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3:08 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Bonham Carter Takes On Taylor, And She Did Her Homework

Helena Bonham Carter plays Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor, a BBC America movie that focuses on the famous couple's stint acting together on Broadway in 1983.
Leah Gallo BBC

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 6:39 pm

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were the real-life star-crossed lovers of the 1960s and '70s. No relationship better merited the adjective "tempestuous," and of none was that word more often uttered.

BBC America offers a dramatized glimpse of the relationship in its movie Burton and Taylor. The film focuses not on the couple's scandalous beginnings when they met filming the 1963 movie Cleopatra, but rather on their public curtain call as a couple, the 1983 Broadway revival of Noel Coward's play Private Lives.

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Bark At The Moon
7:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

'True Blood' Star Joe Manganiello Brings Ferocity To 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Joe Manganiello is playing Stanley Kowalski in the Yale Rep’s Staging of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which runs Sept. 20 through Oct. 12. He spoke to WNPR's Colin McEnroe on Tuesday.
Credit Chion Wolf

He's widely recognized as Alcide from HBO's 'True Blood,' but did you know Joe Manganiello is a classically-trained actor who graduated from Carnegie Mellon? Or that he inhabited the role of Stanley Kowalski from Tennessee Williams' iconic 1947 play "A Streetcar Named Desire," multiple times before landing his gig as a tall, brown-eyed lupine?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:25 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Joe Manganiello Stars In 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Joe Manganiello is playing Stanley Kowalski in the Yale Rep’s Staging of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Chion Wolf

It just goes on and on. We're in New Haven today where the Yale Rep is getting ready to mount a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," but there's already one playing in Dublin at the Gate. There probably hasn't been one year in the last 50 when there wasn't a significant staging of this play.

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Music
1:40 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Sandra Boynton's Latest: Country Music for All Ages

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Connecticut resident Sandra Boynton is hard to label. She's arguably one of America's most popular children's book authors. She's an artist whose whimsical greeting cards are wildly popular. She's also a music composer who's produced five albums and been nominated for a Grammy.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:09 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Compelling Life Of Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton.
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Michael Bolton has reinvented himself many times. A few years ago, he cut off his trademark hair.  He put out an album of opera arias and another of American Songbook Standards. But probably his biggest challenge was dealing with his image as a romantic icon so permanently rooted in the dead center of the mainstream that poking fun at him became an easy way for people who really weren't all that cool to prove they were at least cool enough to reject Michael Bolton.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:57 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Searching For J.D. Salinger In A New Biography

J.D. Salinger is the subject of a new documentary and book by David Shields and Shane Salerno
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If you seek parallels between J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon they're easy to find. Both were literary geniuses. Both were publicity-shunning recluses. Both men were psychosexually arrested by God knows what primal wound.

Salinger seemed able to bond only with very young women and girls. Pynchon had a pattern -- somehow linked to inability to form normal alliances --  of hijacking the wives and partners of his friends.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:46 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

In A World Of Voice Overs... "In A World" Is The Tip Of The Iceberg

Credit Chion Wolf

Thirteen years ago, I wrote an amusing but fairly ignorant op-ed piece for The New York Times triggered by watching a planetarium movie narrated by Tom Hanks. I wrote: "I miss the days of the anonymous, nobody-special narrator. Playing next door to Mr. Hanks at the museum was a Mount Everest Imax movie narrated by Liam Neeson. Take a cab to get there, and Isaac Hayes tells you to take your stuff when you get out, and don't forget your receipt." 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Nose: Weiner's Digital Infidelity and Why We Love to Boycott

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I find it difficult to think about the mess currently embroiling Anthony Weiner without also thinking about Virginia Johnson, who died this week at 88. She was one half of Masters and Johnson, the research and writing duo who opened up sex as a discussable topic.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:11 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Summer Songs 2013 With Wally, Joan, And Eric!

Wally Lamb, Joan Holliday, Eric Danton.
Credit Chion Wolf

You know who needs this show today?

Me.

I'm having a musically starved summer, at least in terms of modern recorded music. I've made it out to some live shows, but I really have no idea what's being released these days.

I can sum up my relation to music his summer in the following way: I was going to order the new Laura Marling CD, but I didn't. That's it. Meanwhile to force myself to do bicycle training runs every night, I've been playing an obscure 1978 Todd Rundgren song called "Determination." Sad, really.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Catching Up With Jackson Browne

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Nose Bids Farewell To James Gandolfini

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Nose Bids Farewell to James Gandolfini

The Colin McEnroe Show
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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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:21 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

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

Wikimedia Commons

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 beast 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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News
3:10 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Polo: Not Just For Princes and Models

ArtsieAspie (Flickr Creative Commons)

Britain's Prince Harry capped his week-long trip to the U.S. by winning a charity polo match at a star-studded event in Connecticut.

