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
Mon October 20, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, Oct. 20

Watertown's New Repertory Theatre is performing a controversial play about assassins.
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  • "Assassins": From John Wilkes Booth to Squeaky Fromme, the controversial musical about the people who've killed presidents.

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Oct. 17

  • Tough criticism for how the media’s reporting on Ebola – but is it fair?

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Local News
12:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, Oct. 16

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  • From Capital Hill to Beacon Hill, there were tough questions today about our efforts to contain Ebola. 

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, Oct. 15

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LOCAL NEWS
10:35 am
Tue October 14, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, Oct. 14

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, out with a memoir, talked to Emily Rooney about his life in politics.
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LOCAL NEWS
3:00 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

This Week: One-On-One With Aerosmith Lead Guitarist Joe Perry

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
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Tune in to Greater Boston next week for Emily Rooney's one-on-one interview with Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry. You can see him yourself this weekend at The Paper Store in Framingham, where he’ll sign copies of his new memoir.  

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BEAT THE PRESS
12:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Oct. 10

  • Landing on her feet: The viral video that helped a laid-off CNN reporter get a job at PBS NewsHour.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, Oct. 9

"The Lion King" has been adapted for children and adults with autism.
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  • Emily's List: Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral has elevated the discourse of this show for years.

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LOCAL NEWS
3:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, Oct. 8

Inside the Boston University biolab.
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LOCAL NEWS
3:28 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, Oct. 7

Writer Ulrich Boser will break down his new book, "The Leap," which explains the science of trust.
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  • Identity politics: With three openly gay candidates on the November ballot, we look at the politics of sexual orientation.
  • We go inside NOVA 's new documentary, "Why Planes Vanish," with writer, producer and narrator Miles O'Brien.
  • "The Leap": Exploring the science of trust, through Ulrich Boser's new book. 

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Monday, Oct. 6

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
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  • Identity politics: Has Governor Deval Patrick opened the door to more candidates of color? 

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BEAT THE PRESS
2:52 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Oct. 3

The Boston Herald printed a cartoon with racist overtones and issued a classic "non-apology."
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  • Cartoon kerfuffle: The Herald prints a cartoon construed as racist, but is the artist or the paper in the wrong? 
  • Rants & Raves: What our panel had to say about this week in media.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, Oct. 2

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, Oct. 1

Andris Nelsons is on the podium with a Beethoven, Bartok and Tchaikovsky program through Oct. 3 before returning Nov. 6 for his second group of programs.
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  • "A Path Appears": New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof discussses the Ebola outbreak and his how-to guide on making a difference.
  • Plus, Jared Bowen sat down with the BSO's new director, Andris Nelsons, and described the vitality of his first concert.  

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, Sept. 30

  • Focus Report: Could Boston's Olympic bid lead to major improvements to the T?

  • Last Call Foundation: How Michael Kennedy's mother is honoring his memory, six months after he died in a fire in the Back Bay.  

  • Shipwreck secrets: Local scientists discover an ancient computer using futuristic tools.  

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LOCAL NEWS
12:19 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Greater Boston Special: Gubernatorial Debate

The candidates for Massachusetts governor will debate the issues that matter to you. Watch it on the live stream.

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BEAT THE PRESS
2:12 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

What's On Beat The Press Friday, Sept. 26

  • "Sweetheart": How to report on a gaffe when it's directed at the reporter.
  • Rants & Raves: See what our panel has to say about this week in media.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Thursday, Sept. 25

  • Mehanna terror case: As the world confronts the threat of Islamic extremism, the brother of a local man convicted on terrorism charges joins us.

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LOCAL NEWS
12:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Wednesday, Sept. 24

  • Emily's Farewell List: Wendy Kaminer never fails to speak her mind, honestly and openly, even when her way of thinking is contrary to popular opinion.

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LOCAL NEWS
3:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

What's On Greater Boston Tuesday, Sept. 23

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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.  

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