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Brain Development
3:43 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:40 pm

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.

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Voicemail Project
12:31 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story

Marc Dodge's mother bought this 1980 Vermont Teddy Bear Fireman for his father after he retired as a fire chief. It stayed with his parents until they both died, and now resides on his bed.

The Colin McEnroe Show is working on a show all about stuffed animals: the history of being attached, or developing a sentiment towards an object that comforts; the business of building them, and the awesome stories people have about their precious squishy toys.

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Game On
11:45 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Joust To The Music: Video Game Evolves Beyond The Screen

Revelers play Johann Sebastian Joust.
Brent Knepper Courtesy of jsjoust.com

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

On a plaza outside a hotel in Culver City, Calif., four people are stalking each other with PlayStation Move controllers. The devices look a bit like microphones, with glowing orbs on top lit up in pink, yellow and blue.

Video game designer Douglas Wilson is holding a portable speaker, blasting Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

From afar, this looks like some sort of public performance art. But it is actually a high-tech combination of tag and musical chairs, called Johann Sebastian Joust.

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Theater
2:25 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

A New Take on an Ancient Greek Play

Actors in "Big Love" (clockwise from top), Olivia Saccomanno, Briana Maia, and Marisa Desa.
Credit Gerry Goodstein

In performance now through October 13 at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre at the University of Connecticut is "Big Love," a play by Charles Mee. "Big Love" is an adaptation of an ancient Greek play. Joining WNPR News to talk about the production is reporter Ed Wierzbicki, who reviewed the show here and also talked about playwright Mee, the challenge of this production, and the outline of the story. 

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Spotlight on the Arts
2:23 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

"Big Love" Takes Big Leaps With Bold Choices

A scene from "Big Love" at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
Gerry Goodstein

The past and present intersect in the plays of Charles Mee. Known for taking those hefty Greek tragedies and re-imagining them for today’s audiences, his works like "Big Love" ask us—no, challenge us--to give some serious personal thought to our social responsibility as citizens.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:15 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Who's Afraid of Gilbert and Sullivan?

Richard Vaughn is with the Simsbury Light Opera Company.
Chion Wolf

"This is worse than that time we did that Gilbert and Sullivan parody.” That was a Tina Fey line from 30 Rock, and it was a devastating punch at a similar show, Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60," in which a fictional late night comedy show attempted to wow its audience with a song about itself set to the music of "A Modern Major General." 

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:48 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Letting Kids Play

Rishabh Mishra/flickr creative commons

Teaching to the test. Homework in kindergarten. What price are we paying for eliminating play in school? While parents and educators want the best for kids, what is the best? What if countries with high education success rates start those kids on a diet of free play in school? We never hear about that part, but we will in this hour. Edward Miller, an expert in the value of play in child development is our guest. His data is mind altering. Don't miss this show. It's about how to develop a rich human being, from early childhood and onward.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:11 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

David Edelstein On Noomi, Rooney, Charlize, Jessica Chastain and Simon Pegg

pthread1981, Flickr Creative Commons

Let me tell you about the last six days of my life. I've seen, in theaters, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and, in IMAX format, "Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol." At the Bushnell, I saw opening night of the national tour of "Memphis." On television, I squeezed in "The Debt" with Helen Mirren. And the season opener of "Downton Abbey".  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:10 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Brian Dennehy & Samuel Beckett's Legacy

Wikimedia Commons

Samuel Beckett's plays are the little black dress of modernist literature. They go with anything.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:25 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Who Was Shakespeare?

Flickr Creative Commons, tonyetone

Shakespeare is back on television in a big way. You can't watch commercial TV for 45 minutes without seeing an ad for the movie "Anonymous," opening Friday and advancing the argument that Shakespeare's plays were not written by the Stratford commoner but by a British nobleman.

The debate has been raging for many decades now, and the people in the argument tend not to stay very calm about it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:50 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

How Hemingway's Letters Bid 'A Farewell to Macho'

Flickr Creative Commons, marek.krzystkiewicz

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recently wrote that Ernest Hemingway, on the 50th anniversary of his death by his own hand, is having a bit of a renaissance.

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