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The Faith Middleton Show
2:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Junk Food TV

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Storage WarsCheaters, Hoarders — what's your favorite junk food TV? Why do we watch them, when we do? Do we test ourselves by seeing how others behave? Are reality shows for real?

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Where We Live
1:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

The Worldwide Leader in Cable

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Concussions in football may be the biggest threat to America’s biggest game. For 15 months, ESPN teamed up with PBS’ Frontline for a film called “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.”

About a month and a half before the film premieres, ESPN has announced they are pulling out of the project.

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Television
3:10 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Americans Abroad Say They'll Miss ESPN TV

Connecticut-based ESPN has suspended its TV broadcasts in most of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and US sports fans living abroad say they’re having a tough time adjusting to the change.

Peter Alegi says Americans overseas love to argue about two things: U.S. politics and U.S. sports. Alegi – a self-described baseball nut - is a New Haven native who has lived for decades in Italy.  Speaking from the town of Todi, Italy, he says ex-pats will sorely miss TV broadcasts of major league baseball, the NBA and NFL.  

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Non-Profit Woes
1:03 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Amistad Goes To Puerto Rico...During Hurricane Season

The Amistad is heading down to Puerto Rico to film a NBC miniseries.
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State officials are expressing concern about a series of recent blunders by the Schooner Amistad, including the decision to sail to the Caribbean during hurricane season. 

The ship will be featured in a NBC miniseries on the pirate Blackbeard, starring John Malkovich. Amistad America will be paid $250,000 but will have to film in Puerto Rico during Hurricane season:

"I complained about it because we're talking about a tall, wooden ship. There essentially is no real safe harbor for that in a hurricane," said North Stonington State Representative Diane Urban.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:16 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Orange Is The New Black...But It's Still Orange

Prison Cell
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Piper Kerman brought a suitcase of cash across international borders as the 20-year-old girlfriend of an international drug trafficker.

By the time she was 34, Piper outgrew her need for adventure, but not the crime that landed her in prison more than a decade later, despite that she was living a respectable life with a boyfriend, family, and artisanal soap business in New York City's West Village.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Saying Farewell: Why We Set High Bars for Finales

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When "The Sopranos" ended -- the screen going black and an 80 percent chance that Tony got whacked and never saw it coming -- you really got the feeling that something new had been attempted. 

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News
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

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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!

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