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Join hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for a smart local conversation with leaders and thinkers shaping Boston and New England. We feature our favorite conversation from each show. To hear the full show, please visit wgbhnews.org/bpr To share your opinion, email bpr@wgbh.org or call 877-301-8970 during the live broadcast from 11AM-2PM.

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Join hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for a smart local conversation with leaders and thinkers shaping Boston and New England. We feature our favorite conversation from each show. To hear the full show, please visit wgbhnews.org/bpr To share your opinion, email bpr@wgbh.org or call 877-301-8970 during the live broadcast from 11AM-2PM.

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Like listening to two literate friends...

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I discovered Jim and Margery (sp?) about two years ago - not sure how as I live in Miami- and I love the wide range of their conversations and topics (from politics to food to movies, ethics and pot!). Their forthright support of liberal democratic values is my main respite from the insanity of trump and his amoral and unpatriotic enablers. Long may they rule the (air) waves!

Jim and Margery!

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I moved from Natick ten years ago, so I love to still be able to hear their show.

iTunes Ratings

208 Ratings
Average Ratings
128
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11
11
38

Like listening to two literate friends...

By hed1117 - Jan 05 2020
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I discovered Jim and Margery (sp?) about two years ago - not sure how as I live in Miami- and I love the wide range of their conversations and topics (from politics to food to movies, ethics and pot!). Their forthright support of liberal democratic values is my main respite from the insanity of trump and his amoral and unpatriotic enablers. Long may they rule the (air) waves!

Jim and Margery!

By musicsnob20854 - Dec 01 2018
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I moved from Natick ten years ago, so I love to still be able to hear their show.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast

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Rank #1: Full Broadcast 4/18/18

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Wednesday, April 18, 2018. In the past week, two events have yet again sparked a conversation about race in our country. Two black men were arrested while waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks, and a black Harvard student was brutally beaten by police in Cambridge. We opened the lines and asked you if we can ever get that national conversation about race right. Jennifer Nassour, former chair of the Mass GOP, founder of Conservative Women for a Better Future, and counsel to Rubin and Rudman --along with Steve Kerrigan, President and co-founder of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and former CEO of the DNC--talked local and national politics. National security expert Juliette Kayyem updated us on the most recent developments in the Russian investigation. Writer and historian Timothy Snyder talked about his newest book, "The Road to Unfreedom." Former Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral gave her thoughts on the recent change to Vermont gun laws. WGBH’s Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen reviewed Amy Schumer's new movie, "I Feel Pretty."

Apr 18 2018

2hr 45mins

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Rank #2: The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018.

  • Ayanna Pressley campaigned on the slogan “Change Can’t wait” and voters agreed. In addition to Pressley’s historic upset, change couldn’t come soon enough for the state house either with with longtime, high ranking reps — Byron Rushing and Jeffrey Sanchez getting voted out of office. We opened the lines to ask you: Who else is vulnerable? And what, in this era of insurgent unrest, is the standard for being considered part of the establishment old guard?

  • Canada’s foreign minister returned to DC today to revisit NAFTA negotiations. Groundtruth Project co-founder and WGBH News Analyst *Charlie Sennott *joined us to go over that and more.

  • Then National Security analyst** Juliette Kayyem** joined us to talk about the Mueller investigation and more.

  • Two hundred years of Brazil’s heritage, culture, and memory have gone up in flames with a fire gutting the country’s oldest museum-- destroying an estimated 20 million items along the way. WGBH’s Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen joined us in studio to talk about this, the challenges facing Boston’s new Arts Tzar and how the new Muppet movie has put the “street” in Sesame Street.

  • Then a Primary Day post-mortem with Media Mavel and host of NECN’s The Take, Sue O’Connell.

  • A significant political shift is happening and the Massachusetts primary is part of it, proving that establishment politics is becoming passe. Ayanna Pressley unseated Mike Capuano without the backing of Deval Patrick or John Lewis on a campaign that was all about change--not just the need for change in DC, but but a changing demographic that demands a new kind of leadership. We opened the lines and asked you if you’re part of this change, or if you think there is a place for the seasoned politician?

  • What can Boston learn from Copenhagen cycling structure? Melissa and Chris Bruntlett are the authors of the new book: Building the Cycling City: The Dutch blueprint for Community Vitality.

