The Boston Gay Men's Chorus is just back from an historic trip abroad. They spent ten days traveling around the Middle East, as the first gay choral ensemble ever to perform there. They did concerts in Turkey and Israel.
The Boston Gay Men's Chorus Music Director Ruben Reynolds and Boston Gay Men's Chorus Member Bryan Bishop, discuss their historic trip to the Middle East.
"It was amazing," said Bishop. "When you look out into the audience...it was rock star status."
About this time last year, Market Basket employees walked off the job, some were fired, and held countless protests outside Market Basket stores around the region after President Arthur T. Demoulas was dismissed. And the public went along and boycotted the store until "Artie T," as he's called, was reinstated, which happened at the end of August.
We're all pretty stressed out. There’s work, being stuck in traffic, bills, picking up the kids on time, tuition, traffic, bills. You get the picture.
As our schedules grow tighter and tighter, it’s more challenging to find time to decompress and re-energize. Well, a local startup wants to fix that with a new device that they claim will bring you instant calm or energy, all with a click of an app.
Go to any convenient store and pharmacy, and you’ll easily find a bevy of energy drinks and coffee drinks, and on the other end of that spectrum an abundance of sleep-aids or natural supplements that claim to “promote calm.” It’s a multi-billion dollar market, and one that speaks to our ongoing quest to feel better faster.
And that demand is behind the science of local startup Thync, which just came out with a device that claims to bring you calm and relaxation on demand.
Jamie Tyler is co-founder of Thync, a startup made up of a group of neuroscientists and engineers. They’ve developed the first wearable device that modulates your brain by information it receives from your smartphone.
“We developed the first product that’s for healthy consumers that aims to help them shift in and out of mental states throughout the day,” said Tyler. “So we stream wave forms- they’re called “vibes” from an iPhone to this device. It works just above your right eyebrow. And we deliver low electrical pulses to nerves on your head and the back of the neck that feed into key arousal regions of the brain.”
The idea of pulsing electrical currents into your head sounds a little freaky, but I said why not.
Sumon Pal designed this product, thus meriting the appropriate work title, Chief of Vibes.
I fiddled with the settings until I felt pressure on my forehead. When it gets to a slightly uncomfortable point, that’s when I’m supposed to take it down a notch to a more comfortable setting.
As Sumon continues to talk, I find myself having a hard time holding a conversation.
I’ve never conducted an interview feeling this groovy. I feel like I am under the influence of groovy.
You may have noticed, I have a complaining gene, which I try to keep under wraps, but sometimes, I just can’t keep it in.
So, noticed how bad traffic seems to have gotten lately?
I love Fridays. I do the radio, Emily Rooney does TV, so I’m done at 2, usually off in search of mindless pursuits.
But last Friday, I had to pick up something for one of my kids in Milton. So, rather than tempt rush hour, I left the studio in Brighton at 2:30, ready to travel the 14 mile route and be back in Cambridge, by what, 3:30?
At 6:40, I parked my car in Inman Square. 4 hours and 10 minute round trip.
No accidents, no rubber necking delays and no, the opening ceremonies for the Olympics, were not being held that night. I checked.
Just traffic, bumper to bumper, unmoving, stultifying traffic with people texting, reading the paper, putting on makeup, while my blood pressure rose to 400 over 200.
Which got me to thinking about the masochists who commute every day. We in Massachusetts spend more time doing that, 55 minutes round-trip on average, than those in 46 other states.
55 minutes, enough time to have a drink at an outdoor cafe, go to the gym, or watch this show, twice.
5 hours a week, 250 hours a year, 2,500 a decade. 125,000 hours in a work life, assuming commuting doesn’t shorten your life.
It is so bad, given the choice between commuting or, I don’t know, listening to Donald Trump talk about, well, anything, I'd take the Donald.
Berklee College of Music is known across the globe as the gold standard in music education. It’s the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world, boasting about a-hundred grammy-award winning alumni.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair, Stephen Crosby, talks Massachusetts' first casinos.
"The whole Commonwealth of Massachusetts has waited a long time for this. You could say 25 or 30 years," said Crosby.
