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Jim Braude, Margery Eagan

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:21 pm
Mon August 31, 2015

Europe's Migration Challenge Is Reaching A Crisis Point

A boy from Syria waits in a queue to register with his family before passing through Serbia.
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This weekend, Hungarian police made a fifth arrest connected to the death of the 71 migrant workers whose corpses were found in a truck abandoned in Austria.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:05 pm
Mon August 31, 2015

BPR: Did Kanye's Katrina Moment Kick Off Black Lives Matter?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:31 pm
Fri August 28, 2015

BPR Rewind: A Tabloid Fiasco, A Boston Girl, And A Deep, Deep Appreciation For Peanut Butter Cups

Nobody loves a good peanut butter cup like Alex Beam.
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This week, Boston Public Radio is revisiting some of our favorite conversations from the past few months. Here's what's on the docket for Friday, August 28:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:44 am
Thu August 27, 2015

BPR Rewind: A First Lady, A King Hidden Beneath A Parking Lot, And A Year In Prison

Journalist Peter Slevin follows Michelle Obama's trajectory from the South Side of Chicago to the White House in "Michelle Obama: A Life."
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This week, Boston Public Radio is looking back on some of our favorite conversations from the past few months. Here's what's on the docket for Thursday, August 27:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:04 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

BPR Rewind: An Assassination Plot, A Humble Brag, And A Daring Invention

Historian David McCullough discussed his new book, "The Wright Brothers." Here, the first flight of the Wright Flyer I in 1903.
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This week, Boston Public Radio is looking back on some of our favorite conversations from the past year. Here's what's on the docket for Wednesday, August 26:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:10 am
Tue August 25, 2015

BPR Rewind: Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks Performs Live

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.
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This week, Boston Public Radio is looking back on some of our favorite conversations from the past few months. Here's what's on the docket for Tuesday, August 25:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:46 am
Mon August 24, 2015

BPR Rewind: The Funny Girl, The Space Odyssey, And The Believer

Former adviser to President Obama David Axelrod (center) joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3.
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This week, Boston Public Radio is revisiting some of our favorite conversation from the past few months. Here's what's on the docket for Monday, August 24:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:03 pm
Fri August 21, 2015

BPR: Musicals and Strandbeests

We're getting down with Strandbeests!
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  • John King goes over the latest 2016 campaign poll numbers and weighs in on leadership changes at his beloved Red Sox.
  • Shirley Leung swings by for one more postgame on the Olympic bid and the Brattle Report.
  • Then we ask you has Trump become a real candidate?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
6:38 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

BPR: Which Came First, The Pigeon Mule Or The Cage-Free Egg?

A different kind of politics and eggs, we talk to you about the new ballot initiative.
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  • Corby Kummer joins us to discuss a proposed 2016 Ballot initiative which would mandate that local farms and businesses produce and sell only eggs from cage-free hens; pork from pigs not raised in small crates; and veal from calves that have not been raised in small spaces.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:26 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

Red Wine, Like Revenge, Is A Dish Best Served Cold

Red, red wine, as the good folks from UB40 might say.
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Have you been drinking red wine wrong your entire life? (Well, hopefully not your entire life.) If you've been drinking it at room temperature, the answer may be yes.

Jonathon Alsop of the Boston Wine School has a tip for you: try it a little chilled.

"A lot of people feel like there's some sort of federal law or Constitutional amendment against putting your red wine in the refrigerator," Alsop said.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:59 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

BPR Jumps A Shark (Or, Rather, Wrestles One)

Eek! A shark!
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When most beachgoers hear the word "shark," they run screaming in the other direction. But not Elliot Sudal. 

The 27-year-old has made a name for himself tagging sharks off the shores of Nantucket in the name of helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, manage the Atlantic's shark population. He joined Boston Public Radio to explain what motivates him to tango with these foreboding oceanic beasts.

To hear more from Elliot Sudal and his shark-wranglin' ways, tune in to Boston Public Radio above.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:45 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

'Female Viagra': Medical Ethicist Art Caplan Says The Pill's Nickname May Be Misleading

Addyi, or the "little pink pill".

First, the birth control pill. Then, Viagra. Now: Addyi?

That's the name of a new little pink pill approved this week by the Food and Drug Administration that aims to revolutionize women's sexuality the way its little blue counterpart, Viagra, revolutionized men's.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:33 pm
Wed August 19, 2015

BPR: All Loved Up?

Rear Window's Miss Lonelyheart
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  • Emily Rooney joins Margery and guest host Jared Bowen to discuss the curiosities and pitfalls in the Brattle Report, and what it means for a future Olympics bid.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:44 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

BPR: From The PC Police To The AC Experts

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  • Jim Petosa joins us to talk about a new trend in colleges and universities across the country:  The Coddling of the American Mind.  Are the PC police protecting emotional equilibrium at the expense of 'real life' experience.
  • Congressman Jim McGovern joins us fresh off his trip from Cuba where history was recently made with the re-opening of
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Could You Hack It At Amazon?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears at an event last year in Seattle.
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"The curtains just went up on the windows on Amazon," says  Harvard Business School's Nancy Koehn in response to a Sunday New York Times article.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:55 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

To Maintain Your Summertime Cool This Old House Says, 'Insulate, Insulate, Ventilate'

In defense of porches, overhangs, and insulation.
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Today's 'Ask This Old House' was all insulation all the time. Callers checked in to ask about insulating bricks in row sides, cooling buildings without AC, and why heating and cooling mechanisms shouldn't be above the insulated second floors.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:18 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Jim McGovern On Iran: 'It's This Deal, Or No Deal'

Congressman Jim McGovern
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Congressman Jim McGovern  joined Boston Public Radio's Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen (in for Jim Braude) to discuss the revival of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the intensifying discussions around the Iran nuclear deal. 

