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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

MA Gaming Chair, Rep. Capuano, Kasich In NH & Beat Bus

Rep. Michael Capuano (@mikecapuano) talks the Green Line extension, Iran and 2016. 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair Stephen Crosby talks all things gambling. 

WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) visits John Kasich in New Hampshire. 

WGBH's Tina Martin (@TinaAroundTown) visits the Beat Bus. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

Rep. Capuano On The Green Line, Iran & Presidential Politics

Rep. Michael Capuano (@mikecapuano) talks the Green Line extension, Iran and 2016. 

On the Green Line extension, Capuano said, "at the moment I have absolute faith."

On the Iran Nuclear Deal, Capuano said, "There's not a perfect deal. Is the world better off with a yes or a no?" 

On promoting a 2016 Presidential candidate, Capuano said, "I'm not ready to yet, I want to see the complete field."

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

MA Gaming Chair On All Things Gambling

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair Stephen Crosby talks all things gambling. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

WATCH: Kasich In NH

WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) visits John Kasich in New Hampshire. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

WATCH: Beat Bus

WGBH's Tina Martin (@TinaAroundTown) visits the Beat Bus. 

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LOCAL NEWS
12:04 pm
Wed September 2, 2015

WATCH: Green Line Extension Problems

WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) explores the Green Line plan and public opinion on the expansion. 

 

LOCAL NEWS
7:02 pm
Tue September 1, 2015

Lawrence Lessig Talks His Potential Presidential Run

Potential Presidential Candidate Lawrence Lessig (@lessig) talks his one-issue campaign. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:02 pm
Tue September 1, 2015

WATCH: Boston's Back To School Debacle

Dr. Chang

In Boston,  some parents are calling it a "back to school" debacle. More than 8,000 students were stuck on a waiting list, with no idea whether they’ll go to class just weeks before the first day of school. The backlog has subsided, but WGBH's Tina Martin spoke with parents, who were fired up.

The back to school season has been stressful and frustrating for Theresa Shepard.

“I was disappointed and enraged!” said Shepard. “I’m a mother these are my smallest children.”

Shepard’s five-year-old son was stuck on a waiting list for a kindergarten program for months.

“These are our littlest children. K through 1, K through 2, four years old, five years old, waitlist!!!” said Shepard.

Theresa is one of many parents who told WGBH news that Boston’s school assignment process has been a nightmare. Usually, school assignments are given in  by July 1st but this year more than 8,000 students and parents were still in the dark as of mid-August. As of today, all students from 1st to 12th grade have a school but parents aren’t happy with their assignments or the last-minute process.

Upset mother, Nicole Boulware, asked, “where do I go?”

“I gotta pull Peter to pay Paul and do this and do that because I don’t know which way to go,” said Boulware.

The situation puts brand new school superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang in the hot seat.

“What do you say to those parents who were hoping that with a new superintendent  things would be different with the school system. What do you now say to those folks??” asked Martin.

“I would say to those parents we absolutely will have a seat for you in Boston public schools,” said Chang.

Chang blames that problem on a software glitch but says there’s another problem. Over 1,700 three and four-year-olds are waiting to be assigned to a pre-kindergarten program. Placement is not required by law, but Dr. Chang wants to change that.

“This city, this mayor, this governor needs to work together to figure out how we guarantee an early education seat for every single parent that wants one. That needs to be our guarantee,” said Chang.

Theresa Shepard says this a bad start for Dr. Chang.                           

“We’ll all wake up tomorrow hoping he did what he said he was gonna do but he’s the same as everybody else. Something’s wrong and it needs to be right,” said Shepard.

Even with the rocky start, Boston’s new education chief believes he can get the job done.

“I would say to all the parents in Boston it's going to be a great school year,” said Chang.

Some parents certainly hope it's better than the summer…

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue September 1, 2015

Boston's Big Troubles, Lawrence Lessig & Boston Back To School Debacle

Rep. William Straus, Pioneer Institute Senior Fellow Charles Chieppo, and Massachusetts Conservation Law Vice President and Director Veronica Eady (@ronisue) discuss the Green Line extension.

Potential Presidential Candidate Lawrence Lessig (@lessig) talks his one-issue campaign. 

And WGBH's Tina Martin (@TinaAroundTown) delves into Boston Public School's back to school debacle. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:10 pm
Mon August 31, 2015

WATCH: JW Carney On NH Prep School Rape Case

Criminal Defense Attorney J.W. Carney discusses the New Hampshire prep school rape case.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:04 pm
Mon August 31, 2015

WATCH: An Allston Christmas Adventure

WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) goes on an Allston Christmas adventure.

The Greater Boston team got so into the Allston Christmas spirit that they put on a little dance. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:02 pm
Mon August 31, 2015

WATCH: Ernie Boch Jr.'s Trump "Not" Fundraiser

You’ve probably seen, by now, all about that big Donald Trump fundraiser at Ernie Boch Junior’s place Friday night. It was billed as Ernie’s annual Summer Bash and a bash it was.

