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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:35 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

BPR: Ask The Governor With Deval Patrick, Alex Beam, Brand Loyalty, Kara Miller

Gov. Patrick joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three for his monthly Ask the Governor segment.
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  • Gov. Deval Patrick joined BPR for his monthly "Ask the Gov" segment. Patrick talked about Market Basket, casinos, and the prospect of Mass. hosting undocumented immigrants on military bases.
  • Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam was Jim and Margery's Open Mic guest. Beam also talked about immigration, as well as his new column on columnists' overuse of the word "deplorable."
  • Deposed Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas has offered to buy the grocery franchise from his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Gov. Patrick On Market Basket, Immigrant Kids, Hillary Clinton

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for his monthly "Ask the Governor" segment on Thursday. Full audio above. Time codes below. 

00:04:25: "Nobody has proposed bringing these undocumented children into Massachusetts neighborhoods. We talked about a temporary facility that is secure (...) there ought to be a human and appropriate setting for them to wait while that's being done." 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:34 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Boston Public Radio's Midsummer Concert Roundtable

From left, Brian McCreath, Edgar B. Herwick III and Rob Hochschild offered their picks for summer shows.
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Every six weeks Boston Public Radio assembles its concert roundtable to look at the best upcoming shows in the Boston area. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan hosted Brian McCreath, Edgar B. Herwick III and Rob Hochschild in Studio Three.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:51 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

John Kerry 'Will Get It Done' When It Comes To Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Charles Sennott says Secretary of State John Kerry will be able to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it will take longer than the U.S. expects.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

BPR: Charlie Sennott, Police Commissioner William Evans, Juliette Kayyem, Concert Roundtable

What if health care workers were replaced by robots? Art Caplan from NYU Langone Medical Center talked with Jim and Margery about the coming robot health workers.
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BPR hour one

  • GlobalPost cofounder Charlie Sennott talked to Jim and Margery about the downing of Malaysian Air flight MH17, Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Israel to try to broker truce between Israelis and Palestinians, and ongoing armed conflicts in Iraq.
  • Art Caplan is head of medical ethics at NYU's Langone Medical Center. Caplan looked at a thinning US health care workforce, and whether robots could replace some caregivers in the coming decades. Caplan is co-editor of Contemporary Debates in Bioethics.
  • Bay Windows and South Ends News co-publisher Sue O'Connell talked about a new survey that showed a very small percentage of Americans self-identify as gay.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:39 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Regulation Will Not Kill Airbnb, Says Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn

Will the push to regulate new Internet services like Airbnb kill the sharing economy? Not so, says Harvard historian Nancy Koehn.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:10 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

BPR: John King, Ask The Education Secretary, Nancy Koehn On Airbnb, '12 Bottle Bar'

David and Lesley Solmonson joined Jim and Margery to talk about their new book The 12 Bottle Bar.
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  • John King — host of Inside Politics on CNN — talked about immigration, the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the Ukraine-Russia crisis, and why Massachusetts seems to produce so many presidential also-rans. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Mass. Education Secretary Matt Malone joined Jim and Margery for Ask the Secretary.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

BPR: Gubernatorial Candidate Pastor Scott Lively Explains The 'Miracle Ticket' and More

Gubernatorial Candidate Pastor Scott Lively
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Independent candidate for governor Pastor Scott Lively joined Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio to discuss Lively’s personal crusade, and the viability of biblical values in a modern democracy.

Lively is an author, activist and attorney. His published works include The Pink Swastika and Seven Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child: A Parent's Guide to Protecting Children from Homosexuality and the ‘Gay’ Movement.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

BPR: Politics, Market Basket, All Revved Up, Pointless Neighborhood Happiness, Seth Mnookin

Are you a believer in neighborliness? A new study says being a good neighbor may not increase your happiness. Jim and Margery asked listeners if that sounded right.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

BPR: American Exceptionalism, Callie Crossley, Basim Usmani, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

Pres. Obama spoke Friday about the downed passenger plane in the Ukraine-Russia region.
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  • Jim and Margery started the show with open lines. They asked — in the wake of the passenger plane allegedly gunned down near the Ukraine-Russia border, and with violence in the Middle East — has American exceptionalism finally ended? Should the US still be the world's police? 
  • Callie Crossley talked to Jim and Margery about immigration, and about Mass.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:56 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

BPR: Immigration, Pastor Scott Lively, Heather Goldstone, Alex Beam, Kara Miller

The Rio Grande River running through Santa Elena Canyon in Texas. The river marks a border between the US and Mexico, which has of late seen many more children coming across.
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  • Jim and Margery asked listeners what they thought the United States should do about an influx of child migrants into the country. Should they all be sent back? Is it humane to detain young kids for long periods of time? Should we find space for them here in the country? What solutions aren't being talked about?
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Why Americans Love Road Movies: 'We're Restless'

Still from Dennis Hopper's 1969 film "Easy Rider."
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The desire to map new territory, the last-ditch search for self, man's love affair with his automobile: is there hardly a film genre more American than the road movie?

