This week, the Marriott hotel chain announced a partnership with former California First Lady Maria Shriver in a new campaign called The Envelope Please. The campaign encourages Marriott guests to tip cleaning staff by providing envelopes in which to deposit a few bills.
For those who assume damp towels, heaping garbage and Funyuns-encrusted bedsheets magically clean themselves, The Envelope Please is a way to give the workers — many of whom are women — their due above and beyond hourly wages.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was arrested Saturday on charges of child abuse. The arrest comes after a May incident in Texas, when Peterson is thought to have disciplined his four-year-old child by hitting him with a "switch" made from a tree branch, leaving lacerations on the child's skin.
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.
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.
Award-winning correspondent and co-founder of The Global Post,Charlie Sennott sits down with us to discuss foreign policyon 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
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'sbusing 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]
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.
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 Leadership. After 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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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."
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)
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)
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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
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).
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.