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FROM THE CURIOSITY DESK
12:26 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Root The (1903) Red Sox On To World Series Victory

The Boston Letter Carrier's Band plays the Rooters fight song Tessie as the rooters sing along at the 1903 World Series.
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If you're finding it difficult to watch postseason baseball with the Red Sox on the sidelines after a disastrous season, we invite you to take a moment to reflect on one of the first great moments in Boston baseball history — the first World Series and the unlikely song that helped the home team win the day.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
8:59 am
Fri September 26, 2014

BPR: Holder and Jeter Say Goodbye

BPR: Eric Holder and Derek Jeter say goodbye.
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  • How deep can President Obama get into war without Congressional approval? Elizabeth Spahn, Professor of Law Emerita at New England Law Boston, walks us through this thorny issue.
  • Boston Globe Editor, Brian McGrory returns to update us on Eric Holder's resignation (and the speculations about who will replace him), Maria Sacchetti's reporting on immigration, and Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium.
  • Dan Shaughnessy stops by to talk about Derek Jeter's legacy in baseball.
  • Under The Radar's Callie Crossley discusses "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Shonda Rhimes vs. Alessandra Stanley, the Holder resignation (and the Deval Patrick factor), as well as the Mary Bonuato Genius award.
  • Celtic Sojourn's Brian O'Donovan on why live music is where it's at, and where, exactly, to find it.
  • We open up the mic to Emily Rooney about the Tsarnaev trial, voting in church's and her List.
  • Finally we close our first week of the three hour show with Dann and Martha Paquette, founders of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, and our News Quiz.
Local News
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Poll: Despite Domestic Violence Incidents, Football Remains America's Favorite Sport

Respondents said fans watch despite domestic violence controversies, and think the Washington Redskins should keep their name.

A new poll finds that despite a recent rash of domestic violence incidents involving NFL players, football remains America’s favorite team sport.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

BPR: Best of Open Mic with Mike Dukakis, Ray Flynn, Tom Menino, Nancy Koehn, Alex Beam

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  • Former Governor Mike Dukakis joins Jim and Margery for a sprawling conversation that gets into high-speed rail, Greece's health care system, and who the best looking woman on Medicare is.
  • Former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn joins Jim and Margery to talk about the future of Boston under new leadership, the hope that Pope Francis has brought to Catholics, and Flynn's days as a
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
9:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

BPR: The Second Amendment,The Greatest Year For Baseball, Chef Dan Barber, Road Trip Movies

On The Road
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  • Politicians, pundits and pro-gun ownership activists all turn to the Second Amendment to justify the right to bear arms. This short, awkwardly worded clause is the subject of a new book by Michael Waldman, president of NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, who joins Margery Eagan and Jim Braude today to discuss the gun debate.
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LOCAL NEWS
6:46 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Bringing The Olympics To Boston

A decision on which city will host the 2024 Summer Olympics is still years away, but the idea of bringing the games to Boston has already generated plenty of debate with detractors calling it's foolish, while supporters say it's doable and a positive.

Among those looking at the idea is David D’Alessandro, the onetime CEO of John Hancock the company which sponsored the 2002 Utah Olympics.

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Steve Pagliuca is a co-owner of the Boston Celtics, and an executive member of Boston 2024 committee. 

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FROM PRI'S THE WORLD
3:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Franklin Park Zoo Ocelot Picks Germany To Win The World Cup

Isodoro a.k.a Izzy the ocelot at Franklin Park Zoo picked Germany to win the 2014 World Cup.
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After Germany's semi-final World Cup win against Brazil on Tuesday, their players warned everyone not to get too excited. 

Don't worry, guys — the trophy is yours.

Izzy, The World's World-Cup predicting ocelot at Franklin Park Zoo, says Germany will beat Lionel Messi and Argentina on Sunday and take home their fourth World Cup title.

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LOCAL NEWS
6:57 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fenway Marks 25th Anniversary Of 'Field Of Dreams'

It’s the 25th anniversary of Kevin Costner’s much beloved baseball movie "Field of Dreams." This Sunday, there will be a celebration at Fenway Park. Fans are invited to bring their dogs along as they take in a minor league game, followed by a screening of the film on the dreamiest field of all. 

LOCAL NEWS
6:16 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Seeing Red: Washington Redskins' Trademark Revoked

Boston’s definitive football franchise is the New England Patriots, but 80 years ago, the Boston Redskins ruled the gridiron, winning the 1936 Eastern Division Championship but falling to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship. The following year, the team packed up and moved to DC.

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Local News
12:07 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

How The New England Revolution Are Developing Tomorrow's U.S. World Cup Talent

The World Cup ball.
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When the U.S. beat Ghana in its first World Cup game, the best and worst of American soccer was on display—from Clint Dempsey’s toughness to long stretches where the team simply looked lost.

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LOCAL NEWS
7:04 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

How Greater Boston's Brazilians Are Celebrating The World Cup

America is a nation of immigrants, and that’s on vivid display every four years during soccer’s World Cup. Team USA has built a strong following, of course, but for many soccer fans, the old country remains their true passion. And here in Massachusetts, with the largest concentration of Brazilians in the country, whole neighborhoods are going all out to cheer on their beloved Team Brazil. 

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Local News
12:58 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Boston, L.A., San Fransisco, D.C. On The 2024 Olympics Short List

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities still in the running for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

A person briefed on the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision-making process told The Associated Press that all four cities are still in consideration. The person requested anonymity because the USOC has not made an official announcement.

Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. The other three cities would be first-time hosts.

The International Olympic Committee will award the Games in 2017.

Local News
5:37 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Powerful Allure Of Steroids

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The public image of steroids and steroid users has taken some big hits lately, from the humiliation of sports stars like Alex Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong to the horrific murder committed by steroid user Jared Remy.

