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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:10 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

BPR: Baltimore, Beam, And Books

Baltimore mom Toya Graham is at the center of this week's controversy. What do you think about her physical treatment of her son?
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  • Baltimore mom Toya Graham has been in the news all week when video of her for hitting her 16-year old son at one of the riots went viral. We see what your take on the controversy is.
  • Shirley Leung stops by to discuss an unlikely advocate for equal pay and the man who could save the Olympics.
  • Tomorrow night Floyd Mayweather takes on 'Manny Pacquiao in what is being billed as the fight of the century.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:12 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Do Deep Fryers Belong In School Cafeterias?

A Texas lawmaker wants deep-fat fryers to be allowed in Texas school cafeterias.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined BPR Thursday for his weekly segment, Ask the Ethicist. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. Caplan talked about a Texas agriculture head who wants deep-fat fryers in cafeterias, the ethics behind state-sponsored executions, and the state of Hawaii making 21 the legal cigarette-smoking age.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:11 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

BPR: Vietnam 40 Years On, Secretary Francisco Urena, Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey

A Vet gazes up at the names of fellow military service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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  • Richard Davey, CEO Boston 2024 joins us for the first of his monthly conversations. He takes our Olympic questions, and yours.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:06 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Four Decades On, Has America Forgotten The Lessons Of Vietnam?

Vietnam War, 1972.
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The Vietnam War has been over, officially, for four decades. In that span of time, according to filmmaker Peter Davis, America both learned—and forgot—the lessons from that war.

Davis won an Academy Award in 1975 for his documentary on the war, "Hearts and Minds." He joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to revisit the film and examine how the legacy of Vietnam has reverberated into American foreign policy today. 

On the lessons from the Vietnam War:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:12 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Ask The CEO: Rich Davey Of Boston 2024

Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey joined BPR on Thursday to take questions from listeners. Davey will join the show once a month.
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Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey, the man heading up the effort to bring the Summer Olympics to Boston, joined BPR on Thursday to take listener calls. Davey talked about the state of Boston's bid, what money and services would be needed for the Games, and addressed some concerns from the community.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:49 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Andrea Cabral On Baltimore, The Police, And Freddie Gray

Former Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral.
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Former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for Open Mic. She gave us her take on the unfolding situation in Baltimore, where riots have engulfed the city after a young African American man named Freddie Gray died in police custody.

Here are some selections from her interview:

On the rioting in Baltimore:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:17 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Want To See A Good Show? 'A Celtic Sojourn' Host Brian O'Donovan Has You Covered

Somerville Porchfest in 2012. 'A Celtic Sojourn' host Brian O'Donovan stopped by Studio Three to talk about great Boston-area shows.
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A Celtic Sojourn host Brian O'Donovan joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan Wednesday on Boston Public Radio. O'Donovan is a live music devotee. He brought recommendations for local music and spoken-word events for listeners to check out. And O'Donovan repeated his now-familiar mantra, too: turn off Game of Thrones, go out to see a show.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:43 am
Wed April 29, 2015

BPR Postgames Baltimore And Tips Its Hat to Music

Police and protestors clash in front of a building set on fire after protests of the killing of Freddie Gray.
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  • We continue our conversation with you about what's going on in Baltimore. The Baltimore Orioles are hosting the Chicago White Sox in front of empty stands.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:35 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

What's Next For Nepal Earthquake Survivors?

People in Kathmandu are still reeling from Saturday's earthquake as relief efforts continue.
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A deadly earthquake struck the city of Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday and leveled whole sections of the city. More than 4,000 people are reported dead, and up to eight million have been affected. Aftershocks have subsided, but life is anything but normal. Rescue crews are working to rescue people buried or stranded in the destruction. Food, water and medicine are a great concern.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:49 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Making More Money = Getting Less Sleep

How much can poor sleeping habits affect a person's health?
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In today's economic culture, if you want to make more money you're going to have to go into debt—sleep debt, that is.

If that sounds like common sense to you, it's probably because you're one of the millions of Americans who readily sacrifices sleep to the gods of work—which, according to a recent article in the New York Times, is a common affliction for those on the highest and lowest ends of the economic spectrum.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:42 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Rep. McGovern On Cuba, Baltimore And Gov. Charlie Baker

Congressman Jim McGovern joined Boston Public Radio on Tuesday.
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Mass. Second-District Congressman James McGovern joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan Tuesday on Boston Public Radio. McGovern talked about Cuba and the US; protests in Baltimore; cameras in federal court rooms; the 2024 Summer Olympics; his relationship with Gov. Charlie Baker; and why Gwyneth Paltrow's SNAP challenge was important.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:07 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Finding Your Roots, Or Burying Them? 'All Revved Up' Takes On Ben Affleck

Actor Ben Affleck has come under fire after the PBS documentary "Finding Your Roots" suppressed information about his slaveholding ancestors.
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Last week, actor Ben Affleck issued an apology on Facebook after it was revealed he lobbied the filmmakers behind the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" to excise information about one of his slaveholding ancestors. 

By doing so, says Reverend Irene Monroe, they're plastering over an essential truth of American history—and, in the process, preventing informed discussion of race issues in America today.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:59 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

How Tough Is It Reporting From Remote Or Disaster-Ravaged Areas?

Singha Durbar is the House of Parliament in Kathmandu, Nepal. The region was rocked by a large earthquake and several aftershocks after the weekend that destroyed much infrastructure and killed thousands.
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A Saturday earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, left thousands dead and leveled many homes and buildings. Government aid workers and non-governmental organizations have swooped in to assist survivors and clear wreckage as aftershocks subside.

Charlie Sennott, head of the GroundTruth Project, joined Boston Public Radio to talk about the Kathmandu quake, as well as the CIA's drone program, the 1915 Armenian genocide, and the Clinton Global Initiative.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

BPR Talks To CNN's John King, Globe Columnist Shirley Leung, And Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

President Obama apologized on Thursday for a US drone strike that killed an American citizen. CNN's John King talked about what that could mean for US drone policy, if anything.
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  • CNN's John King looked at a number of national and international headlines, including a drone strike in Pakistan that killed an American citizen. John King is the host of Inside Politics, which airs Sundays at 8:30 AM.
  • Boston Globe business columnist Shirley Leung joined Jim and Margery to talk about the MBTA, and Boston's 2024 Olympic bid. (Starts at 24:11)
  • Under the Radar host Callie Crossley talked about CNN anchor Don Lemon. (Starts at 45:05)
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was back for his monthly "Ask the Mayor" segment. (Starts at 50:20)
  • Beat the Press host Emily Rooney was back with another installment of "Emily's List." She talked about attending the sentencing phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial this week. (Starts at 1:43:56)
  • Domingo-Martin Barreres and Suzie Dagenais were the two contestants on the Friday News Quiz. Along with partner Kevin Mabry, Barreres and Dagenais are hoping to convert a 1946 Airliner bus into a cocktail lounge-on-wheels, "The Barmobile." They've begun a Kickstarter campaign to support their cause. You can find out more at their Facebook page. (Starts at 2:16:13)
Boston Public Radio Podcast
2:50 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

BPR News Quiz: The Barmobile

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What is better than a cocktail lounge? A cocktail lounge on wheels.

Today on our Friday New Quiz two members of an entrepreneurial trio, Domingo-Martin Barreres and Suzie Dagenais took on the week's headlines.  They--along with their partner Kevin Mabry-- are converting  a 1946 and a 1953 airliner into cocktail lounges on wheels, which they are calling The Barmobile.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:28 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Baker's Fiscal Control Board Will Not Be Enough To Fix MBTA, Says Walsh

Mayor Martin Walsh joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3.
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Governor Charlie Baker's plan for a fiscal control board will not be enough to fix the MBTA, said Mayor Martin Walsh on Boston Public Radio Friday. 

"I think the fiscal control board or some kind of fiscal management is needed for the T, but I think they'll need to go deeper," Walsh said.

Baker's plan is to assemble a five-member board to manage operations and finances for the embattled public transit system until 2018. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:56 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

What's Going On With America's Criminal Justice System?

Today on Boston Public Radio, we look at America's criminal justice system from three different angles.
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Today on Boston Public Radio, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan took a look at the country's criminal justice system from three different angles:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:45 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

BPR: The IKEA Effect, A National Geographic Marine Photographer, And A 'Thoroughly Muslim Millie'

Harvard Professor Michael Norton talked about why things like assembling IKEA furniture bring us such satisfaction.
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  • Chris Fabricant of The Innocence Project talks about the FBI's admission of serious flaws in cases involving hair forensics.
  • Underwater photographer Brian Skerry talked about his photographs of dolphins which formed the basis for the May 2015 National Geographic cover story. (Starts at 38:30)
  • Writer Mark Binelli looked at the Supermax Prison ADX where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will likely end up if he's sentenced to life in prison. Binelli reported on the prison for the Times Magazine. (Starts at 53:15)
  • Former Suffolk County Sheriff and Mass. Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral joined BPR to talk about the flawed criminal justice system, and what can be done to change it. (Starts at 1:19:00)
  • Harvard Professor Michael Norton talked about the "IKEA effect." Norton is coauthor of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. (Starts at 1:45:50)
  • Ryan Landry, founder of the theater group Gold Dust Orphans, talked about their latest production, Thoroughly Muslim Millie. (Starts at 2:23:17)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:45 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Marine Photographer Brian Skerry Takes BPR Underwater

Relative to body size, the brains of bottlenose dolphins, like these at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences in Honduras, are among the largest in the animal kingdom. Scientists are attempting to decode dolphins’ complex vocalizations.
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Brian Skerry is a National Geographic photographer known for some spectacular underwater shots. Skerry works year-round shooting marine life, from tropical coral reefs to the mighty whale shark. This month, Skerry's work is featured in the National Geographic cover story, "Thinking Like a Dolphin."

Skerry joined Boston Public Radio Thursday to talk about getting his dolphin pictures, how close he got, how many shots it takes to get the right one, and more.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

To Stop ISIS Recruitment In U.S., Law Enforcement Must 'Demystify' Terrorism

Somali-American youths play basketball before the start of a solidarity rally to denounce the Al-Shabab attacks in Kenya in 2013.
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The FBI arrested six Somali-Americans on Sunday for attempting to travel to Syria and join ISIS. Juliette Kayyem, host of the national security podcast "Security Mom," says the arrests are part of law enforcement's plan to thwart the extremist group's sophisticated online recruitment methods and deter people from joining.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:38 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

On BPR: The Decision Tsarnaev Jurors Face, Author T.C. Boyle, Globe Editor On Pulitzer Win

Author T.C. Boyle, far right, joined BPR to talk about his new novel, 'The Harder They Come.'
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  • Jim and Margery talked about the results of a new Suffolk University poll. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they prefer Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev receive life in prison. However, more people (47 to 44.8 percent) said they could cast the deciding vote to sentence him to death, if it came down to it.
  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory talked about Globe opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury winning a Pulitzer Prize for her series "Service Not Included." (Starts at 27:36)
  • Juliette Kayyem — host of WGBH News' Security Mom podcast — talked about ongoing military operations in Yemen, the sinking of a boat full of migrants bound for Italy, and a brazen landing of a gyrocopter on the National Mall. (Starts at 53:08)
  • Medical ethicist Art Caplan once again addressed the constant dressing-down of Dr. Mehmet Oz, and the abuse of ADHD drugs by adults. Afterwards, Jim and Margery asked listeners whether they used ADHD medicine for a competitive advantage. Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center. (Starts at 1:19:00)
  • Novelist T.C. Boyle is the author of books like The Tortilla Curtain and World's End. Now he's out with a new one — The Harder They Come — about a man with schizophrenia, his Vietnam vet father, and his radical girlfriend. He joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three. (Starts at 1:42:24)
  • Bay Windows and South End News co-publisher Sue O'Connell talked about a dust-up between Congressman Barney Frank and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. (Starts at 2:28:00)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

The Trials And Tribulations Of Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about the embattled Dr. Oz.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his regular Wednesday "Ask the Ethicist" segment. Caplan looked at ten physicians urging Columbia University to drop Dr. Mehmet Oz from its faculty. Caplan talked about the growing number of adults using ADHD medication as a work aid. And he looked at a battle over embryos between a now-separated celeb couple.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:02 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

The $70,000 CEO Is The Business Leader Of The Future, Says Harvard Biz Prof

What happens when a CEO makes his company's minimum wage $70,000?
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Last week, Dan Price—CEO of a credit card payments company called Gravity Payments—decided to raise the minimum wage for all his employees to $70,000, and, in the process, lowered his own $1 million salary to that same level.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:20 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

AG Maura Healey Weighs In On FBI Hair-Forensics Scandal, Talks About Waltham Triple Murder

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey joined BPR for her monthly segment, 'Ask the A.G.'
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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined Boston Public Radio for her monthly segment, "Ask the A.G." A.G. Healey talked about the FBI's faulty hair-forensics admission; the possible over-charging of electric customers; and the unsolved Waltham triple murder, among other things.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:46 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

BPR Talks Tsarnaev Trial, Asks The AG, And Wonders If The Marathon Is An Olympics Test-Run

