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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:11 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Mayor Marty Walsh On Casinos, City Council Pay Raises, And Madison Park High School

Mayor Marty Walsh (left, pictured with Gov. Deval Patrick) joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for another edition of Ask the Mayor.
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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan Friday on Boston Public Radio. The Mayor covered a wide range of topics during their hour-long discussion, and fielded calls, emails and Twitter questions from constituents.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:29 am
Fri September 12, 2014

BPR: Mayor Marty Walsh, Emily Rooney, Tech Talk and our News Quiz

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:10 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

The Long War Just Got Longer

President Obama lays out his plan for defeating the Islamic State at the White House.
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In 2007, he was the anti-war presidential candidate, telling crowds on the campaign trail that "we continue to be in a war that never should have been authorized." But six years later, President Barack Obama found himself in a position he probably never thought he would have to occupy: standing behind a podium in the Cross Hall of the White House, telling the American people they were going back to war with Iraq.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:55 am
Thu September 11, 2014

BPR: Charlie Sennott, Heather Goldstone, John Allen, And The End Of The World With Alex Beam

The evening before September 11th, Obama laid out his ISIS strategy. Charlie Sennott checks in with us about U.S. foreign policy throughout the region.
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  •  Award-winning correspondent and co-founder of The Global Post, Charlie Sennott sits down with us to discuss foreign policy on 9/11, using the murder of Daniel Pearl and Foley and Sotloff as bookends to frame how US foreign policy has affected the Middle East and beyond. 
  • Science Editor, Heather Goldstone helps us understand District Attorney Sam Sutter's choice not to prosecute the lobster boat blockade
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:16 am
Wed September 10, 2014

BPR: Primary Analysis, Brian McGrory, Juliette Kayyem, Art Caplan

Attorney General candidate Maura Healey greets supporters after winning the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.
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  • Former Romney advisor Charlie Chieppo and former Treasurer Shannon O'Brien talk to Jim and Margery about primary election results.
  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory joins Jim and Margery to talk about his paper's busing coverage, as well as the New York Daily News editorial decision to stop using the name of Washington's professional football team. [50.09]
  • Juliette Kayyem will be Wednesday's Open Mic guest. Kayyem will talk about Mass. election results, Pres. Obama's speech Wednesday night about ISIS, and the new head of the Veterans Administration, Robert McDonald. Kayyem is a former Mass. gubernatorial candidate, and a current contributor to CNN. [1:10:31]
  • Medical ethicist Art Caplan talks about an excess of media coverage about the ebola virus when so many other deadly and widespread diseases need equal time. Caplan will also discuss new research showing that people eat at least twice as much when watching action films than they do in less exciting ones. Art Caplan is head of the division of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. [1:28:36]
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:07 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

It Can Wait – Why We're Such Fantastic Procrastinators

Procrastination got you looking like a deer in the headlights. You are not alone, friend.
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The beginning of fall marks a return to cool weather, J. Crew V-necks, wall-to-wall football, and the dreaded start of the school year. Millions of students are once again donning backpacks and fresh clothes, slouching into classroom seats, and getting back to the dirty business of assignments and term papers.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:59 am
Tue September 9, 2014

BPR: John King, Primary Update, Boko Haram, Procrastination, Jared Bowen

Primary Day has arrived in Massachusetts! WGBH senior web editor Peter Kadzis checked in with Jim and Margery about results thus far.
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  • John King joined Jim and Margery to talk about the next session of Congress, Pres. Obama holding off on executive actions on immigration, and what the President may say in his speech Wednesday about ISIS. John King is the host of CNN's Inside Politics(Starts at 0:00:01)
  • WGBH's Peter Kadzis stopped by Studio Three for an update on Tuesday's primary results thus far. (Starts at 00:19:50)
  • PBS FRONTLINE producer Evan Williams joined Jim and Margery to talk about his new documentary, debuting Tuesday night, Hunting Boko Haram(Starts at 00:35:50)
  • For Tuesday's Open Mic, Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn talked about our inclination to procrastinate. Why do we reliably wait until the last minute to tackle important work? Koehn is the author of Ernest Shackleton Exploring LeadershipAfter Nancy, Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask callers about why they procrastinate, and about their worst procrastination stories. (Starts at 00:51:00)
  • WGBH Open Studio host Jared Bowen talked about a variety of arts offerings in the Boston area, including film, theater and museum openings. (Starts at 1:28:10)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:27 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

