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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:38 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

BPR: Bids, Bees, and Boxes

Vanya Shivashankar, left, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Mo., lift the trophy after becoming co-champions Thursday night after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hills, Md.
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  • Shirley Leung sits down with us to talk about what else? She unpacks Bob Kraft and Mayor Walsh's relationship, plus she weighs in on Brian McGrory's passionate defense of her in his open letter.
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Local News
3:29 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

A Very Moving News Quiz

Happy National Moving Month!
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Are you currently standing in your kitchen staring at half-empty cabinets with despair? Are there individually wrapped plates and tumblers strewn around you on the floor? 

If so, happy National Moving Month.

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Local News
5:45 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

LISTEN: 3 Hearts And 'Soul Of An Octopus'

Sy Montgomery visited the New England Aquarium to meet Athena, the aquarium’s forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus. Her story knocked our socks off.
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We couldn't help but issue a trigger alert for this segment. If you, or someone you love likes to eat Octopus, those days might just be over. For that, you can thank naturalist and BPR favorite, Sy Montgomery. Sy's latest book, The Soul of an Octopus, brings the odd, eight armed shape-shifter to life and light. She examines the Octopus’s intelligence, emotional depth, and personality all through her own profound friendship with one named Athena.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:08 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

A Leader For Gay Rights In Ireland Talks Church, Change, and Victory

Irish Senator and central figure in the Irish gay rights movement for decades joined Jim and Margery a week after the historic vote.
Credit Kim Haughton / via NPR

Part of what makes Ireland's referendum such a miraculous moment for civil and human rights is the context of the country that held it. Ireland has a reputation for roots (both of the crop and of the religious variety), character, and resistance to change. Change has come slowly in Ireland, to be sure, but popular opinion always seems to ignore the fury by which the Irish fought for equality throughout their revolutionary process.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:48 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

BPR: Irish Love, Octopus Legs, And The BPR Book Club

A week after Ireland's historic referendum, we post game with one of its leaders, Senator David Norris.
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  • We open our show with David Norris, Irish Senator and gay and civil rights activist responsible for decriminalizing homosexuality in Ireland and paved the way for last week's referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. >>Read more here.
  • Then we check in with you about Dias Kadyrbayev's sentencing.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:23 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Juliette Kayyem On Appeals Court Immigration Decision: 'This Is Outrageous'

President Obama delivers a speech on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas in November 2014.
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Yesterday, a federal appeals court upheld a hold on President Obama's executive action to delay deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. Juliette Kayyem, homeland security expert and host of the podcast "Security Mom," joined Boston Public Radio to explain how this will change the fight for immigration reform moving forward.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:59 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Reading Hearts: The BPR Summer Book Club

Alex Beam hosts our three month summer book club featuring local authors and long-time favorites.
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Fasten your sun hats, and load up on the sunscreen, BPR is announcing its summer book club! Alex Beam chose books for June, July, and August, (he suggests stopping by your local library to get the best bang for your sand dollar). We'll all read them. You can email, tweet, or facebook us questions and thoughts as you go, and then Alex, Jim, and Margery will host a conversation with callers about each of the books at the end of each month. Grab your bathing suits, we're starting with a beach read:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:22 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

BPR: Security, Sweets, Sweet Music

Joanne Chang brought goodies! Jealous? You can visit any of the Flour bakeries for your own sampling.
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  • We're excited to talk to you about the exorbitant salary differentials between CEOs and their average employees. What do you think?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:43 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Do Your Clothes Matter? The 'Casualization of American Life"

What do you wear? What do you think?
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Do your clothes matter? Nancy Koehn joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to discuss the "casualization of American life."

We often imagine our style as an expressive act, dressing to shape others' perception of us, and to show off our personalities. But, according to Koehn, we should also think of style as "on not so much how others perceive you," but  a way to frame our own thinking. Research shows that people who are dressed more formally "think differently, they channel a broader vision through their own self image."

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:31 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans On Police Misconduct In Other Cities: "That's Not All Of Us"

Police Commissioner Bill Evans joined Boston Public Radio.
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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to take listener questions for "Ask the Commissioner."

