It wasn't too long ago that the American Dream meant having a spouse, kids, job, and — maybe most importantly — a home to call your own. But what happens when younger, more itinerant Americans reject the idea of being tied down, preferring to go where work and life take them? What happens when they take that "rent, don't buy" philosophy and apply it to all aspects of their lives? Here you have the abiding theory of the rental or "sharing economy."
CNN's John King — host of Inside Politics Sundays at 8:30 A.M. — joined Jim and Margery to talk about Pres. Obama's foreign policy challenges, as well as midterms looming only 63 days away. (Starts at 1:00)
Gubernatorial candidate Donald Berwick was back for a final interview before the Mass. state primary on May 9th. Donald Berwick is a former Obama health care administrator. (Starts at 25:30)
Have we moved from an economy of ownership to renter-ship? Have things like Zipcar and Hubway eliminated the need to buy the goods we used to? Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn looked at our new economy of sharing. Koehn is the author of Ernest Shackleton Exploring Leadership. (Starts at 49:40)
Jim and Margery took calls on whether people are welcoming the new share-and-rent economy. (Starts at 1:08:53)
Attorney General Martha Coakley also joined Jim and Margery for her final pre-Primary interview. (Starts at 1:27:49)
Allston Christmas may be an annual Boston tradition, but what can we do around the city to cut down some of the September 1st craziness? Boston.com writer Scott Van Voorhis raised the question Friday. Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask listeners for ideas. (Starts at 1:00)
Callie Crossley — host of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley — talked about the epidemic of American arrests of black men, and the return of Market Basket workers alongside Arthur T. Demoulas. (Starts at 28:20)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher joined Jim and Margery for a final interview before the September 9th statewide primary. (Starts at 48:08)
Sue O'Connell was the Friday Open Mic guest. O'Connell is co-publisher of Bay Windows and South End News. O'Connell talked about whether a recent celebrity wedding was bad for gay rights in the US. (Starts at 1:09:30)
It was a "Jeopardy! Redemption" edition of the Friday News Quiz. Former Jeopardy! contestants — and current WGBHers — Kara Miller and Edgar B. Herwick III went head-to-head over the week's headlines. Kara Miller is the host of Innovation Hub. Edgar B. Herwick III is the man behind the Curiosity Desk. (Starts at 1:28:30)
(Starts at 1:00) The summer-long Market Basket protest is over. Arthur T. Demoulas has agreed to purchase his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas' shares in the grocery chain to retain ownership of the company. Now, the business of getting back to business begins. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked with Tom Trainor, a longtime Market Basket employee who got back to work Thursday.
(Starts at 1:00) Former Homeland Security administrator Juliette Kayyem talked about the threat of ISIS and the prospect of Americans being recruited to the group. Kayyem also discussed her latest Globe piece about militarizing US police forces.
(Starts at 25:00) Would we have fewer armed conflicts — and less of a rush to take up arms in the first place — if the world had equal numbers of male and female leaders? Jim and Margery talked with listeners about the effect that greater numbers of female leaders would have.
(Starts at 44:00) Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about a decrease in opiate overdoses in states where medical marijuana is now legal. Caplan also looked at the Ice Bucket Challenge, and why so many Americans are woefully uninformed about Ebola, how it's spread, and the risk it poses to people in the U.S. Art Caplan is head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. He's also the co-host of the new podcast Everyday Ethics.
(Starts at 1:07:30) Should we push back school start times so teens can get more rest? The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending doing so. Jim and Margery asked parents, teachers and teens whether they'd be open to the idea.
(Starts at 1:27:41) Ahead of Labor Day, film critic Garen Daly broke down the best workplace movies. Office Space, The Apartment, Glengarry Glen Ross — what's your favorite? Leave it in the comments below.
It's a perverse, unconscionable calculation. But, as GlobalPost co-founder Charles Sennott explains, it's one that families and governments alike have had to weigh in the aftermath of the gruesome murder of journalist James Foley by militants from the Islamic State earlier this month. Foley had been contributing as a freelancer to GlobalPost when he disappeared in Syria in 2012.
An Ebola virus quarantine in Eastern Sierra Leone. Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn said community leaders have been doing the bulk of work to combat the virus, while world leaders stand by.
Last week the head of Doctors with Borders, Brice de la Vigne, said world leaders are doing "almost zero" to help countries affected by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. When broad-shouldered world leaders — many of whom have enormous international stature — aren't pitching in, everyday local leaders have stepped in to fill the void.
(Starts at 50:07) To what extent should the United States be willing to negotiate for the release of American citizens from hostile groups? Jim and Margery asked listeners to weigh in.
(Starts at 1:03:16) Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three to talk about leadership in the face of a deadly ebola threat in Africa.
(Starts at 1:23:29) Bob Thompson recapped the 2014 Emmy Awards, where Breaking Bad, Sherlock and Modern Family came up big winners. Thompson is director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture.
(Starts at 1:00) To start things off on the Monday politics segment, UMass Boston professor Erin O'Brien and WGBH's Peter Kadzis looked at state races ahead of the September 9th primary, sexual harassment allegations against the mayor of Everett, and the President's golf habit.
(Starts at 35:30) Attorney General candidate Maura Healey joined Jim and Margery to talk about her candidacy.
(Starts at 59:45) The Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III were back for another edition of All Revved Up. On the docket: a showdown in Ferguson, MO, and the funeral of Michael Brown.
(Starts at 1:20:30) Do you think it's acceptable for President Obama to be playing rounds of golf with so many roiling crises around the world? Jim and Margery opened up the lines to callers.
(Starts at 1:35:00) Boston Globe sports enterprise reporter Shira Springer joined Jim and Margery to talk about the Little League World Series, including 13-year-old phenom Mo'ne Davis, and Cumberland, RI's chance to shine.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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?
(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.
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.
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 Atlanticexplores, 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.
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.
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.