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Thomas Paine said, "The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately." The Colin McEnroe Show endeavors to prove Paine correct, every weekday.

Thomas Paine said, "The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately." The Colin McEnroe Show endeavors to prove Paine correct, every weekday.

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Thomas Paine said, "The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately." The Colin McEnroe Show endeavors to prove Paine correct, every weekday.

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Episodes

Are You Smarter Than An Octopus?

2/22/2021
The octopus has always been the stuff of spine-tingling legend, like that of the Kraken, the many-armed sea monster believed to drag ships to the bottom of the sea after dining on the crew. Or Gertie the Pus, the giant Pacific octopus that lives under the Narrows Bridge connecting Tacoma, Washington to Gig Harbor. In reality, the octopus is more benign but equally fascinating. Did you know the octopus has two-thirds of its brain neurons distributed throughout its eight arms? Or, that the...

Duration:00:47:59

Covid; Polarizing Politicians; And, The Cloning Of Elizabeth Ann

2/22/2021
The US is about to surpass 500,000 deaths from Covid-19. That said, new cases are declining, hospitalizations and deaths are trending down and vaccination rates are picking up, though inequities remain. We talk vaccines, variants, messaging and more. Also this hour: A new study finds that House members who hold extreme views receive far more airtime on cable and broadcast news than their moderate counterparts. Changes in the media have incentivized elected officials such as Marjorie Taylor...

Duration:00:48:59

The Nose Has Always Been Much More Than Content: 'Judas And The Black Messiah,' Scorsese, More

2/19/2021
In a new essay for Harper's, filmmaker Martin Scorsese criticizes the current state of the movie business and all these new fangled streaming platforms and their algorithms. "We can’t depend on the movie business, such as it is, to take care of cinema," Scorsese says. And: Judas and the Black Messiah is a biopic of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton. It is director Shaka King's studio feature film debut, and it's nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. It is one of two movies nominated...

Duration:00:48:59

Finding Humanity At The Side Show

2/17/2021
The early 20th century sideshow evokes images of bearded ladies, sword swallowers and exotic 'others' exhibited as 'freaks' before audiences both lured and repelled by what they saw. Crowds flocked to Coney Island side shows where, for ten cents, they could find solace that someone was worse off than they were at at time when financial instability and high infant mortality were common. Few had the luxury of seeing the humanity behind the act. Cartoonist Bill Griffith based his legendary...

Duration:00:48:30

Our Show Today Is Really Five Short, Little Shows

2/17/2021
We live in an "Everything Should Take Twenty Minutes" world. Movies are too long. SundanceTV has a show that airs in 10-minute episodes. Tierra Whack has a 15-minute album made of fifteen 60-second songs. Todd Rundgren's memoir has 183 one-page, three-paragraph chapters. So today, we turn our hour over to five short, little shows about short, little things. Here's a Spotify playlist of the albums reviewed on today's short, little episode of The Sam Hadelman Show. GUESTS: Carmen Baskauf -...

Duration:00:50:00

Our Collective Post-Impeachment Hangover

2/16/2021
The Senate voted to aquit Donald Trump Saturday after falling shy of the two-thirds majority required to convict him. Fifty-seven senators, including seven Republicans, voted to convict him for "incitement of insurrection" and 43 Republicans voted to acquit Trump for a variety of reasons. Reliving the January 6 insurrection during last week's Senate impeachment trial has left many of us sorting through a gamut of emotions along with a lack of closure on the last four years. Join the...

Duration:00:48:59

Impeachment 2.0; Fox Under Fire; The Lightness Of This Year's Super Bowl Ads

2/8/2021
As of Monday morning, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are still working out the details for the Senate impeachment trial scheduled to begin this Tuesday, February 9. Forty-five senators say it's not constitutional. Conservative lawyer Charles Cooper says it is. We talk to Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal on impeachment, intelligence, and more. Also this hour: Fox News has been scared into silencing popular commentator Lou Dobbs,...

Duration:00:48:59

The Nose Was Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience: 'WandaVision,' More

2/5/2021
WandaVision is a Disney+ miniseries that's part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that's set, like, inside the history of television? It follows Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision as they try to conceal their superhero powers and blend into a generic sitcom neighborhood. Episodes so far have taken on the look and feel of American sitcoms from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take: Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled...

Duration:00:41:24

The Nose, Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience: 'WandaVision' And More

2/5/2021
WandaVision is a Disney+ miniseries that's part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that's set, like, inside the history of television? It follows Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision as they try to conceal their superhero powers and blend into a generic sitcom neighborhood. Episodes so far have taken on the look and feel of American sitcoms from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take: Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled...

Duration:00:40:59

A Non-Threatening Conversation About Jazz

2/4/2021
Who's afraid of the Bix bad Beiderbecke? Hartford has an amazing jazz history, and Colin has a lot of jazz musician friends. This hour, a little onstage jazz party recorded in front of a live audience long before the pandemic put a pause on live audiences as a thing. Colin and the panel look to make jazz accessible to mere mortals. They talk about what makes jazz jazz, invite the audience to sing, and teach the audience to scat. GUESTS: Steve Davis - Trombone Atla DeChamplain - Vocals Matt...

Duration:00:50:00

Digging Into The Roots Of Our Food

2/3/2021
We have a complicated relationship with our food. We need food to live; yet, we've become removed from the food we eat and how it's grown and processed. Even with the best of intentions, today's ultra-processed foods make it hard for us to know exactly what we're eating or how the methods used to mass produce our food are affecting our environment and our health. And I haven't even touched on how food has led to war, famine, poverty, and enslavement. Today, we talk about the history of...

Duration:00:41:00

Beyond Mark Twain: A Conversation With Hal Holbrook

2/2/2021
Colin interviewed Hal Holbrook on February 3, 2015, in advance of Holbrook's performance of Mark Twain Tonight in Hartford on his 90th birthday on February 17, 2015. Colin wrote at the time that Holbrook was one of the most remarkable people he's encountered of all the remarkable people he's interviewed over the years. Holbrook was so passionate and fun to speak with that Colin never got to ask him all the many questions about the love of his life, his difficult childhood, or his time spent...

Duration:00:48:59

How To Report On The Behavior Of The GOP; Trump's Evolving Defense Team

2/1/2021
Some say the press continues to portray the Republican Party as a "mainstream, center-right entity," long after their words and deeds reflect something more ominous. Is the media failing to convey the extreme behavior of the GOP out of fear they will be accused of liberal bias? It's not the first time the media has been accused of bias or been too slow to see something for what it is instead of what they want it to be. Also this hour: Five members of former President Trump's impeachment team...

Duration:00:40:59

The Nose Drives Alone Past Your Street: 'Pretend It's A City' And 'How To With John Wilson'

1/29/2021
Olivia Rodrigo's "drivers license" is in its second week as the No. 1 song in the country, having debuted there last week. It is the first debut single by any artist to hit the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 in history. And: Pretend It's a City is Martin Scorsese's seven-part Netflix documentary series about Fran Liebowitz that's actually also kind of about New York City. And finally: How To with John Wilson is John Wilson's six-part HBO documentary series of advice and tutorials that's actually...

Duration:00:48:59

Running Toward The Fire

1/28/2021
Applications to nursing schools spiked during the pandemic from those who wanted to help. They chose to be nurses at a time when the risk to their own health was never greater. Why are some people willing to run toward the fire when others are running away from it? Most of us fall somewhere on a spectrum of altruistic behavior. We might adopt a stray pet, donate a liter of blood, or check on an older neighbor. Others pursue a career based on helping others, and, at the extreme end of the...

Duration:00:48:59

Our Lunchtime With André

1/27/2021
André Gregory has directed and acted in the theater for more than 50 years. He has appeared in a number of movies, including Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Brian De Palma's The Bonfire of the Vanities, Peter Weir's The Mosquito Coast, and many more. He has starred in three movies about the theater with the playwright, actor, and comedian Wallace Shawn: A Master Builder, Vanya on 42nd Street, and the iconic My Dinner with Andre. Gregory's memoir is...

Duration:00:50:00

Coronavirus Variants; A Very Catholic Inauguration; An Ode

1/25/2021
Moderna announced today they were making new versions of their vaccine that can be used as boosters against variants seen in South Africa, Brazil, and the U.K. The vaccine should be effective against variants but it seems to create fewer antibodies against the one that has emerged in South Africa. Either way, vaccines alone will not be enough. We talk about mutations and vaccines. Also this hour: The Biden inauguration was the most Catholic inauguration in history. Is a more liberal...

Duration:00:49:00

Pardon Me: Season 2, Episode 2 -- It's Been A Good Week

1/22/2021
The House will transmit its Article of Impeachment charging former President Trump with "incitement of insurrection" to the Senate on Monday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asked the House to wait two weeks to let the former president work on his defense. The House chose not to wait any longer , possibly influenced by more than a dozen Republican senators trying to dismiss the impeachment trial before it begins, based on the disputed claim that it's unconstitutional to try an...

Duration:00:48:59

It's Time To Talk About The Alphabet In The Room

1/21/2021
Most of the Western world is organized by alphabetical order, which is so much more than the 26 letters that make up the alphabet. Alphabetical order is an organizing principle that allows us to save, order, and access thousands of years of humankind's most precious documents and ideas. Without it, we'd never know what came before us or how to pass on what's with us. It's ubiquitous, yet invisible in daily life. This hour, a conversation about how we order our world and why we do it. GUESTS:...

Duration:00:48:59

The Legacy Of COVID-19

1/18/2021
Yale University's Dr. Nicholas Christakis explores what it means to live in a time of pandemic. He looks at historical epidemics and current medical and social research to help us understand the potential long-term impact COVID-19 will have on people and culture. Greek mythology holds that the arrows of plague Apollo shot down upon the Greeks led to great death and suffering. The plague that has brought death and pain over this past year was not brought by an angry god, but an infinitesimal...

Duration:00:49:00