"We're losing ten billion dollars a year of people in Massachusetts gambling in other states. If we do nothing more than bring back that ten billion, Massachusetts will have 250 million in taxes and ten thousand jobs."
On the Plainridge Casino, Crosby said, "It's a very attractive facility, it's in a very convenient location," said Crosby. "For lot of people, this is just a lot of fun."
When Plainridge Park Casino finally opened its doors Wednesday, the crowd that had gathered outside rushed in with urgency.
And the staff treated them like conquering heroes – standing and applauding, heartily, as their enthusiastic customers filed by. At the front of the casino, a velvet-voiced emcee talked up the dining options: Flutie’s Sports Pub! Freshly shucked oysters at Slacks Seafood and Oyster House!
Echavarria was arrested in 1994 and convicted two years later of a murder in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was given a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, but always maintained his innocence.
Then, last month he was released during a bail hearing, after a judge determined the prosecution's case was weak and that his lawyer made errors that could have cost him his case decades ago.
A few days ago, prosecutors announced they would not re-try him.
After climbing 19 sections of Harvard's stadium steps, Herwick sat down with November project co-founders Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric.
"The grumps, the scrooges, the non-huggers, the non-athletes, the people that don’t want to try at all, they don’t usually come back and that’s okay," said Graham.
November project co-founders Graham and Mandaric spend most of their time on the road these days, launching November Project communities across the world. To date they are up and running in 19 cities, from Baltimore to New Orleans to Calgary.
Co-Founder of GlobalPost and Founder of The GroundTruth Project, Charlie Sennott (@CMSennott), talks the new rules for American hostages.
Former prisoner, Angel Echavarria, and founding director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Florence Graves, talk about his 21 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit.
Former New Hampshire Governor, John Sununu (@GovernorSununu), discusses his new book, "The Quiet Man, the Indispensable Presidency of George H. W. Bush," and the 2016 Presidential race.
"I have too many friends running in this campaign," said Sununu. "I'm probably not going to endorse anybody. I'm out making sure that the world sees what a good president George Herbert Walker Bush was."
On Clinton's chances at the Democratic nomination, Sununu said, "I think there's a 70 percent chance she will, but not much more than that."
The flag outside the South Carolina capital may be coming down, but there are far tougher issues that re-emerged there.
Charleston mayor Joseph Riley had a message not terribly popular in his home state. "It is insane, the number of guns and the ease of getting guns in America. It just doesn't fit with the other achievements of this country," said Riley.
"I think the most important game changer is that we need to see substance abuse as an illness," said Sudders. "This is a public health crisis...and we need to treat it as a chronic medical condition and we need to focus on public awareness, education, intervention, treatment and recovery. The entire spectrum."
During the press conference, Governor Baker cited Steve Tolman as the first person to start talking about this in a serious way. "I saw the devastation. I talked to the moms and dads...you saw the heartache in the households and one thing led to another," said Tolman.
"No patient that I see ever thought that they would become a heroin addict," said Dr. Wakeman. "Kids are now experimenting with pills the way they used to experiment with marijuana or alcohol."
Sports psychology consultant, George Mumford (@gtmumford) struggled with heroin addiction in his twenties, but went on to become a nationally recognized teacher of mindfulness mediation. Mumford has worked with prison inmates and NBA legends like Michael Jordan.
He outlines his approach in 'The Mindful Athlete,' which drops references to Greek mythology, Carlos Castaneda, and the classic TV series Kung Fu.
Mumford says mindfulness most resonates with, "people who are curious or who are committed to excellence or people in a lot of pain."
Pope Francis' long-awaited encyclical letter on climate change was released today. He described it as a global problem with far reaching environmental and social consequences, and blamed apathy and greed.
In one passage, the pope wrote: "The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth."
There has been widespread reaction to the Pope's message, including from presidential candidates.
Author, James Carroll, and Former Boston Mayor, Raymond Flynn, weigh in on Pope Francis' message.
Flynn said, "This isn't something coming out of the clear blue sky. This is something he's been committed to for a long time."
"[Encyclicals] are statements that really challenge the conscious of catholics. It isn't true that catholics always say yes," said Carroll. "So for the pope effectively embrace the question of climate change..has profound meaning for the Catholic Church."