BPR hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan discussed whether Monday's Marathon was a good test-run for a future Olympics setup. A caller raised the question Monday on BPR, so on Tuesday other listeners weighed in.
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  • Cornell Law Professor John Blume talked about the death penalty phase in the trial of convicted Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Afterwards, Jim and Margery took calls from listeners as to whether they thought Tsarnaev should face the death penalty instead of life imprisonment.
  • Now that the 119th Boston Marathon is in the books, listeners called into the show to say whether they thought Boston could stage an even bigger event: the 2024 Summer Olympics.
  • Attorney General Maura Healey joined BPR for her regular "Ask the A.G." segment. (Starts at 1:21:15)
  • Jared Bowen — host of Open Studio with Jared Bowen — dropped by Studio Three for a local arts roundup. (Starts at 1:57:22)
  • Nancy Koehn is a historian at Harvard Business School, and the author of Ernest Shackleton: Exploring Leadership. She joined BPR for her regular Tuesday segment. Koehn talked about Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments, who recently announced every employee at his company would get paid a minimum of $70,000 per year. (Starts at 2:22:10)

BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:57 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

All Revved Up: Loretta Lynch Nomination Hold-Up, Scrutiny For Another North Charleston Cop

Loretta Lynch is US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She's also President Obama's nominee for US Attorney General. Her nomination has been held up for over six months.
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The Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III were back for their regular Monday segment on BPR, "All Revved Up." They talked about the wait Loretta Lynch has endured to see whether she'll be confirmed as US Attorney General; a second officer in North Charleston, South Carolina who is now under scrutiny in the shooting death of Walter Scott; and they offered a grade of Pope Francis in light of a big announcement last week.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:26 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Through War And Strife, The Boston Marathon Has Always Been A Symbol Of Resilience

Ellison 'Tarzan' Brown wins the 1939 Marathon on the eve of World War Two.
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For many Bostonians, Patriots' Day marks the unofficial beginning of spring. But of course, as Charles Sennott, head of The GroundTruth Project, points out, it's also much more than that.

"The history of it is something that's a great pride of Boston," Sennott said. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:53 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

A Marathon Day Edition Of BPR

Catie Copley, the resident dog of the Fairmont Copley Plaza, relaxes before the start of the 119th Boston Marathon.
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  • WGBH News's Edgar B. Herwick III was at the start of the Boston Marathon route in Hopkinton, Mass. He joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about what he saw at the starting line. Afterwards, Charles Sennott of The GroundTruth Project joined Jim and Margery. Sennott talked about the global reach and import of Boston's marquee sporting event. To attend the official GroundTruth launch party on April 21st, click here.
  • Suffolk University's John Nucci and Michael Astrue — former Social Security administrator — stopped by Studio Three to talk politics. They assessed all the presidential hopefuls and wannabes up in New Hampshire over the weekend. John Nucci is vice president of communications and governmental affairs at Suffolk University. [Starts at 00:25:33]
  • WGBH's Phillip Martin was at the Boston Marathon finish line to see some of the first racers cross the finish line. He talked to Jim and Margery about what he saw. [Starts at 00:42:00]
  • Jim and Margery asked listeners whether they'll run the Boston Marathon — or any marathon — next year. [Starts at 00:52:45]
  • Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot talked about his experience winning it in 1968, as well as why he still runs every year. [Starts at 01:18:10]
  • The Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III joined BPR for another installment of "All Revved Up." [Starts at 01:37:09]
  • TV critic Bob Thompson talked about a terrifying statue of Lucille Ball that some upstate New Yorkers want removed. Thompson also offered his best- and worst-of-the-week picks, and talked about a preponderance of swearing on television. [Starts at 01:59:29]
  • To finish the show, Jim and Margery asked listeners whether they though language on TV shows, and in our normal day-to-day, has gotten too coarse. [Starts at 02:25:13]
Boston Public Radio Podcast
12:43 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

BPR Cinema Classic Challenge: Stand By Me

Credit Fernando de Sousa from Melbourne, Australia via Wikimedia Commons

Tomorrow we continue our feature where we revisit classic films and ask you: does it still hold up?  Last time we took on  the 1976 film Network, this month's challenge is the 1986 classic Stand By Me, with movie critic Garen Daly leading the charge

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:40 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

BPR News Quiz: Sing That Thing! Edition

In between BPR hosts Margery Eagan and Jim Braude are the coaches of Sing That Thing! Lawrence Watson, Jared Bowen, and Jane Eaglen
Credit Patricia Alvarado, WGBH

Boston Public Radio wrapped up this week on a high note, with a Sing That Thing! edition of our Friday News Quiz. Sing That Thing! is WGBH’s brand new local series, which showcases New England’s top amateur singing groups in a friendly competition.  

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