“Mistakes are the best teachers,” so the saying goes. Before we officially close the books on 2012, Boston Public Radio looked back on some of the biggest business mistakes of the year and what we can learn going forward in 2013 with financial adviser Sheryl Marshall.
New Year's Eve is a complicated holiday, says Boston Wine School's Jonathan Alsop. People who normally never drink, do. And sometimes the people who drink, stop. It's a lunar holiday that can fall on any night of the week- like this year's Monday night misfit.
2012 has been a good year for beer lovers- 376 new breweries opened nationwide in 2012. That's a rate of 1.5 a day! Boston Public Radio's Edgar B. Herwick III sat down with Chris Funari, the editor of BrewBound, to talk about the year in beer and New England's rich craft beer scene.
Boston Public Radio looks at the latest political headlines with political consultant Michael Goldman, political science professor Erin O'Brien, and Marvin Venay, the executive director of the Black and Latino Democratic Legislative Caucus.
Tequila is not just a fast ticket to Margaritaville. It's not just for summer. And it doesn't need to be chased by lime and salt to hide the taste. It's now being seen as an upscale spirit, the whiskey of blue agave. And it's getting top shelf treatment.
Jonathon Alsop, founder of The Boston Wine School, dropped by to school us on how — and why — tequila is getting a makeover.
This year we said farewell to Mayor Kevin White. We rolled out the welcome mat for Steve Wynn. And Ray Allen said so long to us. It was an impressive year for local news, from political races to some painful defeats in the sports department.
Today we go over the major, local stories of 2012 with:
This year marks the thirty-seventh annual First Night celebration in Boston. First Night began as a way to celebrate Boston's creative communities. Over three-plus decades it's blossomed into a citywide extravaganza. Art, music, theater, ice sculpture, dance and fireworks are all on the agenda.
First Night's Joyce Linehan stopped by studio three to tell Edgar B. Herwick III all about the 2013 lineup.
Julio Ricardo Varela is considered one of the most creative and influential voices in the "Latinosphere." He's the brains behind Latino Rebels, an online destination covering everything from sports and politics to music and viral video. Varela was born in Puerto Rico and now lives in Milton, MA.
There could be a cup half-empty scenario brewing for coffee lovers, literally and figuratively. Climate change could have a huge effect on the supply and cost of coffee, according to a recent study. Up to 70 percent of the world's coffee supply could be wiped out by 2080.
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a landmark Supreme Court case with huge political implications. In the wake of Citizens, super PACs became the cash-raising vehicle of choice for parties and their candidates.
Nowhere was this more apparent than in the 2012 election. Billions were spent by super PACs, from the presidential race and down the ticket. With few exceptions, no race was immune to the spending.
We continue our “best of” 2012 conversation with a look at the year in politics.
It seems like it’s been years since Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum were vying to be the GOP nominee. Remember Harry Reid insisting that Governor Romney was hiding something in his tax returns? What about Obama’s bomb of a debate performance? Or his shift in support for same sex marriage? Or Justice Roberts surprising the nation with his ruling on The Affordable Care Act?
Some of these moments were pure theatre but some of them had a huge effect on our country.
Cartoonist Ryan North joined Jared Bowen to talk about his new record-breaking Kickstarter project, To Be or Not to Be. It's a chooseable-adventure version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, written in graphic style and completely crowd-funded.
Deeply irritated by what she cites as a deteriorating appreciation of art, cultural critic and provocateur Camille Paglia has taken it upon herself to help us "relearn" how to see.
In her book Glittering Images, Paglia writes essays on more than two dozen works of art, from ancient Egypt to the present day. She covers artists you know, those you don't, and the one person she considers the "greatest living artist."
Since the 1930's Leonard A. Lauder, the billionaire son of the famous Estée, has been collecting postcards. He started this life's passion by spending his 5 cent allowance at Woolworths, buying up postcards of New York buildings.
Now at the age of 79 his vast collection has been captured in a book, The Postcard Age, which has a corresponding show at the MFA.
The MFA's Ben Weiss joins us today to talk about the history of the postcard and how it became one of the smallest canvases for so many artists.
Every Bostonian knows the story of the 1990 heist from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A half billion dollars worth of art stolen on St. Patrick's Day. Guards were tied up. Mob ties were suspected but never proven. Not one of the paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Degas was recovered. The FBI and law enforcement continue to chase leads, however small, to bring closure to the case.
As the year draws to a close families gather for merriment, gifts and above all else food. Well-worn recipes for finger foods, casseroles, soups and roasts are trotted out for hungry denizens to devour. For some, the holidays are also the perfect time to try out new recipes.
Our wine guy, Jonathon Alsop, says that wine is the perfect gift for the procrastinating shopper. It's easy to find. It's pretty much affordable. And just about everyone likes it — or at least likes having a bottle of wine on hand.
He joined us in Studio Three as our gift giving guide.
We’re rocking around the Christmas tree today with an hour devoted to Christmas music. Songs like "Silent Night" and "Silver Bells" have long captured the Christmas spirit. They’re our mainstream window to the past. They’re a guarantee that the holiday custom will carry on. Today we’re paying tribute to these songs — serving them up with a twist.
There are myriad ways to celebrate the holidays, from full-on family affairs or offbeat ugly-sweater gatherings, to not celebrating at all.
Robin Abrahams — who writes "Miss Conduct" for the Boston Globe — told Callie Crossley how to celebrate the holidays your way, how to avoid getting sucked into terrifying gatherings, and — if there's no way around it — how to survive terrible gifts and overbearing family with style and grace.
I'm about to state the obvious here: We use a whole lot of words. In fact, Dr. Louann Brizendine, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California--San Francisco, figures that, the average woman women uses about 20,000 of them a day. A typical man uses far fewer each day, but still upwards of 7,000. Heck, I’ve just blown through more than 50 of them and haven't even gotten to the point yet.
A protester holds up a sign as National Rifle Association executive vice president WayneLaPierre, left, speaks during a news conference in response to the Connecticut school shooting on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington.
In the aftermath of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. guns and gun control have become a topic of national conversation. It seems everyone has been talking about guns- from our right to bear arms, to taking measures to ban assault weapons. On Friday morning, the CEO of the National Rifle Association gave a statement in light of the Newtown shooting.
On Friday, we heard the National Rifle Association's CEO Wayne LaPierre addressing the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut in an unprecedented press conference. Last week's tragedy has dominated this week's headlines, and for good reason. Pres. Obama has pushed gun regulation to the top of his legislative agenda. Vice Pres. Joe Biden is heading up a task force to see it gets done.
If you live in Greater Boston and like pizza, chances are you've had a slice at Upper Crust. What appeared to be a franchise on the rise filed for bankruptcy protection in October after ownership disputes, and allegations of exploitation by employees.
Anyone who spends Christmas day in Boston knows how quiet the city is. It’s like a ghost town. No one is on the streets. No cars are on the roads. And "Sorry, We're Closed" signs hang in every business window. But there is one part of the city that’s open and humming--that’s Chinatown.
Going out for Chinese food has become a huge non-Christmas Christmas tradition. Joining us today for a guide on how we can eat our way through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is Lilly Jan.
Retiring Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank joined Emily Rooney on Boston Public Radio today. He’s been an advocate for things like an assault weapons ban, extended waiting periods for guns, and closing the so-called “gun show loophole.” In the wake of last week’s tragedy he’s renewing his push along with fellow lawmakers.
Barney Frank, U.S. Representative (D), representing the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts