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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Mayor Walsh On Pres. Obama's Immigration Plan, The 2024 Olympics, And Boston's Displaced Homeless

Mayor Walsh (far right, with Mass. Convention Center Authority executive director James Rooney, and Gov. Deval Patrick) joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for his monthly Ask the Mayor segment.
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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was back on Boston Public Radio for his monthly "Ask the Mayor" segment. The Mayor talked with hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about Pres. Obama's immigration plan, the closing of the Long Island bridge, and the possibility of putting the 2024 Olympics in Boston.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:59 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Former Governor Michael Dukakis 'Not Exactly Thrilled' By Charlie Baker's Record

Governor Michael Dukakis, shown here in Boston in 2012.
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Former Governor Michael Dukakis joined Boston Public Radio with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to discuss Governor-elect Charlie Baker's record as Secretary of Health and Human Services, President Obama's speech on immigration, and his very own famous recipe for Anadama bread.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:58 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

BPR: A Governor, A Mayor, And Some Bully Boys

We top off our Friday with a governor, a mayor, and some bully boys.
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  • Obama addressed the nation last night to explain new executive actions about immigration. We check in with you to sift through the fallout.
  • Governor Mike Dukakis discusses Charlie Baker, the North South Rail, his South Station Dedication, immigration reform, and his testimony for Robel Phillipos. [ 31:18]
  • Mayor Marty Walsh stopped by to take our questions and yours for Ask The Mayor.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:28 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Brandeis Pres. Fred Lawrence On The Cost Of Higher Ed

Brandeis President Fred Lawrence joined Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio.
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Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan Thursday on Boston Public Radio. Lawrence is part of BPR's ongoing series of interviews with Boston-area university presidents. Lawrence talked about the cost of higher education, the advantages of a walkable campus, and what's ahead for Brandeis. To hear the entire interview click the audio above. Below are excerpts from the interview.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:26 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

You Can't Judge A Wine By Its Number

How do you pick a wine for Thanksgiving?
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Need some potent potables to mollify your family this Thanksgiving? Boston Wine School's Jonathon Alsop is on hand to help you properly pair wines with every course of your holiday dinner.

The first thing to know about picking a wine is knowing how not to pick a wine. That means, Alsop said, not taking the 100-point wine rating scale devised by Wine Spectator—and often displayed prominently at shops—as gospel.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:57 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

BPR: Executive Action, Sea Turtles, and Thanksgiving Wine

Jim and Margery chatted with Heather Goldstone about the stranded sea turtles.
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  • Noah Feldman discusses Obama's anticipated executive action on immigration reform. Then we talk to you to see what you think. [29:45]
  • Heather Goldstone joins us to discuss, snowstorms, sea turtles, and UN report on climate change.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

When Is It Right To Tell An Employer About Your Mental Illness?

Employees living with a mental illness face the difficult decision of whether to disclose their condition to employers.
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Should an employee with a history of mental illness disclose that to an employer? New York Times writer Alina Tugend recently wrote about the case of Patrick Ross, an employee at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Ross's colleagues were confused by his erratic behavior, which included outbursts and unprovoked abrasiveness.

Eventually, Tugend writes, Ross disclosed to his employer that he'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. His supervisors were understanding, and Ross later wrote a book about the experience.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:10 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

BPR: From The Country Club To The Symphony

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra last weekend at Symphony Hall. WCRB's Brian McCreath and Ron Della Chiesa spoke to Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about the show.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:41 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Jimmy Carter: The World-Wide Shame Of Violence Against Women

Former President Jimmy Carter spoke with Boston Public Radio's Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about his new book, A Call to Action.
Credit Sara Saunders / The Carter Center

America has a complicated relationship with religious dogma. It inspires reverence and provokes revolt. The nation's oldest living president, 90 year old Jimmy Carter, embodies this paradox, and it is the focus of his newest book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power. Violence and injustice directed at women– ranging from genital mutilation to sexual slavery– is, according to Carter, "the most important and undressed affliction of human rights on Earth".

