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4:32 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Alex Beam On Our 'Overbearing Love' For Errol Morris

Former US Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is the subject of a new Errol Morris documentary. Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam told Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about his distaste for the documentary.
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Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam is not impressed with Errol Morris' new documentary. Beam joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to explain why Morris' film "The Known Unknown" falls flat for him, which he wrote about in his column for the Globe.

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2:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

BPR: Noah Feldman, Councilor Tito Jackson, Charlie Sennott, Tie Etiquette, Kara Miller

The McCutcheon vs. FEC decision on Wednesday changed federal campaign finance laws.
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  • Harvard Law Professor NOAH FELDMAN discussed Wednesday's Supreme Court campaign finance decision. (Starts at 1:00)
  • City Councilor TITO JACKSON talked about learning recently that his biological mother was raped at 13, became pregnant, and gave up Jackson for adoption.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
1:20 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

BPR: A Vatican Mind Meld, Gloria Steinem Turns 80, P.J. O'Rourke on the Boomers

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  • John King, CNN's Chief National Correspondent and host of Inside Politics previews President Obama's upcoming visit with Pope Francis. King also weighs in on the President's endorsement of  new NSA surveillance rules, and how Nate Silver-- once the Democrats' number crunching darling-- has become  L'enfant terrible with his forecast that the GOP will win the Senate.
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3:52 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

BPR: John King, Auditor Suzanne Bump, 5-Second Rule, Mayor Ray Flynn, Shira Springer

State Auditor Suzanne Bump was a guest on Boston Public Radio.
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  • John King, CNN's chief national correspondent, joined Jim and Margery for his regular Tuesday segment. King hosts Inside Politics Sunday mornings at 8:30 on CNN.
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3:28 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

BPR: Lawrence City Hall's New Dress Code, John King, John Gruber, Expensive Weddings, Nancy Koehn

How casual does your office let you be? Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera has instituted a dress code for City Hall -- no bib overalls, no spandex, no jeans.
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  • CNN's John King joined Jim and Margery for his regular Tuesday segment. The three talked about CPAC and GOP presidential hopefuls like Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz; they also discussed the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera has instituted a dress code for City Hall workers. No more jeans, spandex or bib overalls, among other things. Should more workplaces have dress codes?
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4:21 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

BPR: CNN's Jim Sciutto, Neil Swidey, Colin And Nick Barnicle, Thank Yous, And Nancy Koehn

Boston Harbor and the Financial District skyline. The waters are much cleaner thanks to the heroic effort of five divers who undertook a deadly mission inside a pipe leading to the Atlantic.
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  • CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to talk about the impasse in the Ukraine.
  • Author Neil Swidey talked about his new book, Trapped Under the Sea. The book is the story about the massive effort that went into cleaning up Boston Harbor when it was cluttered and polluted.
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3:09 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The 'Longevity Dividend' — Staying Healthy And Slowly Aging In Our Later Years

Basic sanitation and refrigeration have helped us stay healthier and more active well into our advanced years.
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Boston Public Radio podcast for 11/14/13.

Every day, 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, according to S. Jay Olshansky. Olshansky is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Olshansky said that eventually the elderly will enjoy a "longevity dividend" — health and economic benefits  that will accrue as science learns how to slow the process of aging.

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2:53 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

How Do The Boston Mayoral Candidates Stack Up On Education And The Arts?

The Theater District in Boston is a vibrant part of city nightlife, and a great economic driver for the area. Boston mayoral candidates discussed the importance of the area Monday night.
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Boston Public Radio for Sept. 12, 2013.

The primary for the Boston mayor's race is on September 24th, leaving only a small window of opportunity for candidates to break from the rest of the pack. This week candidates weighed in at a number of forums. David Bernstein joined Callie Crossley and Peter Kadzis — filling in for Jim and Margery — to talk about Wednesday night's teachers' forum. Jared Bowen talked about a Monday night arts forum the candidates attended.

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11:46 am
Wed September 11, 2013

On Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks, Andrew Bacevich Weighs In On Iraq, Afghanistan And Syria

Andrew Bacevich talked to Jim and Margery about the reasons he thinks US military intervention in Syria would be a failure.
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Boston Public Radio for 9/11/13.

Andrew Bacevich thinks any US military strike in Syria would be misguided. Bacevich is the author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, and a retired US Army officer. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked with Bacevich about how a post-9/11 US can effectively use its military — still the biggest in the world by a large margin, still embroiled in Iraq and Afghanistan — to achieve lasting peace.

