The Nose

The Colin McEnroe Show
11:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Nose: Bieber's Bust, Casting Peter Pan, and Scapegoating Maureen McDonnell

Theresa Cramer - Editor, Writer.
Chion Wolf WNPR

It was a fertile week for topics, but here at The Nose, we've boiled them down to four.

First, the decision by NBC to capitalize on its live Sound of Music ratings hit with a revival of the live TV Peter Pan. No cast has been announced yet, so that allows us to do some "dreamcasting. "

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:46 am
Fri January 3, 2014

The Nose: Originality, Subarus and Sexuality, Anonymity, and Grand Exits

Tracy Wu-Fastenberg.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Today on The Nose, we'll talk about this relatively insignificant bit of Rush Limbaugh peevishness, and the degree to which each of us thinks he or she has (informally speaking) patented something: a word, a phrase, a style we've made our own.

Also, Adam Platt's decision to dispense with the fiction that he, as a restaurant critic, is anonymous. It's not exactly the same as claiming to create, but Platt is talking about the anxiety of influence in a different way. How can one do "pure" work? 

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Host's Diary
11:15 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Rush, Conan, Subarus, Lesbians, Restaurant Critics, Martian Colonists: What's Noseworthy?

Chris Kluwe.
Credit MN National Guard / Creative Commons

It's 10:30 on a Friday morning, which is kind of "zero hour" for me to figure out the final order of topics for The Nose, our weekly culture roundtable. Maybe I can straighten out my own thinking and give you a window on our process in the same big gulp. 

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Host's Diary
3:51 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

What We Endorsed on The Nose

Big Al

The show, if you missed it, is here. But people often complain they can't write down the endorsements. 

Let me go first because my endorsement was rushed at the end. I endorsed this (older) book as a nice gift for someone who loves jazz standards and the American Songbook. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:07 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Nose Blows for Duck Dynasty, Netflix Adultery, and More

Jim Chapdelaine.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Here are the topics for The Nose today -- and this week we had to throw out a lot of perfectly good ones because there were so many:

We pretty much have to tackle the controversy around Duck Dynasty. One of the real life characters in the reality TV show gave an interview in which he aired his strong religious views, which included multiple denunciations of homosexuality as a sin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:36 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The Nose Pays Tribute to Melodrama

Irene Papoulis teaches in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric at Trinity College
Chion Wolf

Today, on The Nose, well we can't entirely ignore the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, but the subject is so vast we can only break off one little part. We're going to focus on an essay by Adam Gopnik and published in The New Yorker a couple of weeks ago. Gopnik probes the question of exactly what changed as a result of the crime and its murky aftermath. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:01 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Nose is (Really) Not Racist

Elizabeth Keifer is a Professor of English at Tunxis Community College
Chion Wolf

Here's the plan for The Nose today. We'll begin with a widely discussed column by Richard Cohen of The Washington Post who took an odd detour from a discussion of Chris Christie's national electoral profile and suggested that conventionally-minded people have to repress a gag reflex when confronted with the sight of an inter-racial couple, specifically the new first family of New York City. 

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Host's Diary
6:02 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Racism, Guide Dogs and Palin: What We Talk About When We Talk About The Nose

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Last minute update: I'm fascinated by this article from this morning about Jacqueline Kennedy's pink suit -- maybe as a way in to a larger dicussion about this moment, about the way 11/22/63 is back and being re-processed through the lens of 2013. But I'm not sure the panel will go for it. 

It's 5:30 pm on Thursday, and I have so many tabs open on my browser I think Chrome could just implode, taking us all with it. This is not unusual as we get ready for The Nose, a weekly cultural roundtable. We look for a certain kind of "talkable" item, and finding them can be tough.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:21 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Nose Runs...to New Haven

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On The Nose this week, a viral video musical tribute to Chinese food triggers cries of racism, a father welcoming his fourth daughter into the world, and opens up a can of complicated thoughts about that. And we talk about the time we walked in the shoes of the opposite sex. Listen to our weekly culture panel live from New Haven on WNPR.

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Sniffing Out the Good Stuff
2:57 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Bigos and the Big List: What We Endorsed on The Nose

Via Wikimedia

New York Times Connecticut restaurant critic Rand Cooper endorsed Staropolska in New Britain, where one can drink Bison Grass Vodka and eat bigos (pictured).

