While everyone packed in the traditional "three f's" for the holidays — food, family and football — and added some retail therapy for good measure, big things were afoot in the Middle East. Israel and Gaza agreed to stop shelling each other, and in a surprising turn Ehud Barak — Israeli defense minister — announced today he'll step down soon amid tensions.
It's that time of year when family, friends, and people you've never met before all gather together in front of... big box stores. Emily Rooney talks Black Friday with financial expert Sheryl Marshall on Boston Public Radio.
"Mechanical theater." That is how kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson refers to the spectacle of the MIT Museum’s annual Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction. Arthur is the man behind the fun-for-all-ages "extreme" event, where 1,500 people watch and participate in making, and setting off, a huge crowd-sourced Rube Goldberg machine. He joined us on Boston Public Radio ahead of this year's FAT: Chain Reaction, their fifteenth.
Wondering what the whole thing looks like? Here's a taste:
The 2012 election was one of the most expensive in American history- with the Romney and Obama campaigns spending nearly $2 billion. On top of that, Super PACs poured over $600 million into this season's race. Boston Public Radio looks at whether big money made a big dent in the 2012 elections, and if it has forever changed American politics and democracy.
We're on the brink of the most cooking-intensive season of the year. Sure, you can go into the kitchen armed with tips from your Aunt Martha, or remembered wisdom from the "Top Chef" competition you saw a few months ago, but, what if you don't want to leave this cooking season to chance? What if you want to boil it down to a science?
The Obama campaign is known for its "on the ground" organization—door knocking, voter registration drives, getting people to the polls. It's partly how and why President Obama won the White House in 2008 and reelection in 2012. They are techniques that he learned when he was a community organizer in Chicago.
Boston Public Radio gets an early start on Thanksgiving and looks at twists on the traditional turkey dinner with Amy Traverso, senior lifestyle editor at Yankeee Magazine, and Jonathan Alsop, founder of the Boston Wine School.
The stress of the holidays can cause even the most polite of people to lose their cool. And, in order to keep your cool this year we've compiled a list of tips to get you through the holidays smoothly. Boston Globe columnist and social etiquette expert Robin Abrahams, aka "Miss Conduct", joined Boston Public Radio's Emily Rooney to discuss the best ways to make sure you and your family enjoy this holiday season without all the added stress.
The economy was front and center during the presidential election and we heard a lot about rebuilding the middle class, the 1 percent, the 99 percent and the 47 Percent. Complex issues were being turned into accessible sound bites.
Now, we’re back to business as usual and we’re hearing a lot about that financial cliff, Bush-era tax cuts expiring, and major dollars being cut from the Federal budget.
Rob Eno, of Red Mass Group, and Mara Dolan, attorney and Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, joined Emily Rooney on Boston Public Radio for Boston Public Radio's regular Monday segment, Politics As Usual. In this edition, they took on everything from the fiscal cliff to Mayor Menino's health the outlook of the 2014 Massachusetts Governor’s race.
It’s in everyone’s interest to resolve what’s going on in the Middle East, especially the 1.7 million residents of Gaza who are trapped in their homes as shelling and air strikes continue. Israel has been targeting a building believed to be inhabited by Hamas militants and their media center, which apparently houses other Gaza Strip media outlets as well.
David Wax Museum trace their musical roots back to the Veracruz region of Mexico via Virginia and Missouri, among other places. But their roots as a band are planted firmly here in Boston. The group that NPR's Bob Boilen has called "Pure irresistible joy" joined us in the Fraser Performance Studio for a special live performance on Boston Public Radio.
Award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns stopped by the BPR studios to explain how his projects choose him and his latest film, The Dust Bowl, premiering on WGBH 2 and PBS stations across the country November 18 and 19.
It’s really kind of a magical thing when you think about it. Right now, in the air, well below the spectrum of visible light, there are waves vibrating around carrying sound through the air. It’s how the things we say in the studios here at WGBH make their way to the radio in your car or your house.
Here’s something that may blow your mind: the election was only a week-and-a-half ago.
If you're having trouble remembering it may be due to saturation coverage of Gen. David Petraeus, or intrigue over Sen. Kerry and Gov. Patrick's roles in the Obama administration. Or maybe it's because of the press conference with Mayor Menino's doctors this week?
There's been nonstop talk about red states, blue states, and battleground states during this election cycle. Boston Public Radio added some levity to the conversation with a twist of the corkscrew. Callie Crossley spoke with Boston Wine School founder Jonathan Alsop about blue state and red state wineries.
Jonathan Alsop, founder of the Boston Wine School, joined Callie Crossley on Boston Public Radio to talk Beaujolais wines for Beaujolais Day- a "secret" French holiday that marks the start of a the new French wine vintage.
Beaujolais is a light red grape that is fruity and dry, but not earthy, says Alsop. Here's some recommendations from his notebook:
One of the big stories that came out of the presidential election was the story of the Republican party. The outcome of the election has people wondering if it could be an indicator that the GOP message is not connecting with most Americans.
Big gambling outfits have their sights set on Western Massachusetts. Mohegan Sun has submitted plans to build in the town of Palmer. In Springfield, three separate gaming concerns are competing to build a resort-style casino. According to state law only one will be built in the area.