Author Jim Vrabel cites the many Boston activists from the 1960s and 1970s — like Mel King, second from right — as having an outsize influence on the development of the city. Vrabel is the author of a new book about the subject.
Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam was Thursday's Open Mic guest. Beam talked about Jon Lester being traded away from the Red Sox, the enduring pleasure of John le Carré's writing, and explained the history of a particularly highly-regarded pencil in 45 seconds.
Kara Miller — Innovation Hub host — joined Jim and Margery talked about ways of boosting intelligence, like learning a language and playing music.
Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher stopped by Studio Three to talk about running for governor. Fisher faces a formidable opponent in the Republican primary in the form of Charlie Baker. Fisher talked about building up his business, Merchants Fabrication, in Auburn, MA. He also discussed his trouble getting on the gubernatorial ballot, his stance on immigration, and whether Massachusetts should build casinos.
The New York Times on Sunday advocated for full legalization of marijuana. Jim and Margery asked Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory and former gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem what they thought of that position.
There are dysfunctional families, and then there are dysfunctional families. The Demoulas Clan -- the founders of the Market Basket grocery chain whose explosive and public family feud over control of the company recently culminated in the ouster of the chain's CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas -- fits squarely into the latter category.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined Jim and Margery in Studio Three for "Ask the Mayor." Walsh talked about his recent trip to Colorado to pitch Boston as an Olympic city in 2024, as well as what he thinks about undocumented immigrants being housed in the Bay State. (Starts at 1:00)
Michael Kirk — a producer for FRONTLINE — talked about "Losing Iraq," the latest FRONTLINE installment about the rise of ISIS in Iraq.
Update, July 30, 2014, 8:31 a.m.: According to a Boston Globe report, Ted Landsmark had been fired from Boston Architectural College last week, a fact that was unknown to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh until notified by the Globe.
Suffolk University's John Nucci — who writes for the Boston Herald — joined former Social Security commissioner Michael Astrue to talk politics. Jim and Margery asked Nucci and Astrue about the Probation Department scandal, undocumented immigrants in Mass., and the governor's race.
Boston Public Schools is putting 750 cameras in its school buses to prevent bullying and document problems on buses. Is this an invasion of students' (and drivers') privacy? Do you think it'll make bus riders safer? Jim and Margery opened the lines.
Is it okay for luxury condos with a couple affordable housing units to have a "poor door" — a separate entrance for affordable units? Jim and Margery opened it up to calls.
Boston Globe sports enterprise and investigative reporter Shira Springer talked about 90-year-olds taking up track events, and whether the suspension and fine for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was too light.
Jim and Margery started things off talking with Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis about the guilty verdict in the trial of former Probation Department head John O'Brien. Then, attorney Harry Manion weighed in on what he thought would happen to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, whose name came up frequently during O'Brien's trial.
Roger Brown — president of the Berklee College of Music — joined Jim and Margery to talk about his school's new graduate degree program, as well as Berklee's push to offer classes online.
Emily Rooney was back for her Friday Open Mic segment. Emily hosts Greater Boston and Beat the Press on WGBH channel 2.
For the Friday News Quiz Jonathon Alsop and Josh Danoff went head-to-head over the week's headlines. Alsop and Danoff are staging a "wine and donut pairing" event — a long-overdue combination of our favorite things. Alsop runs the Boston Wine School and is the author of Wine Lover's Devotional. Danoff is co-founder of Union Square Donuts. For tickets to the wine-and-donut event, click here.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Tammynow 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.
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.
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.
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.