Boston Public Radio Podcast
4:05 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Why We're Still Watching 'Seinfeld' 25 Years Later

The "Seinfeld" cast, from left: Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander and Jerry Seinfeld.
Credit The Observer

Festivus, baldist, sponge-worthy, regifting. It was a quarter of a century ago that these words and countless others entered the American lexicon thanks to "Seinfeld," and popular culture has been better off because of it.

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2:15 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

BPR: P.J. O'Rourke, Nancy Koehn, Michael Norton, Bob Mankoff, Jonathon Alsop, Corby Kummer

New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff talked to Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about his career in cartoons.
Credit Nicole Hennig / Flickr
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3:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

BPR: Climate Change, Michael Norton, Brian McGrory, Charlie Sennott, Roz Chast

As temperatures and ocean levels rise, the Cape Cod shoreline could be imperiled. WCAI Science Editor Heather Goldstone talked to Jim and Margery about climate change.
Credit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center / Flickr
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3:39 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

BPR: Ask The Mayor Marty Walsh, Banks As Cafes, Emily Rooney, The Harvard Lampoon Friday News Quiz

Mayor Marty Walsh joined Jim and Margery on Friday for the first of many monthly segments on Boston Public Radio.
Credit Patricia Alvarado / WGBH News

Boston Public Radio podcast for 1/31/14.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh kicked off the first-ever "Ask the Mayor" hour on Boston Public Radio with Jim and Margery. Emails, calls and tweets were put to the new Mayor, who declared at the outset he'd been in office a mere 26 days. Walsh will appear once a month on Boston Public Radio to address questions from listeners.

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4:51 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Does SNL Still Pack A Cultural Punch?

Kerry Washington hosted a recent episode of Saturday Night Live
Credit NBC

Each week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, we turn to a segment called  "Lagniappe", which is Creole for "something extra".

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4:13 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Always Look on the Bright Side: The Brattle's Monty Python Week Begins Tomorrow

There are few cult followings as strong as devotes of the often zany - and deceptively brainy British comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus. Among its many rabid fans is Ned Hinkle, the creative director of the Brattle Theater in Cambridge's Harvard Square.

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10:49 am
Thu November 29, 2012

In the Arts This Week: It's That Time of Year

Credit T. Charles Erickson / The Huntington Theatre Company

A completely new look for The Nutcracker and other treats on stage are guaranteed to keep you riveted and make you laugh or perhaps gasp. While you're out, pick up some art for your holiday shopping.

The Nutcracker
At the Boston Opera House
Through December 30

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1:48 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Daily Show's Lizz Winstead: Rachel Maddow, Yankees Fans and Me

Author/comedian Lizz Winstead visits Greater Boston.

It’s election season. And as you might expect there is a lot of chatter about it here in the WGBH newsroom. Inevitably, following a crucial moment on the stump or in one of the debates someone says something along the lines of, “Oh man I can’t wait to see what SNL is going to do with this” or "Did you see how Colbert handled that last night?"

Comedy has truly, fully become an integral part of the American political landscape.  And if there is one show that is the heart and soul of that nexus of politics and comedy it's The Daily Show— a show that Lizz Winstead helped create.

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12:40 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Why Is Dean Obeidallah So Serious About Comedy?

Dean Obeidallah
Dean Obeidallah

Dean Obeidallah is a lawyer. He writes a weekly opinion column for He’s appeared on MSNBC, PBS and NBC's Rock Center. He’s co-directed his first documentary, which is set to premiere later this month at the Austin Film Festival. All in all, he sounds like a pretty serious guy.

Except one thing: He’s a comedian. One that the Washington Post calls “an angsty Arab Chris Rock.”

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12:09 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The Sillier Side of Science Gets Its Day in the Sun

Marc Abrahams, emceeing the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony
Improbable Research

Influential science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said, “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but, 'That's funny."

That might be a pretty neat idea for some. Something to consider and then file away, or perhaps forget altogether. For Marc Abrahams, it’s a mission statement. 

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11:48 am
Tue September 11, 2012

1 Guest: Jimmy Tingle

Jimmy Tingle on the Greater Boston set, Sept. 10, 2012.

Comedian Jimmy Tingle was born in Cambridge and has spent his career providing political satire from Off-Broadway to CBS's 60 Minutes II. 

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12:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Boston Festival Celebrates the Art of the Laugh

The crowd in mid-laugh, Thurs 9/5 at the Boston Comedy Arts Festival
Edgar B Herwick III for WGBH

For 30 years now, Improv Boston has been on a mission. And it’s not to make people laugh — though they do that. And it’s not to be a launching pad for local comedians who go on star in films or write for the Daily Show — though it’s been that, too. No, their mission is to honor the craft. To be a place that, for audiences and performers alike, remains dedicated to the art of comedy.

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4:32 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Phyllis Diller: Comedy Comes from Tragedy

In this May 20, 1966 file photo, comedian Phyllis Diller appears in character in the ABC-TV comedy series "The Pruitts of Southampton."

There was everything to love about Phyllis Diller — the jokes, the clothes, the stage presence. Then there was the intellect and the fortitude. How stunningly remarkable that at age 37 and with five children at home, she could begin carving out one of the most distinguished careers in American comedy. And it was the 1950s!

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