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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hunting Lone Wolf Terrorists Is "Like Whack-A-Mole," Says Juliette Kayyem

How can security officials prevent "lone wolves" from committing acts of terror?
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Last week's terrifying episodes in Ottawa and New York City have forced national security officials in both places to wrestle with the question: how do you stop terrorists who act alone? Homeland security expert Juliette Kayyem joined Boston Public Radio to discuss the unique challenges presented by "lone wolf" actors.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

'Quarantine Is Not Necessary In The War Against Ebola'

Kaci Hickox in quarantine in University Hospital in Newark, NJ. Hickox said she has no intention of maintaining an in-home quarantine now that she is back in Maine.
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Kaci Hickox is a nurse who worked with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone as part of a Doctors Without Borders team. Last week she returned to the US, where Hickox was ordered immediately quarantined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. After three days Hickox returned to Maine, where state officials expected she would stay in self-imposed home quarantine. Hickox and her lawyer have said she will not remain inside because she has not displayed Ebola-like symptoms.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:16 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

BPR: Doris Kearns Goodwin and Charlie Baker's Tears

Doris Kearns Goodwin stops by Boston Public Radio to talk about "The Bully Pulpit," and her next project on leaders.
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  • Brian McGrory weighs in on the politics of politics, when the media should stay neutral, Charlie Baker's tearful debate response, and whales.
  • In last night's debate, Charlie Baker was asked when he last, and he responded with an anecdote about a fisherman he had met on the campaign trail. When it comes to crying and politics, it can go two ways. When Hillary Clinton choked up in 2008, many said it won her the New Hampshire primary. When Ed Muskie teared up it effectively ended his campaign. What do you think? [27:55]
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
1:41 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Cinema Classic Challenge: Election Day Edition

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Next week, on Election Day, we're trying out a new feature where we revisit classic films and ask you: does it still hold up?  Film critic Garen Daly will lead he charge with our inaugural movie, the 1972 political satire The Candidate.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Battling Breast Cancer, Beyond The Pink Ribbons

Nancy Koehn discusses the reality of fighting breast cancer, beyond the pink awareness ribbons.
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Nancy Koehn never thought she would get cancer, and she sure as hell never thought she would get it twice. 

Her second diagnosis came over the phone. She was sitting in her office at the Harvard Business School, preparing to teach a class on the leadership of Ernest Shackleton, when the call came. "You have cancer, much to our surprise," the doctor said. She canceled the class, the first time she had ever done so in her life.

"The floor fell out from under me emotionally," she said.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:31 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

BPD Commissioner William Evans On ACLU Policing Report: 'I Don't Think We're Perfect'

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans joined Jim and Margery in Studio 3 for Ask the Commissioner.
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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was back in Studio Three for his monthly "Ask the Commissioner" segment. Evans talked about a guilty verdict in the trial of Robel Phillipos, an ACLU report about Boston policing, a Boston Police puppy photo that went viral, and Evans' recent star turn on Top Chef Boston.

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Local News
1:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

BPR: The Police Commissioner, Sports, and Man's Best Friend

University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross and UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt talk during a special joint meeting of the UNC Board of Governors and the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
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  • John King, CNN’s chief National Correspondent shares why he thinks the GOP has turned out more early voters than Democrats have and other surprises of this election season. 
  • A new liquor law is now in effect allowing Massachusetts' residents to buy booze as early as 10:00 AM. Is this a good thing for Boston or would you prefer that our Sundays be one where the Blue Laws still ruled? We talk to you.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:53 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Marching On Newbury Street Because 'Black Lives Matter'

A quiet day on Newbury Street in Back Bay. On Saturday, Newbury Street got a lot rowdier when protestors took to the retail center to protest police treatment of African Americans.
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On Saturday, amid the window-shoppers and diners enjoying omelets out on Newbury Street, about 150 protestors converged to raise awareness for the value of African American lives. Members of Black Lives Matter Boston disrupted the steady flow of Saturday traffic to raise signs and voices in solidarity with protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and other places.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:32 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Charles Sennott Reflects On The Harrowing Report Of Journalist James Foley's Captivity

Charles Sennott joined Boston Public Radio to reflect on the final days of American journalist James Foley (pictured here) as reported by the New York Times.
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On Saturday, the New York Times published a harrowing account of the final days of American journalist James Foley, based on testimonies from his former cellmates. Charles Sennott, cofounder of GlobalPost and head of The Ground Truth Project, joined Boston Public Radio to reflect on the piece and on Foley's life and work.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Dice or No Dice? Our Casino Question Explainer