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
6:52 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

BPR: Got Butter Cow?

Got Butter Cow?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Codified Sex Slavery And Other ISIS Recruiting Tools

Women fleeing ISIS strongholds in Iraq.
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British newspaper The Independent has confirmed reports that murdered ISIS hostage, Kayla Mueller, was held as a sex slave by the group. Charlie Sennott joined Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen to discuss just how sophisticated ISIS' system of organized sexual violence of has become, and why it's radicalizing more and more Americans.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
9:10 pm
Sun August 16, 2015

BPR Cinema Classic Challenge: Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock Cameo, Rear Window
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This month's cinema classic challenge is Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller Rear Window.

This Wednesday, with film authority Garen Daly leading the charge, we'll ask you if it still holds up. Do the themes of voyeurism, spying and  suspicion resonate today? Or is the movie trapped within its own mid-century aesthetic and values?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:01 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

BPR: Jim And Margery Hit The Slots But Not The Beach

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3 to talk about the firestorm over a proposed casino in Everett.
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  •  Heather Goldstone, ​science editor at WCAI/WGBH, talked about where the presidntial candidates stand on the environment and how sharks could be affecting your summer vacation.
  • Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby weighed in on the firestorm erupting between Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and casino magnate Steve Wynn over the proposed casino in Everett.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:34 am
Fri August 14, 2015

BPR: Jim And Margery Ask The Governor And Upgrade Their Lunches

Chef Katie Chudy shows us how to upgrade our daily sandwich grind with some nutritional superfoods.
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  • Congressman Seth Moulton discussed the dogfight in Congress over President Obama's Iran deal.
  • Governor Charlie Baker took our questions and yours during his monthly call-in segment, "Ask the Governor."
  • Former Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral looked at the controversy over Boston's police officers donning body cameras.
  • Chef, caterer, and podcaster Katie Chudy 
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:53 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Moulton Talks Iran, Trump, And Veterans

Congressman Seth Moulton
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As the showdown over the Obama Administration's Iran deal heats up in Congress, Representative Seth Moulton of the Massachusetts 6th district joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Moulton, who supports the Iran deal, discussed the fight to win over his colleagues in Congress and the passage of his first bill in the House last month, which makes it easier for small business to access capital.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:17 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

"Reprehensible, Outrageous, and Ridiculous" Governor Charlie Baker On Boston Public Radio

Governor Charlie Baker joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3.
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Governor Charlie Baker joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for "Ask the Governor," where he took their questions and yours on everything from his new plan to boost solar energy in the state to his experience taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:33 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery In Ferguson: ‘I Can’t Take My Skin Off’

Lowery discusses reporting at The Boston Globe and his involvement with NABJ
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Covering civil unrest, such as that which has plagued Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting death by police last year of teenager Michael Brown, is often a high risk, high danger occupation.  Wesley Lowery, a former Boston Globe reporter now with the Washington Post, may well be the journalist best known for being caught in the cross hairs of that particular conflict. He has been charged by local authorities with trespass and interfering with police.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:39 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

BPR: Politics And (Breakfast) Eggs

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We kick off today's show asking you what the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump appeal says about America and how we might be rethinking our idea of the U.S. presidency.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:49 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

Is Science Science If It's Funded By Coca-Cola?

Medical ethicist, Art Caplan weighs in on science funding, and other ethical concerns of the week.
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The Global Energy Balance Network released a study claiming that exercise, and not diet, is the best way to prevent weight gain. Many nutritionists, already dubious, are highlighting one of the research institute's biggest funders-- Coca Cola, as deeply problematic.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:49 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

BPR: Of Politics And Pachyderms

Wild Elephants
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We kick off BPR with CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King for his take on who in Congress could capsize the Iran Deal

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was one of the first to cover the shooting of Michael Brown and how it ruptured Ferguson. We check with him one year on from the scene of the crime where  protests, public outrage and and a yearning for change persist.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:44 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

Will Paying Too Much For Your Wedding Ruin Your Marriage?

Big day or big hit? Nancy Koehn weighs in on the wedding industrial complex.
Credit via NPR

Much fanfare is made about the cost of divorce, but couples are spending an astounding amount on weddings. And the two things might be connected.

The average wedding is at least $31,00. In affluent areas, like Boston, weddings can cost even more. Whole secondary and tertiary industries have sprouted up to help people pay for their extravagant day, or to help people finesse the complicated experience of declining an invitation to a wedding that is too expensive to attend.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
7:22 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

LISTEN: On The Campaign Trail With Lincoln Chafee

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
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Today Boston Public Radio kicks of its series of interviews with the presidential candidates with former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.

He has been elected to office as a Republican senator and an Independent governor. Today he's running for president  as a Democrat.

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