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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:03 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Vaccination Laws, Abortion Clinics, Lethal Injection Serums

Medical ethicist Art Caplan discussed tougher California vaccination laws.
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Medical ethicist joined Boston Public Radio on Wednesday for his regular "Ask the Ethicist" segment. Caplan talked about a new California vaccination law, the few abortion clinics in Texas, and the Supreme Court upholding the use of a particular drug for lethal injections.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:49 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

BPR: Jailbirds, Bids, and Bottle Rockets

Fireworks shoot over the Hatch Shell in Boston during the Boston.
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  • Today a new hands-free law goes into effect in New Hampshire.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:02 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

A Celtic Sojourn's Brian O'Donovan Rounds Up The Summer's Best Free Concerts

A snapshot from Boston Summer Arts Weekend 2013.
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Summer can be an expensive time. You have to book vacations, get a new bathing suit, buy sunscreen...you know how it is. Luckily, Brian O'Donovan of A Celtic Sojourn is here with his picks for the best free concerts (yes, we said free!) of the summer. Here's what he recommends:

Outside The Box Festival (July 14-19)

Gin Blossoms, "Hey Jealousy"

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:13 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

The Market Basket Uprising, One Year On

A shopper examines produce near empty bins in a Market Basket grocery store, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Chelsea, Mass.
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In June of 2014, Tewksbury-based Market Basket made national headlines with the strangest of occurrences — a worker walk-out in one of the region's most successful, family-owned enterprises.

The trouble started when the company's board dismissed Market Basket President Arthur T. Demoulas. What the board didn't count on was the swift backlash from employees, as well as the public's willingness to boycott the store until Demoulas was reinstated. The protest stretched from June until August, at which point the board capitulated by allowing Arthur T. Demoulas to purchase a majority-share in the company.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:53 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

BPR: Trash, Trash Food, And Food For Thought

It's trash day on BPR:
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  • We’re trash talking today with a look at an environmental movement in Massachusetts that is now 143 municipalities strong--it’s called pay-as-you-throw. What do you think?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe Analyzes The Court's Historic Week

The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
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The Supreme Court issued two historical decisions last week—one upholding the Affordable Care Act, and the other legalizing same-sex marriage across all fifty states.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:15 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

All Revved Up: President Obama's On A Mission

Pres. Obama enjoyed one of his most successful weeks of his presidency last week, between two Supreme Court rulings, a rousing eulogy in Charleston, and the Senate fast-tracking his trade bill.
Credit Kathy Willens / AP / NPR

Last week was one of the most successful since Pres. Obama assumed office. In the span of five days, the Senate fast-tracked his trans-Pacific trade deal, and the Supreme Court not only upheld a key tenet of the Affordable Care Act, it also made same-sex marriage the law of the land, a move the administration championed.

Then on Friday, Pres. Obama eulogized the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina, in a speech lauded not only for its remembrance of the late pastor and state senator, but also for its call-to-action on race.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:10 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Does The Crisis In Greece Spell The End For The Eurozone?

A security worker brings money to a National Bank branch in Athens on Sunday. Greeks have been withdrawing euros in anticipation of a possible default on the country's debt payments Tuesday.
Credit Marko Djurica/Reuters/Landov via NPR

The country of Greece, still reeling from 2008's economic recession, owes the International Monetary Fund €1.6 billion. That payment is due Tuesday. They announced today they will not be making it.

That decision could have catastrophic consequences, says Charles Sennott, head of The GroundTruth Project, like destabilizing the fragile economy of the eurozone and as a result, the world economy more broadly.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

BPR Double Takes: Bids, Shows, And Sports

A rendering of a stadium for the proposed Boston Olympics.
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  • Charlie Sennott joins Jim and Margery to unfold the Greek Euro crisis, and the Obama Administration's walk-back on hostages, plus how the Supreme Court's marriage decision might effect the rest of the Globe.
  • Erin O'Brien and Evan Horowitz stop by to talk politics.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:25 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

The BPR Friday News Quiz: Goatscaping Edition

Goats in repose -- The Goatscaping Company rents out its animals to clear away undesirable plants. The Boston Parks Department made use of the company's fleet recently.
Credit The Goatscaping Company

Recently the Boston Parks Department turned to a novel idea to help clear poison ivy, oak and sumac: goatscaping. The Parks Department tapped The Goatscaping Company to clear unwanted plants. As an added benefit the goats contribute fertilizer (goat excrement) back into the environment.

