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The nighttime Nose looks back at 2022

The number 2022 written in, maybe, sand, probably with a finger.
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It’s been a long, strange year. Again. So how is our popular culture dealing with it all?

The Nose is thinking about a few things.

Our shared monoculture. Is there such a thing anymore?

All the -verses. The MCU-verse. The DCEU-verse. The Star Wars-verse. The Sheridan-verse. The Waititi-verse.

And all the -assances. The Jennifer Coolidge-assance. The Will Smith-assance? The Top Gun-assance. The Avatar-assance. The Brendan Fraser-assance. The Bennifer-assance. Beyoncé’sRenaissance. The renaissance-assance.

Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Raquel Benedict: The most dangerous woman in speculative fiction, and she’s the host of the Rite Gud podcast
  • Rebecca Castellani: Co-founder of Quiet Corner Communications and a freelance writer
  • Jim Chapdelaine: An Emmy-winning musician and a patient advocate for people with rare cancers
  • Taneisha Duggan: Associate producer at Octopus Theatricals
  • Sam Hadelman: Works in music public relations and hosts The Sam Hadelman Show at Radio Free Brooklyn
  • Rich Hollant: Principal at CO:LAB, founder of Free Center, and commissioner on cultural affairs for the city of Hartford
  • Shawn Murray: A stand-up comedian, writer, and the host of the Nobody Asked Shawn podcast
  • Carolyn Paine: An actress, comedian, and dancer; she is founder, director, and choreographer of CONNetic Dance
  • Bill Yousman: Professor of Media Studies at Sacred Heart University

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Colin McEnroe, Eugene Amatruda, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. Jonathan can be reached at jmcnicol@ctpublic.org.
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