On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed a person who took a commercial flight from Liberia to Dallas had been diagnosed with the Ebola virus. This is the first documented Ebola case within US borders. The next day it was reported the patient may have exposed five young children to the virus.
Secret Service director Julia Pierson enters a hearing room to answer questions before a closed meeting of the Senate homeland security committee in Washington. Today, Pierson appeared before a House committee to respond to questions about White House security breaches.
Take a quick glance around almost any parking lot in America, and you're sure to see at least one bumper sticker with the phrase oft-attributed to Gandhi: "Be the Change You Wish To See In The World." People yearn to make a difference in the world they live in. The million dollar question, however, is: how, exactly?
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans on BPR, 9/30/14.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says the biggest threat on Boston's streets is a vicious cycle of gang violence.
The violence "has no meaning, and really destroys the structure of the city," Evans said in an appearance on Boston Public Radio.
Evans' department had a bit of promising news last week, when it announced shootings and violent crime were down 12 percent in 2014 from the previous summer. That still meant there were 84 shootings and 10 deaths from guns over June, July and August. Evans said drastic actions can lower rates of violent crime even further in the city, but more needs to be done than just removing guns from the streets.
When it seems like every day brings a new calamity or crisis, the past is a ripe place to look for leadership guidance. On Boston Public Radio, Harvard historian Nancy Koehn pointed to one particular political dynasty of yore -- the Roosevelts -- as a prime example of effective, committed leadership in troubled times.
John King joins us to discuss the Obama Administration, including Eric Holder's resignation, the ongoing response to ISIS, the midterm elections, and a new CNN poll that shows Americans favor air strikes.
Wendy Murphyhelps us dig into the complexities of California's new "Yes Means Yes" law, and we talk to you to see what you think.
On Saturday, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri was shot in the arm by two suspects who remain at large. That incident follows weeks of protest and outrage over the shooting death of Michael Brown — an African American — at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson.
The U.S. works closely with Iraqi Kurds, whose policemen form a line in this photo. But the U.S. labels a militant Kurdish group from Turkey, the PKK, a terrorist organization. A PKK supporter waves a yellow flag of the group's leader. Three separate Kurdish militias have rallied against the group calling itself the Islamic State.
Greater Boston host Emily Rooney joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan this week for another installment of her weekly list of obsessions and observations, "Emily's List." An unexpected addition to the list: her thoughts on our new version of the "Emily's List" theme music. ("I don't get it," she says.)
The theme of this week's list? Phrases used (or, rather, overused) by both candidates and the media during elections. "We are at high season for cliches," Emily says. Notable examples include:
Brian O'Donovan wants you to remember a simple motto: "Live music: it's where it's at." O'Donovan is the host of WGBH' sA Celtic Sojourn, and in addition to his broadcast duties, O'Donovan makes a point to get out to hear music "three or four nights a week."
O'Donovan joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to talk about upcoming shows he's excited about, with a focus on the Cambridge area. Here are a few he mentioned on the show.
How deep can President Obama get into war without Congressional approval? Elizabeth Spahn, Professor of Law Emerita at New England Law Boston, walks us through this thorny issue.
Boston Globe Editor, Brian McGrory returns to update us on Eric Holder's resignation (and the speculations about who will replace him), Maria Sacchetti's reporting on immigration, and Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium.
Under The Radar's Callie Crossley discusses "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Shonda Rhimes vs. Alessandra Stanley, the Holder resignation (and the Deval Patrick factor), as well as the Mary Bonuato Genius award.
Prof. Michael Norton on Boston Public Radio, 9/25/14.
Every day we make hundreds of decisions, from the mundane (cream with your coffee?) to the ridiculously complex (top ten One Direction songs, in order of emotional impact?). Retailers pride themselves on offering customers what they want, and that happens to be a range of exotic choices, from which shoppers can select that one, shining, perfect thing.
But choice can also confound us, and the only thing that makes our temperature rise faster than a tough decision is watching someone else's choice paralysis. Ever been behind someone in the Dunkin' Donuts line who can't decide whether to get a French Cruller or a Boston Creme?
After conducting airstrikes this past weekend against ISIS targets in Syria, the Pentagon announced it would also be going after another, as they described it, "imminent" threat to the United States: the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaeda splinter cell virtually unknown to the American public before the announcement.
Ron Della Chiesa and Brian McCreath on Boston Public Radio, 9/24/14.
The Andris Nelsons era is about to begin in Boston. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's first full season under Nelsons starts Saturday, when the music director conducts Wagner, Puccini, Mascagni and Respighi at Symphony Hall.
"I knew there was something special about the guy within the first 10 minutes of rehearsal. And it was clear he had the orchestra's attention as well," BSO managing director Mark Volpe said in an interview with 99.5 WCRB's Brian McCreath.
Art Caplan on BPR, 9/24/14. Leonard Cohen conversation starts at 17:02.
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen announced he's started to smoke cigarettes again at the age of 80. With average male life expectancy in the US currently hovering at 76, Cohen has surpassed the mark and decided to focus on his happiness.
"If I had taken my doctor's advice and quit smoking when he advised me to, I wouldn't have lived to go to his funeral," cigar smoker George Burns famously quipped. When is it okay to ignore medical advice and just focus on being happy?
On Boston Public Radio, medical ethicist Art Caplan said his thinking runs counter to conventional medical wisdom. "I happen to agree with Leonard Cohen," Caplan said.
The bad news has been piling on lately. We chat about feelings of hopeless, and check in with you to see how you're feeling.
Andrew Cline, Editorial editor for the New Hampshire Union Leader on the Shaheen/Brown Senate race. He helps us follow the money, and talks about what politicians are testing this year in New Hampshire.
Boston Public Radio’s Jim Braude and Magery Eagan spoke to both Congressman Michael Capuano (7th district) and Stephen Lynch (8th district) about their opposing votes on Obama's plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels. Representative Lynch was one of two members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation who voted in favor of Obama’s proposal, Congressman Capuano joined the rest of the delegation in voting against the request for authorization.
Massachusetts Education Secretary Matt Malone joined Boston Public Radio to talk about visiting nearly 300 elementary and secondary schools, a trial run for a new statewide standardized test, and what kind of a start Massachusetts schools have had this year.
CNN's John King discusses the Congressional vote to aid Syrian rebels, and how the politics of the election factor in, as well as the UN Climate Summit in New York, and the ongoing rallies around the globe.
War, as the Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz once wrote, is "merely the continuation of politics by other means." But, as GroundTruth Project founder Charles Sennott explains, the process of selling war is just as political.
Last Friday, Roger Goodell held a press conference to address problems with his players' off-field conduct. Goodell placed blame on himself for the way player punishments were handed out.
Critics of the NFL hold Goodell hasn't gone far enough in keeping players accused crimes off the field. While the league and its critics sort out appropriate punishments, it's harder to see — farther down the road — whether it's possible for players to redeem themselves.
Greater Boston host Emily Rooney joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Rooney supplied another edition of "Emily's List," her weekly list of gripes, observations, predictions and ultimatums.
It's official: the United States consumes more wine than France. In 2013, US customers bought more wine in total than French customers. While the French still retain the crown per capita, the announcement by the International Vine and Wine Association solidified Americans' place in the wine-drinking pantheon.
Boston Wine School founder Jonathon Alsop — author of Wine Lover's Devotional — talked about the milestone on WGBH's Boston Public Radio. Alsop put the news in perspective. "France [drinks] 46 liters a year, per person," Alsop said. "We [drink] 10 liters a year." So, per day, French citizens drink "one bottle a week. [Americans], one glass a week."