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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Robert Fitzpatrick: Back In Court, Same-Sex Marriage And Autism Awareness Month

Retired FBI Supervisor, Robert 'Bob' Fitzpatrick has been indicted, accused of lying under oath during the James 'Whitey' Bulger trial in 2013. WGBH New's Adam Reilly(@reillyadam) has the story.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Tsarnaev Update, Boston's Response To Nepal Earthquake & Kelly Beatty Of Sky And Telescope Magazine

Emily Rooney(@EmilyRooneyWGBH) and Adam Reilly(@reillyadam)of WGBH News have the latest in the ongoing Tsarnaev trial. (Starts at 0:42)

It's less than a week since the earthquake that has killed approximately 5200 people struck Nepal. President of the Nepali Student Association at UMass Boston, Anamol Gurung, who also has family in Nepal; director of global disaster response at Massachusetts General Hospital, Doctor Hilarie Cranmer and global practice associate professor at Boston College’s school of social work, Tiziana Dearing join the show to discuss Boston's response to the Nepal Earthquake tragedy and how you can help. (Starts at 5:42)

Kelly Beatty(@NightSkyGuy) of Sky and Telescope Magazine discussed the Hubble telescope's recent 25th Anniversary, the probe set to crash in to the planet Mercury, and the Russian spacecraft that was supposed to bring supplies to the International Space Station, but is now spinning out of control. (Starts at 14:14)

LOCAL NEWS
4:06 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Armenian Genocide's 100-Year-Old Debate, Tsarnaev, Hubble's 25th Anniversary And Police Brutality

WGBH News' Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) bring us the latest in the Tsarneav trial as the prosecution rests its case. (Starts at 0:50)

100 years ago, 1.5 million Armenians were killed. Was this a genocide? The debate lives on. The founder of the Turkish-Armenian Women's Alliance, Gonca Sonmez-Poole (@GoncaSonmezP), and the co-chairman of the Armenian Assembly of America, Anthony Barsamian, discuss the ongoing issue. (Find the full statement from the Turkish Consul General in Boston, as well as one from the Turkish Prime Minister, here.) And learn more about The Massachusetts Committee to Commemorate the Armenian Genocide here. (Starts at 05:17)

Police brutality has caused a lot of unrest around America in recent months. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone), Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera (@danrivera01843), and Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella discuss how to ensure similar issues do not occur in their communities. (Starts at 13:30)

The Hubble Telescope is celebrating its 25th anniversary in space, and NASA has released its latest anniversary photo. Jim Braude shares interesting facts about this incredible feat of science and engineering. (Starts at 23:48) 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Tsarnaev Trial, Witness To Execution, Transgender Acceptance & No Justice For DJ Henry

Get a closer look at the defense strategy for saving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s life from WGBH's Adam Reilly(@reillyadam) and Emily Rooney. (Starts at 0:45)

In 2001, then Washington Post reporter Peter Slevin (@peterdslevin) watched Juan Raul Garza, a convicted drug trafficker and murderer, be put to death by lethal injection. Now an associate professor at Northwestern University and author of Michelle Obama: A Life, Slevin gave his perspective on the death penalty. (Starts at 6:02)

In an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner brought a great deal of attention to the transgender community by saying that he's a woman. Chair-emeritus of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Nancy Nangeroni, and executive director at the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Mason Dunn, shared their insight. (Starts at 11:24)

In 2010, DJ Henry was shot and killed by officer Aaron Hess while trying to park his car. A grand jury declined to indict Hess for the murder, and now, four and a half years later, the Justice Department determined there was not enough evidence to pursue charges. Angella and Danroy Henry (@AngellaHenry12), DJ's parents, offered their side of the story. (Starts at 18:04)

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Local News
1:00 am
Thu April 23, 2015

'Why Not Classical Music In The Homeless Shelter?'

Julie Leven, left, plays with Shelter Music.
Credit Stephanie Leydon / WGBH News

As she does before any concert, Julie Leven practices.

