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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:13 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Beer and a Movie: Weekend Happenings

Looking for something fun to do for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend? Edgar B. Herwick III has a couple options that might interest you: 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
12:55 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Week in Review — 1.18.13

It's been a week of big news and outsize headlines. Pres. Obama outlined his gun safety agenda, including twenty-three executive orders, as well as new proposals for background checks and limiting the size of gun magazines. The NRA was not persuaded by the President's arguments.

Meanwhile, while Lt. Gov. Tim Murray announced he won't run for governor in 2014, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick laid out his budget plan. Patrick called for more taxes, and more money for transportation and education.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:13 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Under the Fold: A Week's Review of Local News

Credit Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office

Every Friday Callie Crossley looks at the local stories that didn't play out on the front page but still have an impact on Boston living.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:59 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco

Does the 21st Century American dream  go something like this? Openly gay, Cuban poet living in Bethel, Maine gets plucked from relative obscurity and dropped smack dab in the middle of the global stage.  

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:03 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Rekindling Pakistan's Golden Age of Squash in Natick, Mass.

The dimensions of a singles squash court to World Squash Federation specifications
Credit Paulshannon

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. 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The Minds Behind the US Drones

The Predator drone is one of many unmanned aerial vehicles in the US military's arsenal. The vehicles can be in flight halfway across the world by a US-based controller.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:50 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

'The Physics of Wall Street'

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.

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POLITICS
2:39 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The Politics Behind the State of the State

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.

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LOCAL NEWS
4:36 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Friend: 'Swartz Wasn't Willing To Be Labeled a Felon'

Aaron Swartz
Credit (AP Photo/ThoughtWorks, Pernille Ironside)

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.

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FROM THE CURIOSITY DESK
4:25 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Professional Smeller: Nose is World's 'Most Sensitive Instrument'

The human olfactory system. 1: Olfactory bulb 2: Mitral cells 3: Bone 4: Nasal epithelium 5: Glomerulus 6: Olfactory receptor cells
Credit Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator

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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:08 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

How Do Charities Fare After the 'Fiscal Cliff?'

Over the past few weeks we've heard a lot about the "fiscal cliff." Lawmakers worked up till the bitter end, went over the edge, and came up with a thirteenth-hour solution.

One of the stones left unturned in the wake of the compromise is how new tax rates affect charitable giving.

Paul Schervish, Director for the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, joined Callie Crossley to talk about how the budget deal affected rates of giving.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:57 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The Final Contenders for Bay State Casinos

Massachusetts stands to gain three casinos and a separate slots parlor. Tuesday at 5 PM was the deadline for companies to submit proposals.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday at 5 PM was the filing deadline for gaming outfits. Paul Pronovost, editor of Cape Cod Times, joined Callie Crossley to talk about the final contenders for casino licenses in Massachusetts.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:30 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

'The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office'

Look around your work place. Is it inspirational?

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. 

BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:04 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Marisa DeFranco's Frank Talk

By now most everyone in Massachusetts knows that Barney Frank is courting Governor Patrick to be the interim Senator if/when John Kerry vacates his seat to become the next Secretary of State.

But someone may get in Frank’s way, and that’s immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

What We Talk About When We Talk About Guns

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?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Harvard Prof: There are Worse Ideas Than a Trillion Dollar Coin

These are crystals of pure platinum grown by gas phase transport. Imagine a coin made out of this. And worth a trillion dollars.
Credit Periodictableru

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.

Guest:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

How Big Data is Changing Our Lives

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?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Donovan Slack on the Next Four Years of Pres. Obama

Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, at the President's inauguration ceremony in 2008.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:42 am
Tue January 15, 2013

David Linsky Bill Aims To Tighten Already Strict Gun Laws

A Bushmaster .223 was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The same gun is legal in Massachusetts.
Credit REX USA

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: 

What are the specifics of your proposal?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:23 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Curbing Gun Violence: Could Liability Insurance be the Answer?

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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:47 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Curbing Street Crime

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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

1.14.13 Sports Roundup

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:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:48 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Meet the Candidate: Rick Green for Mass GOP Chair

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

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Rick Green: candidate for Mass GOP Party Chair, 

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:17 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Politics as Usual — 1.14.13

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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:28 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Week in Review — 1.11.13

Rep. Barney Frank stepped down from the House of Representatives after a career that spanned decades. Frank is now on the short list to be interim Massachusetts senator.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:18 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Under the Fold: A Week's Review of Community News

A low blow for Hi-Fi
Credit The Dorchester Reporter

Every Friday Callie Crossley looks at the local stories that didn't play out on the front page but still have an impact on Boston living.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
5:06 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Flu Outbreak Hits Boston Hard

The Nationwide flu outbreak is hitting Boston hard. So hard in fact that  Mayor Menino has declared a public health emergency.

Since October there have been 700 confirmed cases of influenza, a staggering statistic compared to last year's flu season, which yielded  70  cases.

So why is this year particularly fierce? Is the vaccine the best option we have to protect ourselves against the flu?  To answer these questions, among others, we spoke with Dr. William Hanage.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:59 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

How Does the New Farm Bill Impact You?

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.

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