The Nose

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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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

The Nose: Men Behaving Badly & 'Too Soon' Comedy

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Garrison Keillor has announced that he'll retire in 2013.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:32 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

The Nose: We Can't Stop Talking About Charlie Sheen

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Should we even talk about Charlie Sheen on public radio? As an essayist in Slate pointed out this week, public radio listeners tend to write letters of complaint when NPR covers Justin Bieber, Ken and Barbie, Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, rappers, Levi Johnston, Mel Gibson, heavy metal or sports. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

The Nose: Oscar Roundup 2010 - What Were Your Favorites?

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The movie that had the biggest impact on the Academy Awards over the last ten years is one that did not win best picture ... or even get nominated - it was  "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman movie that was shunned in 2009.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:48 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

The Nose: What To Think About Scientology

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As a former religion writer, I struggle with the whole idea of branding any particular religion as a "Cult."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

The Nose: Hot In Hartford & Bullying For Power In College Football

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Twenty or 30 years ago there was a Doonesbury strip featuring the president of Walden College and a rich uncle pennybags donor who wanted to give the college a new gym or fieldhouse. And the president tried, gently and awkwardly, to nudge the rich man toward the idea of a new African American Studies Center which the college actually needed. The last frame was the rich guy in full tantrum mode, fists clenched, screaming "I WANNA DONATE A GYM!"

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:26 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

The Chion Wolf Rocking Halloween Special

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This weekend, anybody famous who isn't on the Mall with John Stewart and Stephen Colbert will be in Connecticut instead. Or maybe both places at once. Glenn Beck will be in West Hartford. Barack Obama will go through Bridgeport. And Bill Clinton will visit the University of Hartford.

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