Sep 05 2018

2hr 45mins

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Rank #3: Full Broadcast 3/28/18

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Wednesday, March 28th, 2018. We kicked off the show by opening the lines and asking you about spring cleaning: have you mastered the purge like a regular Marie Kondo, or are you a hoarder extaordinaire? Then, Mark Updegrove, who is the president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation in Austin and an author, journalist and historian, joined us to chat about his latest book, "The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush." National security expert Juliette Kayyem tackled the worldwide expunging of Russian diplomats and the logic behind a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Medical ethicist Art Caplan discussed on the latest medical ethics headlines, including the rise in obesity ratesamong American adults.Tech whiz Andy Ihnatko gave his take on recent news at the intersection of tech, policy and culture — and tell us what, exactly, a "raspberry pi" is.Then, it’s mating season in the natural kingdom — author and naturalist Sy Montgomery joined us to talk about the challenges that poses for endangered species.And finally, WGBH's Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen reviews this week's local arts and culture and answers the question: Does a new movie about the Chappaquiddick incident in which Sen. Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge get closer to the truth than the mediated version in real life?

Mar 28 2018

2hr 45mins

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Rank #4: Full Broadcast 10/15/18

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Monday, October 15th, 2018.

  • Jennifer Nassour, the former chairwoman of the Mass GOP, and Steve Kerrigan, the former CEO of the DNC, joined us to talk about the top local and national political headlines.

  • The GroundTruth Project's Charlie Sennott gave us the latest updates on missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test today that validates her claims of Native American ancestry. We opened the lines to hear if you are glad this question of her heritage can finally be put to bed.

  • T.V. expert Bob Thompson called in to discuss the best and worst shows on T.V.

  • Emmet Price and Irene Monroe joined us for another edition of All Revved Up.

  • Poet Richard Blanco read some fall inspired poetry.

Oct 15 2018

2hr 22mins

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Rank #5: We Take A Look At The "Hole" Story

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During a meeting on immigration with senators yesterday, Donald said he did not want people coming from "Shithole" countries like Haiti. We opened the lines to get your thoughts on Trump's comments. Plus, Emily Rooney, Shirley Leung, Mike Norton, Callie Crosley, and a special turtle rescue news quiz. (Full Show 1/12/18)

Jan 12 2018

2hr 44mins

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Rank #6: A Beer Fueled News Quiz

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Father and son team Gay Rogers and Jake Rogers from True North Ale company joined us for a beer fueled news quiz. Plus, Andy Inhatko, Emily Rooney, power pose expert Amy Cuddy, children's illustrator R.W. Alley, and Callie Crossley. (Full Show 1/26/18)

Jan 26 2018

2hr 42mins

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Rank #7: Full Broadcast: 4/27/2018

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This is the full episode of Boston Public Radio from Friday, April 27, 2018. Featuring: poet Kevin Young, "Beat the Press" host Emily Rooney, Boston Globe business columnist Shirley Leung, Harvard social psychologist Mike Norton, and a bird-themed news quiz featuring Mass Audubon.

Apr 27 2018

2hr 43mins

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Rank #8: Amazon is Not Just Tracking Their Packages

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Amazon is starting to force their employees to wear wristbands so they can track their every movement. We opened the lines to hear about your experiences with micromanaging management. Plus, Trenni Kusnierek, Andy Inhatko, John Gruber, and John Gruber.

Feb 07 2018

2hr 44mins

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Rank #9: BPR Full Show 11/1/18 | Racist Ads, Education Gap, Facebook

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Thursday, November 1st, 2018.

  • MSNBC Host Chuck Todd joined us for his take on the latest political headlines, including President Trump’s racially-charged advertisement and his recent comments on the immigrant caravan headed for the southern U.S. border.

  • We continued that conversation with Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

  • Then we opened the lines to ask you, what do you make of all this? Were you put off by Trump’s use of race and immigration issues in an advertisement?

  • Environmentalist, author and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben joined us to discuss the status of our planet — and how climate change may be affecting us much more quickly than previously anticipated.

  • Media Maven Sue O’Connell, host of NECN's "The Take" and longtime co-publisher of New England's largest LGBTQ paper, "Bay Windows," joined us to discuss Caitlyn Jenner’s change of heart on Trump.

  • Former Education Secretary Paul Reville checked in on the ongoing Harvard affirmative action lawsuit.

  • Frontline producer James Jacoby joined us to talk about his latest film, "The Facebook Dilemma,"discussing how our relationship with the social network has impacted our world.

  • Then we opened up the lines to ask you — with the way Facebook has revealed itself to be more than just a “place to connect,” are you disconnecting yourself from the site? Do you still use Facebook?

Nov 01 2018

2hr 44mins

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Rank #10: Consider The Lobster

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Switzerland has deemed it inhumane to kill a lobster by simply boiling it alive. We opened the lines to hear your thoughts on Lobsters and if we should consider their pain and feelings. Plus, food writer Corby Kummer, Frontlines' Andres Cediel, Sue O'Connell, CNN's John King, and Nancy Koehn. (01/16/18)

Jan 16 2018

2hr 50mins

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Rank #11: Full Broadcast 9/18/18

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

  • In 1991, Clarence Thomas’ fate on the Supreme Court suddenly became uncertain when Anita Hill went public with accusations of sexual misconduct. Today, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh finds himself in a similar situation, which will come to a head next Monday when he and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexual violence, testify before the Senate Judiciary committee. If Anita Hill’s testimony didn’t keep Thomas from being confirmed, why would Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony be any different? We opened the lines to ask you: What’s next?