More than 1,000 people turned out to the six-acre Boch estate in Norwood, all in their summer best. The masses were greeted by Trump-inspired art, edible and non-gourmet food, 80’s rock, courtesy of cover-band, “Fortune,” a personal Boch drone, and photo booths. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon August 31, 2015

J.W. Carney, Deflategate, Trump Event & Allston Christmas

Criminal Defense Attorney J.W. Carney discusses the New Hampshire prep school rape case.

Northeastern University Law Professor Roger Abrams (@rogeriabrams) and sports reporter Chris Collins (@HeyCollins) talk deflategate.

WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) goes on an Allston Christmas adventure.

LOCAL NEWS
7:04 pm
Tue August 25, 2015

WATCH: Digging Into Boston's Past, In An Outhouse

To live in Greater Boston is to be surrounded by history, from the Old North Church to the Paul Revere House to Harvard Yard. But another part of Boston’s history is now being revealed in Dorchester, from the remains of a really old outhouse.

The archeological dig is happening in the backyard of a building now owned by the Epiphany School. In the 1800’s, it housed the industrial school for girls, where poor parents sent their daughters to be trained as domestic servants. Joe Bagley is the archeologist for the city of Boston, and he says it's the best site he's ever worked on.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:04 pm
Tue August 25, 2015

WATCH: Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later

It was ten years ago this Saturday that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeastern Louisiana.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue August 25, 2015

Presidential Polls & Politics, Katrina 10 Years Later & Exploring An Outhouse

Suffolk University Political Research Center Director David Paleologos (@davidpaleologos) discusses new presidential polls. 

The Boston Globe Editorial Writer Marcela Garcia (@marcela_elisa) and Former Massachusetts Senator Mo Cowan (@mocowan) discuss presidential politics. 

The Boston Globe Columnist Dante Ramos (@danteramos) and Northeastern University's Security and Resilience Studies Co-Director Daniel Aldrich (@DanielPAldrich) discuss Hurricane Katrina, 10 years later. 

And WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) takes us inside a Boston outhouse. 

Local News
11:31 am
Tue August 25, 2015

Lawrence Fights Deportation By Favoring Immigrants Over The Feds

Lawrence City Hall
Credit WGBH News

In Lawrence it’s called the trust ordinance; officials won’t hold undocumented immigrants for federal immigration agents unless there’s a criminal warrant for those individuals.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:04 pm
Mon August 24, 2015

Greater Bostonian: Mothers For Justice

It’s quite a journey from the streets of Dorchester to the corporate suites Downtown.

And one woman who has traveled that path is using her executive skills in an effort to end urban violence.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:04 pm
Mon August 24, 2015

WATCH: Farm Animal Living Conditions Could Be A Potential Ballot Question

35 ballot petitions are currently under review by state Attorney General Maura Healey, all seeking to get voters to weigh in on issues around the state, from common core and charter schools to fireworks, tobacco taxes, and marijuana. Also among the submissions was one filed by a coalition of animal rights groups, veterinarians, farmers and other public health officials calling themselves Citizens for Farm Animal Protection.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon August 24, 2015

Farm Animal Ballot Question, Immigration Issues & Newest Greater Bostonian

MSPCA-Angell President Carter Luke and Humane Society Of The United States Massachusetts Director Stephanie Harris discuss the new push for voters to weigh in on the living conditions of farm animals. 

Center For Immigration Studies' Director of Political Studies Jessica Vaughan (@JessicaV_CIS) and Senator James Eldridge (@JamieEldridgeMA) discuss immigration issues.

And WGBH's Stephanie Leydon (@stephanieleydon) introduces us to the newest Greater Bostonian. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:03 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

WATCH: DCF On The Firing Line; Consider Some Key Questions

It’s been sixteen months since DCF Commissioner Olga Roche resigned under intense pressure, after four-year-old Jeremiah Oliver died while under the department’s supervision. That case sparked public outrage and spurred widespread calls for reform. Now, Massachusetts has a new governor, a new DCF Commissioner, and a new pair of tragedies to reckon with.

Executive Director of the Children's League of Massachusetts Erin Bradley (@ErinGBradley) and DCF Chapter President for SEIU Local 509 Peter MacKinnon discuss very serious questions about the DCF in Massachusetts. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:03 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

WATCH: Career Changes

Former Writer Turned Carpenter Nina MacLaughlin (@the_carpentrix) and Former Writer Turned Musician Joan Anderman (@middlemojo) talk their big career changes. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:02 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

WATCH: Olympics Bid Report

The Brattle Report released today estimated a Boston Olympics would have cost about 970 million dollars more than the group had estimated.

And the report also stated “the taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would be the ultimate risk bearers.”

No Boston Olympics Co-Chair Chris Dempsey (@cdempc) and Boston Magazine Writer Kyle Clauss (@KyleClauss) discuss the newly released report on Boston 2024's plan. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue August 18, 2015

Boston 2024 Findings, DCF Questions & Changes In Careers

No Boston Olympics Co-Chair Chris Dempsey (@cdempc) and Boston Magazine Writer Kyle Clauss (@KyleClauss) discuss the newly released report on Boston 2024's plan. 

