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“The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately.”
Thomas Paine

The Colin McEnroe Show endeavors to prove Paine correct, every weekday. While the topics are unpredictable from one day to the next (previous show topics include whistling, placebos, politics, the nature of divinity, Barbra Streisand, bedbugs, human hydration, dinosaurs, unreliable narrators, ugliness, and raccoons), what is always assured is that a thoughtful, smart, and interesting exploration and conversation with amazing guests will take place about something.

Colin McEnroe is an author, playwright, professor, columnist, and blogger, who is allergic to penicillin and enjoys photographing his dog wearing hats and publishing those photos to the internet. He heads up a team that includes three inquisitive producers (see below) plus the comedy performer Chion Wolf, who doubles as the show's technical producer.

You can stream us live or subscribe on most podcasting platforms. While we are live, call us at (860) 275-7266. When we're live in our New Haven studios call us at 203-776-9677, or email us anytime at colin@ctpublic.org. We're also on Twitter @wnprcolin. To reach us in the newsroom when we're not on air, call (860) 275-7272.

Contact producers:

The executive producer is Catie Talarski. The technical producer is Chion Wolf. The digital producer is Carlos Mejia.

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Being Pagan

May 16, 2011
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In 1979, Margot Adler's book "Drawing Down the Moon" drew back the curtain on a highly developed and surprisingly well-populated world of of wiccans, covens, neopagans, goddess-worshipers, druids and even a group of people calling themselves "Radical faeries."

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This week the New York Times got interested in political marriages.

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Psychogeography was defined by Guy Debord as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals."

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I don't usually recommend that you touch your radio tuner, but, after today's show, flip over to a station playing what used to be called Top 40 radio and notice how many songs use the effect known as auto-tune

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It seems you can't win with fish.

Chion Wolf

Watching the new CPTV documentary "The '60s in Connecticut," I reminded again of the way collective memory shapes and archives traumatic events.

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More than I've said out loud, the Osama bin Laden sideshow that began last Sunday night has made me uncomfortable.

I'm kind of a freak for due process, even though I freely concede that a proper trial would have been a near-impossibility. On the other hand, there was Nuremberg, right?

The celebrations in New York and Washington D.C. seemed more appropriate for an NBA championship or a Super Bowl victory  -- not our killing of a hated enemy.

Chion Wolf

Because we're live from Billings Forge in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford today, let's take the opportunity to talk about cities and why some of us love them.

Small towns are great, and suburbs have their purpose. But one of the ideas of a city is the notion that intelligence and creativity can collect in little pockets.

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I've been plowing through two biographies of Connecticut political titans -- Morgan Bulkeley who was Hartford mayor, Connecticut governor and a US Senator during the Gilded Age -- and Tom Dodd, Nuremberg prosecutor, Congressman, and a US Senator.

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Writer, critic and artist Jonathon Keats explains how he uses quantum entanglement - an intimate trans-universal relationship between particles - to strengthen the bonds of marriage between couples.

He also explains his latest exhibit in California, a gourmet restaurant ... for plants.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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One of our subjects today is a web TV drama about cops and gangs in Hartford. "Second District" is very much in the mode of "The Wire."  

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I confess I was surprised last night when crowds surged to the White House and to the former site of the World Trade Center to cheer the death of Osama bin Laden.

It's Storytime!

Apr 29, 2011
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Today's show is about storytelling.

Even though we didn't plan it that way, it turns out to be weirdly appropriate because our station has been having storm-related transmitter problems that probably forced a few of our listeners to entertain and enlighten one another the old way.

The Elegance (And Pleasure) Of Dancing

Apr 28, 2011
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When was the last time you danced? Not in the kitchen while preparing dinner, but publicly on a dance floor with loud music, maybe even a partner ...

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Just a few days ago, the First Two Ladies on the United States, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced a national initiative called Joining Forces. The idea is to combine as many elements of society as possible -- communities, individuals, nonprofits and businesses -- to make life a little less stressful for military families.

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Just a few days ago, the First Two Ladies on the United States, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced a national initiative called Joining Forces. The idea is to combine as many elements of society as possible -- communities, individuals, nonprofits and businesses -- to make life a little less stressful for military families.

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From Colin McEnroe:

Let me be clear: I believe 9/11 was the work of al-Qaeda. I believe they hijacked planes and flew them into buildings.

Let me also be clear: I believe there was a concentrated, organized effort at the highest levels of American power to mislead the American public about the fundamental nature of 9/11 and that said effort was largely successful.

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We're talking today about independent record stores. At first I thought the show would be mostly about the romance of vinyl, but I see now that that's not the point. (Or at least that the emphasis should be on romance and not on vinyl.

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Heartbreak is embedded in baseball at a granular level. Football, basketball, boxing, hockey ... these sports can knock the spiritual wind out of you, but not the way baseball can.

There's something about the slow unfolding of the game that mirrors Shakespeare's history plays and the work of the Greek tragedians. Is it a coincidence that the great yearly festival of Greek tragedies was held in late March/early April, which roughly coincides with the start of our baseball crop cycle?

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On Sunday, the New York Times business section introduced me to a new term: FOMO, "Fear of Missing Out."

Chion Wolf

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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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Luanne Rice has written 28 novels, many of them bestsellers, with translations into 24 languages and five TV adaptations.

She's a bi-coastal literary force, welcome in and familiar with the power corridors of New York publishing and the L.A. entertainment industry.

Chion Wolf

*This episode originally aired April 6, 2011*

We all know what it's like to slip into the gravitational pull of a musical artist. You might have a few weeks where you just can't stand to listen to to anything else. In fact, the musical universe seems divided up exactly that way - Your Guys. And Everybody Else.

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Lately, there's been a lot of debate over whether or not Connecticut should have hookahs.

There's been back and forth between public officials in Milford and the owner of a restuarant trying to open a hookah lounge there. The debate ended with the introduction of a bill to the Connecticut General Assembly which could essentially ban new hookah lounges in the state.

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There's something Shakesperean about Jim Calhoun. I'm just never sure which play he's in. Henry V? Lear? Richard III?

On Monday night, he was Henry V, leading his troops into battle. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers," indeed. But since 2008, he has auditioned for other roles. Sometimes exploding like Lear and sometimes appearing to connive like Richard.

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Think of a story from your neighborhood over the past weekend. Anything happen?

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Today on The Nose, we'll be talking about the rise of master conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and about the Kennedy mini-series that was driven off the History Channel -- where, interestingly, Alex Jones has appeared.

We've been having some interesting discussions around here about one of Alex Jones's favorite topics, the notion that 9/11 happened in a manner very different from the commonly accepted scenario.

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**Today we get music advice from Colin McEnroe, Joan Holliday, Eric Danton and Wally Lamb. Check out their playlists below.**

We need a better name for these music shows we do with Wally Lamb, Eric Danton and Joan Holiday. At the moment, we call them Peekaboo Radio, and the deal is that we introduce you to music you may not know about. Or may have forgotten about.

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