Selections from the interview include:

On the 7-year-old boy and 20-year-old man who were shot over the weekend:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:04 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Joe Kennedy III Would Vote 'No' On Obama's Trade Bill If It Went Before The House Today

Congressman Joseph Kennedy III speaks at an event for City Year in 2011.
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Congressman Joe Kennedy III joined Jim Braude on Boston Public Radio to discuss the issues facing his district, including President Obama's controversial trade bill which passed the Senate on Friday. Kennedy said he would vote 'no' on the bill if it came before the House today.

To explain his skepticism, Kennedy said:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:49 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

BPR: A Congressman, A Commissioner, And A Koehn.

Obama's anti-war rhetoric didn't work out quite the way he might have hoped.
Credit Maggie Starbard / NPR
  • We check in with John King about the presidential race, and political implications of ISIS gaining ground, and a college graduation.
  • Congressman Joseph Kennedy III sits down with Jim to discuss his bill to boost benefits for gold star families, his passion for transgender rights, and his thoughts on Massachusetts gambling.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:25 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Charlie Sennott Parses Osama Bin Laden's Bookshelf

What books was Osama Bin Laden reading before his death?
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What was Osama Bin Laden reading before he was killed? Charles Sennott,  head of The GroundTruth Project,  joined Boston Public Radio to discuss the treasure trove of books, magazines, and documents released four years after the U.S. Navy SEAL raid on Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. 

To check out the list of books discovered there, see here

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:14 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

BPR: 'Crossing' Our Hearts, Changing Our Minds

Have you changed your mind about the Olympics?
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  • Shirley Leung wrote an open letter to the USOC. She explains it to us, and she clues us in on what's next for the MBTA, and her fascination with the Boston Public Library Rembrandt burglary.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:52 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Congressman Bill Keating On The Lessons Learned From The Marathon Bombings

Congress William Keating (at left.)
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Congressman Bill Keating joined Boston Public Radio on Tuesday to discuss ways the intelligence community has learned from the Boston Marathon bombings and his current fight to prevent ISIS militants from profiting off the sale of ancient artifacts.

Highlights from the interview included:

On the lessons the intelligence community has learned from the Boston Marathon bombings:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:23 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Is Boston 2024 'Socially Sustainable'?

If Boston 2024 changes its tune and broadens its focus, can it turn around public perception of the committee?
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Plans around the proposed Olympic Games in Boston  have zeroed in primarily on the economic stability of the games and the construction of new facilities. But former Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral suggests they might want to take a different approach.

Expanding that focus to explain how the Games could bring long-term benefits to communities—especially underserved communities—could raise its popularity, she says.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:49 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

BPR: About Air Bags, Last Place, And Bruce

Former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner recently opened up in an interview with ABC about identifying as a transgender woman - and in doing so, helped push transgender issues into the mainstream media.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:19 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

With Release Of Bin Laden Documents, Is The U.S. Government Trying To Send A Message To Sy Hersh?

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, shown here in an undated photo, was killed in a 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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Four years after Osama bin Laden was killed in a top-secret raid by Navy SEALs, the United States government is releasing a score of documents, books, and magazines recovered from his Abbottabad compound to the public.

The documents reveal that Bin Laden kept an extensive—and eclectic—library, with works ranging from those by linguist Noam Chomsky to texts on suicide to histories of English bishops. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:02 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Should We Push For A Corporate Future Without HR?

Nancy Koehn stands up for human resources. What do you think?
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Is Human Resources experiencing an identity crisis? As corporate America explores its values,  HR departments are increasingly called upon to deploy legal and business strategy, while also maintaining a position as employee advocates. Can they do both? Harvard's Nancy Koehn joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about why they should.