And practices some more.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Holding Cell Footage Of Tsarnaev, Suffolk University Poll Results And Jack & Suzy Welch's New Book

A new Suffolk University poll has the results of what the people of Massachusetts have to say about Gov. Charlie Baker, the 2024 Boston Olympics and the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Centre, David Paleologos(@davidpaleologos) discusses his team's findings. (Starts at 0:38)

The prosecution against Tsarnaev had shown a still picture of the man giving the middle finger to a surveillance camera in his holding cell three months after the Boston Marathon Bombing. This was said to prove Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is 'unrepentant.' Then the defense released the full version which paints a very different picture. Former Romney advisor, Charlie Chieppo, former State Treasurer, Shannon O’Brien, former State Treasurer and Op-Ed Columnist for The Boston Globe, Dante Ramos(@danteramos) join the discussion on this topic and more. (Starts at 7:56)

Ultimate power couple Jack(@jack_welch)and Suzy Welch(@SuzyWelch) joined greater Boston to discuss their new book, 'The Real-Life MBA.' (Starts at 18:46)

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

The Penalty Phase Of The Tsarnaev Trial, Hillary In New Hampshire & Project Step

The Marathon Bombing trial has entered the sentencing phase and has brought with it more protesters than we’ve seen at any point during the trial. Emily Rooney(@EmilyRooneyWGBH) of WGBH News was in the court house and shares an insider's scoop. (Starts at 0:42)

Former director of The Public Defender Service for D.C., Ron Sullivan, Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Donald Stern and former prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Dan Small also weighed in on the Tsarnaev Trial. (Starts at 5:35)

Hillary Clinton has wrapped up her first trip to New Hampshire as a 2016 Presidential candidate. Adam Reilly(@reillyadam), reporter for WGBH News was in Concord and provides a first-hand look into Clinton's campaign. (Starts at 15:24)

In orchestras across the country, you’ll see very little diversity amongst the musicians. Project Step is a Boston based program that is trying to change this. Executive arts editor for WGBH, Jared Bowen (@JaredWGBH) shared their story. (Starts at 20:38)

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

1968 Marathon Winner, Gov. Baker's First 100 Days And Drunken Shakespeare

The Boston Marathon is a tradition that began 119 years ago. In 2015, 30,000 athletes will run the 26.2-mile race. The 1968 Boston Marathon champion, Amby Burfoot (@exerscience), discusses the upcoming race. (Starts at 0:48)

Gov. Charlie Baker's performance during his first 100 days in office has left some skeptical about his abilities. Former commissioner of social security, Mike Astrue (@amjuster), Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung (@leung) and Democratic media consultant Dan Payne (@payneco) assess his wins and losses as governor of Massachusetts. (Starts at 6:30)

WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen (@JaredWGBH) helps Jim Braude get more involved in the Boston arts scene by taking him to a shocking Shakespeare comedy. Here is the link Jim refused to name: http://www.shit-facedshakespeare.com. (Starts at 19:50)

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

WATCH: Marathon Bombing: 2 Years Later, Law Enforcement, Civilians And Victims Reflect

Two years to the day after the Marathon Bombings, Boston reflected on the tragic events of that day and on how the city has moved forward with a new tradition, celebrating the city's resilience and generosity.

Race planner for Spartan Race Inc. and Marathon Bombing witness Dan Soleau(@dansoleau) is joined by another witness and runner in the 2013 Boston marathon, Dr. Natalie Stavas(@nataliestavas), to describe the events and their experiences on that day. (Starts at 3:49)

Author of 'Boston Strong', Casey Sherman(@caseysherman123), former Massachusetts secretary of public safety, Andrea Cabral and Watertown Police Department Chief Edward Deveau discuss the capture, conviction and prosecution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Starts at 10:26)

Reporter Craig LeMoult(@clemoult) tells us about a new effort to help victims restore hearing they lost when the bombs went off, and Emily Rooney (@EmilyRooneyWGBH) remarks upon the changes she has seen to the Boston marathon over the past two years. (Starts at 21:49)

 

LOCAL NEWS
9:14 am
Wed April 15, 2015

WATCH: Bill McKibben, Son Of Harvard, Takes His Climate Change Fight To World's Richest University

Bill McKibben at Harvard Yard.
Credit Mallory Noe-Payne / WGBH News

Many of Harvard's students, alumni, faculty and staff have set up blockades outside President Drew Faust’s offices with the goal of getting the university to stop investing in fossil fuels. Harvard isn't the first campus to be the site of such a protest: MIT had one just last week, as did Boston College. But Harvard's is gaining a lot of attention because of the prominence of the school and the involvement of one grad in particular, Bill McKibben.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:13 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

New Police Misconduct Videos Fuel Debate Over Mandatory Body Cameras

If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ve no doubt seen several high-profile videos showing police misconduct. The fact that those incidents were captured on police body cameras is fueling the debate over whether all officers should be required to wear them.