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:56 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Want Stronger, Happier Families? Offer Paternity Leave For New Dads, Says Nancy Koehn

Should more companies offer paternity leave for working fathers?
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It's a less-than-cheerful acronym: "SAHD." But talk to one out of the growing ranks of Stay-At-Home-Dads in the United States—a number that's nearly doubled since 1989—and you'll likely find his take on the situation anything but, said Harvard historian Nancy Koehn.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:14 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Congressman Capuano On Iraq, The Keystone XL Pipeline, And The US Paying Ransom For Captives

Rep. Michael Capuano joined Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio. Capuano talked about the midterm elections and Democratic leadership, as well as the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.
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Congressman Michael Capuano joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Capuano talked about the drubbing Democrats took in the 2014 midterm elections, the Keystone XL pipeline, potential executive actions on immigration, and troop levels in Iraq.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:30 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

BPR: Jimmy Carter, Jim Carroll, and Paternity

Abdul-Rahman (formerly Peter) Kassig posing with a truck filled with supplies for Syrian refugees.
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  • As more and more powerful people fail to hold themselves accountable, we ask you what you think.
  • Congressman Mike Capuano joins us to explain why Nancy Pelosi and the democratic leadership should be reelected, why the US should not negotiate with ISIS, and his thoughts on Boston as an Olympic host city.
  • President Jimmy Carter discusses his new book,
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Amidst The Moral Chaos Of War, Humanitarian Work Gave Peter Kassig Purpose

Abdul-Rachman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, is shown in Syria.
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It's a story that, by now, is tragically familiar: an American hostage, alone with his captor in the desert, executed on camera by militants of the so-called Islamic State. The murder of aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, followed the same grotesque script as the murder of fellow Americans Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:17 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

The Skeletons In The Comedian's Closet

Comedian Bill Cosby has come under fire for a number of allegations of sexual assaults on women. Cosby was confronted over the weekend by NPR host Scott Simon, and refused to comment.
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Over the weekend, comedian Bill Cosby joined NPR host Scott Simon for an interview about art that Cosby and his wife Camille loaned to a museum. At the end of the interview, Simon switched gears and asked Cosby about sexual assault allegations against him.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:09 am
Mon November 17, 2014

BPR: Politics, Pope Watch, and Players

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and other leaders at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.
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  • Charlie Sennott drops by to discuss ISIS' execution of a US Aid worker, gives us a G-20 debrief, and previews GroundTruth's investigative reporting on how World Bank mismanaged  the clean water project in Tanzania.
  • Frank Phillips and Peter Gelzinis join us for a politics roundtable.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

OK Google, What's Wrong With Me? The Perils And Pitfalls Of Self-Diagnosis

When does online self-diagnosis cross the line from helpful to dangerous? Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about a wealth of online health information, and what happens when people start searching for their symptoms.
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A recent ad campaign by the DDB Brussels agency was launched to protect Belgians from potential misdiagnoses of health symptoms. The ads encourage Belgians to stop entering their ailments into Google and other search engines to come up with possible causes.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:55 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

News Quiz: The Folklorists School Us On History

A still from "The Folklorist: The Boston Massacre."
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Need a refresher course on world history? We've got you covered. Or rather, the folks of "The Folklorist"—a New England Emmy-winning history show on NewTV—do. Their show highlights some of the most fascinating moments in history, from Shackleton's Voyage to the mysterious case of the Dover Demon in Dover, Massachusetts,  just a few miles away from our Boston studios.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:35 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

BPR: Stories From The Romney Campaign

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the first 2012 presidential debate.
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  • Nancy Pelosi fire a shot back at reporters for focusing on her age, and not Mitch McConnell's.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:30 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Emily's List: The Banned In Boston Edition

Greater Boston and Beat the Press host Emily Rooney.
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The sleepy town of Westminster, Massachusetts made waves this week when it proposed a ban on the sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes. That got Greater Boston host Emily Rooney thinking: what else needs to be banned in Boston?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:45 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

BPR: A Comet, A Governor, And A Bobcat Invasion

We're inspired by the Rosetta landing. Are you?
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  • Kelly Beatty, of Sky and Telescope joins us to marvel at the European Space Agency, and their space craft, Rosetta's ten year journey to land on a comet. 
  • Kara Miller digs into the processes by which high skilled immigrant workers get allocated visas, and we talk to you to get your take.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:22 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Gov. Patrick Worries About Baker's No New Tax Pledge, But Predicts A Smooth Transition

Governor Deval Patrick joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for Ask the Governor.
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During his forty-five minute transition meeting last Wednesday with Governor-elect Charlie Baker, his former 2010 rival, Governor Deval Patrick says he gave his successor a "shortlist of key issues" delivered with a couple bits of "friendly advice." On Boston Public Radio with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, Patrick shed some light on the counsel and concerns he will be passing on to the next administration in January.

