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 am
Thu July 10, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, July 10

One of the Lowell's most infamous fires happened in 1982. The man who was accused of arson and murder was freed on $25,000 bail today.
  • Tragic coincidence: Seven die in a fire in Lowell as new questions arise about fatal fire from 32 years ago. 

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, July 9

Emerging urban agriculture means growing vegetables in backyard beds, community gardens and rooftop farms. It also means Boston’s neighborhoods are becoming home to some interesting new residents.
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  • Lingering troubles: From Chestnut Hill to Belfast, how an ill-fated history project continues to roil Northern Ireland.  

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LOCAL NEWS
11:09 am
Tue July 8, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, July 8

Outdoor play is dropping precipitously: according to one study, kids today spend just half the time outside that their parents did a generation ago.
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  • Doctor's orders: Why some pediatricians are prescribing outdoor playtime.  

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, July 7

Halibut Point State Park, in Rockport, Mass., where swimming in the granite quarry is prohibited by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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  • Veterans affairs: An Acton veteran finally gets an appointment at a local VA hospital two years after his death.
  • Eugene Lee: WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen recently traveled to the distinguished set designer's home to find out where he draws his inspiration.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Beat The Press Fourth Of July Special

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We're celebrating the Fourth of July with a civics lesson rooted in the Fourth Estate and some recent cases in which the First Amendment clashed with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

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BOOKS
2:48 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Must-Read Books Of The Summer

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or riding out a rainstorm in a cozy cabin, a good read is the perfect companion. A panel of local writers shared some titles worth devouring this summer. 

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FILM
2:47 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Must-See Movies Of The Summer

We’ve brought together a panel of critics who’ve curated the must-see movies of the summer, from the loud-and-proud blockbusters to darling little indies. 

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, July 2

Fabien Cousteau recently completed a unique underwater mission that carried on his grandfather's legacy of ocean exploration.
Credit Kip Evans
  • What it's like inside the underwater lab carrying on the legacy of Jacques Cousteau. 
  • African antiquities: The MFA discovers stolen art in its own collection and rights a decade's old wrong.  

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, July 1

Higher Ground Farm is on the rooftop of a building in South Boston. Being in the city enables the farm to deliver some of the freshest produce around.
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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, June 30

The Farm School, in Athol, Mass., gives aspiring farmers a year's worth of instruction in growing field crops, caring for farm animals and running a business.
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  • Free Fun Fridays: Find out who's picking up the tab at cultural institutions across the Commonwealth.
  • 6th Congressional District: Democratic candidate Marisa DeFranco talks about her campaign and facing incumbent John Tierney. 

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, June 27

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, June 26

A year after his trial, interest in mob boss James Whitey Bulger is again ramping up, with a documentary about the cold-blooded killer's trial and relationship with the FBI hitting theaters Friday.
Credit Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, June 25

Lauren Astley was murdered in 2011 by her ex-boyfriend, Nathaniel Fujita, a few weeks after they graduated from Wayland High School. Her parents have become advocates for safe relationship education in schools.
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  • Talking politics: A roundup of the several political stories making headlines this week.
  • Remembering Lauren: The parents of murdered teen Lauren Astley have turned their grief into a call for action.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, June 24

The exhibition, “Read My Pins,” has toured the nation and stopped at Albright’s alma mater for a special visit. WGBH spoke with Secretary Albright, famous for her diplomatic usage of brooches and pins, about some of her favorites and the stories behind them.
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  • "Pin diplomacy": Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's broach collection is on display at Wellesley College.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, June 23

  • Middle East unraveling: Foreign policy expert Nicholas Burns weighs in on the crisis in Iraq and how the United States should respond.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, June 20

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, June 19

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LOCAL NEWS
11:11 am
Wed June 18, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, June 18

A tick found in Brewster, Mass.
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  • Lyme disease is a dangerous condition that's difficult to diagnosis. Now a new investigation finds widely used tests for the disease aren't getting good results.
  • Repeal effort: Hear from the campaign manager of an anti-casino ballot initiative.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, June 17

  • Soccer in America: How a change to youth training could finally make the U.S. competitive internationally.
  • No-phone zone: Former transportation secretary James Aloisi discusses the MBTA's new zero-tolerance policy.
  • Juliette Kayyem: The former candidate for governor reflects on her candidacy and what's next.
  • Jack Devine: The CIA veteran opens up about what it was like inside the spy agency during the Cold War era.

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LOCAL NEWS
9:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, June 16

The Bay State attracts the most Brazilian immigrants per capita. We discuss the local excitement over the World Cup and the protests in Sao Paulo.
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  • "Pattern of Life": Turning a controversial modern war tactic into a poignant story of personal redemption.  

  • Chance encounter: A Winthrop man meets the doctor who saved him on the roadside.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, June 13

  • Clinton conundrum: Is Hillary Clinton getting free press and a free pass as she considers a presidential run?
  • Controversial column: George Will questioned sex assault stats, and critics have said it should cost him his job.  

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, June 12

  • Custody battle: Debating proposed changes to the state's child-custody laws. 
  • Two portraits of prejudice: We look at the Huntington Theater Company's new play that explores the deep-seated roots of racism and discuss Harvard's real-world attempt to uncover hidden biases.  

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LOCAL NEWS
12:31 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, June 11

Two former corporate managers and self-described minimalists claim to own fewer than 300 things, and that includes each article of clothing and individual toiletries.
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  • Ruth Reichl: The former restaurant critic discusses her new novel.
  • "The Minimalists": Meet the men who gave up six-figure salaries and shed most of their possessions to live the minimalist life.   

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, June 10

On July 1, middle- and high-school students will only be able to use their passes on school days, and youth activists have demanded cheaper and more flexible passes.
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  • "The Arts Factor": How Boston's thriving arts scene is giving pro sports a run for its money.  

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Local News
12:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, June 9

Mass Audubon is taking an educational approach to bolstering the Blanding's turtle population in the state.
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  • A competitive edge at a cost: Our report looks at the underworld of steroid use in the Boston area.

  • Search for answers: How a local Internet pioneer used his personal fortune to get to the bottom of his brother's death. 

  • Blanding's turtles: Mass Audubon gives the dwindling species a fighting chance at survival.

  • Broadway's big night: Arts editor Jared Bowen shares his take on the Tony's.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, June 6

Bowe Bergdahl’s release showed how quickly media narratives can shift and how easy it is for journalists to get key facts wrong.
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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, June 5

Leaders from around the world are gathering in France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massive invasion of Normandy during World War II.
  • Remembering D-Day: A local veteran created a unique display to teach others about what happened that day on the beaches of Normandy.
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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, June 4

Students in English class at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury use tablets to answer teacher questions.
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  • 9/11 Museum: A local widow weighs in on the controversies surrounding the gift shop.

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LOCAL NEWS
11:15 am
Tue June 3, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, June 3

The Peabody Essex Museum has more than 100 works by the British master J.M.W. Turner.
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  • Gun control debate: Why some say House Speaker DeLeo's sweeping gun bill really only scratches the surface.  
  • FOCUS report: People diagnosed with Asperger's grapple with new guidelines classifying their condition as autism. 
  • "Turner & The Sea": A rare collection of works by one the British masters makes its only American stop in Salem.

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LOCAL NEWS
2:40 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, June 2

National security expert Jim Walsh spoke to Emily Rooney about Bowe Bergdahl's release.
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  • Power play: The local impact of the president's plan to cut greenhouse gases. 
  • Mental health: Why diagnosing grief as a disorder has divided the psychiatric profession.  

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