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.
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.
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.
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So this is how you're spending your time these days, reading obituaries?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
"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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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
John King, CNN's Chief National Correspondent and host of Inside Politics previews President Obama's upcoming visit with Pope Francis. King also weighs in on the President's endorsement of new NSA surveillance rules, and how Nate Silver-- once the Democrats' number crunching darling-- has become L'enfant terrible with his forecast that the GOP will win the Senate.
Jennifer Nassour and John Nucci were guests on the Monday politics segment. Jennifer Nassour is former chair of the Mass. Republican Party, and founder of Conservative Women for a Better Future. John Nucci writes for the Boston Herald. Nucci is also Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications at Suffolk University.