police chief about a return to good old-fashioned foot and bike patrols, back almost literally by popular demand. Police Chief Frank Limon says walking the beat is a good way for officers to connect directly with city reisdents. He hopes increased patrols will help reduce crime.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

The Nose: The Newly-Ending Stories

gongus, wfyurasko, andrechinn, Flickr Creative Commons

Even though I deplore what he said about President Obama on Fox & Friends and even though he seems, in general, like kind of a deplorable person, I kinda wish everybody would reconsider the idea of dropping Hank Williams Jr. from Monday Night Football's opening. There's some ethos of excess and yahooism that Hank captures perfectly, and, really, here at NPR, we've learned some hard lessons abou tossing people named Williams aside just because they said something stupid on television.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

The Politics Of Personality, The Personality Of Politics

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:17 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

The Post Office Blues

Victori∀, Flickr Creative Commons

The postal service has two levels of problems. The frist one is a short term problem that's probably solvable. They were placed, in 2006, behind an accounting 8-ball that required them to pre-fund their health care benefits in a manner not ordinarily contemplated in either the public or private sectors -- which by the way is another issue for the post service. It really is a strange creature, a government agency that, in some ways, isn't. Anyway, reasonable people can if they choose to make the postal service solvent.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:47 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Hartford and the Cricket Hall of Fame

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The Cricket Hall of Fame inducted six new members last weekend. We talk with the center's director about the organization's mission, cricket in Connecticut and why they chose to set up their home base in Hartford.

Come to think of it, does cricket even have a home base?

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:19 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Behind The Veil Of Big-Name Public Speaking

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Every now and then you see a speaker's fee that stops you in your tracks. $100,000 for Sara Palin. $200,000 for Bill Clinton. DEP Commissioner Dan Esty is in the news (again) today for a $15,000 speaking fee he collected in Cleveland.

Clinton is the Michael Jordan of this world. In the ten years since leaving office, he has earned - from speaking engagements - $75.6 million.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:08 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

DNA Policy, Eyewitness Panels & The Future Of Connecticut's State Crime Lab

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The English jurist William Blackstone said "Better that ten guilty men go free than that one innocent suffer."

In recent years, I've seen Blackstone's ratio, when it's cited, shrink down to four to one, as if there's been some kind of deflation of the presumption of innocence. I also wonder how it would fare as a poll question. It's an older idea than Blackstone's 18th century. It's as old as Genesis, as old as Maimonides, but there seem to be plenty of people eager to convict the guilty and not commensurately worried about the innocent.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:31 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

The Nose: Intolerable Jargon Is Trending

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Today on the Nose we'll run through a grab-bag of topics, starting with the the search for meaning in Red Sox Nation following the collapse of the crimson hose.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:15 am
Thu September 29, 2011

The Vegan Lifestyle

Elaine Vigneault, Flickr Creative Commons

Bill Clinton is a vegan. You'd think that would be a bigger story: one of humankind's most voracious carnivores swiching to the other extreme. For Clinton, it's probably all about heart health, although it may have helped that his daughter Chelsea was already a vegan. Veganism is increasingly popular among some of the bigshot of corporate capitalism. Steve Jobs, Steve Wynn, Mortimer Zuckerman, Russell Simmons.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Staying Entertained On A Budget

Don Hankins, Flickr Creative Commons

Our in-house name for this show is "Entertainment Freeganism", but that's kind of a misnomer. On the one hand, it's true that you can entertain yourself with a lot of free television and movies on your computer, if you're willing to watch it all there - and the amount of free music available on the internet is staggering. A visit we paid to a local library did remind us of how much free material there is to be had there. And, as you'll learn on our show today, a good antenna will give you surprisingly high quality over-the-air television.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:23 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Are Board Games Hip Again?

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Board game sales have steadily risen during the last decade, even in years when everything-else-sales were falling.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:39 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Connecticut Hot Dog Culture

Chion Wolf

You're about to meet several people who are mildly unhinged on the subject of hotdogs. One of them is David Pudlin. He used to be the majority leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Now he spends a great deal of time thinking about chili dogs, which he knows way too much about.

"I'm from New Britain. What else am I going to know about?" is his answer. "If I had grown up in Rome, I'd probably know a lot about statues and fountains.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:08 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Classical Music and Beatboxing

The Colin McEnroe Show
11:30 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Up In The Air

Chion Wolf

With a huge aircraft convention coming to Hartford, we decided to get outside our own comfort zone and bring our show staff up in the air in a small plane yesterday. You'll hear that later in the show. The convention is expected to bring 7,000 visitors and a whole bunch of planes and helicopters to the city, but we also got interested in the life of small airfields around the state, so that's something we'll try to tell you a little more about today.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:52 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

The Shame Of College Sports

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What are we watching when we watch (and cheer about) a college game?

Historian Taylor Branch disputes the notion that we are watching a logical, natural outgrowth of the college's academic identity. If you're a student, are those your fellow students playing football? If you're an alumnus, are those people on the basketball court extensions of what you used to be?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:40 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

A Series Of Unfortunate Events - Nappier's Traffic Stop

Chion Wolf

By most measures the traffic stop of Denise Nappier on the night of Sept. 1 was not a big deal. We shouldn't still be talking about it on Sept 19. But we are, because the incident raised a whole series of questions, most of which are still sizzling in the air.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:24 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Money and College Sports

Photo / Jayel Aheram via Creative Commons

WANTED: Point Guard. $70K/yr. Must work weekends. Student-athletes generate billions of revenue for universities and private companies while they earn nothing. Some who’ve been badly hurt don’t get the care and coverage they’d get with workers comp. Others see their scholarship canceled after a year and find themselves on the hook for expensive tuition if they want to go further. Others object the the use of their images on licensed products long after their scholarship expire. Atlantic and Taylor Branch tackled this in a feature last week.

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:35 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

The Nose: In Pursuit Of Authenticity

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:50 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Great Cover Songs

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Note: A complete playlist from today's show is below.

The cover version is an odd creature. Ideally, it pulls a new idea out of an old song and retains from the new artist, some of the old artist's sensibility.

On the recent Buddy Holly tribute album, one of the successes, I thought, was "True Love Ways" by My Morning Jacket, mostly because I never heard My Morning Jacket sound anything like that.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:49 am
Tue September 13, 2011

The Horsepower Behind Hartford

jglazer75, Wikipedia.

The recent MetroHartford Alliance roll-out of new logos and ad campaigns irritated a lot of people, including me, because the whole thing seemed so disconnected from the Hartford I know.

It was the work of a Canadian marketing company which seemed to know about as much about Hartford as I know about Toronto. They said they had talked to a lot of key stakeholders, but they didn't seem to have talked to anybody I think of when I think about the bees who make Hartford buzz.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:22 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Ten Years Later - Connecticut On September 11th

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:15 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Fantasy Football Fanatics

ElvertBarnes, Flickr Creative Commons

I don't really know how anybody knows this, jut we're told that 19 million people play Fantasy Football and that businesses lose nine billion dollars in productivity to be obsessing about their teams and picks.

We're told that the business end of Fantasy Football -- not the money the players put in the pot but the huge industry of advertising supported sites that feed their obsessions -- is worth somewhere between one and four billion dollars.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

What's For Dinner?

Chion Wolf

In 2009 I moderated a Connecticut Forum panel of chefs made famous by television and radio. When word got out that I was doing this, I was approached by people who wanted -- really wanted -- to meet a particular chef. Sometimes it was Duff Goldman from the TV Show "Ace of Cakes." Sometimes it was Anthony Bourdain or Alice Waters.

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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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