Film critic Garen Daly talked about the challenges facing of drive-in movie theaters.
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.
In Buffalo, NY on Thursday, President Obama kicked off an initiative to provide cost-effective college education. Obama said he was in his forties when he finally paid off his own student loans. Obama wants to rank colleges based on cost and student performance. Jim Braude and Sue O'Connell — filling in for Margery — asked callers what they thought.
Margery Eagan and Peter Kadzis — filling in for Jim Braude — unpacked all the developments in the Massachusetts governor's race. Juliette Kayyem, former Massachusetts Undersecretary for Homeland Security, announced her candidacy. Former Senator Scott Brown said he wouldn't run. And Dan Wolf, owner of Cape Air, suspended his campaign.
PatrickSmith has piloted flights for decades across the US and other countries. On Wednesday he joined Margery Eagan and Sue O'Connell — filling in for Jim Braude — to answer listeners' questions about air travel. Curious what goes on once the cockpit is locked? Have nagging questions that come up every time you fly? Tweet us, leave a message on Facebook, or comment below.
Waltham resident Jennifer Martel was killed last week, allegedly murdered by the son of Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy. Jared Remy was released earlier in the week after an alleged domestic violence incident involving Martel. Should the Middlesex District Attorney have been more sensitive to the situation? Was it dangerous to release Remy? Should there have been compulsory charges for domestic violence? MargeryEagan and SueO'Connell — filling in for Jim Braude — discussed it.
A new Reuters/Ipsos study found 40 percent of white Americans — and 25 percent of non-white Americans — have friends of the same race only. What about you? WGBH's Callie Crossley joined Margery Eagan and Emily Rooney (filling in for Jim Braude) to talk about the study. Are we as diverse as we think we are? Should we be more proactive in battling our own biases? Tweet us, or comment below.
The city of Cambridge is debating whether it should turn on its surveillance cameras. The cameras were put in place years ago in high-traffic areas but don't currently record visual data. Margery Eagan and Emily Rooney — sitting in for Jim Braude — talked with Cambridge City Councilor CraigKelley about it. Kelley chairs the Public Safety Subcommittee. Are you comfortable being surveilled? Are we safer with them in place, or should there be some pushback? Leave a comment below, or tweet us.
On Monday, James "Whitey" Bulger was found guilty of murder and racketeering, bringing some measure of closure to a decades-long string of crimes at first alleged, now confirmed by a jury. Margery Eagan and Emily Rooney (sitting in for Jim Braude) talked with the Boston Herald's Peter Gelzinis, Massachusetts State Trooper TomFoley, DavidFrank from "Mass Lawyers Weekly," and callers about what Monday's verdict meant.
Judith Warner made a splash with her recent New York Times piece. Warner argued many women who left jobs to raise children now want back in on the working life. Is it too late, or just the right time? Margery Eagan and Emily Rooney — sitting in for Jim Braude — asked callers about their work-life balance, and if time away from the workforce makes it tougher to come back.
Finding two people to come into our studio is typically an easy thing to do. This Friday, however, proved to be a challenge. Since we failed to find two notable locals who could do our Friday news quiz our resourceful bookers booked themselves. (talk about fast tracking the 20 foot walk from stardom to center stage)
Former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi is serving an eight-year bid in North Carolina for a conviction on federal corruption charges. DiMasi was found guilty of accepting improper payments to influence state business. DiMasi learned he had cancer while serving time. Is it time to release him, or at least move him closer to Massachusetts? Was his sentence too harsh? Jim and Margery spoke with the Lowell-Sun's PeterLucas. Comment below, or Tweet at us.
Massachusetts voters may vote on building casinos in the state this Fall. A coalition that includes Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is looking to undo the state law authorizing new casinos and a slots parlor. What do you think — should we pull up the reins before the process moves ahead, or have we committed already? Would we be leaving money on the table? Jim and Margery talked to casino opponent Scott Harshbarger about it.
Using stem cells from cattle, scientists have successfully synthesized the first edible beef in a laboratory. The discovery could ease demand for land-raised meat while lessening the environmental impact from meat consumption. Would you try a burger from the lab? Jim and Margery opened the lines to hear from callers. Tweet us, or comment on our Facebook page or in the comments below.
Boston Public Radio's interview with Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory.
Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory sounded cautiously optimistic following the announcement that Red Sox owner John Henry was set to buy the Globe. In an interview with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio, McGrory said Henry would be a good caretaker.
Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy, who at times has been critical of owner John Henry's management of the Boston Red Sox, spoke with Boston Public Radio about his new boss.
"It's amazing how life works," he told Boston Public Radio's Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Monday. "It is a whole bowl of awkward. It's hard to get your head around it, and it is amusing to a degree."
