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Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:39 am
Fri August 22, 2014

BPR: Valerie Plame, Mark Leibovich, Chris Matthews, Joyce Maynard

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  • Former CIA operative Valerie Plame talks to Jim and Margery about assuming her latest identity: novelist. Is it possible for Plame to outdo fact when it comes to writing about a fictional covert CIA ops officer? Plame says what she brings to the spy novel genre is a realistic view of what it means  for a female agent to go undercover.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

BPR: Best of Open Mic with Mike Dukakis, Ray Flynn, Tom Menino, Nancy Koehn, Alex Beam

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  • Former Governor Mike Dukakis joins Jim and Margery for a sprawling conversation that gets into high-speed rail, Greece's health care system, and who the best looking woman on Medicare is.
  • Former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn joins Jim and Margery to talk about the future of Boston under new leadership, the hope that Pope Francis has brought to Catholics, and Flynn's days as a
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

BPR: Michael Moss, Michael Pollan, Food Rituals, The Art Of The Pizza Box

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  • New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss Talks with Jim and Margery about how the food industry is hiding calories, sugar, fat, and salt where we'd least expect it (salad dressings, sliced bread, and one culprit of  the childhood obesity epidemic: a child-targeted snack pack  that contains 830 milligrams of sodium and 39 grams of sugar).
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
7:31 pm
Tue August 19, 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 Podcast
10:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

BPR: Sister Simone Campbell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nancy Koehn, Ben Bradlee

Sister Simone Campbell
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Jim Braude and Margery Eagan speak with five authors about anxiety, economics, activism, politics and baseball.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
7:51 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

BPR: Bob Mankoff, P.J. O'Rourke, Michael Norton, Dining Al Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
11:02 am
Fri August 15, 2014

BPR: Judy Collins, Graham Nash, How To Turn Two Buck Chuck Into A Two Hundred Dollar Bottle Of Wine

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
9:05 am
Thu August 14, 2014

BPR: Laurence Tribe, Temple Grandin, Roz Chast,The Amazon Factor, From Books to Blockbusters

Temple Grandin
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:48 am
Wed August 13, 2014

BPR: Errol Morris, Philippe Petit,Teller, John Waters, Leonard Nimoy's Boston

John Waters at Cannes
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  • Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris discusses his new film,The Unknown Known, about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his WMD's (Words of Mass Delusion).
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:59 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

In Praise Of Faint Praise

What motivates people to succeed? Historian Nancy Koehn takes a look at a new study examining the motivations of West Point graduates.
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Are you ready to read the most breathtakingly intelligent, lucidly written, expertly researched, and profoundly life-changing article of your entire day? Perhaps of your entire life?

Well, this isn't it.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
9:35 am
Tue August 12, 2014

BPR: Nancy Koehn, James Vrabel, Tanglewood, A Minimalist's Bar

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  •  Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn talks to Jim and Margery about motivation.  It turns out those motivated from within rather than by external pressures do better in life and at work.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
9:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

BPR: The Second Amendment,The Greatest Year For Baseball, Chef Dan Barber, Road Trip Movies

On The Road
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  • Politicians, pundits and pro-gun ownership activists all turn to the Second Amendment to justify the right to bear arms. This short, awkwardly worded clause is the subject of a new book by Michael Waldman, president of NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, who joins Margery Eagan and Jim Braude today to discuss the gun debate.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:41 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn On The Future of Market Basket

Nancy Koehn gives us her take on the ongoing Market Basket saga.
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Three weeks have now passed since protests began at the grocery store chain Market Basket. If the latest news out of the company -- that it is drastically cutting back on the number of its part-time employees -- is any indication, there's no immediate end in sight. Will anything productive come out of the Market Basket standoff between employees and the new management?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:53 am
Fri August 8, 2014

BPR: Market Basket, Callie Crossley, Walden Media, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

Jim and Margery will discuss the Market Basket protests on BPR.
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BPR 8/8/14

  • (Starts at 1:00) Jim and Margery talked to Nancy Koehn about new developments surrounding the Market Basket protests. Koehn is a historian at Harvard Business School, and author of Ernest Shackleton Exploring Leadership.
  • (Starts at 31:20) WGBH's Callie Crossley will join Jim and Margery for her regular Friday segment. Callie talked about forgotten races for state office, as well as a lawsuit filed against Whole Foods over yogurt. Callie Crossley is host of the Sunday show Under the Radar with Callie Crossley.
  • (Starts at 50:11) Michael and Chip Flaherty will be back on BPR. The Flahertys' Walden Media helped produce the new film The Giver, starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. Here is the trailer from The Giver.
  • (Starts at 1:11:44) Friday's Open Mic guest will be Greater Boston and Beat the Press host Emily Rooney. Emily will offer another edition of Emily's List.
  • (Starts at 1:30:03) On the Friday News Quiz, Maryanne O'Hara — author of Cascade — and Michael Volmar — producer of Under Quabbin and curator at the Fruitlands Museum — will be the two contestants.
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:33 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kim Rilleau Brings Rilleau Leather Back To Provincetown

