I bet you didn't even know that there was a golden age of squash in Pakistan, did you?
I'm always astounded by the lengths people sometimes go to for the things they are passionate about. Case in point: Mahmud Jafri, a local businessman whose passion for the obscure sport, squash, was born in 1950’s Pakistan and is burning stronger than ever today Natick, Massachusetts. He joined us on Boston Public Radio to discuss his initiative to launch some of Pakistan's most promising young players into the highest ranks of the sport from right here in our backyard.
How do unmanned flying robots detect and kill their targets? What is life like for the men and women of the US military controlling robotic airplanes in Afghanistan from a command center in Las Vegas?
We've heard a lot about drones, but less about how they really work, and who works them. In an upcoming documentary NOVA reveals the technologies and the people behind this twenty-first century warfare.
Missy Cummings is intimately familiar with drones, and she joined Kara Miller to talk about them.
What happens when some of our greatest innovators - scientists, technology pioneers - find themselves unemployed?
In the case of many Cold-War-era physicists, the answer was: go find a job on Wall Street.
What have mathematicians, computer scientists, and physicists brought to the stock market? Well, the billionaire investor Warren Buffett once warned us of "geeks bearing formulas", but Jim Weatherall isn't so sure that we should be afraid of the new wave of techies in finance.
Governor Deval Patrick delivered his 5th State of the State address Wednesday night. He revealed an ambitious tax, education, and transportation proposal. Callie Crossley spoke with WGBH's Adam Reilly, and Access Strategies Fund executive director Kelly Bates about the policies and politics he laid out in his address.
Since cyberactivist Aaron Swartz took his own life on January 11, the Internet itself seems to be in a state of networked grief.
On Tuesday, mourners gathered for Swartz's funeral outside of Chicago, where the 26-year-old programming prodigy was remembered as an idealist who was one of the most brilliant contributors to technology in the last 25 years.
Stop for a moment. Take a deep breath. What do you smell? Anything? Put your wrist to your nose. Are you wearing perfume? Can you smell the laundry detergent or fabric softener on your sleeve?
You might not realize it, but you are in possession of one of the world's most powerful and sensitive instruments: Your nose. Today on Boston Public Radio, Roy Desroachers joined us to discuss just how powerful your nose is and explain why you probably aren’t using it to its fullest capacity. And how would he know? He smells things for a living.
Some people might answer that question with a resounding No. So, if we're not inspired at work, how do our managers get us to get the job done?
Boston Public Radio's Kara Miller spoke with Ray Fisman, who co-authored The Org: The Underlying Logic of The Office about office culture, what makes a good manager, and how some of the most universally despised aspects of organizations became so widespread.
Today Robin Abrahams, known to many as the Miss Conduct columnist for The Boston Globe Magazine, joined us to talk about guns.
Over the weeks we've talked about gun reform, curbing gun violence, and gun culture. However, it took us an entire month after the mass shooting in Newtown, CT to get at one really fundamental issue: how do we talk to one another about our relationship with guns?
One of the far out ideas that’s emerged from the debt ceiling negotiations is minting a single, platinum, trillion-dollar coin. The promise of such a coin was ultimately shot down by the White House but, today on Boston Public Radio, local economist and Harvard Professor Jeffrey Frankel explained why the trillion dollar coin isn’t as crazy as it might sound.
You may have heard of the term Big Data - perhaps even heard that it’s changing our lives. But, how exactly?
Take the H1N1 flu in 2009. Scientists and doctors knew that it was sweeping the world, but what they didn’t know in real time was this: what continents and countries had it reached? Where were the new hot spots?
On Monday in Washington, D.C., Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.
A lot has changed since his first inaugural. In 2008, Obama was the first African-American to assume the highest office in the land. The country was also coming off eight years under Pres. George W. Bush, and the economy — and many US industries — seemed on the verge of collapse.
Though Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, some are calling for tougher gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting one month ago. Massachusetts State Representative and former assistant district attorney David Linsky will file a bill this week aimed at strengthening state gun laws. Emily Rooney spoke with him about his proposal on Boston Public Radio:
It's been a month since the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and the conversation about gun control has remained in the center of the public square.
As we continue our coverage of new ways to think about gun reform we turn to Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh. In a recent column for the Globe he explores how liability insurance could be one way to think about regulating guns and reducing gun violence.
On the one month anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut we were reminded of the chronic gun violence that shakes up our city streets.
Last Friday 13-year old was shot in Roxbury on his way to choir practice. The good news: He's expected to recover from this shooting. The bad news: these acts of violence are still the norm rather than the exception.
Monday was a good day to be a Patriots fan. Truth be told, there have been a lot of good Mondays over the past 12 years. For the seventh time in that period, the Patriots will play for the AFC crown and chance to go to the Super Bowl. And for the second straight season, that game will be played right here in the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens.
Not to bring up old stuff (or worry anyone) but do you remember just how close the Ravens came to beating the Pats here last year? This close:
After a dismal election season for Republicans, the chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party announced he would be stepping down in January. Since then, a handful of people have tossed their hats into the ring. Boston Public Radio continues interviewing the people who want to lead the Massachusetts GOP with candidate Rick Green.
Monday marks the one-month anniversary of the Newtown, CT tragedy. Gun control is still in the headlines as Vice President Biden prepares his list of recommendations for the President. In Massachusetts there's also movement on the gun control front as Rep. David Linsky prepares his own bill.
Meanwhile, Gov. Deval Patrick has a double-feature of sorts this week — he will announce his 2014 budget proposal, as well as official recommendations to shore up the state's beleaguered transportation budget.
Jeffrey Berry and Garrett Quinn joined Emily Rooney for Politics as Usual.
The week ends the same way it began, with more questions and no answers on Sen. John Kerry's senate seat. More names have been tossed into the ring as potential replacements, but nothing has come of it, yet.
Meanwhile, Gov. Patrick has called for a complete overhaul of housing agencies in the state. Massachusetts will now consolidate 240 agencies into six regional offices instead. The hope is to limit the kind of alleged corruption that took place in Chelsea, MA.
We heard a lot about the fiscal cliff last month, but at the tail end of the negotiations, another cliff popped up on the horizon: the milk cliff. If the Farm Bill had expired, it would have doubled the price of milk- but Congress extended parts of the old Farm Bill, passing a new five-year plan.
Richard Bonnano, the president of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Association, joined Boston Public Radio to explain what it means for local farmers and food shoppers, alike.
As of January 1, 2013, it became legal to use marijuana with a prescription in Massachusetts. This brings up a crop of questions about how to regulate a drug that is still illegal on a federal level: Who can grow it? Who can distribute it? How can we make sure it's accessible to people who need it?
Boston Public Radio's Callie Crossley spoke with Boston Public Health Commissioner Barbara Ferrer about how the city is working with the state to figure these questions out: