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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Sitting Dangers, Why No One Doubts Doctors, And 'Vaccine Truthers'

Medical ethicist Art Caplan looked at the implications of a workforce sitting on its duff -- as well as how treadmill desks can make the workplace more exercise-friendly.
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Sitting is the new smoking

There's a new battle cry emanating from the cubicle. Workers are waking up to the fact that inactivity — save for some crazy typing fingers — has now become a health hazard. Computers keep workers close to their desks. Studies show the harm of prolonged sitting; some suggest lawsuits many not be far off.

Medical ethicist Art Caplan told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday that the health of the American workforce is imperiled by our need to sit.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:44 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Dateline Saudia Arabia: Was Bare-Headed Michelle Obama Staging A Protest?

A group of Saudi women wear the abaya while abroad in Ethiopia in 2013.
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While Twitter feeds around the Northeast this week were clogged with photos of snowdrifts and intrepid New Englanders skiing cavalierly down major thoroughfares, a social media trend of a different sort cropped up halfway across the world in Saudi Arabia: a hashtag that translated roughly as "Michelle_Obama_unveiled."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

BPR's Blizzard Postmortem

A woman cross country skis on snow-covered roads during a winter blizzard in Boston on Tuesday.
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  • Yesterday we went all-in on our blizzard coverage, talking to everyone from Harvey Silverglate, to Governor Charlie Baker, to you. Today we began our show with Nantucket Police Chief, William Pittman, who updated us on how things are going on the Island. Then, we asked listeners what snow they were still seeing on the streets.
  • We talked to The Globe's Brian McGrory about storm coverage, and asked about the editorial process of covering monster storms. [26:08]
  • Next, Juliette Kayyem shared her thoughts on storm coverage. She analyzed the White House drone situation, and other drone-related security issues. [53:04]
  • We talked to medical ethicist, Art Caplan, about 'anti-vaxxers,' Medicaid, and sitting being the new smoking. Then we got your take on standing desks and other tools to keep us upright. [1:19:58]
  • Then we got back to our storm postgame. We got Sue O'Connell's take, and asked for yours. [2:23:07]
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:12 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Wall-To-Wall Blizzard Coverage On BPR

Boston Public Radio covered the first great blizzard of 2015.
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Jim Braude and Margery Eagan went to all-blizzard coverage on Tuesday's Boston Public Radio. Listeners called in from all over the state — as well as Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire — to report on how the storm affected them.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:20 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Will Greece's Election End In Crisis For the European Union?

Newly-elected Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras in Athens Monday.
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Greece's new prime minister, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, is the youngest leader that country has seen in over a century.

But Tsipras brings with him a bigger change to Greece than just his youth: his victorious left-wing party, Syriza, has teamed with an unlikely ally—Greece's far-right party, the Independent Greeks—in strong opposition to austerity measures imposed on the country by the European Union.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:22 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Racial Profiling On Campus: 'Every Black Man Is A Suspect'

Yale University campus police detained the son of New York Times columnist Charles Blow at gunpoint. The Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III discussed it.
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Rev. Irene Monroe and Rev. Emmett G. Price III joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for their regular Monday feature, "All Revved Up," on Boston Public Radio.  The two reverends talked about racial profiling on college campuses, as well as politicians speaking at religious events. They also offered another rating of Pope Francis in their weekly "Pope Watch."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:44 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

BPR: Politics, Prayer, and Snow

Are you ready for the big storm?
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  • Charlie Sennott talked about paying close attention to Greek elections. Sennott also talked about the fourth anniversary of the revolution in Egypt, and gave his thoughts on Saudi Arabia’s new king.
  • On the Monday politics segment, Erin O'Brien and Jim O'Sullivan discussed the new 2024 Boston Olympics czar, Rich Davey. O'Brien and O'Sullivan also talked about the state's transparency problems, Governor Baker's first storm, and of course, "deflategate." [25:30]
  • It's winter in New England. How you prepare for big storms — do you stock up on staples? And, do those staples include Ben & Jerry's? [56:00]
  • Robert Thompson weighed in on Larry Wilmore's fist week at the Nightly Show, Amazon's free streaming of Transparent, and a posthumous TV appearance from Joan Rivers. [1:25:30]
  • Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett Price talked about racial profiling on university campuses, and Gov. Bobby Jindal's day of prayer. The two also continued their "Pope Watch." [1:51:10]
  • Cass Sunstein discussed his new book Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink To Make Groups Smarter. Afterwards, listeners weighed in. [2:18:40]
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:35 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

BPR Tackles 'Deflategate.' Again.

The Patriots deny any knowledge of deflated balls.
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  • Governor Charlie Baker has expressed his staunch opposition to legalizing marijuana. We ask you what you think. Are you in favor of legalization beyond medical use?
  • Mike and Chip Flaherty discuss "deflategate," a Tom Brady rap, and the fate of Charter Schools in Boston. [30:24]
  • Our conversation about deflategate continues.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:10 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Kick Your New Year's Resolutions Into High Gear With A Kung Fu News Quiz

A child demonstrates some impressive kung fu moves.
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If one of your New Year's resolutions this year was to get in shape, we've got just the right News Quiz to kick you into high gear. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:44 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

13 Concert Picks To Get You Through The Winter Doldrums

Leon Russell will play an upcoming show at Johnny D's in Somerville. The BPR concert roundtable talked about this and other can't-miss shows in the Boston area.
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Every six weeks on BPR , we invite our music experts on the show to give us a preview of the shows to come. Here are recommendations from WCRB host Brian McCreath, Berklee College of Music's Rob Hochschild, and WGBH's own Edgar B. Herwick III from Curiosity Desk to help cut through the dark of winter.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:43 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Supreme Court Takes Up Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court agreed to hear cases involving same-sex marriage. Bay Windows and South End News publisher Sue O'Connell talked about a likely outcome.
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Last Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. Currently there are 36 states that have legal same-sex marriage. With one court ruling, the remaining holdouts would be converted to the same status.

"It looks pretty clear that they would not have taken it" without broad support, Sue O'Connell said. O'Connell is the co-publisher of South End News and Bay Windows. She said the high court noticed a change in attitude among the American public.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:12 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Deflated Balls, Sushi, and Male Egos

Is "deflate gate" a lot of hot air. We check in with you.
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  • "Deflate-gate" has taken a new life of its own. Is the media circus bow out of proportion? We ask you.
  • Kara Miller talks the future of seafood, she discusses how 'local' is a misnomer and Jiro's Sushi nightmares are coming true.
  • Then we look at hospital security in light of the recent shootings.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:07 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Class Up Your Super Bowl By Swapping Out Beer For Wine

Class up your Super Bowl spread this year.
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Looking to elevate your Super Bowl spread of nachos, wings, and chili to the next level this year? Why not try swapping out beer for wine? Jonathon Alsop of the Boston Wine School joined Jim Braude and  Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to discuss the best pairings for those who love both football and wine—and aren't willing to compromise.

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Plugged In: WGBH News
9:58 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Greater Boston's New Host Is...Jim Braude

Jim Braude will be the new host for WGBH's Greater Boston.
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WGBH News is thrilled to announce that our very own Jim Braude will be the next executive editor and host of our award-winning nightly news and analysis program, Greater Boston. Set your channel to WGBH 2 for Monday, March 2 for his first show behind the desk. And don’t worry, he’ll still be hosting Boston Public Radio with Margery Eagan on 89.7.  

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:33 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Disneyland: It's The Measle-iest Place On Earth

Fireworks over Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
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Disneyland is famous for teacup rides, exotic castles, smiling cartoon characters come to life—and now, spreading highly infectious diseases.  

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:54 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Records Reveal City Employees Prohibited From Bad-Mouthing Boston Olympics

A spokesperson for Mayor Marty Walsh said a document uncovered by a public records request contained 'standard boilerplate language' and did not limit the free speech of city workers.
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An agreement between the city of Boston and the United States Olympic Committee, published Wednesday after a public records request, appeared to prohibit Boston city workers from publicly criticizing the Olympics and its various organizing committees.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:14 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

What To Do When Medical Caretakers Become Targets

How can we make hospitals safer? After a Tuesday shooting at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, medical ethicist Art Caplan looked at what -- if anything -- can be done to protect hospital staff.
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The Fourth Geneva Convention was an international provision adopted by the United Nations Security Council in 1949 to, among other things, protect hospitals, doctors and care workers in times of war. The UN passed the measure so that even in war zones, hospital workers could performe services and administer proper medical care.

However, even in peaceful countries far from war zones, such measures cannot be fully guaranteed.

On Tuesday, a gunman entered Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and opened fire on a cardiac surgeon. The gunman died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The cardiac surgeon — Dr. Michael Davidson — died as well.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:59 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

BPR: The State of Unions, Colleges, and Boston 2024

Obama gave a searing State of the Union last night. What did you think?
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  • We open the show with medical ethicist, Art Caplan, who discusses security at hospitals, and John Boehner's perpetual tan. >>Read more here.
  • Matt Viser, Boston Globe DC correspondent, stops by for a review of Obama's State of the Union. Then we get your reviews.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:50 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Deborah Hughes On Helping Boston's Homeless Women And Children

Deborah Hughes was recognized by the Massachusetts Conference for Women in late 2014 for her work with homeless women and children.
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Deborah Hughes is Chief Executive Officer of Brookview House, a Dorchester and Roxbury nonprofit that serves homeless women and their children. Brookview House began in 1990 as a way to help families who couldn't find help elsewhere. In 1996, the Brookview House expanded its mission by creating additional development programs for homeless kids.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:46 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

