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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:30 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Singer-Songwriter Danielle Miraglia Live In Studio Three

Danielle Miraglia joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio Three on Friday for an interview and performance.
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Singer-songwriter Danielle Miraglia grew up in Revere, Massachusetts, and describes herself as "Boston-born and -raised."

Miraglia went to Emerson College with the intention of becoming a writer, but "it seemed like too much of a task to actually write a novel," she joked. Miraglia decided to take a chance on music.

"When I first graduated and I first started writing songs, my songs were way too wordy, because I was thinking like a creative-writing major," she said. "You can be really descriptive without describing every little detail."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:14 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

BPR: Pledges Its Loyalty

President Obama and superintendent of the Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., take the Pledge of Allegiance at the West Point graduation ceremony.
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  • John Hansman, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, helps us unpack the Germanwings crash, and the kinds of changes it might herald.
  • Singer/Songwriter Danielle Miraglia stops by to share stories of her childhood in Revere and to sing us some songs.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:17 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Sex, Drugs And Rocking Chairs

Men and women 'of a certain age' can enjoy healthy sex lives, said Iris Krasnow. Krasnow joined Boston Public Radio to talk about it.
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Iris Krasnow is the author of titles like The Secret Lives of Wives and Surrendering to Yourself. Her newest book is called Sex After ... Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life ChangesKrasnow interviewed 150 women — ages 20 to 94 — to find out how sexuality figures into the different stages of a woman's life.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:01 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Charter School Gains May Help Low-Performing Public Schools, Says Education Secretary

New Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser joined Boston Public Radio.
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Charter schools in Boston have made extraordinary gains, according to a new report from Stanford University. New Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser believes that some of the strategies that led to those gains can be replicated in the state's lowest-performing public school districts.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:50 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Angelina Jolie's Surgery Decision, Too-Skinny Models, Selling Breast Milk

Actor and director Angelina Jolie recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of decreasing her risk for cancer. Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about Jolie's decision.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday for his regular segment. Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. He talked about Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo surgery to decrease her chance of getting cancer; a proposed French ban on models who are "excessively skinny;" and the selling of breast milk.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:34 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

BPR: Bikes, Bombs, and Baker

Will you be cycling down Comm. Ave
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  • The City of Boston announced plans to install protected bike lanes on Comm. Ave.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:34 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Governor Charlie Baker Talks Boston 2024, Potholes, And Eating An Entire Pie By Himself

Charlie Baker joins Jim and Margery in Studio 3 to Ask the Gov.
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Governor Charlie Baker reiterated his support for a referendum on whether the Olympic Games should come to Boston in 2024 on Boston Public Radio Wednesday. 

Baker said the referendum would need to address not only the issue of taxpayer funding for the Olympics, but the larger question of whether the Olympics should be hosted by Boston at all.

"For some people it's not a question of taxpayer funding or not, it's whether they'd rather see the city of Boston and Massachusetts do this, or do something else," he said.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:13 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

The King Buried Under The Parking Lot

The Grey Friars excavation site where a body thought to be Richard III's was exhumed in 2013. The body will be buried Thursday.
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Richard III was an English king best known as the subject of a play by William Shakespeare. Richard III assumed the throne in June 1483, and during his tumultuous reign he was subject to two insurrections. The first he successfully repelled. In the second, which culminated in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, the 32-year-old king was killed.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:37 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

BPR: Two Kanes and This Old House

Richard Trethewey of this Old House joins Jim and Jared Bowenon BPR.
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  • We check in with John King about Ted Cruz's campaign kickoff, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's meeting with Obama, and Petraeus' perspective on Iraq. 
  • Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation and author of The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong joins us to discuss the future of philanthropy. [18:04]
  • Following Evan Falchuk's plans to initia
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:09 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Ask This Old House: Plumbing, Heating, And A Mysterious Phone Call

The handy gentlemen of This Old House. Richard Trethewey, second from left, joined us.
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Now that you've replaced your roof once—or twice—this brutal, ice-dam-filled winter, how about planning some more fun warm-weather projects? Whether you're renovating a house in Maine or restoring a beautiful 1920s-era front door, Richard Trethewey of This Old House has tips and tricks for you. He answers your questions, ours, and responds to the pestering concerns of one very special caller—a certain "Luke from Wenham"—on "Ask This Old House."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:36 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

John Kerry Travels to Switzerland For 'Absolute Endgame' Of Iran Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Lausanne, Switzerland about recent nuclear talks with Iran.
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Sixteen months of negotiations over Iran's nuclear future are about to draw to a close at the end of March. Then, all eyes will be on Secretary of State John Kerry to see if he will have anything to show for them.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
2:00 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

All Revved Up: Starbucks Takes A Shot At Race, Was It A Hit Or Miss?

