The Nose

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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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:48 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Nose: Politicans, Proust, 'Lightning Rounds' & Holograms

Chion Wolf

There are many versions of the so-called "Proust questionnaire," which is meant to tease out a portrait of a person based on hopes, dreads, likes and dislikes.

I just filled out one on the website of Vanity Fair, a publication which has put many hundreds of famous people through its own version of the Proust questionnaire. The site crudely analyzed my answers and suggested the people I most resembled were Dustin Hoffman and James Brown -- but the former much more than the latter.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:25 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

The Nose: Garrison Keillor, Penn State Drama, Andy Rooney, And... Oops!

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Newsflash -- on this show Garrison Keillor threw cold water on his much-publicized earlier statements that he would retire from PHC in 2013.

You can hear him say, on the audio here: :"I’m starting to doubt that myself. I’ve been thinking about it, thinking: what else would I do? And I can’t come up with anything….If I didn’t do it I would wind up in a tiny walk-up apartment with a couple of cats."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

The Nose: What Do Presidential Debates Accomplish?

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The question is bubbling up right now because Texas governor Rick Perry wants to stop participating in debates. In fact, he told Bill O'Reilly, “These debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates. So, you know, if there was a mistake made, it was probably ever doing" a debate.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

The Nose: Tracking Changes In Newspapers And Occupy Wall Street

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Are we all entitled to a few blind spots? If so, one of mine is newspapers. I keep thinking somebody is going to find ways to improve them and make them thrive, even as the evidence of my own eyes suggests the opposite.

Today on The Nose, one of our panelists is Susan Campbell from the Hartford Courant. A few weeks ago, she shuttered her blog on the newspaper's web site. And this week, her colleague Helen Ubinas announced that she's leaving.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

The Nose: The Newly-Ending Stories

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Even though I deplore what he said about President Obama on Fox & Friends and even though he seems, in general, like kind of a deplorable person, I kinda wish everybody would reconsider the idea of dropping Hank Williams Jr. from Monday Night Football's opening. There's some ethos of excess and yahooism that Hank captures perfectly, and, really, here at NPR, we've learned some hard lessons abou tossing people named Williams aside just because they said something stupid on television.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

The Nose: Politicking Post-Irene; Cheney's New Memoir; Obama's Bungle

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One pitfall a leader must avoid involves becoming a Charlie Brown or David Copperfield character. A person to whom things happen as opposed to a person who makes things befall others. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:07 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

The Nose: Are Natural Disasters A Sign We've Annoyed God?

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Last night, I saw "Wicked" at the Bushnell and was reminded of all the little subversive political jabs in a musical that has otherwise succeeded in cornering the attention of 12 year old girls.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

The Nose: Big Ideas, The End Of Playtime, And Winners & Losers In Walkouts

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For The Nose, we try to round up a posse of ideas that reflect the serious and playful sides of the week in culture. And culture has been unbusually giving this week. We're just getting to know Rick Perry, a guy who has already (kind of) threatened the Fed Chief, said there are some gaps in the theory or evolution, declared climate change and a non-issue and, well, he's just getting warmed up.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:17 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

The Nose: How Would You Market Hartford?

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Today on the Nose, we talked about the controversial $200,000 marketing report released earlier this week.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:34 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

The Nose: Pie-ings & Bruce Barber's 'Project Basket'

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The winds of life can change abruptly.

Go back about six weeks, and Rupert Murdoch's media empire looks indomitable. Now it's slowly rolling in the water like a half-dead sea mammal.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:34 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

The Nose: Obama's Stressed, Bachmann's Praying & Dobbin's Ombudsmaning!

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Here are links to a few of the topics discussed on today's episode of The Nose:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:45 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

The Nose: Our Favorite Superheroes & Rioting In Canada?

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Sports and superheroes have certain elements in common. Maybe I just want to think that because today we're going to talk about superhero movies like the Green Lantern and the Spider-Man Broadway musical. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The Nose: Weiner Won't Go Away, But Will Voters Forgive Him?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:27 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

The Nose: Oprah's Gone and Loving the Physical Newspaper

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This week a feud erupted between Hartford Courant columnist and blogger Rick Green and Frank Harris, a Courant columnist and chairman of the journalism department at Southern Connecticut State University. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Gearing Up For The Rapture & (More) Men Behaving Badly

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One of our cops and robbers traditions -- as static as Kabuki -- is the perp walk.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

The Nose: Touchy Words And Nail Polish For Boys

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

The Nose: The Semiotics Of Office Jargon

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Here is what we propose to talk about on The Nose today - Bewlidering office jargon.

The semiotics of button-down collars. Why anyone should care about the upcoming royal wedding. The possibly overstated report of a gay caveman ...

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:45 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

The Nose: Voluptuous Ladies & Parenting The YouTube Generation

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Speaking of Elizabeth Taylor and modern perceptions of American womanhood, Camille Paglia said this week "we're in a period now where everything has to be taut in mind and body."

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