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The executive producer is Catie Talarski. The digital editor is Heather Brandon. The technical producer is Chion Wolf.

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Lately, there's been a lot of debate over whether or not Connecticut should have hookahs.

There's been back and forth between public officials in Milford and the owner of a restuarant trying to open a hookah lounge there. The debate ended with the introduction of a bill to the Connecticut General Assembly which could essentially ban new hookah lounges in the state.

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There's something Shakesperean about Jim Calhoun. I'm just never sure which play he's in. Henry V? Lear? Richard III?

On Monday night, he was Henry V, leading his troops into battle. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers," indeed. But since 2008, he has auditioned for other roles. Sometimes exploding like Lear and sometimes appearing to connive like Richard.

Chion Wolf

Think of a story from your neighborhood over the past weekend. Anything happen?

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Today on The Nose, we'll be talking about the rise of master conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and about the Kennedy mini-series that was driven off the History Channel -- where, interestingly, Alex Jones has appeared.

We've been having some interesting discussions around here about one of Alex Jones's favorite topics, the notion that 9/11 happened in a manner very different from the commonly accepted scenario.

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**Today we get music advice from Colin McEnroe, Joan Holliday, Eric Danton and Wally Lamb. Check out their playlists below.**

We need a better name for these music shows we do with Wally Lamb, Eric Danton and Joan Holiday. At the moment, we call them Peekaboo Radio, and the deal is that we introduce you to music you may not know about. Or may have forgotten about.

Chion Wolf

Before we begin, Clarence, the WNPR puppet, would like to address the New Britain puppet thieves.

You probably think an International Puppetry Conference at UConn -- there is one this weekend -- would be full of cute stuff, right?

Everyone Loves Trees

Mar 28, 2011
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Speaking of Elizabeth Taylor and modern perceptions of American womanhood, Camille Paglia said this week "we're in a period now where everything has to be taut in mind and body."

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Here, to me, are the killer statistics:

Elizabeth Taylor has died. But the moviegoing experience she embodied died long before her. 

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On today's show we're going to look at the elaborate networks -- pipeline is too straight and straightforward a word -- that exist in Connecticut to nurture new businesses -- which came to be called, in the last two decades -- "start ups."

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The idea that music can be medicine may strike some of you as woo-woo new age piffle. To a degree I had not understood until now, serious researchers all over the world as studying these connections and making astonishing breakthroughs.

Chion Wolf

Garrison Keillor has announced that he'll retire in 2013.

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**NOTE: Today's Playlist Is Posted Below**

For many years of my adult life, I rejected Irish-American culture. I don't particularly like the way St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in this country with green beer and bad music. Growing up in the 1960s, I had few exposures to anything deeper and "rootsier" than tacky Irish-American treacle.

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Let me just throw it down right here. Bisons over Huskies. Not that I believe the UConn men will lose to Bucknell in the first round, but I will be rooting for that to happen. I've really had it with the UConn men's program. I'll happily root for the women.

Chion Wolf

Today's show was occasioned by a controversial New York Times page one article about Dr. Donald Levin.

It said: "Like many of the nation’s 48,000 psychiatrists, Dr. Levin, in large part because of changes in how much insurance will pay, no longer provides talk therapy, the form of psychiatry popularized by Sigmund Freud that dominated the profession for decades. Instead, he prescribes medication, usually after a brief consultation with each patient."

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It's Pi Day, and we have to ask, can numbers be sexy?

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So you think you had a bad week? National Public Radio can top you

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In Liz Canner's documentary "Orgasm, Inc.," officials from one drug company admit that they were drawn heavily into the hunt for a female orgasm pill because of an incorrect press report that suggested they already had one.

Chion Wolf

I'm not even sure the comedy sub-species "impressionist" really exists any more.

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Remember Ted Williams, the man with the golden voice?

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We can put a man on the moon. Why can't we make our roads look less like the moon?

Wolfie's Songs!

Mar 5, 2011
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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. 

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. 

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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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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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 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.

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.

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