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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

BPR's Ballot Debates: Question Four, Earned Sick Time

Should employees in Massachusetts be entitled to earn and use sick time?
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On Monday, Boston Public Radio hosted a debate about the fourth question on the state's November ballot, which would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time

On hand to represent both sides of the debate were:

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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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Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:15 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

CNN's John King: If You Want To Understand America Get Out Of Washington. Washington is Not America

CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King

Today CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan from Colorado. From there he aims to hit Kansas and Iowa and wherever else he can get to before heading back to Washington D.C. to host Sunday's Inside Politics.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The Next Threat — Pandemic Flu?

Got your flu shot yet? Medical ethicist Art Caplan said Ebola fear in the US is overblown -- we should worry more about a flu pandemic.
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If you were to judge by the media coverage the past few weeks, the Ebola virus poses an unprecedented threat to the US healthcare system. Unceasing bulletins bring news of possible exposures, contaminations, and new patients placed under medical supervision.

To be sure, the Ebola virus has had a devastating effect in West African countries like Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The World Health Organization has estimated at least 4,447 people have died from Ebola in West Africa, but some think the number is much higher.

In spite of a number of possible new Ebola cases, the risk of infection in the US is low. Healthcare providers have moved quickly to contain the spread. While that notion may not jibe with our emotional alert-level, statistically there is a threat far greater to the average American: the flu.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Is Boston Secure Enough To Safely Host The Olympics?

What security challenges would Boston face if the Olympics were hosted here?
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Mention the prospect of a Boston Olympics in 2024 and you're likely to hear an earful, whether it's from supporters touting infrastructure improvements or detractors bemoaning traffic and congestion. But one aspect of the Games that hasn't been discussed much? How to keep them safe. Homeland security expert Juliette Kayyem joined Boston Public Radio to explain what security measures would need to be taken should the Olympics come to Boston.    

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The Olympics, The Worst Ad Ever, And The Right To Die

Boston is on the Olympic shortlist, but what will it mean for the city's security?
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  • CNNs Chief National Correspondent John King joins us to talk about Wendy Davis' new political ad, and his take on the government's handling of the ongoing Ebola and ISIS disasters.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:04 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

How Art Can Show Leaders How To Lead

Are the words of Billy Collins a blueprint for better leadership? Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn talked about the idea on Boston Public Radio.
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There seem to be a dispiriting number of examples of failed leadership this year. GM responded too slow to ignition switch safety problems in its cars. The Secret Service failed to keep an intruder out of the White House. Ex-IRS head Lois Lerner chose not to address allegations her agency was on a political witch hunt. The NFL downplayed domestic abuse allegations about its stars.

In each case, leaders acted too late or did too little to prevent catastrophe. People were hurt, lives were imperiled or lost. Bad decisions spiraled into weeks- and months-long scandals, and no leader was willing to fill the power vacuum, to solve the problem and teach everyone a lesson in the process.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:33 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

BPR: From the Vatican, to Congress, to the Opera

Pope Francis attends a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Monday.
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  • Marianne Duddy-Burke checks in to help us understand the Vatican's recent shift on homosexuality and divorce.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:12 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

BPR's Ballot Debates: Question One, Gas Tax

Massachusetts ballot question number one deals with whether the state's gas tax should remain as is, or be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index.
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On Monday, Boston Public Radio hosted a debate about the first question on the state's November ballot: changing the state's gas tax law so it's not indexed annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:38 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Trust, Law Enforcement, And The US Racial Divide

Protestors and police in Missouri over the weekend.
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Over the weekend, demonstrators took to the streets in St. Louis to protest police treatment of minorities, especially young minorities, in that city. In August, unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson.

Last week, Vonderrit Myers was killed by St. Louis police after — according to police — Myers opened fire on them. The death amplified tensions between the city's African American communities and law enforcement.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:35 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

BPR: The Columbus Day Edition

Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. Does he deserve his own holiday?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:25 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Charlie Baker: Mass. Healthcare Connector Problems 'A Huge Mess'

Charlie Baker out on the campaign trail in 2010. Baker is running for governor in Massachusetts, and joined Jim and Margery to talk about his candidacy.
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Former Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare administrator Charlie Baker joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about his campaign. Baker joined Braude and Eagan on Friday, October 10th, exactly 25 days until midterm elections.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:24 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Emily's List: The Bucket List Edition

Greater Boston and Beat the Press host Emily Rooney.
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Everybody's got a Bucket List of things they really, really want to do. What's on Greater Boston host Emily Rooney's?

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
1:48 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

BPR: Charlie Baker and a Marching Band

Charlie Baker joined Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:47 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Atul Gawande On Radically Rethinking Patients' Last Days

The newest book by Dr. Atul Gawande deals with end-of-life care and the responsibility doctors have to find out what patients want.
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Singer Johnny Paycheck once wrote that "there's no easy way to die." Paycheck was a bummed-out country singer lamenting a fizzled relationship, but his tossed-off line is full of existential import. In fact, Paycheck cut to the very heart of a modern medical crisis: the inability of doctors to prepare patients for their eventual deaths.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:29 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Seth Moulton: 'People Are Really Rallying To My Candidacy'

Seth Moulton is running for a congressional seat in the sixth Massachusetts district. He faces Richard Tisei on November 4th.
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Sixth congressional district candidate Seth Moulton joined Boston Public Radio to talk about US military intervention in Syria and Iraq, his own background as a Marine, and a groundswell of support for his candidacy. Moulton's opponent, Richard Tisei, appeared on Boston Public Radio on Wednesday.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Governor Deval Patrick: "I'm Going To Be A Has-Been In A Few Months"

Governor Deval Patrick, shown here in March, joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3 for Boston Public Radio.
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Governor Deval Patrick joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio for "Ask the Governor," where he took questions from listeners on everything from how the state of Massachusetts is responding to ebola to the fate of his super-PAC, "Together PAC," once he leaves office.  

Highlights include:

On how the state of Massachusetts is preparing for ebola:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:20 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

BPR: Deval Patrick Takes Your Questions!

Gov. Deval Patrick takes your questions.
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  • 300,00 people signed a petition to try to save Excalibur, the dog of the Spanish Ebola patient. Did you? Why are so many people so passionate about saving this dog, but less interested in the thousands of people that have died?
  • Surgeon, author, and public health researcher Atul Gawande discusses his new book, Being Mortal examining medical aging and end of life issues.
  • Governor Deval Patrick takes Jim and Margery's questions, and yours in our monthly "ask the governor."
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:45 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

'Tower Of Babel' Overseeing The US Ebola Response

A European mobile lab tests for Ebola in Guinea earlier this year. On Wednesday, Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person this year to die from Ebola on American soil.
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On Wednesday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national being treated for Ebola, had died from the virus. Just under 4,000 people in Liberia and Sierra Leone have died from Ebola amid the rush to contain the virus' spread. Duncan was the first person this year to die from Ebola within US borders.

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