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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:21 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

All Revved Up: The Civil Rights Legacy Of AG Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder -- far left -- has been with the Obama administration since its first days. Holder will step down soon from the post.
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Attorney General Eric Holder will soon step down from the post he's held for the past six years. Holder led the charge on a number of important cases, including an abandonment of the Defense of Marriage Act, and defenses of both civil and voting rights. Holder also oversaw the Justice Department's fervent and controversial pursuit of leakers of classified information. He was held in contempt of Congress for his part in an unsuccessful anti-arms-smuggling program called "Operation Fast and Furious."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Lifts Eyebrows And Ruffles Feathers With U.S. Visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured here at a press conference in London in 2009.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to Congress tomorrow, but not everyone will be welcoming him with open arms. That's because Netanyahu—who aims to urge American lawmakers against striking a nuclear deal with Iran—comes at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, without the approval of Democrats or the White House.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:09 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

BPR: Sketch Pads and Sketch Comedy

Dakota Johnson, holding a flag, plays a young woman going off to fight with the Islamic State militant group in a fake ISIS commercial on Saturday Night Live.
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  • Charlie Sennott weighs in on the real identity of "Jihadi John" and his path from London schoolboy to executioner. He discusses Netanyahu's upcoming speech before Congress, and the complicated Israeli politics that produced such a tense situation. >>Read more here.
  • Then Joanna Weiss and Jack Sullivan talk city, state, and national politics.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:10 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

BPR Designs, Questions, and Quizzes

We close our week with two brewers.
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  • We open the show with a little self reflection about the snow. Are you at wits end or do you still believe in snow civility?
  • Then Tony Fusco previews Boston's Design Week and shares some of the quirkier features of design.
  • Mayor Marty Walsh stops by his monthly Ask The Mayor.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:58 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Start Your Weekend Now: The Guys Behind Night Shift Brewing Face Off On News Quiz

Beer, beer, beer. The guys from Night Shift Brewing joined Boston Public Radio for News Quiz.
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Kick off your weekend with Boston Public Radio's weekly News Quiz! Night Shift Brewing co-founders Mike O'Mara and Rob Burns joined Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen (filling in for Jim Braude) to face off on the biggest headlines of the week.  

To hear this week's News Quiz, tune in to the full segment above.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:35 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

'Ask the Mayor' With Mayor Marty Walsh

Boston Mayor Walsh at BC High School in 2014. The Mayor joined Boston Public Radio for his monthly 'Ask the Mayor' segment.
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On Friday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was back on Boston Public Radio for his monthly "Ask the Mayor" segment. Walsh talked about space-savers, snow removal, Boston Public Schools' superintendent search, and Boston's 2024 Olympic bid.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:54 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

The Bobby Keyes Trio Performs On 'BPR'

The Bobby Keyes Trio performed Thursday in Fraser Performance Studio. Boston Public Radio cohosts Margery Eagan and Jim Braude interviewed the band.
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Bobby Keyes is a guitarist who made a name for himself in venues all around New England. Keyes began playing at six years old. By the time he was a teenager he was gigging — quietly, since he was technically too young — in bars and clubs with older, established musicians.

Keyes made a name not only playing live dates but as a hired gun for recording sessions, too. Over the years Keyes collaborated with New Kids on the Block, rapper Lil Wayne, and singer Robin Thicke, among many others.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:54 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Are Any Of The Four Superintendent Candidates Really Ready To Lead Boston Public Schools?

Who will be the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools?
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Are any of the four superintendent candidates ready to lead Boston Public Schools?

If you ask former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, the answer would be no. 

"It's not as strong a pool as I would have hoped to see," said Reville, who served under Governor Deval Patrick and is now a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

BPR Warms Your Heart, And Your World

Heather Goldstone explains why warming seas produce colder winters, and we ask you what anyone can do about it.
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  • We host our first Climate Hour with Heather Goldstone, we talk to her and to you about the science of climate change, and what we can be doing about it.
  • Next, a woman interviewed for a position at Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a hijab and was refused the job.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:27 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Elliot Ackerman On War, Friendship, And 'Green On Blue'

Marine captain, now novelist, Elliot Ackerman "grew up in the war." He talks to Boston Public Radio's Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about his new book Green on Blue.
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Journalist and decorated veteran Elliot Ackerman describes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as "elliptical," referencing their profound complexity and immeasurable human cost. But his first novel, orbits traditional themes of war literature in unusual ways as well. Rather than reflecting on his own experience as a marine captain, Ackerman's pays tribute with a "last act of friendship" to the Afghani soldiers he trained, reckoning their world, in which the conditions of war were different but just as profound. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:21 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Is The Department of Homeland Security Barreling Toward A Shutdown?

