human behavior

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:29 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

What To Do About Being Too Busy

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First off, let me apologize to all the people I have spoken to in the last couple of years who have asked me how I am. My response has invariably been, "Busy." Which, I've decided, is a crap answer. In my defense, I really meant it. I sincerely believed that the word that summed up how I am was "Busy."

But what does that even mean? I used to think it meant I have so many different jobs and work responsibilities that I'm unable to do a whole bunch of other things, although I'm not even sure what those things are.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:20 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Love 2.0

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:37 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

'Two Cheers For Anarchy'

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Today, in order to watch a Lenny Bruce monologue on YouTube, I had to sit through a Starbucks commercial. This feels like proof that some kind of fundamental battle has been lost, right? The Internet is free, but not really.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Book of Psychiatric Diagnosis

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:46 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

On Coping with the Death of a Child

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“There are a few circumstances in life in which most people respond the same way, such as starvation. The emotional and psychological stance, as we'll as mental calculations, one takes to prevent starvation would all basically be the same.

“If your child dies, it's an assault on your life, and because of that there is a universal response — [and there are] some basic common elements to that response.” — Bruce Clements

Today, Bruce joins us for a live call-in show on coping with the death of a child.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:06 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Star Trek & Superman - Twin Pillars Of American Optimism

Video Games
10:11 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Violent Video Games Involving Human Characters Linked to Aggression

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The University of Connecticut has come out with a new study on violent video games. It looked specifically at whether video games that pit players against human looking characters provokes more violent thoughts in the player than fighting non-human creatures.

When players fight human looking characters, "they're later more verbally aggressive and they have more aggressive thoughts," said Kirstie Farrar, who is an associate professor of communication and lead researcher of the study.

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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

Chion Wolf

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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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 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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The Faith Middleton Show
6:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Drunk Tank Pink

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Today: The way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
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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The Colin McEnroe Show
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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The Colin McEnroe Show
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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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Combing Through the History And Psychology Of Beards

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The Colin McEnroe Show
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
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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The Colin McEnroe Show
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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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Public Radio Scar Stories

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A listener named Shelly told me this one:

"My large scar on my left wrist reminds me that it is not good to combine platform high heels, blueberry vodka and a wet dance floor. Also, the good karma of attending a charity event will not cover you for bad choices of shoe wear."

See, that's a pretty typical scar story, if there is such a thing. Something happened. You got hurt. It was probably pretty horrible at the time. Now it's a little bit funny -- one of the stories that life wrote on your body.

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Wildlife
10:54 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Most Connecticut Snakes Aren't Venomous

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State environmental officials have joined a national campaign to raise awareness about local snakes. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:39 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

The Seven Deadly Sins — Envy

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:19 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Fast-Forward Family

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Nose: Run Tell Obama, George Jepsen Is Smoking Hot

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Today on the Nose, we're going to talk about looks. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
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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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Nose: Troubles With 'Today'

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This week two parallels drama unfolded before the eyes of the nation.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:34 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Regaining Balance

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Everybody gets knocked off course. How do you rebalance in an unpredictable world? Bruce Clements joins Faith to talk about the art of restoring balance. Are there go-to tactics that work for most people? Or is the answer different depending on what happens to you? What can we learn from others? How do you get perspective when the clear mind you need is clouded and confused?

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News
6:47 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Improving Sexual Climate On Campus

Yale University has introduced new workshops for students aimed at reducing sexual misconduct and improving the sexual climate on campus. Many sexual misconduct and prevention programs for college students center on decision-making and consent.

But if you’re at the point where there’s a question about consent, then you already have a communication problem, says Yale student Matt Breuer. He’s a Communication and Consent educator at the university. He says Yale’s workshops begin with conversation about sexual pressure.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:33 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

A Remembrance Of Candies Past

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Writer Steve Almond says when he brings up his own candy obsession with other people "there is this immediate outpouring of memories, confessions, opinions, regrets."

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:11 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Drunk Tank Pink

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Today: The way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control.

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