The Christmas season doesn't officially start until dark green conifers show up in living rooms festooned with blankets of light and tinsel. But while the tree heralds the season's beginning, it's also belies a darker, sometimes-vicious debate — should we get a real tree, or make do with a fake?
Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened it up to listeners to solve the dilemma. Do you opt for the fake fir to save money, or to be eco-friendly? Would it still seem like the Christmas season without the yearly trip to the tree lot? Let us know in the comments below, or at our Facebook page.
Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked with Mass. Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, the Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III, WGBH's Phillip Martin, and high school history teacher Dennis Wilson about the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.
Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about why some non-Catholics have serious "Pope envy." The subject of that envy, of course, would be Pope Francis, the gregarious leader presiding over a billion-plus religious subjects.
Boston Globe TV and pop music critic Sarah Rodman joined forces with WGBH's Edgar B. Herwick III for a combined list of the best new music. The two joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio.
Tufts Professor Peniel Joseph was the Open Mic guest Wednesday. New research from the Sentencing Project finds that a staggering one out of every three black men will end up in prison. Peniel Joseph talked to Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about what can be done — from policing and prevention, to sentencing reforms.
In 1994 Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstine took a medical leave absence for "severe fatigue and exhaustion." In 1995 he was on the cover of Newsweek magazine, with the word "EXHAUSTED" plastered across the page. By going public with his burnout he likely gave everyone, from chief executive officers to correctional officers, the opportunity to recognize their own burnout.
Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company's intention to deliver goods to customers' doorsteps in 30 minutes or less — by drone. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan asked listeners whether this is the wave of the future, or just a Jeff Bezos pipe dream.
Are you ready for civilian drones dotting the sky? Does the thought evoke bad memories of Hitchcock's "The Birds?" Should USPS and Pizza Hut follow suit?
Lighting up a cigarette could soon be illegal in Boston parks. City Councilor Matt O'Malley joined JimBraude and MargeryEagan to talk about the city's initiative. New York and San Francisco have similar bans in place. What do you think — is this government overreach? Or is it long overdue?
For theSteve Jobs, Mark Zuckerbergs, and Jack Dorseys of the world, Silicon Valley is downright utopic. It's a closed system that essentially has its own transportation network, the highest-end restaurants and shops, and a libertarian world view shared among its inhabitants. But outside of Silicon Valley, the outsiders struggle with the economic inequities created by this booming tech industry. Rents are out of control, jobs are scarce, and the cost of living costs too much.
Men, are you bugged by a nagging feeling that you could use more testosterone? Have you noticed an inescapable proliferation of TV ads about testosterone? Art Caplan, medical ethicist from NYU's Langone Medical Center, weighed in on whether it's safe for consumers to self-diagnose based on drug company ads.
Is it safe for drug companies to promote their products on TV? Should decisions on medicine be left up to doctors, or should the patient have input, too? Let us know on our Facebook page, or in the comments below.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis stopped by Studio Three to talk with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Dukakis discussed what kind of host Boston would makes for the Olympics, better public transportation in Massachusetts, and why Kitty Dukakis is the "best-looking Medicare recipient in America."
The Boston Globe recently cataloged ways workers take their lunch breaks. For some it was a quick meal outdoors. Others stayed right at their desks and kept on working. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan surveyed listeners on their lunchtime habits.
On Tuesday, Milford voters rejected a proposal to locate a casino within their town. That decision comes on the heels of Chelsea voters down-voting a similar plan for their community. Massachusetts citizens still largely approve of the idea of casinos, but finding a suitable location has been difficult.
On November 22 it will have been 50 years since President Kennedy was assassinated. Having died so young he's fixed in our collective consciousness as a man of ceaseless charm, a man of persistent intelligence, a man who could have been the nation's greatest president.
Since his legacy has been obscured by endless speculations--from how he would have handled Vietnam to how he really died--we lose sight of his true accomplishments and leadership.
Do you prefer "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" or "Her Satanic Majesty's Request?" Would you rather have "Sticky Fingers" or "Revolver" as your desert island album? The Beatles and the Rolling Stones have been locked in a generations-long battle for rock supremacy. Some of the animus is manufactured, but fan fervor is very real. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked with writer John McMillian about his new book, Beatles vs. Stones.
The Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most memorable—and significant—moments in American history. As evidenced by countless books, classes, documentaries, reenactments, memorials and movies, the Battle—and President Abraham Lincoln’s now famous Address four months later—live on in American collective consciousness. Today, 150 years later, the historical weight of the Battle is as clear as it was shortly after the first shots were fired on July 1, 1863. As soldiers on both sides knew, history was being made during the three-day battle.
Would you rather get a sweet end-of-the-year bonus, or a hearty pat on the back? A new Boston Globe survey suggests workers like praise and recognition more than a simple monetary bump. Does this describe you? (Let us know in the comments section below.) Jim Braude and Margery Eagan did their own informal polling of listeners.
On Thursday, Pres. Obama took to the White House press room to announce changes to the Affordable Care Act. Millions who would have seen their insurance plans canceled can now keep them — at least for one more year. Obama admitted mistakes in the rollout of his signature piece of legislation.
Are you happy with the pivot you've seen from the President? Is it too little, too late? Can the program still be considered a success, down the road? Sue O'Connell — filling in for Jim Braude — and Margery Eagan asked listeners what they thought.
Every day, 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, according to S. Jay Olshansky. Olshansky is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Olshansky said that eventually the elderly will enjoy a "longevity dividend" — health and economic benefits that will accrue as science learns how to slow the process of aging.
Black Friday is a high holiday for US retailers and their bargain-hungry acolytes-turned-shoppers. At a minute past midnight, doors give way to waves of wired, feisty customers. Retailers have schemed up ways to get more customers in the doors. This year, the strategy is to just open them sooner. Many businesses — Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Macy's — will open Thanksgiving night.
Time was, soldiers wrote home from the front lines to assure family and friends of their safety. Kids wrote dispatches from summer camp, and lovers penned heartfelt tributes to keep the spark alive from a distance. Now, the advent of texts, email and Skype has nearly done the letter in.
College means freedom — freedom from a former life, freedom to reinvent yourself how you see fit. For many it's the first venture outside the family home, and away from prying parental eyes. But what happens when parents keep parenting their child after she's left the nest?
On the Friday News Quiz, handymen Kevin O'Connor and Richard Trethewey from This Old House each sought trivia superiority. Only one man prevailed.
It was a week of mayors' news — from races in New York and Boston to one supremely public mayoral meltdown in Toronto. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan asked Trethewey and O'Connor about their latest projects, too.
TIME Magazine's most recent cover features a photo of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room?" Is it appropriate to make Christie's weight an issue? Would this be done if it were a female candidate? Is TIME just printing what people are thinking? Or is it offensive?
Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked to listeners about what they thought about it.
WGBH's David Bernstein and Peter Kadzis recapped last night's wild election, from the Boston mayoral race to casino referendums and city council contests. Marty Walsh begins his stint at the helm of the city on January 6, 2014. It will mark the end to 20 years of leadership under Mayor Tom Menino.
Jim Braude and Margery Eagan broke down some of the numbers from Tuesday's election, including the fact that 63 percent of registered Boston voters stayed home from the polls.
Have you voted yet? Did you brave long lines to cast your vote, or was your polling place a ghost town? Jim Braude and Margery Eagan quizzed listeners on what they saw at the polls, and what they've heard among friends and neighbors.
Evan Falchuk stopped by studio three to talk to Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about running for governor of Massachusetts in 2014. Falchuk stepped down in June from his position as vice chairman of the medical research firm Best Doctors, Inc.