A Federal Protective Services Officer in Washington, D.C., in December 2014.
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Congressman William Keating never thought it would come to this.

The Department of Homeland Security is just days away from a shutdown unless Congress refuses to pass an essential funding bill. The point of contention? The original bill included language blocking President Obama's recent executive action on immigration.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Medical Ethicist Art Caplan On 'Fifty Shades' Medical Issues, And Why Hand-Washing Dishes Is Healthy

Medical ethicist Art Caplan said some people inspired by the popular book-turned-movie 'Fifty Shades of Grey' have needed medical help after acting out things they read or saw.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio on Wednesday to talk about a disturbing medical trend in the wake of Fifty Shades of Grey; a compelling piece penned by neuroscientist Oliver Sacks; the Secretary of the Veterans Administration embellishing his resumé; and inoculating kids against germs.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:44 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

BPR: A Congressman, An Ethicist, And A Veteran

Former Marine captain and decorated veteran turned novelist Elliot Ackerman joins Jim and Margery for a conversation about war and its many fictions.
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  • The jury has returned a guilty verdict in the so-called "American Sniper" case.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:16 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Wal-Mart, Land Of Low Prices And Low Wages, Is Cleaning Up Its Act

A Wal-Mart store front.
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Corporate giant Wal-Mart, which employs nearly 1 out of every 100 people in the American workforce, has announced it will raise its minimum wage in April to $9, a move that will affect an estimated half a million workers.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:05 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

BPD Commissioner Evans: 'It's Hard To Break Into A Car If You Can't See The Car'

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said that crime of all types has been down after Boston's snowstorms. 'It's hard to break into a car if you can't see the car,' Evans said.
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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans joined Boston Public Radio Tuesday for his monthly "Ask the Commissioner" segment. Evans spoke with BPR cohosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about recent snowstorms, officers under fire, Boston Marathon safety preparations, and police and civilian use of surveillance cameras.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:48 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

BPR: A Cop, A Critic, And A Koehn

Are Walmart's recent wage hikes doing enough to keep its employees off welfare?
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  • John King weighs in on Rudy Giuliani's comments, Netanyahu's visit to Washington DC, and he gives us a 2016 update-- checking in on all the presumed hopefuls, particularly as Hilary begins a series of west coast speeches.
  • As commutes continue to be hellish, many are pinning hopes of an MBTA overhaul on the Boston 2024 Olympics bid. We try to straighten out where they money will actually be coming from.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:16 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Is The U.S. Staying In Afghanistan? Charles Sennott On Today's International Headlines

Demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they carry the extremist group's flags in Mosul in 2014.
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Charles Sennott, co-founder of GlobalPost and head of The GroundTruth Project, joined Boston Public Radio to discuss the international headlines of the past few days, from the rumors that new Defense Secretary Ash Carter will slow the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan to the three London schoolgirls who have reportedly set off for Syria to join ISIS.

To hear Charles Sennott's take on the day's international stories, tune in to the audio above.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:06 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

All Revved Up: 'Selma,' Malcolm X, Pope Watch

On the 50th anniversary of his death, some are calling for a reassessment of Malcolm X (right), especially in his later years.
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The Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III were back on Boston Public Radio for their regular Monday segment. The two talked about Selma's relative success at the 87th Academy Awards, and a reimagining of Malcolm X's legacy on the 50th anniversary of his death. The Reverends also offered an update to their weekly "Pope Watch" — a rating of Pope Francis' recent public comments.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:49 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

BPR Postgames The Oscars, Questions Your Winter Ice Coffee

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárittu (center) and the cast and crew of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) accept the award for the best picture at the Academy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.
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  • Charlie Sennott joins us to talk about Ash Carter's trip to Afghanistan, update us on the CVE Summit,  and discuss the three London girls who are Syria/Isis bound.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:42 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

BPR Comes Home From The Wars, Eats Cheese

Suzan-Lori Parks stops by to discuss her new masterpiece, A Father Comes Home From the Wars.
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  • A new poll shows that support for Boston's 2024 Olympic bid is waning, but new frustrations with the MBTA may be changing hearts and minds. We check in with you.
  • Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks and Steven Bargonetti stop by to talk (and sing) about new play A Father Comes Home From the Wars.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:42 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

News Quiz Celebrates Your Two Favorite Food Groups: Beer And Cheese

Cheese. What more can we say?
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You love cheese. You love beer. Why not put them together? Peter Lovis ​and Mike Reilly of the Concord Cheese Shop joined Boston Public Radio to demonstrate once and for all that wine shouldn't get to have all the fun. They faced off on the biggest headlines of the week on News Quiz.

