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4:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Seaweed And The Sound

Jan Ellen Spiegel

For the last decade or so, Connecticut’s fishermen and shellfishermen have weathered a nearly non-stop storm of difficulties;  some related to climate change; some from pollution.

One fisherman who has had enough is embarking on a new enterprise that many hope will help to save or create jobs on Long Island Sound, and clean it up.

Brendan Smith is looking at a long rope covered with slimy, green, wet seaweed. He’s hoisted it high against a deep blue sky above Long Island Sound in the Thimble Islands.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Regulating Fido: Animal Laws In Connecticut

Lucy Nalpathanchil

This year the state legislature will consider bill that would forbid the outdoor the tethering of dogs between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., prohibit pet shops from selling dogs and cats bred at commercial animal mills, establish the idea of an animal advocate -- probably a law student working pro bono -- to investigate and argue for the welfare of an animal subject to cruelty, and prohibit municipalities from adopting breed-specific dog ordinances.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:39 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Second-Time Blues: The Difficulties Of Doing It All Over Again

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Once upon a time in a second term, a president used his power to go after journalists in Hartford. I could be talking about President Obama's justice department seizing AP phone records, including some from AP's Hartford office. But I could also be talking Thomas Jefferson in 1806.

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4:21 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The Nose: Jolie's Medical Choice, Royal Polo, & A Revival Of '24'

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I'm one of those odd people who still gets physical newspapers thrown into his driveway.

On Monday, I was paging trough the New York Times and came upon Angelina Jolie's now-famous essay about her decision to have her breasts removed preventively, after learning of her high genetic risk factor for breast cancer. I had the odd sensation of looking at my laptop on a nearby table and knowing that, inside it, a massive cyber-conversation was unfolding.  

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2:27 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Get To Know Your Bike Helmet & Ride To Work!

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3:10 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

To Serve Man: Cannibalism In History, Pop Culture, And Nature

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Two cannibals are eating, and one of them says, "I don't like my mother in law," and the other one says: "So just eat the noodles."

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Business
3:07 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Connecticut Farms Are Thriving

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2:59 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

The Future of the Novel

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Listen to this quote: "I have just ... paid a depressing visit to an electronic computer which can write sonnets if fed with the right material... I have a feeling that by Christmas it will have written its first novel, and possibly by next Christmas novel sets will be on sale at Woolworths and you will all be able to buy them, and write your own." That was the writer Lawrence Durrell issuing a gloomy forecast, 50 years ago.

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5:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Poor Old Shine: Celebrating The Roots Of Americana Music

PoorOldShine.com

It's possible to oversell the idea of a modern revival of so-called American roots music. Maybe that revival is always happening.

Nick Spitzer's terrific public radio show "American Routes" has been around since 1998, when it was featuring people like Steve Earle. So, you know ... the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons didn't exactly invent anything.

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2:58 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Living With Food Allergies

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11:27 am
Fri May 3, 2013

The Nose: Koch Brothers Eye Tribune's Newspapers, UConn Student Gets Attacked Online

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It has been widely reported -- but not heavily discussed -- that Charles and David Koch are the leading suitors to buy the eight newspapers belonging to the Tribune Company. One of those eight newspapers is the Hartford Courant.

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2:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Combing Through the History And Psychology Of Beards

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2:41 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

The Triumphant Decline Of The American WASP

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2012 was not the Mayan apocalypse, but it did pile a little more fuel on the WASP Armageddon.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:33 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Live At Watkinson School: Future So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades

Chion Wolf

Today's New York Times features an article about brain-computer interface which is speeding along faster than you might think. Your long wait for the ability to be able to move things -- well, certain things -- with your thoughts is basically over. 

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2:35 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

The Nose: Reddit, Ricin, & Readin' At The Presidential Library

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2:31 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

A Conversation With Peter Tork

Brett Jordan on Flickr Creative Commons

John Lennon said they were the greatest comedy team since the Marx Brothers.

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12:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

'Destination Mars' - Frontier Journeys To The Red Planet

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The good news about Mars? It has sunlight, carbon, water, and nitrogen. On a good day, it's only 35.8 million miles away. True that good day is July 27, 2018, but still, it beats trying to reach the closest other Earth-like planet which is 70 trillion miles away.

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5:11 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Does Going 'All Natural' Keep Us Healthier?

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Two possible meaningful personal stories.

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3:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Digestive System Gets No Respect

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2:30 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Millennials Are Social, Capable, And Confident (Really.)

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Let's define our term. Millennials are the generation currently between the ages of 18 and 30. They are often mocked for being soft, cosseted, narcissistic smart phone addicts. And worse. And part of the issue is that it's just fun to talk about them that way.

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3:18 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

How Violence In Public Places Shapes America's Psyche

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The Boston Marathon bombing sent me back to Don DiLillo's novel "Underworld," in which he describes the experience of watching a shooting be replayed frequently on the news.

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3:55 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

The Nose: 'Accidental Racist' Ignites Controversy, Weiner's Post-Scandal Playbook

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We had a big menu of things we could talk about on The Nose this week, but there was no possibility we weren't going to tackle "Accidental Racist,' the collaboration between country star Brad Paisely and rap star LL Cool J, mainly because of all the heat and light this song as generated among journalists and critics. 

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12:49 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

How Could College Sports Be Reformed?

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Don't get me wrong. I like watching college sports, but I wonder what it is we're watching. 

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3:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Public Radio Scar Stories

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1:37 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Susan Howe, Katha Pollitt, And Ayana Mathis On The Rhythm Of Language

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Today you will meet two poets and one novelist, all women, all fascinating, all appearing around here in the next three days. 

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3:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

After Newtown, Gauging Emotions' Pull In American Politics

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Most political arguments are about authority, in the sense of "Who's wielding it right now?" and "Where does it truly reside?" 

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3:54 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Exploring The Vastness Of Folk Music

Chion Wolf

What is folk music? Phillip Phillips sounds like a folk singer, but he won American Idol. Does that disqualify him? Charles Bradley is the living embodiment of the sound of James Brown, but he played the main stage at the Newport Folk Festival last year. A few years ago, Richard Thompson started covering Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again," as a folk tune, even playing part of it "in the manner of the 16th century."

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3:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

What's The Big Deal About Vocal Fry

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We'll be scrolling through many annoying modern speech mannerisms on today's show, but somehow the glowing white coal in the middle of it all is "vocal fry" -- also known as creaky voice.

It's an affectation popular among younger girls, although older actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon have used it in film roles, usually when playing, well, kind of an airhead.  

The word "annoying"  comes up a lot in reference to this.

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2:24 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Real Lives Of Foster Families

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3:46 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Future of Stem Cells

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