Leather worker Kim Rilleau joined Jim and Margery to talk about the family leather business, Rilleau Leather.
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Kim Rilleau on Boston Public Radio, 8/7/14

Lately, the headlines across New England have all been about Market Basket, the family business that imploded when the family stopped getting along. But far from the picket lines of the Demoulas family battle, another family business is still thriving decades after its founding.

Kim Rilleau joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to talk about his family shop, Rilleau Leather. Rilleau is a second-generation leather worker whose parents, Roger and Peggy, started a leather shop in Provincetown, Mass. Rilleau Leather makes bags, sandals, belts, and many other leather products.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:04 am
Thu August 7, 2014

BPR: Juvenile Parole, Heather Goldstone, Alex Beam, Do You Use Pencils?

Globe columnist Alex Beam talked about the legendary Palomino Blackwing 602, a pencil once continued but now back in production. Jim and Margery then asked callers if they still use pencils.
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  • (Starts at 1:00) Jim and Margery discussed paroling juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:38 am
Wed August 6, 2014

BPR: Market Basket, Brian McGrory, Juliette Kayyem, Art Caplan, Dr. Walter Willett

Dr. Walter Willett says friends, family and your environment play a big role in the size of our waistlines.
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  • (Starts at 1:00) Is it time for Arthur T. Demoulas to speak up?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:25 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

'Jane-sian Economics': Money, Marriage, And Jane Austen

For love, or money? Nancy Koehn explains Austen heroines and the story behind their economic motivations.
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Countless book clubs across America have pored giddily over the first line of Pride and Prejudice: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." But as a recent piece in The Atlantic explores, perhaps the truth truly universally acknowledged in author Jane Austen's work is that a woman in possession of good sense must be in want of a husband.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:34 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Charles Sennott On The Tepid Strength of American Diplomacy In Gaza

President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March 2013.
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The world woke up Tuesday morning to the first hours of a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:44 am
Tue August 5, 2014

BPR: John King, Jared Bowen, Nancy Koehn, Charlie Sennott

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BPR 8/5/14

  • CNN's John King talked about Democrats' plan if Hillary Clinton doesn't run in 2016. King also looked at an effort by First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama to socialize with spouses of African leaders in DC. King is the host of Inside Politics, and he's chief national correspondent for CNN.
  • Jared Bowen — host of Open Studio on WGBH channel 2 — reviewed the latest film and stage offerings around the area. Bowen also talked about his conversation with painter Jamie Wyeth.
  •  Tuesday's Open Mic guest is Nancy Koehn. Koehn talked about Jane Austen, the 18th-Century novelist whose work describes wealth's effect on moral integrity in great detail. Nancy Koehn is a historian at Harvard Business School.
  • GlobalPost cofounder Charlie Sennott assessed the bloody conflict in Gaza — both historical precedents, and possible peaceful solutions — as well as the Ukraine conflict. Charlie Sennott is heading up the GroundTruth Project.
Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:06 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

New Film 'Calvary' Suggests The Role Of The Good Priest Needs Resurrecting

Film programmer Garen Daly discusses how Hollywood has changed its portrayal of priests, and the Catholic church by extension, through the decades.
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It's an unbelievable setup for a film seeking to capture an increasingly  unbelieving world: Sitting in the confession box, Father James (Brendan Gleason) learns he is to be murdered by the unidentified man sitting across the grille in exactly one week. Explaining that he was abused by a member of the church years ago, the man has selected Father James for a very particular kind of atonement — "I am going to kill you because you've done nothing wrong," he says. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:36 am
Mon August 4, 2014

BPR: Politics, Market Basket, All Revved Up, Handshake, Priests In Movies

Market Basket issued an ultimatum to its workers to return to work Monday. Tom Trainor, a Market Basket employee who was fired during the continuing worker protest, talked to Jim and Margery about the strike.
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BPR 8/4/14

  • Charlie Chieppo and Shannon O'Brien joined Jim and Margery for BPR's Monday politics segment. They talked about the ongoing immigration controversy, the conviction of former Probation Department head John O'Brien, and the gubernatorial race.
  • Tom Trainor — recently fired Market Basket worker — joined Jim and Margery by phone to talk about his former company's Monday deadline for workers to return to work.
  • All Revved Up! Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III talked about the long, contentious stand of St. Frances X. Cabrini, the Scituate church shut down by the Boston Archdiocese whose members still maintain vigil — in protest — a decade later.
  • What does your handshake say about you? Jim and Margery talked about a new study that showed a fist bump is less "germy" than a normal handshake. What would it say if you went for the fistbump every time? What do you make of people with light handshakes, or ultra-firm grips?
  • Garen Daly — film critic and mastermind behind the forthcoming documentary The Orson Welles Complex — looked at the portrayal of priests in film.
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:26 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