What does the casino ballot question mean, and what will it mean for Massachusetts?
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Eight days out from the election, Boston Public Radio's Jim Braude and Margery Eagan sat down with former Attorney General, Scott Harshbarger, and Mike Mathis, CEO of MGM Springfield, to explain the casino ballot question and what it means for Massachusetts.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

BPR: Belfast, Politics, and our Casino Question Debate

We host our Question 3, Casino debate.
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  • Charlie Sennott joins us live from Belfast where he's covering the annual peace conference held by UMAss professor Padraig O'Malley. He discusses the conference, and the experience of his colleague, James Foley, as a captive of the Islamic State. 
  • The Boston Globe's editorial staff endorsed Charlie Baker in the governor's race.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:20 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Chef Vs. Chef: Rialto's Jody Adams And Steve DiFillippo of Davio's Face Off On News Quiz

Hungry yet? This week's News Quiz is guaranteed to whet your appetite.
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Feeling a little hungry right now? You will be after this week's News Quiz, where top-notch chefs Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade and Steve DiFillippo of Davio's  face off. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:59 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Memories, Music, and Chef vs. Chef

Members from the Debo Band pickup our Friday
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  • According to the most recent governor's race polls, Charlie Baker is leading by nine points. We ask you if the media should even be publishing polls this close to the election.
  • Behavioral economist Michael Norton stops by to dig into new research that says instead of memorializing great moments, we should be working to preserve the more mundane. Then we see what you think.
  • The World Series is underway, but is anyone watching?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Should You Be Bathing In Red Wine?

Is bathing in red wine good for your health?
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Rich people do the darndest things, from dropping $100,000 on a single truffle to clipping their papers together with gold-plated staples. Now?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:51 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment, Cornel West, And The Curiosity Desk

A new healthcare enrollment season opens November 1st. Jonathan Gruber stops by to help us figure out how to choose from the new plans.
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  • Jonathan Gruber stops by to help us (and you) figure out how to select the best plan in advance of the new November 1st enrollment. Then we talk to you about information overload.
  • A new report say that 1 in 7 Massachusetts residents is living in poverty. There Cognitive dissonance talker new report says 1 out of 7 in Mass is living in poverty.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:06 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

'Ostrich Effect': How Much Do You Want To Know About Your Health?

How much do you want to know about your medical condition? Some people want to know every detail. Others ....... as little as possible.
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Want to know how many steps you took today? Fitbit counted. How about the calories you burned on the elliptical? The machine tallied them for you. Need a pulse check? Here's an instantaneous readout. Consumer health products have become more sophisticated thanks to tiny computers packing lots of punch.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:27 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ebola Czar Needs To "Prepare People For The Inevitable, Even The Unlikely"

Ron Klain, at left, on Capitol Hill in 2009.
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Hoping to temper the growing hysteria surrounding Ebola since the death of patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, President Obama appointed political veteran Ron Klain the country's new "Ebola Czar" on Friday. Within minutes, the criticism came rolling in.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:17 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Ask This Old House

Richard Trethewey and Tom Silva joined Jim and Margery for another edition of Ask This Old House.
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Richard Trethewey and Tom Silva joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio for another edition of "Ask This Old House." Trethewey and Silva, of course, star on the PBS series. Trethewey is an HVAC specialist and a plumber, and Silva is a general contractor.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Showdown In The Produce Aisle: Whole Foods Vs. Walmart

Whole Foods is re-branding itself as the healthiest grocery store in the US as competition from Walmart heats up.
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Whole Foods grocery store is in a bind. The chain built a loyal customer base by offering organic foods, ethically-sourced products and a singular shopping experience. Whole Foods became the standard-bearer for conscientious — some may say precious — food-shoppers. Then Walmart entered the picture.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas: President Obama "Needs A Congressional Vote" On Action Against ISIS

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, shown here in 2011 in Afghanistan.
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Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts's 3rd district joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to discuss military intervention in Syria, convincing the Pentagon to buy American-made shoes for soldiers, and her work combating sexual assault in the military. 

Selections include:

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Local News
12:49 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

BPR: Congresswoman Tsongas, Whole Foods, and This Old House

Is Whole Foods right? Are values inseparable from value?
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  • John King joined us for a survey of the political field for the GOP, and made a few predictions of his own. 
  • It's finally here! Jim and Margery are hosting the WGBH News/Boston Globe debate tonight at 7PM on WGBH 2. We got all your questions in under the wire. [27:36]
  • Even if she doesn't support "boots on the ground" in the Middle East, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas wants to make sure they are American-made.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:32 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Millennials: Generation Determined

Pakistani activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and Millennial Malala Yousafzai met with some of the girls who escaped Boko Haram's captivity.
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When people speak about "millennials," those between the ages of 18 and 34, it is often in reference to their selfishness and entitlement, their addiction to technology, and their insistence on over-simplification, but these accusations are tantamount their most offensive indictment: laziness.

