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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:34 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn's Sobering Earth Day Celebration

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Poison the earth and it will poison you. That was the message of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and it's one that awakened a nation.

In 1962 Silent Spring made a huge impression on the public because Carson made it  clear that pesticides didn't kill only bugs, they were also contaminating our entire food supply. Fish, birds, and even us humans who reside at the top of the food chain  were susceptible to the hazards of these manmade chemicals.  

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

BPR: John King, Charlie Baker, Cost of Higher Ed, Nancy Koehn

Charlie Baker out on the campaign trail in 2010. Baker is running for governor in Massachusetts, and joined Jim and Margery to talk about his candidacy.
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  • CNN's John King joined Jim and Margery to talk about affirmative action before the Supreme Court, and Pres. Obama's fervent defense of the embattled Affordable Care Act.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

BPR: Three-Hour Boston Marathon Special

Geoffrey Mutai crosses the finish line of the men's 2011 Boston Marathon race.
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BPR 4/21/14 Marathon Day, part 1
BPR 4/21/14 Marathon Day, part 2

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan did a three-hour version of the show Monday to cover the 118th Boston Marathon. WGBH News's Edgar B. Herwick III and Emily Rooney reported live from the course, as did Natalie and Joe Stavas. Also, neuroscientist Dan Levitin talked about the best playlists to get you pumped up for running, and Dr. Douglas Comeau talked about how the body reacts to extended periods of running.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:34 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

BPR: Death Penalty, Callie Crossley, The Long Mile, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

New Hampshire senators voted Thursday to leave the Granite State's death penalty in place.
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  • On Thursday, New Hampshire state senators voted to uphold the state's death penalty. Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask listeners about the death penalty — is it appropriate in some circumstances? Should it be banned? Or are you comfortable with its current use?
  • Callie Crossley talked about the demise of pirate radio station Touch 106.1 FM, which was shut down Thursday.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:07 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Globe Writers Jenna Russell And Scott Helman On New Marathon Book, 'Long Mile Home'

A memorial for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims. Globe writers Scott Helman and Jenna Russell have written a new book about the Marathon bombing.
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Boston Globe reporters Jenna Russell and Scott Helman joined Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio to talk about their new book, Long Mile Home. Russell and Helman's book chronicles the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and the journey back to some sort of normalcy.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:05 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Alex Beam On The Careful Reading Of Obituaries

Alex Beam talked to Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about his growing fascination with the obituary section.
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Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam returned to Boston Public Radio for his regular Open Mic segment with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. This time, Beam talked about obituaries ("Irish sports pages") and what it means to read about and learn from the lives of the recently deceased.

Questions were edited for length and clarity. Beam's responses were edited where noted (...).

So this is how you're spending your time these days, reading obituaries?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:38 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

BPR: A Day of Service, Brian McGrory, Recreational Obituary Reading, Sick at Sea, Greek Wines

Jonathon Alsop of the Boston Wine School shares some tips on how to celebrate the marathon next week in style: with Greek wine. Here, a picturesque vineyard in Naoussa.
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  •  During yesterday's memorial for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis said: “My wish -- if I were allowed to grant one -- is that we use this day, not just as a day of remembrance, but a day of action." Should April 15th become a day of service to others? How can we integrate service like that into our daily lives?
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
5:31 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn On Courage, Duty And Resilience After The Marathon Bombings

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When the bombs exploded in Boston last year the immediate response was one of disbelief. Even Police Commissioner William Evans thought it had to have been a transformer that exploded, not bombs.  However, when it became clear that bombs were deliberately placed at the finish line and that three people had been killed and hundreds injured, there was no denying that the horrors that we often associate with happening elsewhere had happened in Copley Square.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

A Special Boston Public Radio On The 2013 Marathon Anniversary

A candlelight vigil in Davis Square for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
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Jim Braude and Margery Eagan were on-air for an extra hour Tuesday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Jim and Margery opened the lines to hear listeners' thoughts, one year removed. In between calls, Jim and Margery tuned into a tribute service at Hynes Convention Center where Vice President Biden, Mayor Walsh and others spoke.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:46 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

BPR: Politics, John Hockenberry, All Revved Up, Unplugging From Work, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera

Peter Kadzis, Farah Stockman and John Hockenberry all talked about the Boston Marathon bombings on Boston Public Radio.
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BPR 4/14/14

  • Farah Stockman from The Boston Globe and WGBH's Peter Kadzis broke down all the latest political news, from the Mass. governor's race to Scott Brown's entry into a New Hampshire contest.
  • John Hockenberry, host of The Takeaway, joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three. Hockenberry is broadcasting from Boston for the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:38 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

