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Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:28 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

BPR: All Atwitter

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  •  Governor Martin O'Malley joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three to talk about his run for president and how the DNC is rigging the primaries
  • Former Secretary of Education Paul Reville previews the challenges facing Boston's Superintendent of Public Schools, Tommy Chang
  • With Tom Brady's four game Deflategate suspension vacated we go over the winners and losers
  • Ray Mariano, Executive Director of the Worcester Housing Authority, discusses his public housing policy, A Better Life
  • Andrea Cabral, Former Secretary of Public Safety and Suffolk County Sherif
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Martin O'Malley: DNC Is Rigging Primaries By Limiting Number Of Debates

Martin O'Malley joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3.
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Presidential candidate and former governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for Boston Public Radio. Highlights from the interview include:

On the Democratic National Committee's plans to limit the number of primary debates before Iowa and New Hamsphire: 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:49 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

Are Psychologists Taking A 'Hypocritical' Oath By Fudging Data?

Is this the closest we'll get to understanding the brain?
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Next time you read a psychology study that makes you scratch your head, trust your instincts. A new yearlong effort to reproduce 100 studies from 3 leading journals has found that over half the findings did not hold up when repeated. (Oops!)

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:20 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

BPR: The Millennial Debt Sentence

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  • The Attorney General’s office just released the list of ballot initiative petitions that Maura Healey has certified. Now backers can start gathering signatures to get their initiatives on the 2016 ballot. Do you think ballot questions are good or bad for democracy?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:23 pm
Tue September 1, 2015

Why THIS Harvard Law School Professor Wants To Be President: The Larry Lessig Story

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig.
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Lawrence Lessig wants to be president. But when he gets there, he only wants to do one thing: enact a law called the Citizen Equality Act. Then he'll resign.

Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School and political activist, says that the amount of money in politics today has tipped the scales so far to wealthy elites that the system has stopped working altogether.  

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:58 pm
Tue September 1, 2015

BPR: Car-Free Paris And Lessig Learned!

Paris is going car free for a day. Should Boston?
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  • John King dials us into national politics, updates us on the campaign, and gives us a heads up about what to look out for in the coming months.
  • Paris has announced it will be car free for a day. What do you think?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:46 pm
Tue September 1, 2015

What Lessons Can Presidential Candidates Learn About Leadership From Ernest Shackleton?

The best leadership test for today's presidential candidates? Ship them to Antarctica.
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"For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton."

So wrote famed explorer Sir Edmund Hillary about Ernest Shackleton, who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic in the early 1900s. Shackleton's most infamous adventure came when his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and he led all his men to safety after over 600 harrowing days.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:21 pm
Mon August 31, 2015

Europe's Migration Challenge Is Reaching A Crisis Point

A boy from Syria waits in a queue to register with his family before passing through Serbia.
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This weekend, Hungarian police made a fifth arrest connected to the death of the 71 migrant workers whose corpses were found in a truck abandoned in Austria.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:05 pm
Mon August 31, 2015

BPR: Did Kanye's Katrina Moment Kick Off Black Lives Matter?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:31 pm
Fri August 28, 2015

BPR Rewind: A Tabloid Fiasco, A Boston Girl, And A Deep, Deep Appreciation For Peanut Butter Cups

Nobody loves a good peanut butter cup like Alex Beam.
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This week, Boston Public Radio is revisiting some of our favorite conversations from the past few months. Here's what's on the docket for Friday, August 28:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:44 am
Thu August 27, 2015

BPR Rewind: A First Lady, A King Hidden Beneath A Parking Lot, And A Year In Prison

Journalist Peter Slevin follows Michelle Obama's trajectory from the South Side of Chicago to the White House in "Michelle Obama: A Life."
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This week, Boston Public Radio is looking back on some of our favorite conversations from the past few months. Here's what's on the docket for Thursday, August 27:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:04 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

BPR Rewind: An Assassination Plot, A Humble Brag, And A Daring Invention

Historian David McCullough discussed his new book, "The Wright Brothers." Here, the first flight of the Wright Flyer I in 1903.
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This week, Boston Public Radio is looking back on some of our favorite conversations from the past year. Here's what's on the docket for Wednesday, August 26:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:10 am
Tue August 25, 2015

BPR Rewind: Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks Performs Live

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.
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This week, Boston Public Radio is looking back on some of our favorite conversations from the past few months. Here's what's on the docket for Tuesday, August 25:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:46 am
Mon August 24, 2015

BPR Rewind: The Funny Girl, The Space Odyssey, And The Believer

Former adviser to President Obama David Axelrod (center) joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3.
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This week, Boston Public Radio is revisiting some of our favorite conversation from the past few months. Here's what's on the docket for Monday, August 24:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:03 pm
Fri August 21, 2015

BPR: Musicals and Strandbeests

We're getting down with Strandbeests!
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  • John King goes over the latest 2016 campaign poll numbers and weighs in on leadership changes at his beloved Red Sox.
  • Shirley Leung swings by for one more postgame on the Olympic bid and the Brattle Report.
  • Then we ask you has Trump become a real candidate?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
6:38 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

BPR: Which Came First, The Pigeon Mule Or The Cage-Free Egg?