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:03 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

The Nose: Why We Love It When Actors Break Character

Jacques Lamarre talked about Oreos and other foods of obsession on today's Nose.
Credit Chion Wolf

A popular video this week was a highlight reel of Stephen Colbert being unable to stay in character as a pompous, self-pleased right wing blowhard. Instead, Colbert is swept up in the hilarity of the material. One of his adorable tricks is to hide the lower half of his face behind something, allowing us to see only his laughing eyes.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:12 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

The Nose Goes to New Haven to Sniff Out the Poopetrator

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We're in New Haven today, and The Nose, our weekly culture panel, wants to talk about the hazards of 3D movies and the increasingly competitive world of Halloween costumes. And because we're in New Haven, we'll turn our attention to a couple of prominent stories down here. One of them -- not for the squeamish -- is the Poopetrator, a laundry prankster who has created such a national stir that even the official account for Clorox bleach is tweeting about him.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:13 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Why Beauty and Politics Are So Hard To Marry

Heath Fahle is the Policy Director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy
Chion Wolf

As Slate embarks on a quixotic search for the "most beautiful woman in the world," The Nose will examine how feminine beauty plays a role in American politics. Earlier this week, a U.S. Representative from Indiana dissed a CNN anchor saying, "You're beautiful, but you have to be honest."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:20 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The Nose Will Not Woo You With A Sandwich

Oh baby.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

What can a sandwich say about a relationship? It turns out, a lot. What very well may have been an inside joke between a young couple turned into a controversial essay by New York Post writer Stephanie Smith this week. 

Smith's tips on wooing her man via meat and bread featured such gems as:

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Brain Sneeze
3:25 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

What was that thing on the Nose?

You probably know what apple fritters look like. (via Wikimedia Commons)

Assuming that the above does not refer to a dermatological problem, I'm guessing it might instead be one of the typical calls or emails I get every Friday from somebody who heard about something vaguely interesting on the Nose but didn't write it down. It's usually one of the endorsements. 

This the internet sensation endorsed by Theresa (who also endorsed apple fritters).

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

The Nose Outlines Its Outrage With Chappelle, Line Cutters, And Always Following The Rules

Theresa Cramer
Chion Wolf

Come on, you must be outraged about something! These are the headlines: "Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney World." "Dave Chappelle's Hate-On For Hartford Called 'Sad,' 'Asinine.'" "No Exception For Newington Veteran Being Evicted For Smoking." 

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Arts/Culture
4:02 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Nose: Dave Chappelle Reacts To Hartford, Millennials Hate Phones, & Putin Puts On Sexy Lingerie

Patty McQueen
Chion Wolf

We have in the works, for next week, a show about J.D. Salinger, the American writer most at odds with his own greatness. 

Little did we suspect that Dave Chappelle, the comedian most at odds with his own greatness, would come to Hartford and have peculiar and very contrary experience with the audience here and create a national stir by his refusal to perform for them.

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

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

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:50 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

The Nose: Rodeo Clowns, Why Americans Want to Drive Less and Abolish Tipping

Chion Wolf

This week a rodeo clown made news when he wore an Obama mask for a routine that straddled the line between permissible lampooning of a president and unsettling evocations of a lone black man being chased and menaced while a white crowd cheered and jeered. How do we resolve those two strains at the moment? There's our belief in loud, lusty rebuke to people in power and our sense that some depictions of black and white kick historical tripwires and throw us back to 1861.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

The Nose: Hillary Gears Up For 2016, Female Bosses & Bucketlists

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Are you ready for a woman to lead the country? Is it Hillary you want? And there seems to be no end to so called inappropriate behavior in the Anthony Weiner campaign.

This week, his spokeswoman used a few ugly words to describe a former intern, adding to an already disappointing stereotype about female bosses. Do bad words cut deeper when they come from women?

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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
2:39 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Nose: We Will Binge Watch Television Until We Die

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Nose: We Will Binge Watch Television Until We Die

Chion Wolf

Over the last ten years, one of the hottest trends in television has been the 13-episode story arc, with each of the first 12 ending in cliffhangers and question marks.

Right on the heels of that came binge watching, which amounts to blowing past the stop sign of each cliff hanger and instantly moving onto the next episode.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

'Much Ado' About Wendy Davis' Abortion Filibuster

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

"Much Ado" About Wendy Davis's Abortion Filibuster

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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
2:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Nose Bids Farewell To James Gandolfini

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The Nose: The NSA Is Logging Your Outraged Tweets About Game Of Thrones

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Ordinarily on The Nose, we don't dive right into hard news, but it's hard to ignore the disclosures from the last few days about FISA, phones, PRISM and government access to Internet servers.

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