But is it laziness? Or is it lack of opportunity? 

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Local News
4:30 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Catholic Bishops Differ On Divorce, Cohabitation, Role Of Gays In Church

Pope Francis convened a so-called Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family to discuss pressing issues like gay marriage, gay involvement with the church, and divorced Catholics.
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Pope Francis convened a so-called "Extraordinary General Assembly" of Catholic bishops held for two weeks in 2014 and 2015. The Synod of bishops examines the church's attitudes on a variety of contentious issues: gay Catholics' involvement in the church, divorced-and-remarried Catholics receiving Communion, and unmarried couples cohabitating. 

Last week news came from the bishops' gathering that Catholic leaders were contemplating a marked departure from the church's previous position on gay Catholics. Archbishop Bruno Forte was quoted talking about the "centrality" of a Catholic person, independent of "sexual orientation."

The Rev. Emmett G. Price III responded on Boston Public Radio last week that the shift was "huge." Progressive and conservative Catholics seemed to agree with Price's statement, but differ on whether it was a positive development. On Saturday, when the bishops' meeting ended, leaders' sentiments reflected the public divide. Their "extraordinary" assembly came to no agreement on gay involvement, divorce, or cohabitation.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:05 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

2014 Ballot Debates: Earned Sick Time

Should employees in Massachusetts be entitled to earn and use sick time?
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Boston Public Radio hosted a debate about Question 4 on the the Massachusetts ballot, which would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:54 am
Mon October 20, 2014

BPR: Conflict Reporting, Politics, and Our Ballot Question 4 Debate

Pope Francis on the global plight of young people, and the Synod's walkback of it's recent LGBT-friendly proclamations.
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  • Charlie Sennott stopped by to talk more about his experience as a conflict reporter, and dug intro the Pope's comment that "the most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days is youth unemployment" and how a worldwide generation feels "thrown away."
  • We sat down to talk politics with David Bernstein and David Scharfenberg​, exploring local races, voter turnout, and the New Hampshire Senate race. [26:50]
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:59 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The BPR October Concert Roundtable

A Love Supreme by John Coltrane will be performed in its entirety this month at Northeastern University. Rob Hochschild, Edgar B. Herwick III and Brian McCreath joined BPR to give their concert picks.
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Boston Public Radio's resident musical aficionados were back for another edition of the BPR concert roundtable. Berklee College of Music's Rob Hochschild, 99.5 WCRB's Brian McCreath, and WGBH's Edgar B. Herwick III supplied a fresh roster of shows to catch in the Boston area. Their picks are listed below. Feel free to add yours in the comments!

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:52 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Friday News Quiz: Clowning Around With The Boston Circus Guild

Chuck Lechien, Jr. (left) and Sara Honeywell of the Boston Circus Guild faced off on Boston Public Radio's News Quiz!
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Get in the Halloween spirit with Boston Public Radio's Friday News Quiz! This week, Chuck Lechien, Jr., founder and creative director of the Boston Circus Guild and Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, faced off against Sara Honeywell, who heads up social media and marketing for the Guild and plays trombone in Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Brunch, Frozen Eggs, and Cirque Of The Dead

A technician opens a vessel containing women's frozen egg cells in April 2011 in Amsterdam.
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  • Michael Dukakis testified in defense of alleged terrorist Jahar Tsarnaev's friend Robel Phillipos. What do you think about Dukakis' move?
  • Corby Kummer stops by to discuss whether, as this New York Times op-ed suggests, brunch is for jerks. We check in with you to see what you think.
  • Art Caplan joins us to discuss Facebook and Apple's recent decision to provide egg-freezing options for their female employees. What do you think of this new take on family planning?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Can We Win Against ISIS Without Boots On The Ground?

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes hit Kobani, Syria.
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Almost a month has passed since President Obama ordered airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria as part of his effort to "degrade and destroy" the militant group. How effective have they been so far? 

"I would not want to say who's winning or who's losing yet," said Charles Sennott, co-founder of GlobalPost and head of the Ground Truth Project. "But I do think these advances, particularly the momentum they have into Anbar Province, is worrisome."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:44 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Costly Lawyers, The Climate, And Boots On The Ground

Charlie Sennott says that, however unfortunate, we need boots on the ground in Iraq. What do you think?
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  • We're nineteen days from that midrterm elections; have you decided who to vote for?
  • Kara Miller, host of Innovation Hub stops by to discuss the tipping point for the legal professi
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