There is a distinctive "Dilbert-like aura that surrounds HR departments," Nancy Koehn says. She goes on to unpack the primary challenges facing HR teams. Like most things, it has to do with perception.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
12:06 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

BPR: Ask This Old House

This is a segment that generates as much buzz as Ask The Governor.  The minute Jim and Margery say that Richard Trethewey and Tom Silva are primed to take your calls  the lines light up and keep ringing long after they're gone.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:10 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

BPR: Charlie Baker, Mad Men, And This Old House

  • We check in with John King about the candidates past and present, Jeb Bush's stumbles, and Mitt Romney's punches, and more from Washington D.C.
  • TV Authority Bob Thomson joins us to go over Sunday night's Mad Men finale, then we check in with you about your take on Stan and Peggy, and the rest of "Person to Person." 
  • Governor Charlie Baker joins us
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:03 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Baker: Number Discrepancy From MBTA Report "Doesn't Matter Very Much"

Governor Baker joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio Three for Ask the Governor.
Credit Meredith Nierman/WGBH News

Numbers from Governor Charlie Baker's MBTA advisory report have come under fire for potentially exaggerating the number of sick days taken by employees and the missed trips that resulted. But the discrepancy is too small to change the findings of the report, Baker said Tuesday on Boston Public Radio. 

"Whether you want to say it's 9, 10, or 11% absenteeism every day...I think that's a difference without distinction. To me, that doesn't matter very much," Baker said.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
11:08 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

BPR Cinema Classic Challenge: The Graduate

Credit Fernando de Sousa from Melbourne, Australia via Wikimedia Commons

This Wednesday we continue our feature where we revisit classic films and ask you: does it still hold up?  Last month we took on  Stand By Me; this month's challenge is The Graduate, with movie critic Garen Daly leading the charge.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:41 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Two Reverends Process The Moral Complexity Of The Tsarnaev Verdict

A makeshift memorial for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing near the Prudential Center in May 2013.
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On Friday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's fate was handed down by jurors when they returned from fourteen hours of deliberations with a death penalty verdict. Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to talk about the clergy's response to the decision to sentence Tsarnaev to death.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:15 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

BPR Digs Into the Tsarnaev Sentence

Boston marathon survivor, Karen Brassard (left) joins us to give us her take to the death sentence for Tsarnaev. We get yours
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  • Friday afternoon, after 12 hours of deliberation, the jury in the Tsarnaev trial sentenced him to death.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
6:21 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

BPR Cinema Classic Challenge: 'Stand By Me'

Credit Fernando de Sousa from Melbourne, Australia via Wikimedia Commons

Tomorrow we continue our feature where we revisit classic films and ask you: does it still hold up?  Last time we took on  the 1976 film Network, this month's challenge is the 1986 classic Stand By Me, with movie critic Garen Daly leading the charge

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:08 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Boston Ballet On BPR News Quiz

Boston Ballet dancers Brittany Summer and Roddy Doble faced off on BPR's Friday News Quiz. The two spoke to Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about their new show, 'Thrill of Contact.'
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Boston Ballet dancers Brittany Summer and Roddy Doble faced off on BPR's Friday News Quiz. Summer and Doble are part of the Boston Ballet's new program, Thrill of Contact. It features works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe and a world premiere by Jeffrey Cirio.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:56 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

BPR: Jeb Bush, Future Boston, and Ballet

Is dining with dogs on the menu in New England?
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  • Jeb Bush has been flip flopping all week on Iraq, while Hilary Clinton has been completely silent.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:38 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Rep. Seth Moulton: You Can't Make Exceptions If You're Morally Opposed To The Death Penalty

Congress is considering whether or not to continue funding the Air Force's A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft. Congressman Seth Moulton talked to BPR about why he doesn't support it.
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Congressman Seth Moulton joined Boston Public Radio to talk about controversial Air Force funding, the Patriot Act and bulk collection of citizen information, the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ISIS in Iraq, and Deflategate.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Fathers Of 2 Murdered Children Weigh Tsarnaev's Possible Death Penalty

In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal
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Bud Welch and Bob Curley share one horrific fact in common: their children were murdered. Welch's daughter was 23 years old when she was killed in the Oklahoma City Bombing; Curley's son just 10 when he was killed.

Today, both Welch and Curley are outspoken advocates against the death penalty. But they did not always share that view.

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