BPR: Primary Preview, Shira Springer, All Revved Up, Are You Voting?, Corby Kummer

Will you vote in the primary on Tuesday? Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask listeners why they are or are not voting.
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  • WGBH's David Bernstein and Boston Globe politics reporter Jim O'Sullivan offered a full preview of the Mass. 2014 primary elections. (Starts at 0:01)
  • Boston Globe sports investigative and enterprise reporter Shira Springer talked about the video TMZ released that apparently shows former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-girlfriend. (Note: after this interview aired, the Ravens cut Rice from their team.) (Starts at 33:23)
  • All Revved Up! The Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III were back for their regular Monday segment. Monroe and Price talked about Pres. Obama's decision to delay action on immigration until after midterm elections. Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist. Price is the author of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture(Starts at 56:02)
  • Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask listeners in Mass. whether they intended to vote in the state primary. (Starts at 1:14:43)
  • Corby Kummer — senior writer at The Atlantic — talked about the return of Market Basket, as well as what to make of a new study that says eating butter is okay. (Starts at 1:33:11)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:53 am
Fri September 5, 2014

BPR: E-ZPass Holdouts, Callie Crossley, Malcolm Rogers, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

Are you an E-ZPass holdout? Why are you waiting? Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask listeners why people resist picking up the transponders.
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  • Are you an E-ZPass holdout? Why or why not? Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask callers why they haven't gotten a transponder. (Starts at 1:00)
  • WGBH's Callie Crossley was back for her regular Friday segment with Jim and Margery. Callie talked about casinos, low voter turnout, and sexual abuse on college campuses. You can hear Under the Radar with Callie Crossley Sundays at 6 PM. (Starts at 27:30)
  • MFA director Malcolm Rogers joined Jim and Margery to talk about two decades at the helm of the museum, and the city of Boston naming a day after him. (Starts at 48:55)
  • Emily Rooney was back with another edition of her world-famous list. Emily also talked about comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away Thursday at the age of 81. Emily is the host of Greater Boston and Beat the Press(Starts at 1:11:05)
  • On the Friday News Quiz, Spray Cake creators Brooke Nowakowski and John McCallum faced off for trivia supremacy. Nowakowski and McCallum have developed a mind-bending, aerosol-based cake batter set to bake straight out of the can. You can follow the two on Twitter for more. (Starts at 1:34:40)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:43 am
Thu September 4, 2014

BPR: Ask The Gov, Charlie Baker, Alex Beam, Realist And Idealist Voters

Gov. Patrick joins Jim and Margery monthly for his Ask the Governor segment on BPR.
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  • Gov. Deval Patrick joined Jim and Margery for Ask the Gov. The Governor talked about the state healthcare exchange, meeting up with the Obamas in Martha's Vineyard, and the role he played in facilitating the Market Basket sale. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Charlie Baker stopped by Studio Three for a final pre-primary interview. Baker is running against Mark Fisher for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. (Starts at 57:00)
  • Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam was Thursday's Open Mic guest. Beam talked about an unauthorized John Updike museum, and whether it's better to be an idealist — or realistic — voter. (Starts at 1:18:45)
  • Following Beam, Jim and Margery asked callers how they make their decisions in the ballot box. Is it better to vote your conscience, your gut, your pocketbook — what are your criteria? (Starts at 1:38:07)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:11 am
Wed September 3, 2014

BPR: Brian McGrory, Art Caplan, Juliette Kayyem, Steve Grossman

Mass. Treasurer Steve Grossman joined Jim and Margery for a final Boston Public Radio before the state primary.
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  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory discussed the murders of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and the difficult decision editors have in dispatching journalists to cover dangerous areas. McGrory also talked about the launch of the Globe site Crux, and his paper's primary endorsements. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Medical ethicist Art Caplan was back to talk about a long list of topics: the NIH starting clinical trials on the Ebola virus; how electrically "zapping" the brain can improve memory; and the unexpectedly high cost of generic drugs. (Starts at 26:00)
  • Wednesday's Open Mic guest was Juliette Kayyem. Kayyem is a former Homeland Security administrator and candidate for governor. Kayyem talked about the ISIS threat, a lack of diversity within the Boston Police Department, and the VA health care controversy. (Starts at 48:00)
  • Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman returned to Studio Three for a final pre-primary interview. (Starts at 1:11:02)
  • Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask listeners if they'd use the app Pager — a new service that puts you in direct contact with doctors, at all hours, at the push of a few buttons. (Starts at 1:34:11)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:51 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Joys of Rentership In The Sharing Economy

Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn talked about a new sharing economy — where renting is preferable to buying.
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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."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:06 am
Tue September 2, 2014

BPR: John King, Don Berwick, AG Martha Coakley, Rental Economy

AG Martha Coakley and former health care administrator Don Berwick are in the final stretch before the Sept. 9th primary.
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  • 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)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:29 am
Fri August 29, 2014

BPR: The Great Boston Move, Callie Crossley, Mark Fisher, Sue O'Connell, Jeopardy! Redemption

Callie Crossley talked about a disturbing trend of innocent black men — even in 2014 — being arrested.
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  • 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)
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:31 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

BPR: Market Basket, Sen. Warren Tolman, 'Unbecoming,' Alex Beam, Kara Miller

The Market Basket shelves will once again be filled with products and produce, now that Arthur T. Demoulas has purchased the company.
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  • (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.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:39 am
Wed August 27, 2014

BPR: Juliette Kayyem, Women Leaders, Art Caplan, More Sleep For Teens, Workplace Movies

In the wake of the police response in Ferguson, MO, questions have been raised about military vehicles and weaponry being used by US police forces.
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  • (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.
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:48 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Should The United States Pay Ransom To Terrorist Organizations?

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria march in Raqaa, Syria, in a picture posted on Jan. 14.
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What is the price of a human life?

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. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nancy Koehn On The Heroism Of West African Ebola Workers

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.
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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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

BPR: Crazy Mass. Drivers, Charlie Sennott, Hostage Negotiating, Nancy Koehn, TV Bob Thompson

Why are Boston, Springfield and Worcester ranked so low for driver safety? The cities have had historically bad drivers.
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  • (Starts at 1:00) Professor Michael Knodler talked about a new study that says Mass. drivers in cities like Boston or Worcester may be some of the worst drivers in the American population at large.
  • (Starts at 26:25) GlobalPost cofounder Charlie Sennott -- leader of the GroundTruth Project -- talked about a possible Middle East ceasefire, and the dangers of journalists working in war zones.
  • (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.
BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:43 am
Mon August 25, 2014

BPR: Politics, AG Candidate Maura Healey, All Revved Up, Pres. Golfing, Sports

Candidates for state office in Massachusetts are counting down the days until the September 9th primary.
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  • (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.
Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:39 am
Fri August 22, 2014

BPR: Valerie Plame, Mark Leibovich, Chris Matthews, Joyce Maynard

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  • 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.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

BPR: Best of Open Mic with Mike Dukakis, Ray Flynn, Tom Menino, Nancy Koehn, Alex Beam

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  • 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
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

BPR: Michael Moss, Michael Pollan, Food Rituals, The Art Of The Pizza Box

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  • 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).
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
7:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn: Is The Invisible Hand Of The Market Choking Democracy?

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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.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

BPR: Sister Simone Campbell, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Nancy Koehn, Ben Bradlee

Sister Simone Campbell
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Jim Braude and Margery Eagan speak with five authors about anxiety, economics, activism, politics and baseball.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
7:51 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

BPR: Bob Mankoff, P.J. O'Rourke, Michael Norton, Dining Al Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
11:02 am
Fri August 15, 2014

BPR: Judy Collins, Graham Nash, How To Turn Two Buck Chuck Into A Two Hundred Dollar Bottle Of Wine

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
9:05 am
Thu August 14, 2014

BPR: Laurence Tribe, Temple Grandin, Roz Chast,The Amazon Factor, From Books to Blockbusters

Temple Grandin
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:48 am
Wed August 13, 2014

BPR: Errol Morris, Philippe Petit,Teller, John Waters, Leonard Nimoy's Boston

John Waters at Cannes
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  • Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris discusses his new film,The Unknown Known, about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his WMD's (Words of Mass Delusion).
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:59 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

In Praise Of Faint Praise

What motivates people to succeed? Historian Nancy Koehn takes a look at a new study examining the motivations of West Point graduates.
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Are you ready to read the most breathtakingly intelligent, lucidly written, expertly researched, and profoundly life-changing article of your entire day? Perhaps of your entire life?

Well, this isn't it.

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