The Colin McEnroe Show

The Colin McEnroe Show, hosted by Colin McEnroe, is looking for your phone calls and comments. Got an idea for a show? Know someone you'd love to hear Colin talk to? You can stream us live. While we are live, call us at (860) 275-7266, or email us at colin@wnpr.org. We're also on Twitter @wnprcolin

Contact producers Chion Wolf and Betsy Kaplan.

The executive producer is Catie Talarski.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:41 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Stay Cool In The Summer Heat

Flickr Creative Commons, Jan Tik

I'm not opposed to air conditioning. I'm opposed to its ubiquity and misuse.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:46 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

The Creativity Of Two Unmistakable Voices

Chion Wolf

There is, of course, nothing to do in Connecticut in the summer, except that tonight, for example, I face a hard choice between one of today's guests, Meklit Hadero, at Real Art Ways or the soulful and talented singer Liam O Maonlai of the Hothouse flowers at 41 Bridge Street in Collinsville.

On Thursday the fabulously talented Hartford artist Barbara Hocker opens a show at 100 Pearl Street in Hartford. Down in Middletown, ArtFarm, one of several Connecticut outdoor Shakespeare troupes, has a high speed mashup osf the bard's comedies up and running.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:07 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Be Kind; Share The Road With Bikers!

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What's the hardest and scariest sports event in the world?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:03 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Referees: Sacrificial Lambs Of The Sports World

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New York magazine's often caustic Will Leitch thinks we should feel sorry for "umpires — lonely, underpaid men who spend their whole adult lives on the road, being called horrible names by strangers — are our sacrifice, roasted on a spit as we pray to the instant-replay gods. We understand that outrage is building so that its momentum will bring us the robot umps we all want and deserve. But you still feel bad for the men in blue who find a new reason to be screamed at every night."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:37 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Two Unlikely Movie Gurus Opine On Cinema

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Bill Curry says there should be a National "Bring Your Whole Self to Politics" day in which political people reveal all the complicated sides they have that don't fit into the stark equations that make one a liberal or a conservative, a Republican or a Democrat.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:56 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Where Is It 'OK' To Be Gay?

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Everybody knows who Paul Marcarelli is. They just don't know they know.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:27 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Shoplifting In America

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When I was 12, my peers in the neighborhood formed an elite and highly secretive organization called the Dog Do Club. I was invited to join, but one of the prerequisites was that I shoplift something. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:39 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

When Is It OK To Applaud?

Flickr Creative Commons, Cameraman Phil

A couple of weeks ago, I got a press release from a Connecticut theater company touting the merits of a play they had up and running.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:22 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Summertime TV

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Back in the days of three, maybe four, networks, summer television was an odd wasteland, mostly re-runs with occasionally odd oases. Ray Stevens hosted a summer replacement series which offered the first full exposure to the dadaist comedy of a young unknown named Steve Martin. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

But Wait, There's More!

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There's something funny about some infomercials. We wasted a certain amount of office time today studying a kind of curved stick that one attaches toilet paper to so that one can extend one's reach. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:32 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Gov. Malloy Readies for Budget Armageddon

Chion Wolf

OK, I know this might not be as easy and fun as yesterday's show on comic books, but if the current state budget were a comic book, it would be about a dystopian future. (And present for that matter ...)

The state constitution requires that the budget be balanced by Friday. It isn't. The plan for doing that included significant givebacks by the state employees. They wouldn't do it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:37 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

What Do Comic Books Say About Popular Culture?

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So much has changed. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:48 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Do 'Trigger Funds' Make Elections More Fair?

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Today, the Supreme Court struck down an Arizona public financing law similar to the one in Connecticut. But campaign finance reform can be a little dry and hard to follow, so first, a little colorful history:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Is Charlotte's Web The Greatest Children's Book Ever?

Wikimedia Commons

"But, Charlotte," said Wilbur, "I'm not terrific." 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Are Wild Mountain Lions Back In Connecticut?

Wikimedia Commons

Most people want to believe there's a breeding population of mountain lions spreading through parts of Connecticut and into New York's Hudson Valley.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

The Spam Scourge

Chion Wolf

Early in the career of Cassius Clay, a boxing writer saw him fight a lesser opponent and said it looked like a man trying to kill hornets with a shovel. That's not a bad description of the efforts to combat electronic spam. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:56 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

What Do Festivals Do?

Chion Wolf (file photo)

Last year, Patrick Skahill and I arrived on one of the first days of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and attended, if that's the right word, "Susurrus," a play that unfolded in our heads as we walked though New Haven's Edgerton Park listening to the drama unfold on headphones.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:33 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Beautiful Roadkill

Flickr Creative Commons, Hitchster

It starts with two raccoons "sprawled still as stones in the road." 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:50 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless (Snail) Mind

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The Nose: Weiner Won't Go Away, But Will Voters Forgive Him?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:13 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Quirk Theory & Cool Science Geeks

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If you're tired of hearing about how far our public schools lag behind other nations in math and science, get ready for something completely different.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Music You Don't Need To Hear (But Will Torture Yourself With Anyway)

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What does it mean when we say we hate a song?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

'Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History Of Pseudonyms'

Chion Wolf

For me, the champion of the nom de plume game will forever be Brian O'Nolan who wrote great modernist novels under the name Flann O'Brien and an important newspaper column in the Irish times under the pen name Miles nagCopaleen. (Miles of the Little Ponies.)

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:29 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

What's Happening In Connecticut This Summer?

Chion Wolf

Last year, I was here in Connecticut for most of the summer, and there was more to do than I could possibly cram in.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
6:13 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Live From the Berkshire International Film Festival

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:06 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

'Sex Trafficking Of Americans'

The story is familiar from the work of Charles Dickens. A young person with little means is placed under the care of a family member who in turns sells or trades the young person to a man who is up to no good.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

A History of Connecticut's Death Penalty

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Thirty-four states use the death penalty. Sixteen do not. Connecticut does, but most of its neighboring states -- New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont -- do not. New Hampshire does, but the state has had no executions since 1939 and currently possesses no means of executing anyone. Only recently did the ranks of its death row swell to one.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

A History of Connecticut's Death Penalty

Flickr Creative Commons, yamrock83

Thirty-four states use the death penalty. Sixteen do not. Connecticut does, but most of its neighboring states -- New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont -- do not. New Hampshire does, but the state has had no executions since 1939 and currently possesses no means of executing anyone. Only recently did the ranks of its death row swell to one.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:27 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

The Nose: Oprah's Gone and Loving the Physical Newspaper

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This week a feud erupted between Hartford Courant columnist and blogger Rick Green and Frank Harris, a Courant columnist and chairman of the journalism department at Southern Connecticut State University. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:27 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

The Nose: Oprah's Gone; Loving the Physical Newspaper

Flickr Creative Commons, nayrb7

This week a feud erupted between Hartford courant columnist and blogger Rick Green and Frank Harris, a Courant columnist and chairman of the journalism department at Southern Connecticut State University. 

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