In the midst of road trip season and with films like Tammy now playing in theaters, film critic Garen Daly joined Margery Eagan and Jim Braude on Wednesday to break down why Americans love road films, and how the genre has evolved from its inception.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

BPR: Brian McGrory, Market Basket Employees, Tanglewood, Juliette Kayyem, Road Trip Movies

Juliette Kayyem stopped by Studio Three for a look back at her gubernatorial campaign.
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  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory joined Jim and Margery for his weekly segment. McGrory talked about the Probation Department scandal and subsequent trial. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Market Basket employees have launched a campaign called "We are Market Basket" to bring back ousted CEO Arthur DeMoulas. What's your take on it?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Let Them Eat Cupcakes: Nancy Koehn On The Sudden Demise of Crumbs Bake Shop

Is the end of Crumbs a bad omen for other single-item stores?
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This July marks the 225th anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in Paris, which catalyzed the bloody French Revolution and eventually resulted in the beheading of the deposed French queen, Marie “Let Them Eat Cake” Antoinette. (Joyeux Quatorze Juillet, by the way.) But as of last week, July now marks yet another anniversary involving unfortunate associations with baked goods: the abrupt demise of the boutique cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:52 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

BPR: John King, Belfast Project, Nancy Koehn, Talker, TV Bob Thompson

Crumbs Bake Shop went belly-up last week. Harvard professor Nancy Koehn looked at single-item retail stores, and whether the lack of diversity leads to long-term success.
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  • CNN's John King talked about the ongoing immigration debate, Sen.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:10 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

BPR: Politics, Probation Trial, All Revved Up, Bon Voyage World Cup, Sports Roundup

Former Sen. Mo Cowan and former US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez talked with Jim and Margery about favor-trading in the Mass. corridors of power.
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  • For the Monday politics segment, former Sen. Mo Cowan and former US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez joined up to talk about the party imbalance in Mass. Cowan works for the Mintz Levin law firm.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

BPR: Haystack, Callie Crossley, Deborah Halber, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

Bostonians have long possessed a creative spirit when it comes to parking. Jim and Margery discussed a new parking app, Haystack, that allows users to sell their spots.
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  • Former Boston City Councilor Mike Ross — now a columnist for the Boston Globe, and an attorney with Prince Lobel — talked about Haystack, a new app that lets parked drivers "sell" their spots to those in search of parking.
  • WGBH's Callie Crossley talked about Brookline Planned Parenthood's plan to provide escorts for women visiting the clinic.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Starbucks Baristas Offered A Shot At Higher Ed: Straight Up Or Full Of Froth?

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Last month Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz made headlines when he announced that the coffee empire was going to cover college tuition for their employees.

But on closer inspection, it turns out that Starbucks isn't providing free tuition, rather Starbucks will reimburse employees for a certain number of credits completed at Arizona State University online.  

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:34 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

BPR: Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Exercise Prescriptions, Corby Kummer, Kara Miller, Jack Dunn

What if doctors regularly handed out exercise prescriptions? One MGH pediatrician has started doing just that. Jim and Margery talked to her about it.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Could Your Wrinkles Raise Your Insurance Premium?

Insurance companies may be able to gauge a person's lifespan by scanning a photograph of their face. But is it ethical?
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Recent developments in facial recognition technology have made it possible to measure a person's lifespan based on facial appearance, and  insurance companies are interested in using this data to decide premiums. But should insurance underwriters determine your rates based on your mug shot?

Medical ethicist Art Caplan returned to Studio Three on Wednesday to discuss the ethical implications of this new project. Caplan is the head of the Division of Medical Ethics at  NYU's Langone Center.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:54 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

For Latina Women, College Is Often A Culture Clash

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor pictured in a photograph for the 1976 Princeton University yearbook.
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Over the past decade, both the Hispanic population in the U.S. and college enrollment increased dramatically. With more Latina women attending college than ever before, popular media depictions of Hispanic young adults seem to lag behind the complex reality of their often unique experiences in higher education. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:27 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

BPR: Gift Giveaways, Brian McGrory, Jennifer DeLeon, Art Caplan, Kevin Cullen

Would you open a bank account if you were guaranteed a free, fancy toaster for your troubles? Jim and Margery looked at the growing incentives being used to sign people up for services.
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  • Would a free toaster or a tote bag entice you to sign up for a bank account? Are you more likely to sign up for wireless service if some freebie is attached?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
7:33 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Why Are We Ignoring The Water Crisis In Detroit?

