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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:31 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Catching Up With Governor Malloy

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, I asked the outside world to submit questions for Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Facebook and via email. The response reminded me of why I wouldn't want his job.
A lot of people are really mad at him for raising taxes.
A lot of other people are really mad at him for cutting spending.
A lot of other people are really mad at him for extracting concessions from state workers.
A lot of other people are mad at him because the concessions are nowhere near meaty enough to address the state's deficit problems.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:00 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

A Conversation With Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan

ktylerconk, Flickr Creative Commons

Cesar Millan is a professional dog trainer and will be at the Bushnell in Hartford on December 4th. We spoke with him to get a few insights before his trip.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Disaster Preparedness Part II

Flickr Creative Commons, Rhys Asplundh

So. Bought your generator yet? During the long power outage, everybody, it seemed, became a preparedness expert, if not an out and out survivalist. But it's a mentality you might find hard to hold on to. You have to buy food you're NOT going to eat right away.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

The Nose: Politicking Post-Irene; Cheney's New Memoir; Obama's Bungle

Mike Licht, Flickr Creative Commons

One pitfall a leader must avoid involves becoming a Charlie Brown or David Copperfield character. A person to whom things happen as opposed to a person who makes things befall others. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:35 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Stories Of Disruption And Innovation Post-Irene

Flickr Creative Commons, Bert Kaufmann

There are two Connecticuts right now. One has power and one doesn't. Actually, there might be even more Connecticuts than that, because within the group that has no power there are factions believing that other people are more likely to get their power back first because of socioeconomic status.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:34 am
Thu September 1, 2011

(I)NTERVIEW: Chion Wolf

CPBN Media Lab

This (I)NTERVIEW is from August 16th, 2011

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:16 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

The Art Of Last Words

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:00 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

A Salute To Banjos!

Chion Wolf

Maybe you think of the banjo as primarily a bluegrass instrument, but try not to forget that prior to about 1830, it was played pretty much exclusively by African-Americans, and it seems to have as ancestors several African instruments.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:50 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Searching For Proof Of Religion

Flickr Creative Commons, elbragon

In Petersberg KY, there's a Creation Museum where the exhibits at the museum teach that the Earth is 6,000 years old and was created in six 24-hour days. The founders say more than a million people have visited — 80 percent of which are from out of state. It's such a good economic development tool that the governor of Kentucky is supporting financial aid to a companion museum about Noah's Ark, with an ark built to biblical scale, to show people that the whole concept really could have worked. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:07 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

The Nose: Are Natural Disasters A Sign We've Annoyed God?

Flickr Creative Commons, NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Last night, I saw "Wicked" at the Bushnell and was reminded of all the little subversive political jabs in a musical that has otherwise succeeded in cornering the attention of 12 year old girls.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

A Few Ideas That Might Help You Through the Weekend

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If you lived on the Gulf, you'd probably be a little more relaxed about storms, like this guy here.  Make sure you read his last few paragraphs.

On the other hand, if you wanted a really comprehensive "go-bag," one of our contributors did work one up for you. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:33 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Where Are They Now?

DieselDemon, Flickr Creative Commons

I think a lot about the difference between this show and the shows I did for 16 years in commercial drive time radio. Our shows at WNPR tend to be contained. We geek out on a subject for one episode and then let it go as we get ready for something else. Topics and storylines tend not to spill over from day to day to day they way they do in commercial talk.
That's fine. We don't get stale.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:22 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Life As A Theatrical Understudy

Flickr Creative Commons DanBrady

There is no more heart-stopping understudy story (that I'm aware of) than Elaine Stritch's much-told tale of understudying Ethel Merman in "Call Me Madam" while simultaneously being cast in the 1952 debut of "Pal Joey," with a first entrance in the second act.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:48 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Are Big Ideas Dead?

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Ever since Neil Gabler's essay ran in the New York times two Sundays ago, I've been wondering whether he's right when he says:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

The Nose: Big Ideas, The End Of Playtime, And Winners & Losers In Walkouts

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For The Nose, we try to round up a posse of ideas that reflect the serious and playful sides of the week in culture. And culture has been unbusually giving this week. We're just getting to know Rick Perry, a guy who has already (kind of) threatened the Fed Chief, said there are some gaps in the theory or evolution, declared climate change and a non-issue and, well, he's just getting warmed up.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Scary, Scary Internet Regulations

Flickr Creative Commons, BotheredByBees

If I told you last week that in response to political protest, a government shut down cell phone service, you would have thought I meant maybe Syria. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:57 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

First Annual CMS Chili Cookoff!

