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A Tribute to Black and White

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We crave color. Think of the Spring trip you make to the park, that has beautiful tulips or multicolored roses in the Summer. Think of the enormous travel industry that springs up around fall foliage every year.

Some of us are old enough to remember when black and white was a necessity, not a choice. I was in seventh grade when finally, I started watching color television on a regular basis, at the home of some classmates. I'm not even sure when color television arrived at my own house, but believe me, it was a big deal when it did. Maybe that helps explain my prejudice against black and white. Whenever I hear that a new film is coming out in black and white, I shudder. To me, it means the director is going through a pretentious phase.

This hour, we talk about the esthetics of black and white, including the most famous party ever thrown in New York City: Truman Capote's Black and White Ball. As if that weren't enough, we talk with a zebra expert and biologist about zebras. Why do they have stripes, and how are they different from every other horse?

What do you think? Comment below, email Colin@wnpr.org, or tweet @wnprcolin.


Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. Colin can be reached at colin@ctpublic.org.
Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public.
Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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