BPR: Massachusetts' Homelessness, Pops, and This Old House

Protesters with the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement demonstrate before walking up 5th Avenue to rally in front of the residence of NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch on Oct. 11, 2011 in New York City.
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  • CNN's John King previews Tuesday's State of the Union, and the GOP rebuttal by snarky Iowan upstart, Jodi Ernst.
  • Deborah Hughes, CEO of Brookview House, talks about what it takes to to get homeless families off the streets for good. >>Read more here. [27:05] 
  • Oxfam has released a report projecting that 1% of the world's citizens will own 50% of the wealth by 2016. We ask you what you think about that, and what you think about Obama's plan to fix it. [52:58]
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:05 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

'Ask This Old House' On BPR

Richard Trethewey, left, and Kevin O'Connor joined BPR for their monthly 'Ask This Old House' segment.
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Richard Trethewey and Kevin O'Connor joined Boston Public Radio on Tuesday. Every month, two of the This Old House folks join the show to answer listener questions submitted by phone and email. To hear the entire segment, click the audio below.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:24 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Where Is The Public Outcry Over The Massacres In Nigeria?

Protestors gather in November to call for the Nigerian government to secure the release of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
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When gunmen entered the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and murdered its cartoonists in cold blood, the world erupted in outcry. But the same week, when Islamist militants from the group Boko Haram razed the entire town of Baga in Nigeria—killing, according to some estimates, 2,000 people or more—it hardly stirred. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:48 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Would Dr. King Approve Of The I-93 Blockade?

The Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III stopped by Boston Public radio for their regular Monday segment. The two talked about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in light of recent protests.
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The Reverends Emmett G. Price III and Irene Monroe joined Boston Public Radio to talk about race, history and civil rights on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:30 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

BPR: MLK, Service, and Race Relations in 2015

The Rev. Martin Luther King makes a statement at the Justice Department in Washington on Dec. 1, 1964 after a meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Under Hoover's leadership, the FBI investigated King and his personal life for years.
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  • Ground truth's Charlie Sennott joins Jim and Margery to shed some light on why there has been so little coverage of the Boko Haram massacres, and why people in the Arabic world are the biggest victims of Muslim Extremism.
  • The Herald's Peter Gelzinis, and The Globe's Joan Vennochi and
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:41 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Singer-Songwriter Dwight Ritcher Performs On BPR

Dwight Ritcher joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for a talk and a performance in Studio Three. Ritcher is a singer and multi-instrumentalist living in Vermont.
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Dwight Ritcher is a jazz and blues guitarist, and singer living out of Vermont. Ritcher grew up near Asbury Park in New Jersey — home base for Bruce Springsteen — and his grandfather led a touring big band in the 1940s. In addition to guitar Ritcher sings and plays the Hammond organ, but he started out as a drummer in high school.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:37 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

BPR: Celebrates an Olympic Referendum, Music, and Cheese

BPR is celebrating cheese day a bit early. Comment to let us know how you're celebrating.
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  • Governor Charlie Baker is open to the idea of a statewide referendum about hosting the Olympics in Boston. Are you? 
  • Alex Beam gives you his opinion on the Olympics prospect, checks in about the legal status of the iPhone and it's role in the Hernandez case. [30:22]
  • Jim and Margery aren't sure they could be impartial jurors in the Tsarnaev trial, could you? [53:58]
  • Dwight Ritcher, singer/songwriter, and Bruce Ferrara, music director at The Beat Hotel and The Beehive join us for a few songs. [1:19:04] >>Read more here.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:33 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

A Very Cheesy News Quiz: Two Massachusetts Cheesemakers Face Off

Fresh mozzarella. Mmmm.
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Looking for an excuse to eat all the cheese your heart desires now that the holiday season is over? If so, you're in luck. Tuesday, January 20 is National Cheese Lover's Day, and to celebrate Boston Public Radio pitted two Massachusetts cheesemakers against each other to vie for the title of "Cheese Whiz." 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:56 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Research Finds Strong Belief In The Wisdom Of Dreams

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality," Yoko Ono famously sang.

The message of the song was that the only thing separating nocturnal fancies from workaday life was consensus — that the shared experience established what was real.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:50 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

BPR Asks The Governor and Discusses Dreams

Governor Charlie Baker joined Jim and Margery for Ask the Gov.
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  • 'Black Lives Matter' protestors staged a huge protest this morning, blocking 93 North and South. We ask you if you support their efforts to refocus attention back on the justice system, or if you were infuriated by the inconvenience.
  • Kara Miller, host of WGBH's Innovation Hub, gives your a tour of your home in the future. [32:36]
  • Governor Charlie Baker joins us for Ask the Governor. He takes our questions, and yours. >>Read more here.  [52:54]
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:55 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

I-93 Protests 'A Bad Idea,' Says Governor Charlie Baker

In this photo provided by the Massachusetts State Police, protesters sit near a barrel in a northbound lane during morning rush hour on Interstate 93 in Milton, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The Boston contingent of Black Lives Matter said in a statement that the protest was intended "to confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of black people in Boston."
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Protests this morning on I-93 north and south—where demonstrators chained to concrete barrels blocked traffic during the morning rush hour in support of the "Black Lives Matter" movement—were "disruptive" and "a bad idea," said Governor Charlie Baker.

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