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LOCAL NEWS
7:04 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

WATCH: Confederate Flag Fight

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WGBH's Callie Crossley (@CallieCrossley) and Tulane Assistant Professor R. Blakeslee Gilpin discuss the confederate flag debate, and shocking new poll numbers. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Wynn Everett Casino, Greek Debt Crisis & Confederate Battle Flag Debate

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President of Wynn Everett Robert DeSalvio discusses the war between Steve Wynn and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Former Economic Advisor to Greek Prime Minster Papandreou Richard Parker discusses the Greek debt crisis. 

Tulane Assistant Professor R. Blakeslee Gilpin and WGBH's Callie Crossley (@CallieCrossley) discuss the confederate flag debate, and shocking new poll numbers. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:05 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

WATCH: Boston Gay Men's Chorus Returns From Middle East Trip

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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." 

LOCAL NEWS
7:05 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

WATCH: News Photographers Talk The Stories Behind Their Photos

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The Boston Globe News Photographer Dina Rudick (@dinarudick), WCVB News Photographer Stanley Forman (@sjforman138), and The Boston Herald News Reporter Mark Garfinkel (@pictureboston), discuss the stories behind some amazing photos. 

The hardest part of their job? Rudick said, "traffic." 

"You can't be first unless you're first," Forman said. "Someone is always there with their iPhone."

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Shocking Rise Of Two Presidential Candidates, Boston Gay Men's Chorus & News Photography

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The Boston Globe Columnist Dante Ramos (@danteramos), Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes (‪@MassGOP), and Democratic Political Consultant Dan Payne (@payneco) talk the shocking rise of two presidential candidates.

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.

The Boston Globe News Photographer Dina Rudick (@dinarudick), WCVB News Photographer Stanley Forman (@sjforman138), and The Boston Herald News Reporter Mark Garfinkel (@pictureboston), discuss the stories behind some amazing photos. 

LOCAL NEWS
11:07 am
Thu July 2, 2015

WATCH: Market Basket, 1 Year After The Revolution

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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. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:05 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

WATCH: Mood Changing Brain Pulses

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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. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Boston 2024 Caucus, Market Basket 1 Year Later & Mood Changing Brain Pulses

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The Boston Globe Columnist Shirley Leung (@leung), The Boston Herald Columnist Jennifer Braceras (@MAHockeyMom), and Representative Russell Holmes (@VoteRussell) discuss the revised Boston 2024 plan.

Market Basket Operations Supervisor Joe Schmidt and Market Basket District Supervisor Tom Trainor, discuss Market Basket one year since the revolution.

And WGBH's Cristina Quinn (@cristinatquinn) finds out whether pulses to your brain can change your mood. 

    

LOCAL NEWS
5:40 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

IMHO: Massachusetts Traffic

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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.

LOCAL NEWS
7:05 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Nancy Frates On The Ice Bucket Challenge Round Two

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Pete Frates' mother, Nancy Frates (@momfrates), discusses the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the road to an ALS cure. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:05 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Ice Bucket Challenge Results

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In only a matter of weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge raised a windfall. 220-million dollars for a disease many had never heard of, ALS.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Overtime Pay Ruling, Boston Music Merger & Ice Bucket Challenge

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Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (@marthacoakley) and Former Social Security Commissioner Mike Astrue, discuss two Supreme Court rulings that went under the radar this week. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

WATCH: Boston Music School Merger

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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.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:07 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

WATCH: Stan Rosenberg & Margaret Marshall On Marriage Equality Ruling

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Former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice, Margaret Marshall, and President of the Massachusetts Senate, Stan Rosenberg (@SenStan), discuss the historic same-sex marriage ruling, and the road ahead. 

"I felt totally elated...becuase it started here in Massachusetts," said Rosenberg. 

Margaret Marshall, one of the key players in legalizing gay marriage in Massachusetts, doesn't like thinking about the "me" in making history.  

Transgender rights are, "the next frontier here in Massachusetts," said Rosenberg. Right now, a transgender person in Massachusetts "can be denied the right to be served in a restaurant." 

LOCAL NEWS
7:05 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

WATCH: Boston 2024 & No Boston Olympics Talk Revised Plans

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No Boston Olympics Co-Chair, Chris Dempsey (@cdempc), and Boston 2024 Communications Advisor, Doug Rubin (@dougrubin), discuss Boston 2024's revised plan for the Olympic games. 

Dempsey, and Massachusetts residents, are most worried about the impact on taxes. "We need a hard guarantee that the IOC isn't going to be calling on Massachusetts tax payers," said Dempsey. 

"It's easy to make promises now," said Dempsey. "It's much harder to come through." 

Boston 2024 is focusing on the impacting legacy of the games. "We think at the end of the day this is a winning plan for Boston," said Rubin. "We believe that the benefits far outweigh the risks."    

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Boston 2024 Revisions & SCOTUS Equal Marriage Ruling

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Former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice, Margaret Marshall, and President of the Massachusetts Senate, Stan Rosenberg (@SenStan), discuss the historic same-sex marriage ruling, and the road ahead. 