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Today on All Revved Up! Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett Price discuss Starbucks' short-lived attempt to serve up a conversation on race.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:42 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

BPR: Spring, Starbucks, and Roller Derby

We host two Richards from Men's Derby team, Mass Maelstrom for our weekly news Quiz.
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  • Tonight's vernal equinox is approaching, and Jim is all about spring. Are you? Or is the snow in the forecast making you feel unconvinced?
  • Paul Reville checks in with us about the new BPS superintendent, Tommy Chang, a Charter School lawsuit, and standardized testing.
  • Then Callie Crossley weighs in on Starbucks initiating the race conversation with #racetogether.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:21 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

A Very High Impact News Quiz: Two Roller Derby Dudes Face Off

The guys from Mass Maelstrom face the QuadFathers in a roller derby bout.
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After the women's roller derby league Derby Dames graced the hallowed halls of Studio Three for News Quiz in January, we knew we couldn't resist having on two of their male counterparts from the men's league, Mass Maelstrom, to see how they fared. Richard Pickering and Richard Gaudet (that's right, two Richards in one quiz) face off on the headlines of the week. 

To hear who came out on top, tune in above.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:29 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

BPR: Manditory Minimums, Climate Maxims, and Major League Ball

Pete Rose holds the record for all-time hits, but he was banned from baseball in 1989 for gambling on the game. Should he get a reprieve?
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  • We open our show talking about mandatory minimums. Are they a part of enforcing the law in an equal way or or are they costing us money and enforcing inequality? 
  • Then we check in with Alice Locicero about her new book  Why "Good Kids" Turn into Deadly Terrorists: Deconstructing the Accused Boston Marathon Bombers and Others Like Them.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

For A Foolproof Hangover Cure, Try Hangover-Free Wine

A wine flight.
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Looking for a foolproof hangover cure? Try hangover-free wine. Scientists at the University of Illinois are pioneering a new, modified form of yeast that could minimize the elements in wine that can leave you feeling a little under-the-weather the next day. Boston Wine School's Jonathon Alsop joined Boston Public Radio to discuss this new breakthrough in wine science.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:24 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

US Fish Labeling Could Mean Tastier Dynamite Rolls

The Obama administration is seeking stricter regulations on fish labeling. WGBH and WCAI science editor Heather Goldstone talked about this with Boston Public Radio.
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This past weekend in Boston, representatives from the Obama administration outlined their intentions for stricter labeling and control of US seafood. The administration handed out a 40-page report to attendees at a national seafood conference at the Boston Convention Center last weekend. In the report were 15 changes the administration would immediately take regarding the regulation of seafood.

The administration will require foreign governments to better police fisheries, and will push for far stronger labeling on fish imported to the US.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:34 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

BPR Housing, Hypocrites, And The AG

Attorney General candidate Maura Healey greets supporters after winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General. She joins Jim an Emily today.
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  • Boston is officially the third most expensive housing market in the United States. We check in with you to figure out how you think we should handle skyrocketing costs. This week featured a joint editorial from the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and the Patriot Ledger calling for more transparency for public records.
  • Brian McGrory checks in with us about this, and about the Durst arrest and the Times' embargo agreement with HBO.
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BOSTON
3:30 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Firing Squads, Tsarnaev Medical Treatment, Crowdfunding Medical Bills

1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Jahangir Razmi of Ettela'at, Iran. The state of Utah is considering legalizing execution by firing squad.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday for his regular segment, Ask the Ethicist. Caplan is the head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center, and the host of the Everyday Ethics podcast. Caplan talked about a Utah bill to bring back execution by firing squads; crowd-sourcing medical bills; Kraft singles getting the blessing of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; and the odd circumstance of saving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life in the emergency room so he could be tried with the death penalty.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:23 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

What Will Happen To The Ferguson Police Department?