Chion Wolf

In the Old West, chili was a sacrament and maybe still is.

Pat Garrett said of  Billy the Kid: "Anybody that eats chili cant' be all bad." And the James Brothers repeatedly passed up chances to rob a bank in McKinney Texas, because the chili parlor there was so good they believed the town deserved a break. Kit Carson said, when he died -- and he was about my age -- "I wish I had time for one more bowl of chili."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:24 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

"Alphabetter Juice" With Roy Blount Jr.

In reading somebody else's pet peeves about the state of the English language, it is impossible not to think of one's own. But here I must pause and say that Roy Blount Jr.'s "Alphabetterjuice" seems to address every eventuality, including the question of pet peeves. Blount reports:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
8:54 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Hipsters & The Hipsters Who Love Them

Frostnova, Flickr Creative Commons

I don't hate hipsters, but I will admit to watching them with amusement.

Starting around 2008, my son and I picked up the practice of going to the Lower East Side, grabbing some seats facing out on the street at a place like Spitzer's and watching the hipster scene go by. Our favorite moment came in 2009 when we saw an older Lower East Side street guy explode at some hipsters sauntering down Houston. "Eff you!" he yelled  "It's supposed to be some kind of artistic gesture that you live here?"

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:24 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The McLovins Perform Live

Chion Wolf

**Hear the interview in its entirety by clicking on the player to the right. You can also stream individual songs by clicking on the track title**

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

What Do You Miss Most?

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What do you miss most? Is it a person? Maybe your grandmother's cooking ... or an ex-lover who you never got over. Maybe you miss a place, an old torn down building or a resturant that served a dish you can't find anywhere else.

Perhaps it's a moment in time that you miss, or the freedom of being a college student. Maybe you miss VHS tapes, vinyl albums or your tacky Christmas sweater.

Today was one of our most-called shows ever. At times, our courageous intern fielded upwards of six calls a minute. Fortunately, we got a lot of your voices on the air.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Book Clubs Before & After Oprah

Adan Garcia, Flickr Creative Commons

Alright, admit it - You didn't do the reading, did you? You were so busy baking the perfect apple crumble topped with burnt sugar and selecting the perfect Michael buble album for background music, that you prepared for everythning about the book club except actually finishing the book. So you'll have to fake it through another Cormac McCarthy, or Thomas McGuane or Patrick McGrath.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

The First Annual Summer Humor Show!

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:00 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Song Of The Summer

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What makes a summer song?

Joan Holliday says two things: heat and joy. The Internet has sort of informally agreed Katy Perry's Last Friday Night is the 2011 song of the summer, but our panelists weren't so sure. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:57 am
Wed August 3, 2011

The Secret Lives Of Truckers

Flickr Creative Commons, phogel

No matter what you think of trucks and truckers, trying going a day without anything that made at least part of its way to you on a truck. It would be a quiet day, I think. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

The Check-Out Lane Experience

Lomo-Cam, Flickr Creative Commons

Ah, the supermarket! The temple of abundance!
Listen to  Don Delillo's characters describe it in the novel "White Noise":

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:17 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

The Nose: How Would You Market Hartford?

Courtesy Cundari Group

Today on the Nose, we talked about the controversial $200,000 marketing report released earlier this week.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Music Among The Memorials & A Moby Dick Marathon

Chion Wolf

Herman Melville knew he had written a difficult book to love. After Hawthorne praised it, Melville wrote back saying:

"You did not care a penny for the book. But, now and then as you read, you understood the pervading thought that impelled the book—and that you praised. Was it not so? You were archangel enough to despise the imperfect body, and embrace the soul."

The problem with the book is the problem with the whale. They're both too damned big.
And the virtue of the book is the vice of Ahab. They are gloriously mad and unapologetically obsessive.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:41 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

A Mountain Lion's Unlikely Cross-Country Journey

Flickr Creative Commons, jitze

Yesterday, The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection announced its preliminary findings on the origin of the now-famous Mountain Lion that was struck and killed by a Hyundai SUV in Milford last month. 

We spoke with Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette today to hear the details.

Listen to our previous show that aired shortly after the news of the Mountain Lion's death here.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:57 am
Wed July 27, 2011

The Misunderstood World Of Chronic Migraines

Flickr Creative Commons, eviltomthai

All of us know migraine sufferers.

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