Friday on Boston Public Radio, cofounders Jim Cormier and Elaine Philbrick stopped by — with baby goats in tow! — to compete on the Friday News Quiz. Butternut and Birch, the two baby goats, did not compete but instead sat by, gamely, munching on discarded paper sheets.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:50 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

BPR: Human Rights And Baby Goats!

It's marriage equality, ask the mayor, and baby goats.
Credit Catherine Whelan / WGBH News
  • Margaret Marshall and Stan Rosenberg join us to celebrate Friday morning's Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality is a constitutional right. We also get your take.
  • Shirley Leung stops by to give us her take on the marriage case and recent developments with the Olympic venues.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:38 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Walsh: Wynn "Misled" Public On $150 Million Casino Deal

Mayor Marty Walsh joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio Three.
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Wynn Casino's claim they offered $150 million to the city to repair Sullivan Square is "inaccurate" and "unfair," he told Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio's "Ask the Mayor" Friday.

"That's a little fuzzy, to be nice," Walsh said. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:00 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Reading Hearts: The BPR Summer Book Club

Alex Beam hosts our three month summer book club featuring local authors and long-time favorites.
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Fasten your sun hats, and load up on the sunscreen, BPR is announcing its summer book club! Alex Beam chose books for June, July, and August, (he suggests stopping by your local library to get the best bang for your sand dollar). We'll all read them. You can email, tweet, or facebook us questions and thoughts as you go, and then Alex, Jim, and Margery will host a conversation with callers about each of the books at the end of each month. Grab your bathing suits, we're starting with a beach read:

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:20 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

BPR Breaks Some News, Reads Some Books

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheer outside the Supreme Court on Thursday after justices upheld the law's subsidies.
Credit Jim Lo Scalzo / Landov via NPR
  • We open the show with the Supreme Court's decision on Affordable Care Act. With a 6-3 vote, they uphold the law. We hear from medical ethicist, Art Caplan and later, carry President Obama's thoughts live.
  • Paul Reville stops by to discuss technology in school and other education headlines.
  • The human-pet bond is deep, and in Massachusetts it could be deeper, as in 6 feet under.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:15 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

ACLU's Carol Rose On Same-Sex Marriage: Justices Don't Want To Go Down Writing 'Dred Scott'

The Dred Scott Supreme Court decision has come to haunt the judges who ruled on it in 1857. The Mass. ACLU's Carol Rose says justices want to avoid a similar mistake in their same-sex marriage ruling.
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Carol Rose, executive director of the Massachusetts ACLU, joined Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio to talk about recent Supreme Court decisions, investigations into the deaths of people in law enforcement custody, solitary confinement in US prisons, and more.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:40 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Falchuk Joins With Former Foes To Oppose Using Taxpayer Funds For Olympics

Evan Falchuk appears at a MassEquality/WGBH debate in 2014.
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Evan Falchuk, head of the United Independent Party, announced yesterday he would be joining forces with anti-tax activists Yes on 1 to pass a ballot question blocking taxpayer funds from going toward the 2024 Olympic Games. Yes on 1 spearheaded the ballot question for the gas tax indexing repeal last year—Falchuk and his party, on the other hand, publicly supported preserving the indexing.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Gaming Commissioner Stephen Crosby Talks About Opening Of Plainridge Park Casino

Slot machines in the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The Plainridge Park Casino opened a slots-only casino this week in Plainville, Mass.
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Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Stephen Crosby was in Plainville, Mass. for the opening of the Plainridge Park Casino — the first casino to open in the Commonwealth since voters approved them in 2011. Crosby joined BPR to talk about the rollout.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:04 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

BPR: Google, Gaming, And Breaking News

Jim and Margery... or rather Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World.
Credit Chuck Zlotnick / Universal Pictures via NPR
  • Google has formalized the "unsend" function. We get your stories. 
  • Jared Bowen sits down with us to review Jurassic World, plus other local theater, arts, and his trip to Provincetown.
  • Massachusetts Gaming Commission chair, Steve Crosby joins us from the Plainridge casino.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:33 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Smoothie Diets And Detoxes, The Obesity Epidemic, And Skinny Jeans

Medical ethicist Art Caplan was skeptical about the effectiveness of detoxes and juice cleanses.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for his regular Boston Public Radio segment, "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about the efficacy (or lack thereof) of "detox" diets, a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and a new report on US obesity.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:06 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Are America's Biggest Retailers Having A Wardrobe Malfunction?

A Gap store in summer 2012.
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Are America's biggest retailers having a wardrobe malfunction? Former clothing powerhouses like Gap, J.Crew, and Abercrombie—once juggernauts in the industry—are facing flagging styles. In the past year, Gap and J.Crew sales have both declined by 10%; Abercrombie's by 14%.