A different kind of politics and eggs, we talk to you about the new ballot initiative.
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  • Corby Kummer joins us to discuss a proposed 2016 Ballot initiative which would mandate that local farms and businesses produce and sell only eggs from cage-free hens; pork from pigs not raised in small crates; and veal from calves that have not been raised in small spaces.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:26 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

Red Wine, Like Revenge, Is A Dish Best Served Cold

Red, red wine, as the good folks from UB40 might say.
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Have you been drinking red wine wrong your entire life? (Well, hopefully not your entire life.) If you've been drinking it at room temperature, the answer may be yes.

Jonathon Alsop of the Boston Wine School has a tip for you: try it a little chilled.

"A lot of people feel like there's some sort of federal law or Constitutional amendment against putting your red wine in the refrigerator," Alsop said.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:59 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

BPR Jumps A Shark (Or, Rather, Wrestles One)

Eek! A shark!
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When most beachgoers hear the word "shark," they run screaming in the other direction. But not Elliot Sudal. 

The 27-year-old has made a name for himself tagging sharks off the shores of Nantucket in the name of helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, manage the Atlantic's shark population. He joined Boston Public Radio to explain what motivates him to tango with these foreboding oceanic beasts.

To hear more from Elliot Sudal and his shark-wranglin' ways, tune in to Boston Public Radio above.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:45 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

'Female Viagra': Medical Ethicist Art Caplan Says The Pill's Nickname May Be Misleading

Addyi, or the "little pink pill".

First, the birth control pill. Then, Viagra. Now: Addyi?

That's the name of a new little pink pill approved this week by the Food and Drug Administration that aims to revolutionize women's sexuality the way its little blue counterpart, Viagra, revolutionized men's.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:33 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

BPR: All Loved Up?

Rear Window's Miss Lonelyheart
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  • Emily Rooney joins Margery and guest host Jared Bowen to discuss the curiosities and pitfalls in the Brattle Report, and what it means for a future Olympics bid.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:44 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

BPR: From The PC Police To The AC Experts

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  • Jim Petosa joins us to talk about a new trend in colleges and universities across the country:  The Coddling of the American Mind.  Are the PC police protecting emotional equilibrium at the expense of 'real life' experience.
  • Congressman Jim McGovern joins us fresh off his trip from Cuba where history was recently made with the re-opening of
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Could You Hack It At Amazon?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears at an event last year in Seattle.
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"The curtains just went up on the windows on Amazon," says  Harvard Business School's Nancy Koehn in response to a Sunday New York Times article.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:55 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

To Maintain Your Summertime Cool This Old House Says, 'Insulate, Insulate, Ventilate'

In defense of porches, overhangs, and insulation.
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Today's 'Ask This Old House' was all insulation all the time. Callers checked in to ask about insulating bricks in row sides, cooling buildings without AC, and why heating and cooling mechanisms shouldn't be above the insulated second floors.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:18 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Jim McGovern On Iran: 'It's This Deal, Or No Deal'

Congressman Jim McGovern
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Congressman Jim McGovern  joined Boston Public Radio's Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen (in for Jim Braude) to discuss the revival of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the intensifying discussions around the Iran nuclear deal. 

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
6:52 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

BPR: Got Butter Cow?

Got Butter Cow?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Codified Sex Slavery And Other ISIS Recruiting Tools

Women fleeing ISIS strongholds in Iraq.
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British newspaper The Independent has confirmed reports that murdered ISIS hostage, Kayla Mueller, was held as a sex slave by the group. Charlie Sennott joined Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen to discuss just how sophisticated ISIS' system of organized sexual violence of has become, and why it's radicalizing more and more Americans.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
9:10 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

BPR Cinema Classic Challenge: Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock Cameo, Rear Window
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This month's cinema classic challenge is Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller Rear Window.

This Wednesday, with film authority Garen Daly leading the charge, we'll ask you if it still holds up. Do the themes of voyeurism, spying and  suspicion resonate today? Or is the movie trapped within its own mid-century aesthetic and values?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:01 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

BPR: Jim And Margery Hit The Slots But Not The Beach

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3 to talk about the firestorm over a proposed casino in Everett.
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  •  Heather Goldstone, ​science editor at WCAI/WGBH, talked about where the presidntial candidates stand on the environment and how sharks could be affecting your summer vacation.
  • Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby weighed in on the firestorm erupting between Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and casino magnate Steve Wynn over the proposed casino in Everett.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:34 am
Fri August 14, 2015

BPR: Jim And Margery Ask The Governor And Upgrade Their Lunches

Chef Katie Chudy shows us how to upgrade our daily sandwich grind with some nutritional superfoods.
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  • Congressman Seth Moulton discussed the dogfight in Congress over President Obama's Iran deal.
  • Governor Charlie Baker took our questions and yours during his monthly call-in segment, "Ask the Governor."
  • Former Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral looked at the controversy over Boston's police officers donning body cameras.
  • Chef, caterer, and podcaster Katie Chudy 
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:53 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Moulton Talks Iran, Trump, And Veterans

Congressman Seth Moulton
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As the showdown over the Obama Administration's Iran deal heats up in Congress, Representative Seth Moulton of the Massachusetts 6th district joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Moulton, who supports the Iran deal, discussed the fight to win over his colleagues in Congress and the passage of his first bill in the House last month, which makes it easier for small business to access capital.

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