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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:58 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Does 'Breaking Bad' Rank Among The Greatest TV Series Of All Time?

Brian Cranston played Walter White to great acclaim in Breaking Bad. Sunday marked the final installment of the AMC show.
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The episode "Felina" marked the end to Vince Gilligan's wildly popular New Mexico drug drama, "Breaking Bad." Sunday's finale drew over 10 million viewers. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked with Bob Thompson from Syracuse University about the end of "Breaking Bad," then opened up the lines to callers.

What did you think, did Vince Gilligan and crew tie everything together nicely? What was left undone? Does "Breaking Bad" hold up with the best dramas on television, like "M*A*S*H," "The Sopranos" and "The Wire?" Leave a comment below, or Tweet us.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:34 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Will You Be The Next MBTA Hero?

Three passengers rescue a fellow passenger who fell onto the tracks on the Orange Line. The man in the yellow hat (right) jumped over the third rail.
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Wednesday at North Station, a would-be T rider stumbled across the train platform and fell onto the tracks below, knocking himself unconscious in the process. Three bystanders immediately sprang to action, hoisting the man off the tracks and back up onto the platform.

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to hear whether callers would do the same, or how they've responded in similar situations.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:43 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Should Communities Of Color Have Rallied Around A Single Candidate In The Boston Mayor's Race?

Charlotte Golar Richie campaigns outside the Stop & Shop in South Bay. Golar Richie got 13 percent of the preliminary vote, not enough to advance to the general election.
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The Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III talked to Margery Eagan and Peter Kadzis — filling in for Jim Braude — about whether Boston's black electorate could have coalesced behind one candidate. Rivers wrote Thursday about his frustration that all candidates of color were eliminated in the mayoral preliminary.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:19 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Gov. Patrick: 'Not Going To' Rule Out Future Run For Office

Gov. Patrick (right, sunglasses, picture with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse) joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for their monthly Ask The Gov segment.
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Gov. Patrick joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for his monthly "Ask The Gov" segment. Jim and Margery asked him about his presidential aspirations. Here's how Patrick responded.

I am going to finish the job I have and I am loving it, and when I finish the job I have, I am going to find a job in the private sector. And I hope there will come a time sometime later in life when I have something else I can contribute to public life, and when that time comes, we'll see.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:16 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

A Six-Week Sprint To The Boston Mayoral Election

Rep. Martin Walsh took first place in the Boston mayoral preliminary. He faces City Councilor John Connolly in the general election.
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Peter KadzisCallie Crossley and Adam Reilly joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about Tuesday's mayoral preliminary. City Councilor John Connolly and State Rep. Martin Walsh will contend for the city's top political office.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:42 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Getting To Know Surgeon, Former Wellesley Selectman And Mass. Gov. Candidate Joe Avellone

Joe Avellone stopped by studio three to talk with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about his run for governor.
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Joe Avellone is a surgeon and a senior vice president at PAREXEL International, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology research company. He's a former chief operating officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and a former Wellesley selectman.

Avellone is running to replace Gov. Deval Patrick in 2014. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan spoke to Avellone on Boston Public Radio about his political ambitions.

Why do you want to run for governor?

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:54 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Talking With Mass. Gov. Candidate Joseph Avellone

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan continued their series of interviews with gubernatorial candidates. Joseph Avellone joined Jim and Margery to talk about his campaign. Jim and Margery have also spoken with Charlie BakerDonald Berwick and Juliette Kayyem.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:31 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

For Boston's Mayoral Candidates, It's The Final Countdown

Candidates for Boston Mayor at a forum at WGBH.
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WGBH's Peter Kadzis and Emily Rooney joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for a final look at all the mayoral candidates. Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Do you know where you vote? Click here to find out. Emily and Peter also talked about the resignation of Boston police commissioner Ed Davis.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:37 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

What Pope Francis' Pronouncements Meant For Catholics In Boston

Pope Francis at his inauguration earlier this year. The pope has plotted a subtly different course than his predecessor since he assumed the position.
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UNH professor of sociology Michele Dillon joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk revelations from Pope Francis' wide-ranging interview in America magazine.

The pope spoke boldly about homosexuals, the role of women in the Church, and many other things. One thing has become clear — Pope Francis is charting a new course for Catholics. Do you like what you're hearing? Ready to come back to the Church, or enthused you still belong? Leave a comment below, or on our Facebook page.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:32 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

How Hard Did The Great Recession Hit Big Bank Executives?

