The Nose

The Colin McEnroe Show
4:27 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Live In New Haven: The Nose Previews The Oscars

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:28 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

The Nose: Meteorites, Broken Bridges, & Breakdowns Of Trust

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It seemed this week that we were living in a Jonathan Franzen novel -- or maybe a collaboration between Franzen and his long-departed buddy David Foster Wallace. A cruise ship so impaired that passengers spent days pooping in bags. A flurry of accusations back and forth between a great newspaper and the inventor of an electric car.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:36 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Nose: "Protected" Tweets, Monopoly's Cat, The USPS, & Bombogenesis

Chion Wolf

It feels good to do radio in a big snow storm. Can I read some cancellations? Episcopalian Primal Scream of Newington, the Little Bitty Bitty Ducky Dirty Diaper Day Car, Etruscan Goat Dancing, are all canceled.

The poet Bill Collins writes of:

"The government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:34 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

The Nose: Previewing Super Bowl Ads; Facebooking At Work

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I have come to believe that of all things bright and beautiful on God's green earth, there aren't very many that can't be ground up and mixed with something else and used as either an aphrodisiac or a performance enhancing sports supplement. Or both.

From intestinal whale secretions to blister beetles to monkey glands to rhino horns, everything seems to have a use.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:51 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

The Nose: 'Food Porn,' Hillary Bites Back, & A Case Against Cats

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In the Satyricon by Petronius, I know, is that a pretentious opening or what? We read about the feast of Trimalchio. It's long, it's opulent, and precious.

It's a satire of the moires of the moment. But them, as we digest it, it's a little more than that. It's an Instagram of a moment in time. It's all about a monied class completely out of touch and, implicitly, about an empire grown top heavy with spoils.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Nose: Zero Dark 30, Manti Te'o's Deception, & Lance Comes Clean

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I made today's Nose panelists go see Zero Dark Thirty, just to make sure we all had one controversy we could discuss.

 

That was before I realized how generous the week would be with controversy. The labyrinthine story of football player Manti Te'o and his imaginary girlfriend sneaked up on me. That's the fresh sports scandal making the wires buzz right now.

 But last night's sit-down between Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong breathed new life into an old sports scandal.

 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:36 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

The Nose: Oscar Noms, A Trillion Dollar Coin, & Endorsements

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Here are the topics we'll be talking about on The Nose today.

 

First, the onset of the Awards Season, which seems to coordinate somehow with the onset of flu season. The Oscar nominations are out. The Golden Globes are handed out on Sunday, and there lots of other awards rattling around right now, many of them with the word "choice" in their names.

  The movie awards are a little more meaty this year because three or four of the big films drag controversies along behind them.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:35 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

The Nose: Reviewing A Week In Profanity

Chion Wolf

It's been a noisy week in Lake Profanity. The Speaker of the House told the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate to "go eff himself." Twice.

Glamour magazine ran, on its cover, the s-word with one letter asterisked out -- a practice writer Steve Rushin refers to as "obscene hangman."  And the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a police officer cannot arrest you simply for giving him the finger.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:37 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Nose: NRA Weighs In On Newtown Massacre

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One of the verbal melodies that sustained me during the past year was the notion that people can be divided into two camps: those who think they're living in a comedy and those who think they dwell in a drama.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:31 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The Nose: An Elf On The Shelf Is Watching You

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One of our themes today is the iron fist in the velvet glove. Or maybe, sometimes, it's the other way around.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:07 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Nose: The 'Life Of Pi,' SCOTUS On Gay Marriage, & Endorsements

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We're going to be talking about Life of Pi on the Nose today, but let me get my two cents in ahead of time.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:29 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Nose: Twinkies May Go Bye-Bye - So Don't Be A Sore Loser

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On this critical day in the life of American pseudo-food, I am again reminded if a tour I took in the 1980s with Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith. We visited in a Hostess factory in the Greater Boston area. We saw Twinkies being made.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Nose: Obama Speaks, Bond Returns, & Pot Gets Legalized

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On today's show we carried President Obama first address to the nation since his re-election. We had planned a regular episode of The Nose -- a discussion of James Bond, marijuana legalization and a few endorsements. We'll still do all of that, but we'll start of with the president's speech and our own quick reaction to it. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Nose: "Dear Lydia Callis, I Want To Sign A Baby With You"

It was not a typical week -- if there even is such a thing. The storm changed nearly every equation it blew through.  All of the political campaigns got a lot more tricky.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Nose: Preparation, Fear In Advance Of Hurricane Sandy

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I think is going to be a pretty bad storm.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:53 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Nose: Presidential Debates, Death Of Print, & Puppies!