Earmarking Key Issues For The Next Administration

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:46 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The Supreme Court Fields Another Challenge To The ACA

The Supreme Court will soon hear a challenge to a provision in the Affordable Care Act. Suffolk Law professor Renée Landers previewed the case.
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The United States Supreme Court will soon take up the case of King v. Burwell, a case involving ObamaCare and its provision giving federal money to offset the cost of individuals' health care plans.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Gum Chewing Aside, President Obama's Trip To Beijing A Success

President Obama stands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a welcome ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday.
Credit Andy Wong/AP via NPR

It was the gum-smacking heard 'round the world.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:07 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

BPR: Gas Prices, Headlines, And Homework

Jim's delighted by the dip in gas prices. Are you?
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  • Gas prices are finally under three dollars. Are you rejoicing or concerned?
  • Brian McGrory chats about Baker's new cabinet, what makes a Globe headline, and President Bush's golf ball. [27:35]
  • Juliette Kayyem helps us understand the implications of the new trade deal with China, and tries to convince us that the Olympics should come to Boston. [53:16]
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:20 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Making Good On Her Promise, Nancy Koehn Reads Her Poetry On Boston Public Radio

Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn is a regular Open Mic guest on Boston Public Radio. In recent weeks, Koehn intimated to BPR cohosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan that she's a poet. Koehn promised to read a poem on the show.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:50 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Young, Qualified, And Constantly Job Hunting

Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn talked about Millenials dropping out of the workforce with no backup plan.
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What risky behavior are young people engaging in that their parents likely didn't? Switching jobs, and quitting a career without a firm backup plan.

The US Department of Labor reported people born in the early 1980s have held an average of 6.2 jobs between the ages of 18 and 26. Unlike their parents, young workers are increasingly likely to freelance in a market that values immediate results over long-term commitments.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:18 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Congressman-Elect Seth Moulton On How Serving In Iraq Will Shape His Priorities In Congress

Seth Moulton with an Iraqi soldier in Diwaniyah, Iraq, 2007.
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As a G.I. a decade ago, he represented America to the Iraqi public on the television show Moulton & Mohammed, one of the first free press broadcast programs to emerge after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Today, Seth Moulton faces an entirely different set of challenges: preparing to represent Massachusetts in the 114th Congress.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:12 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

BPR: The MBTA, Jeb Bush, Obamacare, And More

Bev Scott takes our questions and yours!
Credit Anne Mostue / WGBH News

    

  • John King discusses the fate of Obamacare, and whether Jeb Bush might run for President. We also check in with him about whether the midterms hurt President Obama's status abroad.
  • This Veterans Day,w consider the pro of a nationwide Draft, and we ask you what you think. [25:38]
  • Bev Scott, the General Manger of the MBTA takes our questions and yours. We touch on the gas tax repeal's effect on the MBTA, the new Blue Hill Ave station, new line of hybrid busses. [53:13]
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:19 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

'We Are Inching Our Way Back Into A War In Iraq.'

U.S. Army soldiers are watched by an Iraqi citizen in Shaab, Iraq, 2009.
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Scarcely two months ago, President Obama was adamant: the country would not be sending American troops back into combat positions in Iraq.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:43 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

The Weekly 'Pope Watch' On Boston Public Radio

Pope Francis and Pres. Obama shake hands in a March meeting at the Vatican. The Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III were back on Boston Public Radio for another installment of their Pope Watch segment.
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The Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III were back on Boston Public Radio with another installment of their ongoing segment "Pope Watch." Every week, the two evaluate the latest moves by Pope Francis.

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