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

The Divestment Debate, Police Caught On Camera & Lincoln: 150 Years Later

Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) has led the charge against the Keystone XL pipeline, and now he's taken his climate fight to Harvard. (Starts at 0:44)

Are officers behaving in a deadly fashion the tipping point in the debate over police body cameras? Boston Herald columnist Jennifer Braceras (@MAHockeyMom), former State Senator Warren Tolman (@warrentolman) and Collete Phillips Communications president Collette Phillips (@ColettePhillips) weigh in. (Starts at 8:25)

150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by actor John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington. Historical fiction writer William Martin (@Martinbooks) talks about “what if.” (Starts at 19:39)

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LOCAL NEWS
11:23 am
Tue April 14, 2015

All-Women Caucus On Hillary Clinton & Frank Bruni On College-Admission Madness

Hillary Clinton is in it to win it, again. Our all-woman caucus weighs in: WGBH News' Margery Eagan, political analyst Kelly Bates, and Jennifer Nassour, former chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. (Starts at 0:44)

The New York Times’ Frank Bruni talks about the madness that is the college admissions process and responds to former Congressman Barney Frank's criticism of his criticism. (Starts at 13:20)

We’ll walk with some Quakers, going deep against a proposed natural gas pipeline. (Starts at 21:53)

Hear Jim out on why Gov. Charlie Baker might be keeping the door open for a tax increase. (Starts at 25:22)

THE ROAD AHEAD
11:33 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Deal With Lingering, Invisible Injury: Tinnitus

Dave Fortier was about to finish his first marathon.

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LOCAL NEWS
4:43 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Boston's Opiate Crisis: 6 Months After The Closure Of Long Island

Six months ago, the closure of Long Island's treatment center and shelter left nearly 700 people without a place to go. In Boston, the opiate and addiction crisis is far from over. 

"I get sixty phone calls a day, in a women's treatment program I have in Boston, for one bed available a day," said Victory Programs President Jonathan Scott.

Hand Delivered Help founder Lynnel Cox, whose son had been receiving treatment on Long Island when it abruptly closed, joined the discussion.

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Presidential Candidates, New MFA Director Announced & Opiate Crisis

The race for the White House is well under way, and our political caucus told us who was real and who was just an illusion. On the panel were Weymouth Republican Sen. Bob Hedlund (@SenBobHedlund), Dorchester Democratic Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (@ldforry) and Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh (@GlobeScotLehigh). (Starts at 0:47)

WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen (@JaredWGBH) introduces us to the new director of the MFA. (Starts at 11:18)

When Boston closed the bridge to Long Island in October, a number of rehab programs shut down with it. So is the city’s effort to help those displaced been adequate? Jim Braude discusses the issues surrounding the opiate and addiction crisis with Hand Delivered Hope founder Lynnel Cox and Victory Programs President Jonathan Scott. (Starts at 13:40)

Plus, we met our latest “Greater Bostonian,” who’s offering Boston Public School students a lesson, through improv. (Starts at 21:12)

LOCAL NEWS
7:19 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Transportation Sec. Stephanie Pollack Responds To MBTA Report

Gov. Charlie Baker and a special panel released a report Wednesday that highlighted just how widespread and deep the problems run at the MBTA.

The key driver in the MBTA’s disastrous performance this winter, said the panel, was not historic snowfall but a history of mismanagement. Among the key findings: 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tsarnaev Guilty Verdict & Transportation Sec. Stephanie Pollack On MBTA Report

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty on all 30 counts in the Marathon bombing trial. Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) was inside the court when the verdict was read and gave his take. We also talked about what’s next in the trial with our panel of legal experts: Harvard Criminal Justice Institute's Ronald Sullivan, former Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem), and Northeastern University criminal law professor Daniel Medwed (@danielmedwed). 

Gov. Charlie Baker and a special panel released a report that highlighted just how widespread and deep the problems run at the MBTA. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack (@Steph_Pollack) spoke more about those issues and the planned fixes.

LOCAL NEWS
10:50 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Navigating The New One-Way South Boston

The streets of South Boston.
Credit Lucy Orloski / Flickr

The streets of South Boston are looking a lot different today than years past. It all started with record-breaking snow, which created de facto one-way streets throughout the neighborhood.

But now, even with all the snow gone, many Southie residents want their new one-way signs to become permanent. So we sent WGBH’s Cristina Quinn out with the ever-helpful GPS to see if life there really is better one-way.

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Congressmen Lynch And Capuano, Lessons From Marathon Bombing Report & New Streets Of Southie

Massachusetts Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano talk ISIS, the Olympics, cameras in the courtroom and why they think Nancy Pelosi should step aside.