 The prince's team won 4-3 after he scored a game-tying goal Wednesday afternoon at the Greenwich Polo Club.  Polo is a sport long associated with the British upper crust, but there are polo clubs playing matches right here in Connecticut.  Joining us by phone is Andrew Flint, a veterinarian, and a member of the Giant Valley Polo Club in Hamden.

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Martha Stewart
3:26 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Is Martha Stewart History?

With over thirty books published and millions of magazines devoured by fans eager to organize their homes, prepare delicious meals, and simply be crafty, Martha Stewart has become known as the most successful modern domestic advisor in the United States.  But domestic advice of the kind Stewart doles out in her television appearances, print, and internet publications is not something new.  Domestic advisors have long had a place in America’s kitchens and homes and have been providing women with guidance on how to manage their homes and cook appropriate meals for hundreds of years. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Artist Jonathon Keats Wants To Clone Obama, Lady Gaga

Cheryl Tan

Artist, writer and experiemental philosopher Jonathon Keats explains his latest art project, Cloning Celebrity, which uses epigenetics to create "replicas" of President Obama, Lady Gaga, Michael Phelps, Oprah Winfrey, and Jennifer Lopez.

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

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Tony Danza Wants To 'Apologize To Every Teacher' He Ever Had

Crown Archetype

Today's show started with the fact that Tony Danza was available and willing to talk to us. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The Nose: Free Hugs, TomKat, Happiness In Politics, And Travelling While Rude

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Every time I turned on my TV this week, there was a Tom Cruise movie playing. Are they able to do that? And by "that" I mean react so quickly to celebrity news that they can move somebody's back catalogue into the movie rotation of a cable channel. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Maybe if I knew more about what Scientology says about coincidences... Well, actually, I do.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Pat Sajak & The Odd Couple

Chion Wolf

(Before we go any further, this will explain why Pat Sajak is in Connecticut and, for that matter, on The Colin McEnroe Show.) Click on the audio to hear Pat Sajak and two of his friends talk about their lives, Hawaii Five-O and other pressing topics. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

The Nose: GCB's & Internet Slactivism

Chris Ptacek (Chenoweth), Getty Images (Kony)

The Joseph Kony internet meme is racing across our hive mind with a speed and force almost unprecedented, at least for something serious. The video about the Ugandan opposition leaders seems to have had about 35 million views in one day. And the videos and its makers now have the support of Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, P. Diddy, Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest and Tim Tebow. So Joseph Kony, your days are numbered.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

The Nose: Iowa's Caucus; The 'Real' Kardashians & Things We Like in 2012

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The national political media spend about a month trying to convince you that Iowa's caucuses are important. Now they're going to spend a week telling you why they don't matter.

On his blog PressThink, media critic Jay Rosen argued this week that: "The Iowa Caucuses are presented as a news event, a mini-election with an informational outcome, a winner. But what they really are is a ritual, the gathering of a professional tribe, which affirms itself and its place in our political system by staging this thing every four years."

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:36 am
Thu March 24, 2011

One of the Greatest Starsin Movie History

You might be able to construct an entire dining room table from the many books about actress Elizabeth Taylor.

This new one is intriguing because it explores how she knowingly or unknowingly created the culture of celebrity that we have today.

Elizabeth Taylor declared unheard of independence from the studio system that every noteworthy actor was tied to, for good and bad results.

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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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MPAA
8:10 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Dodd Takes Hollywood

Chion Wolf, WNPR

Earlier this week, retired US Senator, Chris Dodd, came out of his 8 week retirement.  We talk to the Connecticut Mirror's Deirdre Shesgreen about Dodd's new gig.

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MPAA
2:13 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Dodd Takes the Red Carpet Job

Xurble photo via Flickr Creative Commons

Ending months of speculation, the Motion Picture Association of America announced Tuesday that retired U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd would be the movie industry's man in Washington D.C., effective St. Patrick's Day (March 17). 

The job comes with an estimated $1.2 million salary and the "duty" of handing out much-sought-after inivtations to movie screenings in the MPAA's 70-seat D.C. theater. 

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Host's diary
2:15 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Does Anyone Want a Cat Named Bill Curry?

Animal rights activists have named this cat William Curry, after Connecticut's beloved former comptroller and gubernatorial candidate.

Here is what we know about it, via Julie Lewin of the National Institute For Animal Advocacy:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

The Chion Wolf Rocking Halloween Special

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This weekend, anybody famous who isn't on the Mall with John Stewart and Stephen Colbert will be in Connecticut instead. Or maybe both places at once. Glenn Beck will be in West Hartford. Barack Obama will go through Bridgeport. And Bill Clinton will visit the University of Hartford.

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