Executive Director of the Children's League of Massachusetts Erin Bradley (@ErinGBradley) and DCF Chapter President for SEIU Local 509 Peter MacKinnon discuss very serious questions about the DCF in Massachusetts. 

Former Writer turned Carpenter Nina MacLaughlin (@the_carpentrix) and Former Writer turned Musician Joan Anderman (@middlemojo) talk their big career changes. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

Fentanyl Crisis, Amazon Exposed & Sesame Street Moves To HBO

Attorney General Maura Healey (@maura_healey) and grieving mother Cathy Fennelly discuss the dangers of Fentanyl. 

BostonInno Editor In Chief Galen Moore (@galenmoore), Babson Associate Professor Wendy Murphy (@wcmurphy), and UMass Assistant Professor of Management Ian Walsh (@ijwalsh) discuss Amazon's corporate culture.

Center on Media and Child Health Founder and Director Dr. Michael Rich (@mediatrician), and WGBH Television's General Manager Liz Cheng talk Sesame Street's move to HBO. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon August 17, 2015

WATCH: Sesame Street Finds New Address

For the next five seasons, Bert, Ernie, Big Bird and the rest will be on HBO first, then they’ll head to PBS nine months later. This move has raised a lot of questions about the future of Sesame Street and kids’ programming in general.

Center on Media and Child Health Founder and Director Dr. Michael Rich (@mediatrician), and WGBH Television's General Manager Liz Cheng discuss the move. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:04 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Greater Bostonian: A Shot for Life

For Mike Slonina, the basketball court has always been a world of its own.

And so, just before his senior year at Catholic Memorial, Mike came here to the school gym after his mother shared the worst news of his life.

“She said they found a brain tumor and they think it’s brain cancer,” said Slonina. “They told her, she’s a photographer, they told her to cancel all of her photography jobs for the next three months because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Mike’s mom, who raised him on her own, might not see him graduate high school. He felt helpless. Then, he came up with a game plan: raise awareness and money for brain cancer research.

He trained for nearly a year, lined up $17,000 in donations and on April 9th of 2011 started shooting baskets for twenty-four hours straight.

“I thought about all the people going through chemo, all the people that had lost a loved one, the fact I thought I was going to lose a loved one. When you think of it like that fire runs through your veins,” said Slonina.

Mike met his goal.  

Mike’s one-man shooting contest has grown into a full-scale charity. While he was still in college he launched “A Shot for Life”.  Sixteen boys and sixteen girls, some of Massachusetts’ top high school basketball players, are invited to compete in a two-hour shooting contest.

Eight courts here at the University Sports Complex in Hanover are filled and, on the sideline bleachers, the family of sixteen-year-old Meg Reen cheers every time she hits one.  

Meg plays point guard for Norwell High.  She raised more than $6,000 for this event.

“It feels good, being able to give back, not only give back but to use basketball to do it,” said Reen. “I think that’s the best part about it.”

Which is part of Mike’s goal, to give young people a chance to give back.  Over the last three years, “A Shot for Life” has raised $100,000  for brain cancer research.   And, perhaps best of all, the woman who inspired the event, Mike’s mom, is here, too. Camera in hand, she’s taking pictures of the players.

Five years after that initial diagnosis, Betsy Cullen still has a brain tumor.  But it’s tiny and does not appear to be growing.

More research is needed.  And Mike believes basketball can help fund it.   He just graduated from college and now plans to take “A Shot for Life” national.

“I totally plan on raising over a million dollars. I totally plan on raising over ten,” said Slonina. “That’s how I see the progression of this going.  Just like I saw the clock winding down on April 2011, that’s how I see that money being raised.  I know it’s going to happen.”

So does his Mom. When Mike was in second grade she told him basketball games were just for fun.   His response:  you don’t play for fun, you play to win, winning is fun.

And for Mike, winning now means raising enough money to be a game changer for brain cancer patients.

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Presidential Politics, CEO Salary Debate & Greater Bostonian: A Shot For Life

Former Massachusetts Treasurer Shannon O'Brien (@shannonpobrien), WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam), and Boch Enterprises CEO Ernie Boch Jr. (@ErnieBochJr) talk presidential politics.

Phantom Gourmet CEO Dave Andelman and mosaicHUB Founder and CEO Mary-Alice Miller (@maryalicebrady) discuss the CEO paying a minimum salary of $70,000. 

WGBH's Stephanie Leydon (@stephanieleydon) introduces us to the latest Greater Bostonian. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:02 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

WATCH: Former MA Gov. Michael Dukakis On Trump, 2024 & Transportation

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis talks transportation, Trump, and the Olympics.

On the Olympics, Dukakis said of Boston, "we debate things rather vigorously." 

LOCAL NEWS
7:02 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

WATCH: DA Dan Conley On Baby Doe & An Unusual DNA Case

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley (@DADanConley) talks Baby Doe and an unusual DNA case. 

On body cameras, Conley said, "Today, powerful HD video is making so many of our cases." 

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