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5:13 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

The History — And Future — Of Cable's Bundling

Though you'd never see it listed on your monthly cable bill, nearly every channel you get has a secret price.
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Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:13 pm

For Time Warner Cable customers in major cities, the battle for the future of television is playing out before their eyes.

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What We're Watching
3:30 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Woman Behind 'Orange Is The New Black'

Promotional image from the new Netflix series "Orange Is The New Black." (Netflix)

Netflix’s new original series “Orange Is the New Black” is based on the life of Piper Kerman, a Smith graduate and self-described WASP who must go to prison for 13 months when her past catches up with her.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:09 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Life and Times of Broadcast Legend Ivor Hugh

Chion Wolf

Let me tell you, in the bluntest possible manner, why we're doing a show with Ivor Hugh today.

Last year, I had the idea of doing a show that would have been a gathering of some of the voices from the era when radio was king. One of the names in my head was Ivor's. The other one was my friend and former colleague Arnold Dean. Arnold started in radio within a year of  Ivor; and, like almost everybody doing radio in the 1950s, both men then dabbled in the early days of television, because the early TV talent was radio talent.

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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
4:05 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Birth, Life, and Death of Jokes

Chion Wolf

Some time in the late 1980s, when my main job was writing allegedly funny newspapers and magazine pieces and books  I was visiting a friend who worked in the offices of "Late Night with David Letterman." I think she was an assistant to Dave's assistant or something. Anyway, she introduced me to the show's head writer Steve O'Donnell and she must have mentioned me before because he said, "Oh yes. The humorist."

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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
2:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Nose Bids Farewell to James Gandolfini

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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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:06 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Star Trek & Superman - Twin Pillars Of American Optimism

The Colin McEnroe Show
4:21 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The Nose: Jolie's Medical Choice, Royal Polo, & A Revival Of '24'

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I'm one of those odd people who still gets physical newspapers thrown into his driveway.

On Monday, I was paging trough the New York Times and came upon Angelina Jolie's now-famous essay about her decision to have her breasts removed preventively, after learning of her high genetic risk factor for breast cancer. I had the odd sensation of looking at my laptop on a nearby table and knowing that, inside it, a massive cyber-conversation was unfolding.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:21 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The Nose: Jolie's Medical Choice, Royal Polo, & A Revival Of '24'

Wikimedia Commons

I'm one of those odd people who still gets physical newspapers thrown into his driveway.

On Monday, I was paging trough the New York Times and came upon Angelina Jolie's now-famous essay about her decision to have her breasts removed preventively, after learning of her high genetic risk factor for beast cancer. I had the odd sensation of looking at my laptop on a nearby table and knowing that, inside it, a massive cyber-conversation was unfolding.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:31 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

A Conversation With Peter Tork

Brett Jordan on Flickr Creative Commons

John Lennon said they were the greatest comedy team since the Marx Brothers.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Nose: Troubles With 'Today'

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This week two parallels drama unfolded before the eyes of the nation.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:06 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Act Of Odd: An Interview With Crispin Glover

Chion Wolf (filtered through Instagram)

Crispin Glover is an actor, writer, director, recording artist and author. He's in our studio today.

Glover is very famous for two things. The movie "Back to the Future," in which he played the character George McFly at two different ages, and several very eccentric appearances on late night talk shows.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:52 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Sex, Drugs, And Brooklyn: A Conversation About HBO's 'Girls'

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Why do people love the HBO series "Girls?" Part of the fun is the cascade of 21st century epigrams.

Every episode belches out a dozen or so quotables: The exotic Jessa to her older, uninteresting husband: "I tell my friends you were a test tube baby, just to give you a little edge."

 The irritable coffeehouse manager Ray, when his new employee Hannah shows up for work in a white dress: "Forget all the BBC you watch at home with your cats and come back with an appropriate outfit."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:46 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

A Salute To Firewood

We started thinking about this show because of a much-circulated New York Times article on a Norwegian prime time TV show, watched by one-fifth of the population there, about firewood. The show was inspired by a bestseller called “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood — and the Soul of Wood-Burning."

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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
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
4:02 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

The Remote Control

The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

The Nose: Auriemma Drama, And Spoiler Psychology

Chion Wolf

A quick rundown of this week's Nose topics:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Pat Sajak & The Odd Couple

Chion Wolf

(Before we go any further, this will explain why Pat Sajak is in Connecticut and, for that matter, on The Colin McEnroe Show.) Click on the audio to hear Pat Sajak and two of his friends talk about their lives, Hawaii Five-O and other pressing topics. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:32 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Whisk(e)y!

The Colin McEnroe Show
4:32 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Is Subliminal Influence Real?

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"All media work us over completely."  So said Marshall McLuhan.

It was clear to McLuhan in the early 1960s and it's even clearer to us that engagement with fast-moving electronic media is producing changes that are hard to keep track of.

What if somebody wanted to produce certain changes in us that we weren't aware of?  What if someone wanted to persuade us without having to have a conversation with our conscious intellects?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Fantasy, Reality And 'A Game Of Thrones'

Courtesy: HBO

Why are we talking today about "Game of Thrones," an HBO series that begins its second season Sunday night?

The numbers alone are impressive. Three million people watched the final episode of the first season, which is a lot for a fantasy show on a cable premium channel. When you add in all the other ways to watch, it's more like 8 million sets of eyeballs per episode. The books by George R.R. Martin have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:20 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

The Nose: Lovin' & Hatin' On The 2012 Oscar Nominees

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I'm even grumpier than usual about the Oscars, which I both love and hate. Most years, I have a movie I love that's somewhere in the hunt. Last year, even though I knew "Winter's Bone" wasn't going to win anything, it was fun to root for it.

The year before, I most rooted against "Avatar," and cherished the notion that "District 9" was in many ways the most original and thoughtful movie among the nominees.

The year before that -- well, at least there was the certainty that Heath Ledger's performance in "The Dark Knight" was the best work anybody did all year.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Downton Abbey - PBS's Water Cooler Phenomenon

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At the outset, Downton Abbey looked like just another PBS costume drama. But it came in from England with a little extra buzz, and then it picked up steam with viewers.

By the end of its first season, it had become appointment television for a lot of people who don't ordinarily watch PBS on Sunday nights. In its second season, which concluded Sunday night, it had reached the stage the programmers crave. It was a water cooler phenomenon, heavily discussed on social media and among real live human beings the next morning at work.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:01 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Best & Worst Super Bowl Ads 2012

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Do Super Bowl commercials hold up a mirror to, well, anything? Maybe, by the time you've paid three or four or seven million dollars for the time, plus your production costs, you've entered such a realm of insanity that it would be impossible to connect your final product back to anything going on in the real world.

Today, we'll be analyzing a lot of the ads you saw yesterday. Some of them can only be discussed in terms of whether they worked or not. Did they entertain you? Did they make you want to buy a Chevy or a bag of Doritos?

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