Former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis (third from left) walked away from the bank with an $83 million payout, on top of almost $139 million he made from 2000 to 2008.
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Alison Fitzgerald joined Jim and Margery to look at how the heads of some of the biggest banks and investment houses weathered the financial downturn. (Hint: pretty well.) The federal government back-stopped some of the US's largest financial institutions during the mortgage crisis. Fitzgerald is a financial and investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:45 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Will Lawmakers Get Back To Gun Control After Navy Yard Shooting?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has been vocal about her disappointment in fellow lawmakers to pass gun control reform legislation.
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Jim Braude and Margery Eagan asked listeners whether the time has come and gone for congressional action on gun law reform. Earlier in the week 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on a US Navy base in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted he "didn't have the votes" in the Senate to change the law. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Congress was "shirking" duty by ignoring the gun issue. But in Colorado, voters recalled two vociferous gun reform supporters. Where does political will lie? Weigh in below, or on our Facebook page.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:53 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Revisiting Gun Laws In The Aftermath Of The Navy Yard Shooting

Will the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. cause a shift in thinking about guns and gun ownership? Jim and Margery opened the lines to hear what listeners thought.
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On Monday, the nation was stunned by the shooting deaths of 13 at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The suspected shooter, Aaron Alexis, had at least two prior gun-related run-ins with law enforcement.

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan asked callers about the need for stricter gun laws and more stringent background checks for would-be gun owners. What do you think? Leave a comment below, or on our Facebook page.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:57 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Is Boston's City Hall Ugly?

Built in 1968, the Boston City Hall is an example of Brutalist architecture. Many Bostonians think the building is an eyesore worth replacing.
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City Hall Plaza and City Hall represent the physical and legislative heart of downtown Boston. But while city councilors struggle to build consensus on issues, most Bostonians are in agreement — the plaza, and City Hall itself, are kind of unattractive. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to ask listeners what they would propose to do about Government Center.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:49 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Mass. Can't Drive 65? Debating A Speed Limit Increase

State Rep. Dan Winslow wants to raise the speed limit on Massachusetts interstates from 65 to 70 miles per hour.
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State Rep. Dan Winslow recently filed a bill to raise the speed limit on certain state roads from 65 to 70 miles per hour. Winslow joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to discuss it. Afterwards, Jim and Margery asked callers if the bill should pass.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:53 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

How Do The Boston Mayoral Candidates Stack Up On Education And The Arts?

The Theater District in Boston is a vibrant part of city nightlife, and a great economic driver for the area. Boston mayoral candidates discussed the importance of the area Monday night.
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The primary for the Boston mayor's race is on September 24th, leaving only a small window of opportunity for candidates to break from the rest of the pack. This week candidates weighed in at a number of forums. David Bernstein joined Callie Crossley and Peter Kadzis — filling in for Jim and Margery — to talk about Wednesday night's teachers' forum. Jared Bowen talked about a Monday night arts forum the candidates attended.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Sister Of Waltham Triple-Murder Victim Frustrated With Media, Law Enforcement

Aria and Eric Weissman
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Aria Weissman sat down with Boston Public Radio's Jim Braude and and Margery Eagan Wednesday to talk about her brother, Erik Weissman, one of three people murdered on September 11, 2011 in Waltham.  

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:46 am
Wed September 11, 2013

On Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks, Andrew Bacevich Weighs In On Iraq, Afghanistan And Syria

Andrew Bacevich talked to Jim and Margery about the reasons he thinks US military intervention in Syria would be a failure.
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Andrew Bacevich thinks any US military strike in Syria would be misguided. Bacevich is the author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, and a retired US Army officer. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked with Bacevich about how a post-9/11 US can effectively use its military — still the biggest in the world by a large margin, still embroiled in Iraq and Afghanistan — to achieve lasting peace.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:30 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Best Bets For Live Music This Fall

The Michael Carvin Quartet performed at the 2006 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. The festival is one of the highlights on the fall arts calendar.
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The fall arts season is once again upon us. There is no shortage of opportunities to see great live music in New England. WGBH's Edgar B. Herwick III and Brian McCreath joined forces with Berklee College of Music's Rob Hochschild for a preview of the season's best shows.

Boston Public Radio's Edgar B. Herwick III:

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:37 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

CNN's John King, NBC's Chuck Todd Weigh In On White House Response To Syrian Unrest

Sec. of State John Kerry has been making the Obama administration case for acting on Syrian use of chemical weapons.
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New developments are coming by the hour over the conflict in Syria. CNN's chief national correspondent, John King, and NBC's Chuck Todd talked about White House messaging, international response, and an unlikely eleventh-hour proposal from Russia. Afterwards, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to callers.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:13 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Reassessing The Red Meat Risk

Could you stop eating steak? New studies point to the many health benefits of limiting or eliminating meat intake.
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What if cutting red meat from your diet meant living a longer, healthier life? Would you cut out the juicy t-bones, chicken wings, even sushi? A number of long-term studies are revealing the benefits of limiting meat intake. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan asked callers about their willingness to make radical diet changes to live longer.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:53 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Patriots Season Underway As Battles Rage From The Gridiron To The Courtroom

View from inside Gillette Stadium. The Patriots kicked off their season on Sunday, September 8.
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Former Packers Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi once posited that football required “perseverance, self-denial … and respect for authority.” Lombardi’s words about the sport he defined couldn’t ring truer than in 2013.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:19 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Time For Change At Traditional Southie Breakfast?

