Greater Boston

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Host Emily Rooney and guests examine the news of the day, offering in-depth analysis and local perspectives. Greater Boston airs weeknights at 7pm on WGBH 2 and online. Watch segments anytime at WGBHnews.org.:

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, Sept. 22

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Sept. 19

  • Word pilfering: CNN host Fareed Zakaria is guilty of serial plagiarism.
  • Rants & Raves: Hear what our panel of journalism experts had to say about this week in media.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, Sept. 18

  • "An Obama's Journey": Barack Obama's half-brother shares insights into their very different upbringings.  

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, Sept. 17

Is the Wynn casino in Everett a win for the region? Hear why Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria says yes and why Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone says no.

"The Green Prince": The true story of a Hamas leader's son who risked his life to became an Israeli informant. 

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, Sept. 16

The rendering for the Wynn Resorts casino.
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  • Ebola relief efforts: An MGH infectious disease doctor has been in communication with colleagues in West Africa.

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LOCAL NEWS
11:55 am
Mon September 15, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, Sept. 15

The latest schematic for what Fan Pier will look like upon completion.
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Arts
6:28 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

“Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,” Comes To Boston

In 1967, Hollywood thrust the issue of interracial marriage into the spotlight  with the Academy Award winning film, “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,”  starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier. The film tells the story of a liberal San Francisco couple reconciling their private views about race.  Now, a formidable pair of television stars are taking the stage in a re-make. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen was at the opening last night, and chats about the new reboot, and how it translates to the stage. Watch more of Jared's conversation with stars Jamal Warner and Julia Duffy about honesty, comedy, and the making of this production.

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Local News
6:21 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

A Twist In the Climate Change Legal Battle

Climate change activists were hoping to a statement this week at a trial in Fall River, but instead, they got an unexpected show of support from the Bristol County District Attorney. Two environmental activists were facing criminal prosecution for using a lobster boat to block a coal shipment headed for Brayton Point Power Station in May 2013. The stunt landed them in jail for conspiracy, negligent operation of a motor vessel, and other charges. The activists were hoping the trial would publicize a novel defense – that the threat of climate change is so dire, that they were compelled to break the law. But then an odd twist. Bristol DA Sam Sutter agreed with them on this issue. Heather Goldstone shares the details of this case, and the possible implications for climate change policy.

Local News
6:19 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

The NFL In Hot Water: Concussions, Drugs, and Domestic Violence

The NFL is accustomed to playing by its own set of rules.  Despite taking in 9-billion dollars in revenue last year, the league operates as a non-profit, and it continues to punt when it comes to the long-term impact of head injuries suffered on the field.  But now in the wake of new revelations about how the league handled the Ray Rice domestic abuse case, the NFL could be forced to change its ways.  Here’s to discuss the potential fallout is Sports Agent Stephen Freyer, who was signed to the Denver Broncos after graduating college, and Gary Washburn – who’s been a sports reporter for more than 20 years – and now works for the Boston Globe.

Local News
5:55 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Maura Healey Defeats Warren Tolman

The campaign trail was uncharted territory, and she was up against an establishment candidate with the backing of the governor, Boston’s mayor, and organized labor, but on primary day, Democrat Maura Healey handily defeated her opponent to win her party’s nomination for Attorney General.  Now  she takes on Republican John Miller in the general election, and if she wins, will be the first openly gay state attorney general in the nation.  

Local News
6:48 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, Sept. 10

Are we asking the right questions about Ray Rice's domestic violence?
Credit Patrick Semansky / AP via NPR

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Arts
6:44 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Bringing Hollywood Glamour To The Hub

At a starry affair Monday night – the Museum of Fine Arts opened a new show presenting the original Hollywood style with gowns worn by Mae West, Gloria Swanson, Carole Lombard – and a host of other leading ladies.  WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen and Jill Radsken, style correspondent for the Boston Globe walk us through what these gowns tell us about the origins of Hollywood style.

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Local News
6:39 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Is "Why I Stayed" the Right Question?

The recent Ray Rice controversy addresses the question of why victims stay with their abusers. The video of the now ex-pro football player knocking his then-fiancé unconscious – spawned the trending Twitter hashtag “Why I Stayed” – with women explaining their reasons for remaining in violent relationships. 

Local News
7:14 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The Quest For Affordable Produce in Boston

Off the top of your head – how many area supermarkets can you name?  There’s no shortage of grocers in and around Boston – and yet finding fresh and affordable produce is still a struggle in some neighborhoods.  As part of our Focus Report on food – we’re looking at how some so-called “food deserts” in the city – are getting some relief.  

Local News
7:12 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

What's New in MS Research

It sometimes starts with tingling or numbness – there’s often blurred vision and coordination issues – and then the diagnosis.  Multiple Sclerosis – a neurodegenerative disease that impacts more than 2-million people worldwide – and the best doctors can do is to prescribe drugs to help manage its symptoms and slow its progression. Some of the biggest names in biomedical research are competing to develop better treatments – including Genzyme, Novartis and Biogen Idec – all in Kendall Square.  And this week – many of them are attending “MS Boston 2014” – a global conference to showcase the latest advancements.  Our guest Gigi Ranno is hoping a breakthrough isn’t far off.

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Local News
7:10 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary Picks and Projections

If your favorite candidate doesn’t make the cut tonight – you only have yourself to blame!  As the final votes trickle in – it’s clear predictions for dreadfully low turnout in today’s primaries were spot on.  Earlier today, WGBH News Reporter Adam Reilly ventured out to some polling places – to take the pulse of the few voters he encountered along the way. Tune in to here our resident political junkies'  thoughts.

Politics & Government
6:48 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The Democratic Nomination and Deval Patrick's Legacy

It’s the defining dilemma of the current election season. After eight years in office, Governor Deval Patrick remains wildly popular,  but as the battle to succeed him heats up, the list of problems that can be traced back to the Patrick Administration continues to grow, including the troubled Health Connector website and deep dysfunction at the state’s Department of Children and Families.  Now, the Democrats running to replace Patrick have to strike an awkward balance between running on his record and running away from it. Daniel Payne, president of the Democratic consulting firm Payne and Company – whose clients have included John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Barney Frank, stops by to check in about primary politics.

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Local News
6:40 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Congressman Lynch Stops By to Talk About the State of International Politics

If you want some perspective on the extent of international issues boiling over right now, consider this: Gaza is being decimated by war with Israel and Ebola is galloping unchecked across West Africa. In the Middle-East, the self-described Islamic State – or ISIS – has pulled the U.S. military back into Iraq and possibly into Syria. In Europe, President Obama is reassuring NATO allies as he wrestles with how to confront Vladimir Putin over Russia’s gradual invasion of Ukraine.  And in Asia, China is asserting itself militarily– aggressively pressing territorial claims against Japan, South Korea, and other U.S. allies.

The world suddenly looks a lot less friendly – and that’s concern  to 8th District (including South Boston, Brockton and Quincy) Congressional Representative Stephen Lynch, as he stops by to help us to take stock of international affairs.

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Arts
6:02 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The DeCordova Museum Marries Sculpture With the Written Word

 Word at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is that language is as powerful in a gallery setting as it is on the page. In dual summer shows on view through October – language is the springboard to two very different points of view. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen takes us there. 

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6:30 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Does Organized Labor Have the Clout to Act as Kingmaker in the Democratic Primary?

For Massachusetts Democrats, running for office usually means kissing the ring of organized labor, and hoping union endorsements follow.  In a tough race, union support can be pivotal—think of Elizabeth Warren’s win over Scott Brown in 2012 or Marty Walsh’s mayoral victory last year.  But in the primaries, labor’s influence is harder to peg. In part two of our Focus report – WGBH News Reporter Adam Reilly looks at several key races – where the mantle of union champion is up for grabs. 

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Local News
6:15 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

How should the United States respond to the brutal murder of two American journalists?

When the self-proclaimed Islamic State – or ISIS – started attracting attention this summer, it was in response to the horrific violence the militant group was waging against Syrian and Iraqi civilians. But now, after the murder a second American hostage – the United States appears locked into a broadening conflict with no clear end in sight. 

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Local News
6:33 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Jared Bowen Sits Down with Malcolm Rogers to Talk About 20 Years at the MFA

MFA director Malcolm Rogers talks to Jared Bowen.
Credit WGBH News

When Malcolm Rogers arrived in 1994 to lead the Museum of Fine Arts– he was a relatively unknown Londoner.  Now he’s one of the museum world’s major figures, and he marks his 20th anniversary this week.  The soon-to-be retiring Rogers recently talked with WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen about his accomplishments as museum director, and his latest controversy.  

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Local News
6:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Can Martha Coakley overcome her political past on primary day – and beyond?

With the primary election one week away, the Democratic nomination for governor seems to be Martha Coakley’s to lose. For months, polls have showed the sitting Attorney General leading Treasurer Steve Grossman and healthcare executive Don Berwick  by a comfortable margin. But as Coakley tries to close the deal, some say her campaign stops feel understated– even a bit anxious– and as WGBH News Reporter Adam Reilly explains – Coakley’s bruising 2010 loss to Scott Brown could be a big reason why.

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Local News
6:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Can Martha Coakley overcome her political past on primary day – and beyond?

With the primary election one week away, the Democratic nomination for governor seems to be Martha Coakley’s to lose. For months, polls have showed the sitting Attorney General leading Treasurer Steve Grossman and healthcare executive Don Berwick  by a comfortable margin. But as Coakley tries to close the deal, some say her campaign stops feel understated– even a bit anxious– and as WGBH News Reporter Adam Reilly explains – Coakley’s bruising 2010 loss to Scott Brown could be a big reason why.

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Local News
6:03 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Why One Diehard Football Fan Won't Be Watching This Weekend

On Sunday – in living rooms and sports bars around New England, Patriot Nation will treat itself to the first game of the 2014 regular season  in Miami. Essayist and diehard fan Stave Almond won't be on eof them. It’s not because he hates football – he loves it – and it’s not because he hates the Pats – though he does. Steve Almond won’t be tuning in because he’s made a moral decision about the sport. For more reporting about the widespread brain trauma and the NFL's "concussion problem,"  visit visit FRONTLINE's "League of Denial" on wgbh.org.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, Sept. 1

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