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3:37 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

CNN's John King, NBC's Chuck Todd Weigh In On White House Response To Syrian Unrest

Sec. of State John Kerry has been making the Obama administration case for acting on Syrian use of chemical weapons.
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Listen to Boston Public Radio's show for 9/10/13.


New developments are coming by the hour over the conflict in Syria. CNN's chief national correspondent, John King, and NBC's Chuck Todd talked about White House messaging, international response, and an unlikely eleventh-hour proposal from Russia. Afterwards, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to callers.

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11:18 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Congressman Capuano Weighs In On Syrian Conflict

Congressman Michael Capuano cautioned against deeper US involvement in the civil unrest in Syria.
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Boston Public Radio for 9/5/2013

Congress is still debating whether the US should get more deeply involved in the conflict in Syria. Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano talked with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about why he thinks we should be wary about greater US involvement.

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9:32 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Congress To Decide US Involvement In Syria As World Watches

Pres. Obama has announced his intention to have Congress vote on whether to use the US military in Syria after alleged chemical weapons attacks.
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Boston Public Radio's show for 9/3/2013.

Pres. Obama and lawmakers are wrestling with the idea of intervention in Syria. CNN's John King and Harvard professor Nancy Koehn analyzed the predicament, from international reaction, to an assessment of the President's leadership. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to hear from listeners, too.

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1:18 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Read The State Dept's Report On Syria's Use Of Chemical Weapons

Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement about Syria at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.
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Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the case for military action against Syria Friday. Read the state department report below.

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11:45 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Chris Lydon On Chemical Weapons And U.S. Intervention In Syria

A horse-drawn cart in a Syrian market in 2008. Scenes like this are now nonexistent as fighting tears apart the country.
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Boston Public Radio for 8/29/13.

Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon talked about the ratcheting up of tension between the US and the Assad regime in Syria. A military strike may be imminent within Syrian borders.

US officials, including the President and Sec. of State John Kerry, have insisted Assad used chemical weapons on citizens and rebel groups. Assad vehemently denied it, and there isn't consensus on the issue.

Should the US intervene to protect citizens? Would this be a step too far? Are there shades of the Iraqi and Afghani conflicts here, or is this a humanitarian mission? Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines.

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Politics & Government
5:56 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Mass. Congressional Delegation Urges Caution on Possible Syria Strike

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks in Boston.
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As President Barack Obama considers possible military intervention in Syria, members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are urging varying levels of caution.

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3:05 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Is The Fight For Gay Rights The New Civil Rights Battle?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading a crowd of supporters on the day of the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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BPR show for 8/26/13

This Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. The Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III and the Rev. Irene Monroe joined Jim Braude and Kara Miller — filling in for Margery Eagan — to ask if the gay rights movement has undergone its own transformational moment.

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Politics & Government
2:23 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Live Video At 2:30: Secretary Of State John Kerry On Alleged Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry will make a statement about the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

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2:57 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Should Mass. Reinstate Happy Hour?

Should Boston partake in the decidedly international phenomenon known as happy hour?
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BPR for 8/20/13.

Should Massachusetts allow happy hour in bars and restaurants?

Currently, the practice isn't legal in the state. The Boston Globe's Farah Stockman wrote that Boston should try happy hour "if we want to keep talented young people in" the city.

Is that true? Margery Eagan and guest host Sue O'Connell discussed with callers. What do you think? Leave a comment below, or Tweet us.

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10:54 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ask The Gov, Chris Lydon On Egypt, Tsarnaev In Court, Family Happiness

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joined Jim and Margery for the monthly Ask The Gov segment.
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BPR 7/11/2013

  • Gov. Deval Patrick joined Boston Public Radio for his monthly Ask the Governor segment.
  • Chris Lydon, host of Radio Open Source, talked about a recent trip to Egypt, and the current state of unrest in the country.
  • Jim and Margery asked listeners if they'd like the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be televised. WGBH's Adam Reilly talked about Wednesday's proceedings.
  • Innovation Hub's Kara Miller talked about what science tells us about creating and sustaining happiness in our families.
Local News
9:59 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Greater Boston Video: Marvin Kalb Says Presidential Commitments Put U.S. on 'The Road to War'

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Marvin Kalb's new book, "The Road To War," examines why there hasn't been a single declaration of war since World War II.

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