Code Switch
2:26 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually

Comedian Carlos Mencia performs during the Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más Upfront in May 2010.
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 7:55 pm

Carlos Mencia is well-known for his standup humor, which is slyly good-natured and often focuses on race and ethnicity. The 46 year-old Mencia has had a successful series on The Comedy Channel (Mind of Mencia) and draws huge crowds when he tours the country. When he was starting out in the business, he spent a lot of time on college campuses. And he learned pretty quickly that how he talked about the ethnicity he thought he shared with his audience could get him into trouble.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:14 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

The Nose: Chelsea Manning, Gender Identity, & Good Samaritans

Political history
2:39 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Political Button Extravaganza!

Candidates for governor who won.
Credit Connecticut State Library

Political campaigns may be going more and more digital, but hopefully that doesn’t mean the end for buttons. Look at how much history you can sum up in these photos of campaign buttons! All of these photos come from the Connecticut State Library’s Flickr page.

Here are a few standout slogans. 

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Where We Live
11:34 am
Thu April 25, 2013

The Meaning of Logos, Brands, and Identities

It’s a logo that has become synonymous with the state of Connecticut...or at least it’s athletic teams. Of course, I’m talking about Jonathan the Husky.

But the friendly looking dog, looking off to the side, with his tongue hanging out is being replaced with a fiercer looking dog.

Kyle Muncy, the Assistant Director of Athletics for Trademark Licensing at UConn says the old logo didn't connect with some in the community.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:08 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Impostors In Plain Sight


From Frank Abagnale in "Catch Me If You Can" to "The Return of Martin Guerre" to "The Music Man," we are entertained and amused by stories of impostors.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:01 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

The Nose: Transforming Identities And A Debate Over Hair

Flickr Creative Commons, Bob Bekian

American identity is pretty fluid. Don't like who you are? Become someone else. 

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Where We Live
10:44 am
Mon June 13, 2011

The Question Of Jewish Identity

Gregthebusker, creative commons

Young people today have a lot of ways to define themselves – their clothes, their music, their Facebook profiles.  But what about religious and cultural identity?  These things are a bit trickier, especially for young secular Jews.  What does this identity mean today in a world where Israel is a place of pilgrimage, and the center of the thorniest political issues we face today?

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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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