Former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray speaking at the South Boston St. Patrick Breakfast. Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry was expected to host in 2014, but that is now in doubt.
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Traditionally, South Boston's state senator emcees festivities at the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast. City Councilor Bill Linehan — who guest-hosted during a vacancy in 2013 — insisted he'll host next year's festivities as well, despite the fact that the vacancy has been filled.

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry would ostensibly host, if Councilor Linehan weren't insisting he once again get the task. Dorcena Forry is Haitian-American, not Irish-American, a fact that has rankled in the traditionally Irish-American South Boston.

Should Dorcena Forry lead the breakfast? Or should Councilor Linehan — descendant of Irish immigrants — host instead? Jim Braude and Adam Reilly — in for Margery Eagan — asked callers what they thought.

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Politics & Government
3:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Charlie Baker on Syria, No-Tax Pledge

With the release of a video on Wednesday, Charlie Baker decided there are second acts in Massachusetts politics. Baker, who's been a regular on Boston Public Radio, spoke with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Wednesday about why he got into the race.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:38 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Charlie Baker Enters 2014 Gov Race

Charlie Baker was a candidate for Massachusetts governor in 2010. On Wednesday, he announced he will embark on a second run in 2014.
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Charlie Baker — former head of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, and former gubernatorial candidate — formally announced his candidacy Wednesday for the 2014 Massachusetts governor's race. WGBH's Emily Rooney and Peter Kadzis took stock of the field after Baker's entry.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
9:32 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Congress To Decide US Involvement In Syria As World Watches

Pres. Obama has announced his intention to have Congress vote on whether to use the US military in Syria after alleged chemical weapons attacks.
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Pres. Obama and lawmakers are wrestling with the idea of intervention in Syria. CNN's John King and Harvard professor Nancy Koehn analyzed the predicament, from international reaction, to an assessment of the President's leadership. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to hear from listeners, too.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:45 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Chris Lydon On Chemical Weapons And U.S. Intervention In Syria

A horse-drawn cart in a Syrian market in 2008. Scenes like this are now nonexistent as fighting tears apart the country.
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Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon talked about the ratcheting up of tension between the US and the Assad regime in Syria. A military strike may be imminent within Syrian borders.

US officials, including the President and Sec. of State John Kerry, have insisted Assad used chemical weapons on citizens and rebel groups. Assad vehemently denied it, and there isn't consensus on the issue.

Should the US intervene to protect citizens? Would this be a step too far? Are there shades of the Iraqi and Afghani conflicts here, or is this a humanitarian mission? Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:58 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

When It Comes To CEO Pay, How Much Is Too Much?

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made an estimated $18.7 million in 2012. Has CEO pay gotten wildly out of control?
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This week Liberty Mutual announced a slew of benefits cuts for current and retired employees of the company. Liberty Mutual has realized large profits of late — up 28 percent in the first half of 2013 — while former CEO Edmund Kelly enjoys a $3.3 million pension following his opulent lifestyle as CEO. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened up the lines to ask, in light of recent cuts, if CEO pay and benefits have become drastically inflated.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
11:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Should Fast Food Workers Get Paid More?

On Tuesday, some fast-food workers in Boston participated in a one-day strike for higher wages, healthcare, and the right to unionize.
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Fast food workers in Boston staged a strike Thursday in solidarity with a national movement protesting low wages and lack of health benefits. 

Workers from Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's no-showed employers and instead picketed their restaurants. On Thursday, Boston fast food workers will stage another walkout as part of a nationwide protest to push chains to raise wages for employees. Senator Ed Markey said he is planning to attend an afternoon rally on Boston Common in support of workers. 

Margery Eagan and Kara Miller — filling in for Jim Braude — asked listeners whether fast-food workers are well-compensated, or if they deserve more benefits and higher pay. Have a comment? Tweet us, or leave a message on our Facebook page.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:41 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

The Dwindling Drive-In Theaters Of New England

The sun sets as viewers take in a drive-in movie. Theaters are struggling to stay financially solvent as film studios begin the conversion to digital film.
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There was a time when a night of good entertainment meant loading the kids in the car, driving to city limits and taking in a drive-in movie as dusk set in. Car-bound audiences munched popcorn and candy while watching the latest hit movies, as well as campy sci-fi and monster movies.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:05 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Is The Fight For Gay Rights The New Civil Rights Battle?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading a crowd of supporters on the day of the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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This Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. The Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III and the Rev. Irene Monroe joined Jim Braude and Kara Miller — filling in for Margery Eagan — to ask if the gay rights movement has undergone its own transformational moment.

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