BPR News Quiz, The Fighting Irish

Tim Brennan and Brian O'Donovan
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On this week's news quiz Dropkick Murphy's Tim Brennan challenges A Celtic Sojourn's Brian O'Donovan over the week's news.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Alex Beam On Our 'Overbearing Love' For Errol Morris

Former US Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is the subject of a new Errol Morris documentary. Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam told Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about his distaste for the documentary.
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Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam is not impressed with Errol Morris' new documentary. Beam joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to explain why Morris' film "The Known Unknown" falls flat for him, which he wrote about in his column for the Globe.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:12 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

BPR: Scott Brown In NH, Ken Feinberg, Callie Crossley, Tax Cheats, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinberg joined Jim and Margery to talk about how Boston Marathon bombing victims -- and the fund -- have fared in the past year.
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  • Scott Brown will run for US Senate in New Hampshire. WGBH reporter Adam Reilly was there for Brown's big announcement. He debriefed Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Ken Feinberg, administrator for the One Fund Boston, talked about what's happened with the fund since its establishment. (Starts at 13:30)
  • Callie Crossley talked about a new documentary about Anita Hill, a professor at Brandeis.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

BPR: Gov. Patrick, Alex Beam, Exercise And Genetics, Kara Miller

What biases lurk in our subconscious? Innovation Hub host Kara Miller looked into it with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan.
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  • Gov. Deval Patrick was back in Studio Three for "Ask the Gov," his monthly BPR feature. He talked about Marathon preparation, civil rights post-LBJ, and the annual budget process.
  • Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam joined Jim and Margery for Thursday Open Mic. Beam explained his distate for Errol Morris' new documentary, "The Known Unknown."
  • Is the drive to exercise genetic?
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Local News
1:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Governor Deval Patrick "Not Sure" Russian Intelligence Could Have Prevented Marathon Attack

Governor Deval Patrick on Ask the Governor on Boston Public Radio

Governor Deval Patrick joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio for his monthly installment of “Ask the Gov,” in which he addressed new allegations that the Russian government withheld intelligence about Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Patrick said he was “not sure” additional intelligence from the Russian government could have prevented the attack.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Boston College Football Assistant, Mother Tell Tragic Story About GM Parts Failure

A 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt much like the one that Sarah Trautwein traveled in when she died at the wheel.
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Sarah Trautwein was driving on I-95 in the South Carolina town of Walterboro when her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt went off the road, onto the median and hit a tree. Trautwein was killed instantly. Her family thought she fell asleep at the wheel.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:05 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

BPR: War On Christmas, Brian McGrory, GM Safety Recall, Michael Norton, Bob Mankoff

How should schools refer to winter holidays like Christmas and the New Year? The school district in Norwood, MA, is wrestling with the question.
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  • The Norwood school committee is wrestling with what to call its winter school stoppage. Christmas break? Holiday break? Winter break? Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened up the lines to hear what listeners thought. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory talked about his paper's coverage decisions in the lead-up to the Boston Marathon bombing anniversary, as well as the event itself this year.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:43 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

BPR: John King, NCAA Men Vs. Women, Jamarhl Crawford, Nancy Koehn

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has emerged as a possible contender for the 2016 presidential race. John King from CNN joined Jim and Margery to talk about it.
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  • CNN's John King talked about McCutcheon v. FEC, Big Papi's presidential selfie, and the presidential prospects of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
  • Monday night, UConn men's basketball won the 2014 NCAA championship by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats, 60-54. Some 16 million viewers tuned in to see the contest. Tuesday night, the UConn women's basketball team will take on Notre Dame in their respective championship. But the difference is that the women's game will have only a fraction of TV viewers. Why is that?
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn on Mary Barra, Is This A Catastrophic Car Wreck Or A Mere Crash Test?

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In 2013 General Motors made headlines by making Mary Barra the first female CEO of a car manufacturing juggernaut.

Today Mary Barra and General Motors are in the spotlight for something altogether different: a safety recall on 2.6 million cars over a faulty ignition switch, which is linked to at least 13 deaths.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:29 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

BPR: Politics, ER Doc On Marathon, Three-Year College, All Revved Up, Asia Runs On Dunkin'

Former US Senator Scott Brown is expected to announce his bid for a New Hampshire Senate seat this week. Joan Vennochi and David Bernstein talked about the impending run.
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  • For the Monday politics segment, WGBH contributor DAVID BERNSTEIN and Boston Globe columnist JOAN VENNOCHI looked at new state Rep. Evandro Carvalho, who just won the seat in the 5th Suffolk District. Bernstein and Vennochi talked about Scott Brown's anticipated US Senate bid as well.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:04 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

