3:10 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

BPR: John King, Ask The Education Secretary, Nancy Koehn On Airbnb, '12 Bottle Bar'

David and Lesley Solmonson joined Jim and Margery to talk about their new book The 12 Bottle Bar.
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  • John King — host of Inside Politics on CNN — talked about immigration, the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the Ukraine-Russia crisis, and why Massachusetts seems to produce so many presidential also-rans. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Mass. Education Secretary Matt Malone joined Jim and Margery for Ask the Secretary.
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5:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mass. Gov Criticized For Traveling Too Much

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s upcoming trade mission to Israel is raising questions about whether the governor travels too much. 

Patrick announced this week he’s leading a delegation to Israel, Abu Dabi and Dubai.  Over the past six months he's also been to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Mexico and Canada

Republicans, like state Representative Elizabeth Poirier, question whether this travel is necessary:

“I think the governor has a bag packed in the corner, and if the opportunity arises, he’s ready to go.”

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3:04 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

BPR: Dudley Square Gentrification, Callie Crossley, Saving Drive-ins, Emily Rooney, Friday News Quiz

The Ferdinand Furniture building in Dudley Square. The building is being renovated and will soon house Boston Public Schools headquarters. A huge influx of traffic is expected in the area.
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  • Boston Globe business writer Shirley Leung wrote Friday about a petition to help Roxbury-based businesses succeed in Dudley Square. Business is booming with the renovation of the Ferdinand Building.
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2:35 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

BPR: Flight 370 Coverage, Brian McGrory, Art Caplan, Frontline On TB, Later School Starts

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 landing at Hong Kong International Airport.
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  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the coverage of the missing Malaysian Air flight 370? Jim and Margery asked listeners if they appreciate wall-to-wall coverage — even when it risks heading into aimless speculation. (Starts at 1:00)
  • Brian McGrory — Boston Globe editor — talked about his paper's coverage of Mayor Menino's cancer announcement.
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5:46 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Demystifying The Missing Malaysian Jet

The Malaysian air force, with help from about a dozen other nations, continues to search the seas on both sides of the Malay Peninsula for any sign of Flight 370.
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Genuine mysteries are rare, but that seems to be what we have with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

There’s the theory that the Boeing 777 bound for Beijing took an unexplained left turn before disappearing.

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4:37 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The Boston Globe's Alex Beam On Christmas Letters, Snowy Owls And Secondhand Stress

A traditional Christmas letter. Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam parodied the letter in his column this week.
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Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam was the Open Mic guest on Boston Public Radio with Jim and Margery. Beam took on the dreaded annual tradition of the Christmas letter, explained why Logan Airport should kill off its Snowy Owl population, and wondered about a malady described in the Wall Street Journal as "secondhand stress."

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3:44 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Dining 'Al Desko' — Where Are You Spending Your Lunch Break?

Does this look like your lunch? Jim and Margery polled listeners about their lunch habits.
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BPR's podcast for 11/21/13.

The Boston Globe recently cataloged ways workers take their lunch breaks. For some it was a quick meal outdoors. Others stayed right at their desks and kept on working. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan surveyed listeners on their lunchtime habits.

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3:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jim And Margery Talk With Boston City Councilor John Connolly

John Connolly, left, joined Jim and Margery for a final interview before Tuesday's election. Marty Walsh, right, will appear on BPR Monday.
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Boston Public Radio for 11/1/13.

City Councilor-At-Large John Connolly joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for a final pre-election interview. Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide which candidate ushers in a new era at City Hall. State Rep. Marty Walsh will join Jim and Margery Monday for a final interview.

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9:41 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ask The Airline Pilot — What Are Your Questions For Patrick Smith?

Cockpit of a Swiss Saab 2000 aircraft. Have a question about what goes on once the cockpit door closes? Leave it in the comments section below.
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BPR show for 8/21/13.


Patrick Smith has piloted flights for decades across the US and other countries. On Wednesday he joined Margery Eagan and Sue O'Connell — filling in for Jim Braude — to answer listeners' questions about air travel. Curious what goes on once the cockpit is locked? Have nagging questions that come up every time you fly? Tweet us, leave a message on Facebook, or comment below.

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5:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Enjoy Your Vacation, Mr. President

President Barack Obama fist bumps World Bank President Jim Kim after Kim teed off during their golf outing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
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President Barack Obama has just a few days left on his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard… a vacation many begrudge him.

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11:09 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Race Is On For Boston Mayor And Mass. Governor, The Best Summer Songs, Kevin Weeks Testimony

Should Boston get rid of spaces for cars? The Boston Redevelopment Authority is considering prioritizing foot and bike traffic.
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  • Shannon O'Brien, former Massachusetts state treasurer, and Rep. Dan Winslow joined Jim and Margery to talk politics, including races for Boston mayor and Massachusetts governor.
  • The Boston Redevelopment Authority is toying with the idea of reducing parking spots in Boston, effectively giving the green light to more foot and bike traffic. Are you on board?
  • WGBH's Adam Reilly talked about the testimony of Kevin Weeks in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger.
  • The Rev. Eugene F.
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12:15 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Pilot Patrick Smith Says Golden Age of Air Travel is Now

By Patrick Smith. Paperback, 304 pages.
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When airline pilot and writer Patrick Smith started taking questions from the traveling public through his series, Ask the Pilot, he was amazed by how many people were terrified of turbulence. 

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3:14 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

BPR: Guns On The Common, Airline Goes Pay-What-You-Weigh, Kerouac On The Big Screen

On BPR, Jim and Margery talked about Wednesday's gun demonstration in the Boston Common, and explored the implications of new regulations and personal freedoms.
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  • Pro-gun groups held a rally on the Boston Common Wednesday. Jim and Margery talk with Jim Wallace from the Gun Owners Action League.
  • Should airlines charge you based on your weight?
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4:35 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Inside the Cockpit: Travel with an Airline Pilot

If you're one of the nearly 43.6 million people who plans to travel this Thanksgiving weekend, you might want to pay attention to what airline pilot and air travel columnist Patrick Smith has to say.

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11:10 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Grounding Employee Expectations at American Airlines

A plane is deiced by American Airlines employees at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. After the airline's bankruptcy, workers are being laid off or asked to make salary concessions.
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Soon hordes of travelers will descend on the nation's airports for the year's busiest travel season. Long lines and delays, crying babies, missed connections and expensive snacks are common irritants for travelers. But behind the scenes, airline workers have their own long list of gripes.

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12:10 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Extreme Leaf Peeping with the 'Arboreal Oracle' Jeff Folger

Fall foliage draws tourists and New Englanders out for rides and strolls through the leaves.
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These days everything is amped up — or as Spinal Tap put it, cranked to 11. We have extreme makeovers, extreme sports and yes, now we'd like to introduce .... extreme leaf peeping.

Professional photographer and expert leaf peeper Jeff Folger has been dubbed the "Arboreal Oracle." He joined us to share a few trade secrets.