To hear the full Quiz, tune in to the audio link above.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:05 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks And Guitarist Steven Bargonetti On 'Father Comes Home From The Wars'

Suzan-Lori Parks and guitarist Steven Bargonetti joined Boston Public Radio to talk about Parks's new play at the A.R.T., 'Father Comes Home from the Wars.'
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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks joined Boston Public Radio on Friday to talk about her latest work, now on stage at the American Repertory Theater, Father Comes Home from the Wars.

Not only is Suzan-Lori Parks the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her play Topdog/Underdog, she's also a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Award.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:20 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Red Wines For Winter, Spirits For The Lunar New Year

Moutai is a Chinese liquor dating back made from distilled sorghum. It dates back hundreds of years. Boston Wine School's Jonathon Alsop brought some into Studio Three in honor of the Lunar New Year.
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Boston Wine School's Jonathon Alsop joined Boston Public Radio Thursday for an infusion of hearty, winter-appropriate beverages. Alsop offered up a list of  drinks to get you through the record-breaking New England snowfall. You'll see the entire list below.

Jonathon Alsop is the founder of the Boston Wine School, and the author of The Wine Lover's Devotional: 365 Days of Knowledge, Advice,and Lore for the Ardent Aficionado.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:20 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

BPR: Asks the Governor, Is Best In Show

The divine Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, took best in show honors at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday in New York.
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  • A new poll shows that two thirds of Americans support boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS. We see where you are on the issue.
  • WCVB's Randy Price, owner of Westminster's "Best in Show of the Opposite Sex" indulges Jim and Margery's love for dog shows, and takes us behind the scenes.
  • Then we host our monthly "Ask the Governor" with Governor Charlie Baker.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:41 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Ask The Gov Full Audio: Charlie Baker On The MBTA

Governor Charlie Baker joins Boston Public Radio in Studio 3 for Ask the Gov.
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Governor Charlie Baker has not ridden on the MBTA since a series of snowstorms battered the system earlier this month, he said on Boston Public Radio Thursday.   

When asked if he had ridden the T recently, he answered: "Not since this whole mess has arisen."

"The idea that I would just go down and ride on it to make a symbolic gesture? First of all I don't think it's honest," Baker said.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:26 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Kayyem: To Stem Tide of ISIS Recruitment, U.S. Should Attempt To Address Root Causes

A man mourns for the Egyptian Coptic Christians killed by the Islamic State in el-Aour, south of Cairo.
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State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf raised eyebrows Monday when suggested that the best way for America to combat ISIS was through addressing its root causes like poverty and joblessness—or, as Fox News described it: "What the West really needs to take on ISIS is...a jobs program."

But, according to homeland security expert Juliette Kayyem, that's exactly the the line the State Department should be taking.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:18 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Why Human Exploration Of Mars May Be A One-Way Ticket

An artist's 1989 rendering of what a Mars colony might look like.
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The NASA mission statement holds that the agency will "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research." The agency has overseen satellite launches, manned missions to space, moon landings, and probes that have reached beyond the solar system.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

BPR: Dukakis' MBTA 'Du's' and Don'ts, Ash Wednesday, And Joe Biden

Former governor, and MBTA rider Michael Dukakis checks in with us about the failing service.
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  • We host Governor Mike Dukakis to get his take on the MBTA situation: What his administration did, and what the current stewards could be doing better. >>Download the podcast here.
  • Then we talk to you about Marie Harf comments on behalf of the state department about ISIS. Following the horrifying beheadings, does too much policy strike the wrong tone? We get your thoughts.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:48 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

The Singing, Dancing, Beatifically Happy Workers Of The World

Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn talked about happiness, satisfaction, and why some businesses require workers to flash 10,000-watt smiles even when they feel awful.
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Professor Paul Jaskunas wrote a piece last Saturday in The New York Times titled "The Tyranny of the Forced Smile." In it, Jaskunas described a range of jobs that expected of workers not only punctuality, excellence and inventiveness, but happiness (real or faux: no matter) and enthusiasm to boot.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:23 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

This Old Ice Dam: Norm Abram And Tom Silva Of This Old House Take Your Questions

An Antarctic iceberg
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Got an icicle the size of a Volkswagen hanging off your roof? Tom Silva and Norm Abram are here to help. The two This Old House experts joined Jim and Margery in Studio 3 to answer all of your questions about keeping your home safe from Old Man Winter, from busting those pesky ice dams to removing icicles to keeping pipes from bursting in the freezing cold. 

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