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The Colin McEnroe Show is public radio’s most eclectic, eccentric weekday program. The best way to understand us is through the subjects we tackle: Neanderthals, tambourines, handshakes, the Iliad, snacks, ringtones, punk rock, Occam’s razor, Rasputin, houseflies, zippers. Are you sensing a pattern? If so, you should probably be in treatment. On Fridays, we try to stop thinking about what kind of ringtones Neanderthals would want to have and convene a panel called The Nose for an informal roundtable about the week in culture.

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    • 4.5 • 180 Ratings

The Colin McEnroe Show is public radio’s most eclectic, eccentric weekday program. The best way to understand us is through the subjects we tackle: Neanderthals, tambourines, handshakes, the Iliad, snacks, ringtones, punk rock, Occam’s razor, Rasputin, houseflies, zippers. Are you sensing a pattern? If so, you should probably be in treatment. On Fridays, we try to stop thinking about what kind of ringtones Neanderthals would want to have and convene a panel called The Nose for an informal roundtable about the week in culture.

    ‘Books can be mirrors or books can be windows’: How to decide what kids should read

    ‘Books can be mirrors or books can be windows’: How to decide what kids should read

    From book bans to comics and the strange origins of fairy tales, this hour we look at children’s literature and who decides what’s appropriate for kids to read.

    GUESTS:


    Adam Gidwitz: Author of A Tale Dark and Grimm and its companions and the creator of the podcast Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest
    Carol St. George: Professor of teaching and curriculum and director of reading and literacy at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester
    Maria Tatar: Research professor of folklore and mythology at Harvard University; her latest book is The Heroine with 1001 Faces
    Carol Tilley: Comics historian, librarian, educator, and youth advocate; she is a professor in the faculty of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois

    This show was produced with Stacey Addo.

    The Colin McEnroe Show is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode!

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    Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired September 20, 2023.
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    • 50 min
    We take your calls

    We take your calls

    We’ve been doing these shows a couple times a month where we don’t book any guests, where we fill the hour with your calls. And your calls have been interesting and surprising and amusing.

    This hour, the conversation winds around to the stock market, inflation and the real estate market, incidental music in theater, commercials and trailers and such at the movie theater, Woody Harrelson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., rocketing all of our plastic into the Sun … Anything. (Seemingly) everything.

    These shows are fun for us, and they seem to be fun for you, too. So we did another one.

    Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

    The Colin McEnroe Show is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode!

    Subscribe to The Noseletter, an email compendium of merriment, secrets, and ancient wisdom brought to you by The Colin McEnroe Show.

    Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.
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    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Those were the days: Nostalgia in our popular culture

    Those were the days: Nostalgia in our popular culture

    We’ve been noticing a sort of backwards-looking bent lately in TV shows like Ripley, with its 1960s setting and its black-and-white aesthetic and its lush 1950s Italian pop soundtrack. Or Fallout, with its particular brand of retro-futurism and its Jazz Age-to-Space Age music. Or Sugar, with it classic movie-obsessed protagonist and its neo-noir tone.

    There’s a theory that there’s more of an emphasis on nostalgia right now than normal because no one wants to live in 2024. There’s even a whole new Taylor Swift song about it.

    This hour, a Nose-ish look at the heightened role of nostalgia in our popular culture right now. Plus: the dark side of nostalgia culture.

    GUESTS:


    Jessica Andrews: A novelist and a contributing editor at Elle UK; her most recent novel is Milk Teeth
    Spencer Kornhaber: A staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of On Divas: Persona, Pleasure, Power

    The Colin McEnroe Show is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode!

    Subscribe to The Noseletter, an email compendium of merriment, secrets, and ancient wisdom brought to you by The Colin McEnroe Show.

    Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

    Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.
    Support the show: http://www.wnpr.org/donate
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Is print dead or is it making a comeback?

    Is print dead or is it making a comeback?

    Is print dead? Or will it make a comeback? This hour, we talk about the benefits and drawbacks of getting your news in print form. We learn about the print age, or the “Gutenberg Parenthesis,” and we talk about the business of printing.

    GUESTS: 


    Kelsey Russell: A media literacy influencer and co-host of “First Stop News”
    Jeff Jarvis: Author of The Gutenberg Parenthesis: The Age of Print and Its Lessons for the Age of the Internet. His new book, The Web We Weave will be out this fall. He co-hosts the “This Week in Google” and “AI Inside” podcasts
    John Garrett: Founder and CEO of “Community Impact,” a privately owned chain of 40 community newspapers in Texas, which also includes its own printing facilities

    Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

    Subscribe to The Noseletter, an email compendium of merriment, secrets, and ancient wisdom brought to you by The Colin McEnroe Show.

    The Colin McEnroe Show is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. 

    Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.
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    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Osculate me, you fool! A brief history of romantic kissing

    Osculate me, you fool! A brief history of romantic kissing

    This hour, Colin and his guests look at why humans touch others with their lips (and often their tongues!). Join us as we overthink the simple act of kissing.

     

    GUESTS: 



    Marcel Danesi: Professor Emeritus of Linguistic Anthropology at The University of Toronto and author of The History of the Kiss! The Birth of Popular Culture



    Matthew Longcore: Director of Membership and Outreach for the Human Relations Area Files at Yale University and an Adjunct Faculty Member in Anthropology at the University of Connecticut Stamford



    Andréa Demirjian: Runs The Kissing Expert website, Instagram feed, and Facebook page. She’s the author of the book Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures



    Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Subscribe to The Noseletter, an email compendium of merriment, secrets, and ancient wisdom brought to you by The Colin McEnroe Show.

     

    The Colin McEnroe Show is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. 

     

    Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, Lily Tyson, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired on October 10, 2023.
    Support the show: http://www.wnpr.org/donate
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    • 48 min
    Everyday Carry: Unpacking what we carry with us and why

    Everyday Carry: Unpacking what we carry with us and why

    What’s in your pockets right now? Phone, wallet, keys … maybe some discarded receipts or old gum?

    This hour: what we carry with us every day, from flashlights the size of a lip balm to a life-saving medicine.

    GUESTS:


    Bernard Capulong: Founder and editor-in-chief of everydaycarry.com
    Peter Canning: A Hartford paramedic, an emergency medical services coordinator at John Dempsey Hospital, and the author of Killing Season: A Paramedic’s Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic
    Hannah Carlson: Senior lecturer in the Apparel Department at the Rhode Island School of Design and the author of Pockets: An Intimate History of How We Keep Things Close
    Mona Gohara: Private practice dermatologist, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, and an advocate around increasing inclusivity in dermatology
    Drew John Ladd: A writer

    The Colin McEnroe Show is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode!

    Subscribe to The Noseletter, an email compendium of merriment, secrets, and ancient wisdom brought to you by The Colin McEnroe Show.

    Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

    Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show, which originally aired September 19, 2023.
    Support the show: http://www.wnpr.org/donate
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
180 Ratings

180 Ratings

nightsrar ,

One of a Kind

Hyper verbose…but…host displays a vast intellectual curiosity…some excellent programs…some silly (pajamas?)…overall prefer Colin’s show to:

Fresh Air -which has come to rely way too much on streaming series that I DON’T HAVE AND CANT AFFORD. (Why does she feel compelled to go for the dirty laundry…or as Keith Richards said regarding intimate Mick Jagger details he wouldn’t reveal: “nice try, Terry”.)

Musical interludes and introductions from jokey sidekick (think Ed McMann’s nightly “here’s Johnny”…sometimes almost funny but more often lame…nevertheless give the show a certain flavor/identity I suppose.

He can be presumptuous…(what ya expect from a Yalie)…and opinionated but not afraid of the off beat or prosaic…well read, probing, questioning, blazing verbal gymnastics, and a solid grasp of too many aspects of western culture to be aired on any radio network outside an Ivy League university.

Bottom line: Tune in or miss out. You never know what’s coming next.

"Zealot" Is Already Taken ,

Great Fun

Any one who awarded less than five stars is a liar.

Magpie Jinx ,

Episode 7?! Surprise!

I was just about to re-listen to series & #7 dropped. Serendipitous even if it is an interview with the cell-of-origin. While not a fan, always believed Newt to be highly intelligent & agreed with a few of his insights early in interview. But his arrogance & lack of humility bleed through & am reminded, imo, his perennial emergence from behind scenes to spotlight isn’t driven by altruistic compulsion to serve, but ambition for power, relevance, & control how history will be inaccurately recorded. Pretty rich for him to point at “elite media” (he’s apparently looking at you, Steve) for inciting rage in “fascist left” when he introduced this, literally “wrote the playbook” & handed out study guides. The OG of gaslighters, Gingrich disdainfully refers to “woke culture” like Hannity & Tucker do, as if they feel like they’re using the N-word & getting away with it. Kornacki is so respectful & diplomatic (& NG was gracious/egotistical enough to sit down post-production to give his perspective/“make corrections”) but I wished he had pushed back a little when Newt was trying to heat-up rhetoric & false narrative under “how liberals ruining education” & “teaching gender selection in grade school” pots. I can’t with the hypocrisy that democratIC party will ram their partisan agenda through and “destroy everyone in their way” to get there. Kinda cute, coming from the newt who, as Speaker, SAID he would torch the place, SET the bonfire, & even now can’t help gloating a little admitting he did it. PLEASE, Steve Kornacki, drop Episode 8, “Director’s Cut”, it can’t end like that…. Oh I know, you won’t see this TLDR rant…

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