Protestors in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2013.
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In the wake of a damning report finding widespread racial discrimination in the Ferguson Police Department, officials from the Department of Justice will be traveling to Ferguson over the next few weeks to determine how, exactly, the police will need to be reform

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:27 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey Talks E-Cigarettes, Gay Marriage, And Finally Unpacking Her Office

Attorney General Maura Healey.
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Attorney General Maura Healey joined Boston Public Radio for her inaugural edition of "Ask the AG," where she tackled the issues of new regulations for e-cigarettes, gay marriage going before the Supreme Court in June, and questions from listeners. 

Highlights included:

On new e-cigarette regulations:

Healey announced Tuesday a slate of new regulations for e-cigarettes, including forbidding their sale to minors and prohibiting free samples. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:57 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Rep. Lynch On Clinton 2016: 'She's The Best We've Got'; Plus ISIS, Olympics, And Space Savers

Congressman Stephen Lynch joined Boston Public Radio on Tuesday.
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Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch joined Boston Public Radio on Tuesday as part of the show's ongoing conversations with state lawmakers. Lynch talked to cohosts Jim Braude and Sue O'Connell (filling in for Margery Eagan) about snow space savers, Boston's Olympic bid, Congressional authorization for the fight against ISIS, and many other things.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:41 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

BPR: As Boston As Space Savers, As Irish As Saint Patrick's?

Butter labels from Irish creameries operating in the 1970s.
Credit Roland Paschhoff / Cork Butter Museum via NPR
  • John King joins us to discuss the GOP Presidential hopefuls Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and John Kasich as well as ongoing reverberations after letter to Iran, the stalled confirmation of Loretta Lynch, and the way the Pentagon is navigating the withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan.
  • We sit down to discuss a recent Atlantic piece-- "The Power of Good Enough." Do you believe good is the enemy of great,
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Irish Eyes Are Smiling On St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Around The Globe

St. Patrick's Day revelry in Dublin.
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Are Irish eyes smiling or frowning on the way Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day? ​Brian O'Donovan, host of A Celtic Sojourn, joined Boston Public Radio to dish on the difference.

Originally a religious holiday celebrated with mass (often in Gaelic) and traditional music, St. Patrick's Day took on a life of its own after the Irish diaspora in the United States.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:56 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

All Revved Up: Ferguson Shooting, March Madness, High-Flying Ministers

Northeastern University's men's basketball team earned a place in the 2015 NCAA basketball tournament. On All Revved Up, Rev. Emmett G. Price III talked about his school's basketball success.
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The Reverends Emmett G. Price III and Irene Monroe joined Boston Public Radio for their regular Monday segment, "All Revved Up." Price and Monroe talked about the shooting of police in Ferguson, Missouri, the Northeastern University men's basketball team making it into the NCAA tournament, a high-flying minister who crowd-sourced a jet purchase, and missteps by the Vatican Cultural Office.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:36 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

U.S. Troops In Afghanistan May Be In It For The Long Haul

Gen. John Campbell, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), unfurls a flag during a ceremony in Kabul in December marking the official end to U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan.
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American troops could remain in Afghanistan well into 2016, according to U.S. officials—a reversal of strategy from the Obama Administration's original plan to reduce the number of troops to 5,500 by the end of 2015.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:28 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

BPR: From A Patty's Day Breakfast Post-Mortem To A Post-Papacy Pizza Party

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  •  GBH news analyst Charlie Senott, who also heads up  The GroundTruth Project, goes over international headlines, from tomorrow's election in Israel to the Obama administration's decision to slow down the withdrawal of U.S.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:40 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

BPR: Thieves, Dropkicks, and Those Women

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  • We open our show by opening our minds.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:22 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

21 Minutes And 21 Seconds Of Tim Brennan Of The Dropkick Murphys

Tim Brennan of the Dropkick Murphys joined Boston Public Radio on Friday to talk St. Patrick's Day, and his band's four-night stint at the House of Blues.
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Tim Brennan is lead guitarist and vocalist for the Dropkick Murphys. Brennan and the band are playing a four-night stint at Boston's House of Blues.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:11 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

A Very Mayoral News Quiz: Somerville's Joe Curatone and Salem's Kim Driscoll Face Off

A sign for City Hall in a city that is neither Somerville nor Salem.
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For their day jobs, they run two Massachusetts cities—Salem and Somerville—but occasionally Boston Public Radio can convince Kim Driscoll and Joseph Curtatone to moonlight as News Quiz contestants. These two mayors face off on the biggest headlines of the week, and compete in a very special Bonus Round testing their knowledge of another famous 'mayer'—John Mayer.

To hear which mayor emerged victorious, listen above.

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