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Local News
9:42 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Longtime Baseball Fixture Don Zimmer Dies At 83

Don Zimmer
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The Tampa Bay Rays say former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died. He was 83.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:55 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Alex Beam Embarks On An Apology Tour

The Hillsborough Stadium, site of the 1988-89 FA Cup Semifinal between the Liverpool F.C. and Nottingham Forest clubs in April 1989. Ninety-six people were crushed to death that day.
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Open Mic guest and Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam joined Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen in Studio Three for his Open Mic segment. Beam talked about his new column, an apologia for an earlier piece he'd written about a tragedy at a British soccer game in 1989.

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Local News
9:03 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Former Players: NFL Illegally Used Drugs

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A group of retired NFL players says in a lawsuit that the league illegally supplied them with risky painkillers that numbed their injuries and led to medical complications.  

Attorney Steven Silverman says his firm filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco.

The lawsuit takes aim at what it calls the league's culture of drug misuse. It says drugs were used to speed players' return to the field and maximize profits.

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SPORTS
6:17 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Local Tennis Pro Eric Butorac Heading To French Open

For the past three years, tennis pro Eric Butorac has been the third-ranked American in doubles with his partner Raven Klaasen.

Now, the Cambridge resident is hoping to repeat that success later this month at the French Open.

Local News
10:37 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Canadiens Force Game 7 With 4-0 Win Over Bruins

Carey Price made 26 saves for the shutout and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-0 on Monday night to force Game 7.

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Local News
11:16 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Matt Fraser Lifts Bruins Past Canadiens, 1-0 In OT

Matt Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

BPR: John King, Prayer At Public Meetings, Oyster Farms, Chris Collins, Nancy Koehn

Worried about effects of man-made climate change? This week the federal government issued a report on immediate threats to the environment in the US, and what can be done about it.
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  • CNN's John King — host of Inside Politics — joined Jim and Margery for his regular Tuesday segment. King looked at Pres. Obama's new push on climate change, on the heels of a new federal report about the dangers to the US and the rest of the world.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:14 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Revs. Irene Monroe And Emmett G. Price III Discuss Twitter Racism On BPR

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was the subject of racist tweets after scoring a game-winning goal against the Bruins. Revs. Emmett Price and Irene Monroe discussed the tweets.
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Every Monday, the Reverends Emmett Price and Irene Monroe join Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for Open Mic on Boston Public Radio. This past Monday, Price and Monroe discussed racist tweets directed at a black hockey player following a Bruins loss.

Emmett Price is an associate professor of music at Northeastern University. Price is the author of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational DivideIrene Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist who writes for Huffington Post and Bay Windows.

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SPORTS
9:09 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Time for Bruins' Fans to Show Some Class

PK Subban, Montreal Canadien, drew racist tweets from Bruins fans in Game One of the playoff series.
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Just days after NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban, playoff hockey found itself embroiled in a racial controversy as well. Boston Bruins fans, upset after a 4-3 loss to Montreal in Thursday night's series opener, took to Twitter and Facebook—not to commiserate but to eviscerate.

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Local News
3:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Bruins Distance Team From Racist Tweets At Subban

The Boston Bruins are condemning racist slurs about P.K. Subban that hit social media after the Montreal defenseman scored the winning goal in the second overtime of their playoff game Thursday night.

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SPORTS
5:30 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Sterling Fallout: Lingering Questions About Racism

Days after a recording of Donald Sterling spouting racist rancor was leaked, the owner of the LA Clippers has been excommunicated from the NBA. The story has just about everyone talking, with the notable exception of Sterling himself, who’s been uncharacteristically silent. And while the NBA would just as soon get back to the business of basketball – it is the playoffs after all – the reality is, this saga is far from over.

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Local News
6:46 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Sterling Controversy Highlights Racism In Sports

Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, was allegedly recorded making racially offensive comments. The tapes were posted over the weekend by the website TMZ, prompting a protest from his own team and a rebuke from President Obama. Now that Sterling's past record is under scrutiny, some are accusing the NBA of enabling him.

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LOCAL NEWS
5:33 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Double Standard? BU Coach Accused of Bullying

Accusations of bullying and harassment are not something typically associated with women’s sports, but that’s what allegedly took place at Boston University, resulting in the departure of women's basketball coach Kelly Greenberg.

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LOCAL NEWS
5:29 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Tar-Gate: Yankees Pitcher Suspended

When it comes to bad behavior, the cover-up is generally worse than the crime, but in professional baseball, the cover-up is key. Some rules that are so routinely broken that all anyone really cares about is that you cover your tracks. That’s a lesson Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda learned the hard way last night at Fenway Park. 

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Local News
11:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Jean Shepherd’s 'Memories Of Fenway Park': From The WGBH Vault

Jean Shepherd at Fenway Park in 1969.

“These are the things you learn out at the ballpark,” said spoken-word genius Jean Shepherd from his spot in left field, standing before Fenway Park’s legendary Green Monster.

The year was 1969.

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LOCAL NEWS
5:48 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Should Colleges Pay Their Student-Athletes?

College athletes are barred from getting paid, but that could change after the National Labor Relations Board decided recently that Northwestern University’s football players are school employees and eligible to unionize.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
2:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

BPR: Politics, MBTA's Late Night Service, All Revved Up, Simon Schama

Gubernatorial Candidate Republican Charlie Baker
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  • Garrett Quinn, from Mass Live and UMass Boston political science professor Erin O'Brien go over local and national politics.
  • Edgar B Herwick III reviews the MBTA's late night service debut after spending a Friday night embedded with night owl commuters.
  • Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett Price discuss a wide range of topics from Eric Fehrnstrom's
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