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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

Flickr Creative Commons, Horia Varlan

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)

Flickr Creative Commons, M.Markus

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

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
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

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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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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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Pucker Up and Blow: the World of Whistling

Chion Wolf

We got interested in whistling after the Library of Congress launched its National Jukebox, an amazing online compilation of playable, often scratchy music from the library's collection. There's a lot of music there, including a whole section devoted to whistling. (Also yodeling, but that's another show ... )

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

The Alternative Energy All-Stars

Flickr Creative Commons, Jeremy Levine Design

Today's show is intended mainly to answer questions about ways you can adapt your own living space to use alternative energy sources.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Celebrating Three Famous 'Harriets'

Chion Wolf

***Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti will perform as Harriet Tubman Monday, July 11, from 1 to 2 p.m. at John J. Sullivan's in Ansonia.***

Today we're doing an all-Harriet show, featuring Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman and Harriet the Spy.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Gearing Up For The Rapture & (More) Men Behaving Badly

Flickr Creative Commons, Metro Centric

One of our cops and robbers traditions -- as static as Kabuki -- is the perp walk.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:29 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

How We Lost The Night

Flickr Creative Commons, Aitor Escauriaza

In Paris, along the Rue Mouffetard is the Place de la Contrescarpe.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Reactions To Obama's Commencement Speech And Connecticut Unions' Concessions

Chion Wolf

President Obama is in New London today, and in Hartford, legislators and state employees are still chewing over the agreement crafted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's team and the unions.

Today on our show, we'll look at two chief executives facing very different kinds of crossroads.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Mormons In Connecticut

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No religion that I can think of transformed its reputation as rapidly as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Being Pagan

Flickr Creative Commons, epimetheus

In 1979, Margot Adler's book "Drawing Down the Moon" drew back the curtain on a highly developed and surprisingly well-populated world of of wiccans, covens, neopagans, goddess-worshipers, druids and even a group of people calling themselves "Radical faeries."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Being Pagan

Flickr Creative Commons, epimetheus

In 1979, Margot Adler's book "Drawing Down the Moon" drew back the curtain on a highly developed and surprisingly well-populated world of of wiccans, covens, neopagans, goddess-worshipers, druids and even a group of people calling themselves "Radical faeries."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:16 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Prom, Marriage And Death

Flickr Creative Commons, iluvcocacola

This week the New York Times got interested in political marriages.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Making Connecticut A Character In Stories

Flickr Creative Commons: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center @ BPL

Psychogeography was defined by Guy Debord as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:59 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Exploring Auto-Tune With Apathy & The Gregory Brothers

Wikimedia Commons

I don't usually recommend that you touch your radio tuner, but, after today's show, flip over to a station playing what used to be called Top 40 radio and notice how many songs use the effect known as auto-tune

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:36 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Growing Fish, and How Not to Eat Sushi Like an Idiot

Flickr Creative Commons, eviltomthai

It seems you can't win with fish.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:01 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Remembering 'The '60s In Connecticut'

Chion Wolf

Watching the new CPTV documentary "The '60s in Connecticut," I reminded again of the way collective memory shapes and archives traumatic events.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:50 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

The Osama Bin Laden Sideshow

Wikimedia Commons

More than I've said out loud, the Osama bin Laden sideshow that began last Sunday night has made me uncomfortable.

I'm kind of a freak for due process, even though I freely concede that a proper trial would have been a near-impossibility. On the other hand, there was Nuremberg, right?

The celebrations in New York and Washington D.C. seemed more appropriate for an NBA championship or a Super Bowl victory  -- not our killing of a hated enemy.

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