Our caucus looks at the fallout from the now-debunked Rolling Stone article on gang rape at the University of Virginia. They also discuss the new report on the Marathon bombing response, from the glowing medical response review to some serious concerns about what they euphemistically call "lack of weapons discipline" in Watertown. Hear from Donald Berwick, who used to head Medicare and Medicaid and and ran for governor in 2014;  Wendy Murphy a victim rights advocate who teaches sexual violence law at New England Law-Boston; and Keiko Orrall, the Republican state representative from Massachusetts’ 12th district.

We recently challenged WGBH’s Cristina Quinn to navigate the new streets of Southie. And she took us up on it.

LOCAL NEWS
6:45 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

WATCH: Congressmen Lynch & Capuano: Nancy Pelosi Should Step Aside

Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano.
Credit WGBH News

Massachusetts representatives Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch said on Tuesday's Greater Boston that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should step aside.

"Nancy Pelosi is not going to lead the Democrats back into the majority," said Lynch. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Closing Arguments In Marathon Bombing Trial & Attorney General Maura Healey

Closing arguments in the Marathon bombing trial were dramatic and emotional. WGBH News reporter Adam Reilly has a recap.

Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense and civil liberties attorney, and Donald Stern, former U.S. attorney for the state of Massachusetts, discussed closing arguments in the Marathon bombing trial and what likely lies ahead.

Attorney General Maura Healey opposes the death penalty in all cases. We’ll ask her about the Marathon bombing trial and dissect some of the other big issues on her plate.

Finally, Jim's shares his thoughts on the real sign of spring.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
7:05 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Sky & Telescope's Kelly Beatty On Weird Radio Waves: Aliens Probably Don't Have Transmitters

The 64m Parkes Radio Telescope, in Australia, which has detected bursts of radio signals from deep space.
Credit CSIRO [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] / Wikimedia Commons

Over the past several years, telescopes have been picking up mysterious radio wave flashes, apparently from far outside our galaxy. Some scientists are seriously asking whether they might be from some sort of out-of-this-world technology. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal, Truth About Depression & Deep Space Mystery

Today there were major developments in three global hotspots: the nuclear agreement in Iran, a horrific attack on a university in Kenya., and a big blow struck against ISIS. Our global caucus, made up of some of the top international experts in the region, takes up all those issues. Jim Walsh (@DrJimWalshMIT) is an international security researcher at MIT, Boston University Professor Farouk El-Baz worked for years at NASA and as an advisor to Egypt's presidents, and Jessica Stern (@JessicaEStern) lectures about terrorism at Harvard and recently co-authored "ISIS: The State of Terror."

With so much focus on the mental health of the Germanwings co-pilot, we look to set the record straight on the facts of depression with National Alliance on Mental Illness Medical Director Dr. Ken Duckworth and Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Nancy Rappaport.

Over the past several years, telescopes have been picking up mysterious radio wave flashes, apparently from far outside our galaxy. Some scientists are seriously asking whether they might be from some sort of out-of-this-world technology. Kelly Beatty (@NightSkyGuy), senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine, assured us that it's not aliens.

College basketball’s Final Four tips off this weekend. Jim look at the real March Madness: how success on the court is surely not matched with success in the classroom, and the schools seem not to care.

LOCAL NEWS
6:53 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

With Focus On Germanwings Pilot's Depression, Dissecting Mental Health Myths

We learned new information today about the German pilot who deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps last week, killing all 150 people on board. Investigators say Andreas Lubitz had researched information on how cockpit doors worked and looked into ways to carry out suicide. They called his actions "premeditated murder." And in all the news coverage, there is one key piece that keeps getting repeated over and over: severe depression. 

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LOCAL NEWS
10:27 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Boston 2024, BPD Commissioner Bill Evans & 'Woman In Gold'

Yet more trouble for the Boston 2024 Olympics bid? But who’s really to blame?

Boston’s Police Commissioner, William Evans, on the unusual move that diffused tension, after a deadly shooting.

Jared Bowen has the behind-the-scenes story of “Woman in Gold” .. and the connection here in Boston.

ARTS
7:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Behind-The-Scenes Story Of 'Woman In Gold,' And The Film's Connection To Boston

"Adele Bloch-Bauer I," by Gustav Klimt.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

"Woman in Gold" refers to a 1907 elaborately detailed painting by Gustav Klimt of Adele Bloch-Bauer. When the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, they seized the painting. The efforts of Adele’s niece, Maria Altmann, to have the work returned some 60 years later is the subject of a new film.

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