Why? "Both got caught in several currents, several strong wind currents," says historian Nancy Koehn.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:32 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

'Ask This Old House' Fixes Your Air Conditioning

The cast of This Old House.
Credit Matt Kalinowski/WGBH/This Old House

Is your leaky air conditioning forcing you to wear water shoes around the house? Are you struggling still with the havoc wrought on your roof by the scourge of Boston's winter: ice dams? If so, the guys from 'Ask This Old House' are here to the rescue. Norm Abram and Richard Trethewey took your questions and ours on how to get your place in top shape for summer.

To hear more from 'Ask This House,' tune in to Boston Public Radio above.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:06 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

BPR: A Poll, A Flag, The AG, And Ask This Old House

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley along with Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham (right, far right) and other lawmakers and activists call for the Confederate flag to be moved from state Capitol grounds.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:48 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

A.G. Maura Healey: May Be More Suspects In 2011 Waltham Triple Homicide

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
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Tuesday on Boston Public Radio, Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey was asked by BPR cohost Jim Braude whether there will be an announcement soon about the investigation of a 2011 triple homicide in Waltham. Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Ibragim Todashev — both now deceased — are considered suspects in the open case.

"I'm not sure that it was limited to two suspects," Healey said, when Braude asked about Tsarnaev and Todashev.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:21 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Revs Talk About Way Forward After Gov. Haley Calls For Confederate Flag Removal

An overflow crowd for a memorial service held last week at the Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
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The Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III joined Boston Public Radio for their regular Monday segment, "All Revved Up." They talked about the shooting in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina last week, including what to label the shooting, and whether we're focused on the right things in the wake of this awful event.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:03 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

What Can The United States Learn About Gun Control From Australia?

A collection of guns seized by the Chicago police, 2010.
Credit Kate Gardiner / Flickr Creative Commons

Four days ago, in response to the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine dead, President Obama stood at a podium at the White House and declared: "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of  mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

BPR: Environmental Edicts And Problematizing The Flag

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott bows his head in prayer during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. The service honored victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church.
Credit Grace Beahm / AP via NPR
  • Last week, in the aftermath of the shootings in Charleston South Carolina, President Obama put them in a global context, Charlie Sennott puts his context into context for us.
  • Joanna Weiss and Jack Sullivan sit down with us to go over some of the most important city, state, and national politics Then we talk to you about what's going with the country,
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:38 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Transgender Surgery, Raising The Smoking Age, Banning Trans Fats

Caitlyn Jenner's 'Vanity Fair' cover has pushed the conversation on transgender issues into the mainstream. Medical ethicist Art Caplan looked at it from a medical perspective.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio — a few days later than usual — for his weekly segment, "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about the right age for parents to sign off on a child's gender reassignment surgery, raising the smoking age, and the damage done by marijuana smoke.

Questions below are paraphrased. Caplan's responses are edited where noted [...].

You're encouraging some caution when it comes to performing large numbers of gender reassignment surgeries. Why is that?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:35 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

BPR: Sitting Down And Thinking Through

We debrief the Charleston shooting.
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  • 21 year old Dylann Roof has confessed to the Charleston shooting. We get your take. Was he a lone woof? A terrorist? 
  • Shirley Leung stops by to talk about Baker's Confederate flag goof on yesterday's BPR, and her recent column on the new casino. 
  • Art Caplan joins us to discuss the possible mental illness of the shoot, the FDA's trans fat deadline and early surgeries for under aged trans people.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:02 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Governor Baker Gears Up For a Showdown With The Senate On The Earned Income Tax Credit

Governor Charlie Baker joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio Three.
Credit Meredith Nierman/WGBH News

Governor Charlie Baker said he would have a difficult time signing off on the Senate's plan for an expanded earned income tax credit if the money to pay for it comes from a freeze in the income tax rate, he said on Boston Public Radio Thursday.

The Senate's plan calls for a freeze on the income tax to pay for a 50% increase in the earned income tax credit. Baker's original proposal doubles the state earned income tax by repealing the film tax credit.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:00 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

BPR: On The Cape, Off The Walls, And Ask The Gov

IS Cape Traffic getting worse than LA traffic?
Credit Mark Ralston / Getty Images via NPR
  • Jim is back and angling to ban Cape Cod, or at least travel on and off of it. What do you think? Should the Cape get some "FULL" signs?
  • Alex Beam stops by to talk about "discrete luxury items" and the why behind holes in Swiss cheese.
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