BPR: Sales Tax Holiday, Councilor Tito Jackson, Stacey Lucchino, Sue O'Connell, Friday News Quiz

Do you take advantage of the sales tax holiday? Or is it a cheap ploy to get shoppers in stores? Jim and Margery opened up the lines to ask listeners what they thought.
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  • Should Mass. keep its sales-tax-free weekend? Jim and Margery asked listeners if the annual tradition is worth keeping, or a waste of time.
  • Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson joined Jim and Margery to talk about Project Buddy Love — his new program to get himself in shape.
  • Stacey Lucchino dropped by Studio Three to talk about the Pan-Mass Challenge.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:35 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

BPR: O'Brien Juror Speaks Out, Mark Fisher, Jim Vrabel, Alex Beam, Kara Miller

Author Jim Vrabel cites the many Boston activists from the 1960s and 1970s — like Mel King, second from right — as having an outsize influence on the development of the city. Vrabel is the author of a new book about the subject.
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BPR 7/31/14

  • Jim and Margery talked about an email Jim received, from an emailer who self-identified as a juror in the trial of former Probation Department head, John O'Brien.
  • GOP candidate for governor Mark Fisher joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three to talk about his candidacy. For more from the interview, click here.
  • Jim Vrabel is the author of the new book A People's History of the New BostonThe book takes on city activists in the 1960s and '70s, and the outside influence they've had on the city Boston has become.
  • Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam was Thursday's Open Mic guest. Beam talked about Jon Lester being traded away from the Red Sox, the enduring pleasure of John le Carré's writing, and explained the history of a particularly highly-regarded pencil in 45 seconds.
  • Kara Miller — Innovation Hub host — joined Jim and Margery talked about ways of boosting intelligence, like learning a language and playing music.
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:56 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Fisher On Boston Public Radio

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three to talk about his campaign.
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Mark Fisher 7/31/14

Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher stopped by Studio Three to talk about running for governor. Fisher faces a formidable opponent in the Republican primary in the form of Charlie Baker. Fisher talked about building up his business, Merchants Fabrication, in Auburn, MA. He also discussed his trouble getting on the gubernatorial ballot, his stance on immigration, and whether Massachusetts should build casinos.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:43 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Bringing Music Education Into The 21st Century

Berklee President Roger Brown joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio.
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Attention, future Coltranes and Guthries! Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio Three to talk about music education and how the industry is changing. 

Highlights from the interview include:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:52 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

BPR: John King, Brian McGrory, Legalize Weed?, Juliette Kayyem, Corby Kummer, Market Basket Song

The New York Times on Sunday advocated for full legalization of marijuana. Jim and Margery asked Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory and former gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem what they thought of that position.
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  • CNN's John King talked about Chris Christie's dominance in a new CNN poll, Pres. Obama ordering sanctions of Russia, and immigration. King is the host of Inside Politics.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:34 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Demoulas Family > King Lear: Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn On Market Basket

How did ousted Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas inspire such loyalty from his employees? Historian Nancy Koehn explains.
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There are dysfunctional families, and then there are dysfunctional families. The Demoulas Clan -- the founders of the Market Basket grocery chain whose explosive and public family feud over control of the company recently culminated in the ouster of the chain's CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas -- fits squarely into the latter category.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

BPR: Mayor Walsh, FRONTLINE, Iraq And Compulsory Service, Nancy Koehn On Market Basket

Jim and Margery talked about compulsory service to the country -- should we reinstate a draft for civil or military service for all young people?
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  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three for "Ask the Mayor." Walsh talked about his recent trip to Colorado to pitch Boston as an Olympic city in 2024, as well as what he thinks about undocumented immigrants being housed in the Bay State. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Michael Kirk — a producer for FRONTLINE — talked about "Losing Iraq," the latest FRONTLINE installment about the rise of ISIS in Iraq.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:27 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Was John O'Brien Guilty? Marty Walsh: 'I Don't Think So'

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, and former probation commissioner John O'Brien.
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Development was the topic of the hour with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who was joined by Ted Landsmark, during Boston Public Radio's monthly "Ask the Mayor" segment.

Right before he joined BPR on Tuesday afternoon, Marty Walsh announced that Landsmark will join the Board of Directors at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

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21:45: On changes and audits at the BRA.

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