Everybody remembers their first time. Whether it's in a basement, a festival or a outsize arena, that first live music encounter is a transformational experience. Jim, Margery and Edgar B. Herwick III asked callers about their first shows. What was your first? Tweet us, leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.
The UK passed a law last week restricting internet pornography. Users who want to see porn have to opt in with service providers. Should the US pass a similar law to protect children? Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women's studies at Wheelock College, joined Jim and Margery to talk about it. Let us know if you think it's time to crack down on porn as well — Tweet us, leave a thought on Facebook, or just drop a comment below.
Massachusetts Congressman Bill Keating expressed frustration with the FBI on Thursday for the lack of information about the agency's investigation into the the Tsarnaevs prior to the Boston Marathon bombing.
Keating, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, said he recently sent letter to new FBI director James Comey asking for more information about the FBI's investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.
Cell phones, laptops, camp blogs and helicopter parents — we're in a new era of summer camps. Campers are balancing busier schedules infused with the latest technology to keep them connected to friends and family. Jim and Margery asked callers if kids need a vacation from the rigors of summer camp. What do you make of summer camp for kids? Leave a comment below, Tweet us, or comment on Facebook.
Jim Braude and Margery Eagan will speak with 11 of the 12 candidates running for mayor of Boston on Boston Public Radio on Wednesday. WGBH contributing editor Peter Kadzis stopped by Studio 3 to live blog the show.
Why have Americans gotten so fat? The usual explanations are an abundance of cheap, unhealthy foods, and a distinct lack of exercise. Today Jim and Margery spoke with Dr. JosephMajzoub, the lead author on a new study that offers third reason we pack on the pounds: genetics. Are you losing the battle of the bulge? Do you exercise, diet and still stay husky? Do your genes make it hard to squeeze into your jeans? Tweet us, comment on our Facebook page, or leave a comment below.
It's been a tough summer for summer movies. Films like "The Lone Ranger," "R.I.P.D." and "White House Down" have all been bludgeoned at the box office. With all its focus-grouping and market research, why can't Hollywood turn a reliable hit? Jim and Sue O'Connell talked with Garen Daly about it. Are you skipping the blockbusters? Going for indie films or at-home streaming instead? Leave a comment below, Tweet us or comment on our Facebook page.
Nobody would accuse Mayor Menino's administration of going quietly into the night. While twelve candidates vie to replace Menino, his operatives are at work planning living spaces to attract young talent to the area. The Mayor's pushing for construction of micro-sized units of housing — as small as 450 square feet — within 1 mile of transit stops. Jim and Margery asked callers if they'd be willing to hunker down in one-room dwellings, or if they're currently giving it a shot.
On July 19, Boston Public Radio invited Bud Ris of the New England Aquarium and Legal Seafood's Roger Berkowitz for the Friday News Quiz. When the subject turned to New England's beloved lobster, Ris offered this surprising statement. “We did a study quite a while ago on, 'Do lobsters have feelings?' Quite simply, no.” We decided to look into this further.
Massachusetts lawmakers are poised to approve what has become an annual tradition in the Commonwealth — the sales tax holiday. Shoppers would enjoy the reprieve on the weekend of August 10th, if all goes according to plan. Goods priced $2,500 or under would not be subject to sales tax for those two days.
Weiner, who is running for mayor of New York City, held a press conference early Tuesday evening to explain new revelations that he continued to engage in prurient online behaviors after the first scandal broke two years ago. His wife, Huma Abedin, also spoke at the press conference. (See video below)
Jim and Margery asked callers if any one of the Boston mayoral candidates could navigate a scandal the way Weiner has, and survive to realize Election Day success. So far, by anyone's account, all twelve Boston mayoral candidates are squeaky-clean.
Would you vote for a mayoral candidate if he or she had engaged in extramarital dalliances? Does the fact that it happened online mitigate the indiscretion? Should we discount candidates' private lives out of respect for public performance?
Leave comments below, Tweet at us, or comment on our Facebook page.
Also on BPR:
CNN's chief national correspondent JohnKing talked about the latest from Washington.
Boston Globe Editor BrianMcGrory talked through the day's headlines — Bill Belichick's press conference, Aaron Hernandez returning to court and the James "Whitey" Bulger trial, as well as a completely bizarre story about a box of bones the Globe featured over the weekend.
Hear all of Sarah Rodman and Edgar B. Herwick III's suggestions as they talk with Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio.
Jim and Margery invited Edgar B. Herwick III and Boston Globe pop critic Sarah Rodman into Studio Three to talk new music. Edgar and Sarah picked their favorite new records. Here's a selection of them.