Rank #1: The Thanksgiving Eve Nose On Sacha Baron Cohen, Tesla's Cybertruck, And Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian'
And: The Mandalorian is the big, new, original, launch title for Disney's new streaming service, Disney+. It's a half(ish)-hour western set in the Star Wars universe, and three episodes have dropped so far.
Nov 27 2019
Rank #2: Privatizing Weather Data; Canada's Bagel Wars; The Apostrophe
Private weather companies are cropping up to produce weather and climate models that has historically been provided by the government at taxpayer expense. Private weather forecasting is a $7 billion industry that threatens the National Weather Services hold on the best data and could lead to a tiered system of access.
Also this hour: Montrealers are united around their bagels. Until now, the biggest division was over who made the best bagel. Now, environmental concerns have divided them into those who want to ban the wood-burning ovens that make Montreal bagels unique and traditionalists who want to preserve the city's Jewish history and social fabric.
Lastly, the Apostrophe Preservation Society has closed its doors. It's 96-year-old chairman said "ignorance and laziness" has won. We take your calls (pet peeves) about the apostrophe.
Dec 02 2019
Rank #3: The Nose On Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' And Canceling Gauguin
The Irishman is Martin Scorsese's first gangster movie in thirteen years. It's his first feature-length film with Robert De Niro in 24 years and his first with Harvey Keitel in 31 years. It's Joe Pesci's first onscreen performance since 2010 and just his third since 1998. It's the first time any combination of Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and/or Harvey Keitel has ever worked together, and it's the first time Scorsese has ever directed Pacino.
The Irishman is also Scorsese's first film for Netflix. As such, a number of theater chains in our area are boycotting the picture. But some aren't -- and it'll be streaming right to a Netflix machine near you as of November 27, just in time for the long holiday weekend.
And: The French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin died more than 116 years ago. Is it time to cancel him?
Nov 22 2019
Rank #4: The Navy Versus President Trump; Yale-Harvard Protest; Student Impeachment
Defense Secretary Mark Esper demanded the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday. Esper said he had lost confidence in Spencer. Esper's action follows Spencer publicly disagreeing with President Trump over the military's decision to demote one of three war criminals the president pardoned against military advice. What are the consequences of presidential interference in the military code of justice?
Also this hour: Students from Yale and Harvard protested during Saturday's Yale-Harvard football game in New Haven, to call on both universities to divest their investments in fossil fuels. About 350 additional fans joined them on the field to the sounds of John Denver. Sam Waterston was there too.
Lastly, a group of student body senators at the University of Florida initiated impeachment proceedings against their student body president for using student fees to promote a political agenda. He specifically wanted to pay Donald Trump Jr. to speak on campus.
Nov 25 2019
Rank #5: America Loves Roadside Attractions. So We Talked To One.
If you ever drive across the country, you’ll notice there is a surprising amount of World’s Largest attractions.
West Virginia has the world’s largest teapot, California has the world’s largest yo-yo and Arkansas, for whatever reason, has the world’s largest Spinach can. This hour we talk to the man who brought the world’s tallest Uncle Sam to Danbury, Connecticut.
We also speak with the only person in history who claims to have built two full-size replicas of Stonehenge, and a cartoonist that is very well-traveled.
Lastly, we speak to someone who is the attraction. He's gone viral for knitting sweaters of roadside attractions, then taking selfies in front of them.
Nov 26 2019
Rank #6: The Nose Watches The 'Watchmen' And Says Goodbye To Mr. Dankosky
Watchmen is a limited series of comic books that became a graphic novel in 1987 and a feature film in 2009. And now it's an HBO series from Damon Lindelof that acts as a kind of sequel to the original comics, set 34 years later.
And: Today is John Dankosky's last day at Connecticut Public after 25 years. There is just no denying that WNPR wouldn't be what it is -- and The Colin McEnroe Show wouldn't be at all -- if it weren't for Mr. Dankosky. The Nose tries to begin to come to terms.
Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:
- I Showed My 7-Year-Old 'Jaws' and I Regret Nothing
Sure, horror movies can horrify children. But they can also heighten the senses and awaken the analytical mind.
- The Mainstream Media Is Not Playing Games
With its new vertical Launcher, The Washington Post is the latest big outlet to dedicate resources to covering video games in a comprehensive manner. But past efforts have failed at publications like Rolling Stone and Variety -- so why is this time going to be different?
- Game of Thrones Creators Chose a Weird Time to Confirm They Had No Idea What They Were Doing
As David Benioff and D.B. Weiss put it during a fan panel over the weekend, during the show's early days, "Everything we could make a mistake in, we did."
- Kickball Umpire Sues South Carolina Mayor, Saying He Was Fired Over a Call
A lawyer for the umpire is calling for the governor and the state attorney general to open a misconduct investigation into Michael A. Lockliear, the mayor of Moncks Corner.
- Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters.
- G/O Media Tells Deadspin Staff in Leaked Memo: Stick to Sports
Sports—and sports alone—must be "the sole focus" of the website, new management said Monday in a memo obtained by The Daily Beast.
- Let's All Stop Mindlessly Clicking and Sharing Zombie Links
- Ten Years Ago, I Called Out David Letterman. This Month, We Sat Down to Talk.
It's not often that you speak truth to power and power responds, "Oops, sorry," writes former Letterman writer Nell Scovell.
- 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Gets Update for the #MeToo Era
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson replaced lyrics that some considered an allusion to date rape. Gone: "Say, what's in this drink?" New: "It's your body, and your choice."
- John Dankosky - Namesake of The Dankosky Building on heartbroken Asylum Hill in Hartford
- Jeff Cohen - Connecticut Public Radio's news director, which Mr. Dankosky used to be
- Sam Hatch - Co-hosts The Culture Dogs on Sunday nights on WWUH
- Ned Lamont - The 89th governor of Connecticut
- Dannel Malloy - The 13th chancellor of the University of Maine system; was, until this January, the 88th governor of Connecticut
- Ralph Nader - Mr. Dankosky's neighbor, among other things
- Lucy Nalpathanchil - Hosts Where We Live on WNPR, which Mr. Dankosky used to do
- Carolyn Paine - An actress, comedian, and dancer; founder, director, and choreographer of CONNetic Dance
- Chion Wolf - Our technical producer and announcer
Colin McEnroe and Tucker Ives contributed to this show.
Nov 01 2019
Rank #7: The Case Against Boeing; Myles Garrett Is Suspended Indefinitely; Return Of A Stradivarius
Ralph Nader's niece died when Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 max 8 jet crashed in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, in March 2019. Since that day, her family has been trying to prove that Boeing put profits before public safety when they failed to ground the plane when they recognized the danger it posed.
There is a poignancy in the notion that this family has to fight this battle against corporate greed and deregulation. It's been the fight of their lives. Now, the fight is more personal.
Also this hour: Myles Garrett, a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns, was suspended indefinitely for attacking another player on the field. He likes poetry, astrophysics and paleontology. He's the least likely guy to exhibit violence. Why did he do it and what can we learn from it?
Lastly, a long-lost Stradivarius comes home.
Nov 18 2019
Rank #8: Eugene O'Neill Deserves A Closer Look
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Eugene O'Neill doesn't get enough credit. His plays are a form of therapy. O'Neill forces us to watch the raw pain of our human condition, the disillusionment and existential fear that we push into the background.
O'Neill's plays are dark but there's a catharsis in confronting our deepest fears and illusions.
Who is the man behind the works and what can they teach us about ourselves and this current cultural moment.
- Robert Dowling - Professor of English at Central CT State University, author of Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts, and President of the Eugene O’Neill Society.
- Howard Fishman - frequent contributor to The New Yorker, performer, and composer.
- Jeanie Hackett - actor, director, author, and artist-in-charge at The Workroom.
Colin McEnroe and Jonathan McNicol contributed to this show.
Jared Todd produced this show.
Nov 06 2019
Rank #9: The Nose On Our Current Cancel Culture, Jane Fonda's Arrests, And 'Parasite'
Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:
- Emmys alter rules to combat America's crippling EGOT epidemic
- A same-sex love scene was cut from a movie on Delta flights. So was the word 'lesbian.'
- Radio Host Claims 'Boomer' Is the 'N-Word of Ageism,' Internet Immediately Responds with 'OK Boomer'
- 'Death Stranding' Is the Best Video Game Movie Ever Made
Guillermo del Toro, Mads Mikkelsen, Margaret Qualley, and Norman Reedus star in a video game that doubles as one of the year's best cinematic experiences.
- Facebook is now F A C E B O O K
- Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren't Cinema. Let Me Explain.
Cinema is an art form that brings you the unexpected. In superhero movies, nothing is at risk, a director says.
- Netflix and Theater Chains Feud Over 'Irishman'
- Seth Meyers's Netflix Special Features a Handy Button to Skip the Trump Jokes
- James Dean, who died in 1955, just landed a new movie role, thanks to CGI
Directors say he was the 'perfect' actor to play the role
- It's Time to Take Down the Mona Lisa
Leonardo's painting is a security hazard, an educational obstacle and not even a satisfying bucket-list item. It's time the Louvre moved it out of the way.
- Rebecca Castellani - Music writer for the Red Hook Star Revue
- Taneisha Duggan - Producing associate at TheaterWorks
- Bill Yousman - Professor of Media Studies at Sacred Heart University
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.
Nov 08 2019