No Boston Olympics Co-Chair, Chris Dempsey (@cdempc), and Boston 2024 Communications Advisor, Doug Rubin (@dougrubin), discuss Boston 2024's revised plan for the Olympic games. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:10 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

WATCH: Kelly Beatty Talks Northern Lights And Jupiter and Venus' Visability

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J. Kelly Beatty (@NightSkyGuy) discusses the Aurora Borealis, visible just miles from Boston, and Venus and Jupiter's close encounter in our night sky. 

People were able to see the Northern Lights near Boston because "The solar storm, the attack that we were under from the sun, was particularly intense," said Beatty. 

We can see the glow in the sky, "more often than you'd think," said Beatty. "About five to ten times a year."

And on June 30th, the distance between Jupiter and Venus in the sky will be "a third of a degree apart", said Beatty. "It is doggone pretty and I think people should go look for it."

LOCAL NEWS
7:09 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

WATCH: Stephen Crosby On Massachusetts' First Casino

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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."

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Affordable Care Act Updates, MA's First Casino & A Look Up Into The Stars

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The Boston Globe Columnist, Dante Ramos (@danteramos), Former Undersecretary of Massachusetts Consumer Affairs, Barbara Anthony (@BarbaraBAnthony), and Lakeville Representative Keiko Orrall (@KeikoOrrall) discuss the Affordable Care Act ruling. 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair, Stephen Crosby, talks Massachusetts' first casinos. 

WGBH's Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) takes us inside the new Plainridge Park Casino.

And J. Kelly Beatty (@NightSkyGuy) discusses the Aurora Borealis, visible just miles from Boston, and Venus and Jupiter's close encounter in our night sky. 

Local News
1:14 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Welcome To Plainridge Park: Our Man Reilly Buys Himself $40 Of Fun

WGBH's Adam Reilly takes a gamble on the automated game 'OMG Puppies!' at the newly opened Plainridge Casino-- Massachusetts' first.
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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!

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LOCAL NEWS
11:23 am
Thu June 25, 2015

WATCH: Andrew Zimbalist On The Hidden Costs of Boston 2024

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Smith College Professor Andrew Zimbalist discusses Boston 2024 and the U.S. Olympic Committee's new public opinion poll. 

"First of all, I think if the USOC was serious about Agenda 2020, they would have picked Los Angeles because Los Angeles doesn't have to do all of the building that Boston has to do," said Zimbalist. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

WATCH: Tsarnaev Analyzed From Inside And Outside The Court

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WGBH's Emily Rooney (@EmilyRooneyWGBH), and WGBH's Phillip Martin (@phillipWGBH), discuss the Tsarnaev sentencing. 

Former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Donald Stern, and forensic psychologist Robert Mendoza, discuss Tsarnaev's apology. 

Smith College Professor Andrew Zimbalist discusses Boston 2024 and the U.S. Olympic Committee's new public opinion poll. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:15 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

WATCH: Free After 21 Years In Prison

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Angel Echavarria has just experienced his first month of freedom in 21 years.

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. 

Florence Graves, founding director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, has been investigating this case for the past ten years. 

Graves and Echavarria talk the long fought battle for freedom, and readjusting to life outside of prison. 

"The only thing that bothers me is that they're not apologizing," said Echavarria. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:09 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

WATCH: Inside The November Project

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WGBH's Edgar B Herwick III (@ebherwick3) takes us inside the November Project. 

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. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

New U.S. Hostage Rules, Prisoner Freed After 21 Years, Tom Brady Appeal Update & November Project

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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.

Boston Globe Reporter Shira Springer (@ShiraSpringer) and Orpheus Sports and Entertainment Lawyer, Chris Brown, talk Tom Brady's deflategate appeal. 

And WGBH's Edgar B Herwick III (@ebherwick3) takes us inside the November Project. 

LOCAL NEWS
7:25 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

WATCH: Former NH Governor Sununu Talks His New Book

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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." 

Commentary
7:15 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

IMHO: Will Taking Down A Flag Change Anything?

Protesters stand near a flying Confederate flag during a rally to take down the flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.
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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. 

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LOCAL NEWS
7:10 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

WATCH: Baker's Task Force Discusses New Opioid Plan

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The Governor's head of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders (@MLSudders), the medical director for substance use disorders at Mass. General Hospital, Dr. Sarah Wakeman, and President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Steve Tolman (@StevenATolman), discuss Governor Baker's 65 step plan to tackle Massachusetts' opioid epidemic.  

"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." 

LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Baker's Opioid War, Confederate Flag Debate & Sununu's New Book

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The Governor's head of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders (@MLSudders), the medical director for substance use disorders at Mass. General Hospital, Dr. Sarah Wakeman, and President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Steve Tolman (@StevenATolman), discuss Governor Baker's 65 step plan to tackle Massachusetts' opioid epidemic.  

Tufts University professor, Peniel Joseph (@PenielJoseph), and Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh (@GlobeScotLehigh), discuss the renewed focus on the confederate flag flying in the state capitol. 

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.

LOCAL NEWS
7:25 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

WATCH: George Mumford On How To Be Mindful

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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."

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