Chion Wolf

Here are a few things that happened this week in the presidential campaign.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:22 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

The Nose: Debating Big Bird, Strippers In A Truck, & Pulpit Politics

Trust Al Gore to come up with an out-of-left-field and yet completely plausible explanation for something people have been discussing for two days.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:50 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The Nose: Pop-Up Radio & Considering Downtown Hartford

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The Nose: Sports In The Park, Expectations Of Privacy, & McMahon's Paybacks

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:16 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Nose: Anti-Muslim Movies & Free Speech, Public Breastfeeding, And Public Proposals

Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal in Portland, Oregon

The story of the Islamic world uprising over a very stupid, cheesy and deliberately provocative movie is too vast to discuss on one show, but on "The Nose" today, we'll break off a little piece of it that is the movie itself, including all the people who worked on it and now claim not to know what it was.

 Also on the topic list: elaborate marriage proposals, the latest one being the guy who faked his own gorey death. I give this union 18 months.

 But wait, there's more!

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

The Nose: "Eastwooding," RNC 2012, And Will.i.am On Mars

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One of the basic rules of showbiz is that you don't overshadow the star.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:25 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Nose: Parking Meters, Presidential Workouts, & Getting 'Shredded' On P90X

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What's with all the fuss about the body of Paul Ryan?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The Nose: Can Lolo Jones' Story Serve As A Case Study On American Race Relations?

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American thinking about race has not caught up with American thinking about race.

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

The Nose: Transforming Identities And A Debate Over Hair

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

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The Nose With Michael Ian Black: Olympians Behaving Badly & The Chick-fil-A Gay Debate

Chion Wolf

Today's edition of The Nose is an occasionally tense conversation about a series of issues all of which swirl around the issue of free speech. Chick-fil-A, a sandwich chain, sends millions of dollars in corporate profits to vehemently anti-gay groups, including ones that practice “gay-to-straight” conversion therapy. Its CEO went public this week with his anti-gay-marriage views. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:55 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

The Nose: Anderson Cooper And Higgs Boson Come Out

Chion Wolf

After years of speculation, rumors, and whispers, we finally heard this week what we had long expected. The only problem is I can't tell whether I'm talking about the Higgs boson or Anderson Cooper.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:55 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

The Nose: The New Busway, Chasing Doctor Clinics, And The Facebook IPO Drama

I'm convinced that people in Connecticut really hate and fear mass transit, which is why mass transit in this state is stuck the era of Don Draper from Mad Men. The way people react to the Hartford/New Britain busway project is basically the way Gollum reacts when he's tied up with Elvish ropes: "It burns! It burns! We hates it!"

There are lots of reasons why now, getting into the game very late, Connecticut is going to face a lot of extra challenges. One of them is that development has followed no particular logic.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:19 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

The Nose: Connecticut Is 'Still Revolutionary', Donna Summer Dies & Endorsements

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Donna Summer would have been a great pop singer in any era, but she happened to come of age in disco. 

I'd go further than that and say that Donna, because she was a first class talent, lifted disco up out of what it had been -- a swamp of backbeats and heavy production -- and almost single-handedly said: This can be great music if somebody great sings it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Nose: Sneaking Food Into Movie Theaters, Overpriced Tickets & 'Scream'

Chion Wolf

Today on The Nose, we link together a series of only marginally related stories.

We'll start with the amusing tale of Michael Wolff, a well-known media critic who found himself in a standoff with New York City cops over his attempt to bring his own juice to the movies.He got caught and then turned the whole thing into a Twitter episode.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:26 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

The Nose: Scandals, Dumb Tweets, & Medical Marijuana In Connecticut

Chion Wolf

Some weeks are inexplicably more scandalous than others.

This week began with a probe into millions of dollars in apparent bribes by Walmart officials in Mexico. And sitting alongside it was the slime spreading across the reputation of the Secret Service as more reports of strippers and club hijinks trickled in from all over the globe.

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