Historian Nancy Koehn examines the ongoing water crisis in Detroit.
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In the spring of 1960, at the Pocahontas Fuel Company's Itmann mine in West Virginia, then-Senator John F. Kennedy was almost electrocuted. Campaigning through coal country in his quest to to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, Kennedy nearly came into contact with a high-voltage wire before a cadre of alert miners on a shift change shooed him out of the way.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

BPR: Politics, Anxious And Alone, All Revved Up, All Revved Up, Hiawatha Bray

A new study found participants would rather self-administer electric shocks than spend small amounts of time alone. Where do you come down?
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BPR 7/7/14

  • Jennifer Nassour and Jim O'Sullivan talked politics with Jim and Margery. The four talked about casinos, the governor's race, and the slate of questions on the November Mass. ballot. Jennifer Nassour is an attorney and former chair of the Mass. GOP, and Jim O'Sullivan writes for the Boston Globe.
  • A new study found many people would prefer to self-administer electric shocks (!!) than spend six to 15 minutes alone in a room with their thoughts. Where do you come down — are you okay spending time by yourself? Or would you rather zap yourself to pass time?
  • All Revved Up! The Revs. Emmett Price III and Irene Monroe were back for their regular Monday segment. Price and Monroe discussed Pope Francis' ministry to victims of Catholic sex abuse. Rev. Price is a professor at Northeastern University, and author of The Black Church and Hip Hop CultureRev. Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist writing for Huffington Post.
  • Boston Globe tech writer Hiawatha Bray stopped by Studio Three to talk about his new book You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.
  • Jim and Margery opened the lines to ask how listeners have been burned by trust their GPS units. Have you been sent on a wild goose chase? How often does GPS fail you?
Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:16 am
Thu July 3, 2014

BPR: Laurence Tribe, Temple Grandin, Roz Chast,The Amazon Factor, From Books to Blockbusters

Tom Wolfe autographs The Bonfire of the Vanities. Great book; horrible film adaptation.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:03 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Don't Shred Your English Degree Just Yet, Says Harvard Historian Nancy Koehn

Are English departments on the fast track to extinction?
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In a world where you can make a cool million on an app that does, for all intents and purposes, just about nothing, who wants to spend four years and $200,000 lugging around a copy of Middlemarch to get an English degree? 

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
10:17 am
Wed July 2, 2014

BPR: Errol Morris, Philippe Petit, Teller, John Waters, Leonard Nimoy's Boston,

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  • Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris discusses his new film, The Unknown Known, about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his WMD's (Words of Mass Delusion).
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

When Remembering The 'Freedom Summer,' The Truth Is Black And White

Aaron Henry (center) seated at the 1964 Democratic National Convention held in Atlantic City.
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Fifty years ago this month, the "Freedom Summer" in Mississippi demonstrated both the heights of democratic activism and the depths of violent racism. But history is often written from the perspective of the powerful, and in American history that perspective is usually white. For the many black activists who participated, the Freedom Summer's legacy reveals hard lessons about the fraught history of biracial coalitions.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:23 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

BPR: John King, Nancy Koehn, RIP English Departments, Dan Epstein, Peniel Joseph

Quirky Detroit Tigers pitcher — and Worcester native — Mark Fidrych replacing dirt on the pitching mound. Writer Dan Epstein talked about the dominance of the pitcher in 1976.
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  • CNN's John King joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about Monday's Supreme Court ruling on contraception, Pres. Obama's intention to use executive orders to address immigration reform, and a possible lawsuit by Speaker John Boehner.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:02 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

BPR: Hobby Lobby Decision, Politics, World Cup, Lawmakers Who Think They're Poor

The US lost to Germany Thursday in World Cup soccer, but still advanced to the Group of 16. First game of the next round starts on Tuesday.
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  • The Supreme Court cast its vote Monday in favor of Hobby Lobby in a case involving religious objection to company-subsidized birth control. Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman joined Jim and Margery to talk about the SCOTUS decision. Afterwards, Jim and Margery opened it up to listeners.
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