BPR: Dudley Square Gentrification, Callie Crossley, Saving Drive-ins, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

The Ferdinand Furniture building in Dudley Square. The building is being renovated and will soon house Boston Public Schools headquarters. A huge influx of traffic is expected in the area.
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  • Boston Globe business writer Shirley Leung wrote Friday about a MoveOn.org petition to help Roxbury-based businesses succeed in Dudley Square. Business is booming with the renovation of the Ferdinand Building.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

BPR: Noah Feldman, Councilor Tito Jackson, Charlie Sennott, Tie Etiquette, Kara Miller

The McCutcheon vs. FEC decision on Wednesday changed federal campaign finance laws.
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  • Harvard Law Professor NOAH FELDMAN discussed Wednesday's Supreme Court campaign finance decision. (Starts at 1:00)
  • City Councilor TITO JACKSON talked about learning recently that his biological mother was raped at 13, became pregnant, and gave up Jackson for adoption.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:52 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

BPR: GM Ignition Switches, Art Caplan, Brian McGrory, Jared Bowen, Social Apps

A 2001 Saturn Ion, one of the first GM vehicles found to have ignition switch problems.
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  • GM CEO Mary Barra found herself testifying in front of a Congressional panel Tuesday. Barra addressed faulty ignition switches in GM cars that caused at least 13 driver deaths. What should happen to GM as a result? Do heavy fines and victim compensation take care of it, or should company executives go to jail, too?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:01 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Comedian Hari Kondabolu: 'Sometimes The Jokes Write Themselves'

Hari Kondabolu joined Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio.
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"Sometimes you get lucky and the jokes write themselves," comedian Hari Kondabolu told Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. "My father pick[ed] me up at La Guardia" Kondabolu said. "I'm walking towards the car when this white lady ran in front of me and got into the back of our car thinking it was a taxi cab. ... The look on her face when I opened it ... she didn't even apologize. It was like, I'm just going to leave and pretend this never happened."

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:24 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn: Is The Invisible Hand Of The Market Choking Democracy?

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Maybe every economist, pundit, and historian who writes a book on income inequality should dedicate his or her work to the Occupy Wall Street movement. If those protestors hadn't given us the elegant and  powerful framework of the 99 percent versus the 1 percent, the scholarship of  wealth disparities could have forever remained in the dark recesses of academia. Instead, there are thousands of books on the widening wealth gap.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:15 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

BPR: John King, Beverly Scott, Hari Kondabolu, April Fool, Nancy Koehn

David Ortiz from the Red Sox and Pres. Obama posed for a selfie Tuesday at the White House. John King from CNN talked about the prospects for the championship team.
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BPR 4/1/14

  • CNN's JOHN KING joined Jim and Margery to talk about GOP contenders for the 2016 White House, as well as the start to the Red Sox season. John King is the host of CNN's Inside Politics(Starts at 1:00)
  • Jim and Margery spoke with BEVERLY SCOTT, MBTA General Manager. They found out how the first weekend of MBTA late-night service went. (Starts at 27:00)
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:45 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Mayor Marty Walsh on BPR for Ask the Mayor

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joins Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to take their questions and questions from listeners on Boston Public Radio. He talks about the deadly blaze in Boston's Back Bay, casinos, and late night MBTA service.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Boston Fire Chiefs On Fallen Firefighters Michael Kennedy, Edward Walsh

Within minutes of arriving on the scene of Wednesday's massive fire at a brownstone in Boston's Back Bay, two of the first firemen to arrive on the scene, Michael Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh, put in a call that they were in trouble.

Boston Fire Commissioner John Hasson and Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn spoke with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio Thursday about the two fallen firefighters and what made fighting the 9-alarm fire in Boston's Back Bay so difficult.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

BPR: Back Bay Blaze Debrief, Alex Beam, Academy Award-Winning Barbara Kopple

Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh
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  • Boston Fire Deputy Chief Joseph Finn and Interim Fire Commissioner John Hasson go over the dynamics of yesterday's 9 alarm blaze in Boston's Back Bay.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:22 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

BPR: Boston Globe's Brian McGrory, Criminologist Jack Levin, Saving the U.S.P.S, Bible Blockbusters

  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory goes over the latest news surrounding last year's Boston Marathon Bombing, from the Department of Justice and a Florida prosecutor ruling separately that an FBI agent involved in the fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev acted in self-defense, to the Congressional report that details missed opportunities among intelligence agencies in run-up to the Marathon bombing. (Starts at 12:30)
  • David Dayen, contributing writer for Salon.com, explains how posta
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