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
2:32 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

The Nose: We Can't Stop Talking About Charlie Sheen

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Should we even talk about Charlie Sheen on public radio? As an essayist in Slate pointed out this week, public radio listeners tend to write letters of complaint when NPR covers Justin Bieber, Ken and Barbie, Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, rappers, Levi Johnston, Mel Gibson, heavy metal or sports. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:47 pm
Thu March 3, 2011

Romeo & Juliet Is Timeless

Chion Wolf

Twenty years ago, Connecticut was held in thrall by the murder conspiracy trial of Karin Aparo in connection with the murder of Karin's mother Joyce. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:57 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Colin McEnroe Show: Jam With Connecticut's State Troubadour And Poet

Chion Wolf

Connecticut, unique among all states, has both a state poet laureate and a state troubadour. The first state poet laureate was James Merrill, appointed in the mid-1980s. Merrill graciously accepted the honor but said it was unlikely he would be writing poems for state occasions like, he said, the governor's birthday. Boy, was that an understatement.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:37 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

What To Do With Connecticut's Most Famous Hobo?

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As much as we romanticize the Leatherman, Connecticut's most famous vagabond, we should remember too that the post Civil War era -- his era -- was a time of tramp laws, meant to discourage exactly the sort of person he was.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:25 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Do Supreme Court Judges Need A Code Of Ethics?

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A recent round of questions about conflicts of interest in the U.S. Supreme Court may place all three branches of government on a collision course.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

The Nose: Oscar Roundup 2010 - What Were Your Favorites?

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The movie that had the biggest impact on the Academy Awards over the last ten years is one that did not win best picture ... or even get nominated - it was  "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman movie that was shunned in 2009.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:05 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Michael Kramer On Art, Politics And Theater

Michael Kramer was an award-winning political columnist for Time and New York magazine. Now he’s the playwright behind “Divine Rivalry,” a show about da Vinci and Michaelangelo, making its world premier in Hartford. We’ll talk politics and art.

Chion Wolf and Colin will also read your e-mails in "The Sack," our weekly mailbag feature.

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

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:52 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Low Power To The People, By The People

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Radio wears a lot of different outfits. On one end of the spectrum there's Clear Channel Communications, which owns 900 stations. On the other, there's a guy who broadcasts from the back of a truck in the Collinsville section of Canton on Saturdays.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Should Connecticut Change How It Selects Juries?

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Until recently, I didn't understand the degree to which Connecticut jury selection process -- called the voir dire -- differs from those of other states.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

The Nose: Sidewalk Rage And A Surprising Case Of #BieberFever

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Earlier this week, Bernie Madoff gave an interview to a reporter working on a book called "Wizard of Lies, Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust." Wow. Prison must be really boring if he's willing to give that writer his time.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:15 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

The Life Of A Touring Theater Company

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I got my first glimpse at backstage Broadway when I was in the first grade.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:43 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Bringing Baseball Equipment To Cuban Kids

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Last winter, West Hartford residents David Foster and Denis Horgan began collecting used baseball equipment to be sent to kids across Cuba.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

"Hail, Hail Euphoria: The Marx Brothers in 'Duck Soup'"

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I started writing humor -- or trying, anyway, -- when my column launched in the Hartford Courant in 1982. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Colin McEnroe Show: Is Watson The Harbinger Of An A.I. Armageddon?

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You are surrounded by Artificial Intelligence. It's in your smartphone, in your DVR, probably even in your refrigerator.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:07 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

A Crash Course On Kissing

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In the matter of kisses, I yield the floor to the Roman poet Catullus:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:48 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

The Nose: What To Think About Scientology

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As a former religion writer, I struggle with the whole idea of branding any particular religion as a "Cult."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Should We Reform the Electoral College?

The 2000 election illustrated the weirdness of our presidential voting system in several different dimensions. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:23 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Singularity 101

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It could be all the coffee I drank this morning, but I think I have an observation that combines the concept of singularity -- the moment at which artificial intelligence or scientifically modified human intelligence becomes smarter than anything that has ever lived on earth -- with the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:05 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Best & Worst Super Bowl Ads 2011

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Today we'll be analyzing the commercials from last night's Super Bowl. Why? Because, as one writer for Salon.com put it, "We all accept the Super Bowl as less of a game than a pop culture nexus point -- a place where the American self-image asserts itself with familiar rituals ... while cautiously acknowledging the present and looking to the future. The Super Bowl's expansive and awkward mix of performers, images, products and messages is a spectacle of its own."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

The Nose: Do Movies Need To Be Historically Accurate?

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Movies are usually beautiful lies. If you want to learn about history, read a history book. The most a movie can do is kind of light you up, in a vague way, about its historical subject. You watch "Gandhi," maybe you get why Gandhi was such a big deal.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

We've Been Snowverdosed

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There's a kind of madness overtaking us.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:57 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Super Bowl 101 With Mike Pesca

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I've been a Packer's fan since I was about 14 years old.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Masters Of The Monologue

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Until theatrical autobiographical monologue develops a large roster of superstars, everybody will be compared to Spalding Gray, whether or not that makes sense on a case-by-case basis.

The monologue is, I suppose, as old as human speech, but Gray refined it and married it to performance art around 1980.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

The Nose: Hot In Hartford & Bullying For Power In College Football

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Twenty or 30 years ago there was a Doonesbury strip featuring the president of Walden College and a rich uncle pennybags donor who wanted to give the college a new gym or fieldhouse. And the president tried, gently and awkwardly, to nudge the rich man toward the idea of a new African American Studies Center which the college actually needed. The last frame was the rich guy in full tantrum mode, fists clenched, screaming "I WANNA DONATE A GYM!"

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Talking To Tweeting, A 'History Of Communications'

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You could argue that one of the big breaks in the history of knowledge is happening right now, as we move from being storers of knowledge to being adept searchers for what is stored.

There's a basic shift in the notion of what education is. Most of us moved through an education pipeline in which existed some vague notion that you were better off loading a lot of stuff into your head. It would help you think. It would give you points of reference. You should know a lot of things.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:24 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Colin McEnroe Show: A Cat Call & Response To The SOTU

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I heard two New York congressmen on NPR this morning talking about last night's co-called Date Night in which Republicans and Democrats had to find people from the opposite party to sit with.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:47 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Robots Are Coming For Our Sportswriters

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Steve Rushin is fearful of robots. First they replaced his father's pin-setting job. Now they're coming for him.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:04 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Who Deserves An Oscar?

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Finally, Colin and David Edelstein agree on something - Winter's Bone for Best Picture!

America's Greatest Living Film Critic knows his movies. We talked with him about the surprises in the 2010 Oscar nominations and which awards he thinks are a lock. 

Edelstein also dropped some references to a few really interesting movies, a few of which you can find on the sidebar.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:28 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Carolyn Kuan On What's Next For The HSO

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The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has named Carolyn Kuan its new music director.

Kuan visited our studios last year when she was touring Hartford as a candidate. She's the 10th music director for the HSO and the first woman to hold the position.

She sat down with us again to talk about her vision for the HSO's future. Kuan gave her thoughts on music, Mozart, symphonic performance and how she plans to make the HSO more accessible to patrons increasingly distracted by digital white noise.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:57 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Living The Snob's Life

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I grew up in an environment where it was difficult for me to be a snob even if I wanted to.

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