  • On Monday the New England Patriots uncharacteristically lost to the Jaguars, facilitated by an underwhelming performance by Tom Brady. Joining us to take on this and other sports headlines is Trenni Kusnierek. She’s an anchor and a reporter for NBC sports Boston and a BPR contributor.

  • The Boston City Council has become fertile ground for a generation of new political leadership. Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell joins us for that, to talk about affordable housing, and more.

  • It’s a jungle out there. Since Amazon took over, Whole Foods working conditions are getting worse and workers want to unionize. Food writer Corby Kummer joins us for that and more.

  • Now that the fires are out, who is going to pay for the destruction and long-term consequences of the Merrimack Valley gas explosions? The Boston Globe’s Shirley Leung joins us for that and more.

  • Then, the latest politics headlines with CNN’s Chief National Correspondent and Inside Politics anchor John King.

  • Bob Thompson joins us to discuss how the Emmys handled the #MeToo era, plus the winners and losers of last night’s award ceremonies. He’s a professor and founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse.

Sep 18 2018

2hr 44mins

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Rank #12: Full Broadcast 7/02/18

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Monday, July 2nd, 2018. Our political roundtable with writer and editor Joanna Weiss and Dante Ramosof The Boston Globe went over the week's headlines. Charles Sennottexecutive director of The GroundTruth Project, brought us his analysis of the election of a left-wing, anti-Trump populist to the presidency of Mexico. Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC host and political commentator, discussed his book "Deadly Force" about the 1975 shooting of an African-American man, James Bowden Jr., by Boston police. We asked you about a rising wave of millennial socialists running for office. Is this the future of the Democratic Party? Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett Price looked at churches that mix patriotism with God. Is your Fourth of July cook-out going meatless this year? We asked you if you're planning to swap out hamburgers and hot dogs for their plant-based alternatives. Would you spend $185 on a steak sandwich? One restaurant in New York City is betting on yes. Food writer and editor Corby Kummer weighed in.

Jul 02 2018

2hr 45mins

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Rank #13: Full Broadcast 6/01/18

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Friday, June 1, 2018.

  • Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned their champion last night, and in the tradition of the Bee, we opened the lines to test your spelling skills.
  • WGBH's Emily Rooney gave us her famous list.
  • Senator Elizbeth Warren answered our questions about Dodd-Frank and Roseanne.
  • Boston Globe business columnist Shirley Leung talked about the upcoming BIO International Convention.
  • NECN's Sue O'Connell discussed Pride Month.
  • Comedian John Hodgman talked about his new book, Vacationland.
  • Actors Josh Stamberg and Joanne Kelly star in the new play Fall at the Huntington Ave. Theater. They joined us for the news quiz.

Jun 01 2018

2hr 45mins

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Rank #14: Full Broadcast 2/23/18

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The Boston Public Radio Full Broadcast from 2/23/18. Featuring: Trenni Kusnierek calling from the Olympics, we opened the lines to hear your thoughts on Trump's latest suggestions for gun reform, Boston Globe's Shirley Leung, WGBH's Emily Rooney, Economist Robert Reich, and Keith Lockhart and Ron Della Chiesa joined us for the news quiz.

Feb 23 2018

2hr 45mins

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Rank #15: Corby Kummer | The CDC Says Don't Eat Cookie Dough

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Food critic Corby Kummer joined us to talk about why it is bad to eat raw cookie dough.

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #16: Full Broadcast 3/09/18

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The full broadcast from Boston Public Radio Friday, March 9th, 2018. Daylights savings is this Sunday, so we opened the lines for our biannual question. Do you like daylight savings or do you think we should get rid of it? Doug Rau, the founder of the Daily Table, joined us to talk about the status of the project and the second store they opened in Dudley Square. Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, joined us to talk his new book, “Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism. Robert Kuttner. Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung joined us to talk about the international women's day. Under The Radar's Callie Crossley discussed the heartwarming interaction Michelle Obama had with a small girl. We had a pledge centric news quiz with WGBH's Henry Santoro and Andy Hick.

Mar 09 2018

2hr 28mins

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Rank #17: Full Broadcast 7/03/18

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018. Carol Rose, the Executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, joined us to talk about the latest Supreme Court and immigration headlines. A recent Gallup Poll says fewer people feel proud to be Americans than in the last 18 years. We opened the lines to hear how patriotic you are feeling and if it will impact your July 4th celebration. Senator Ed Markey called in to discuss his recent trip to the border. Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined us to talk about what could happen if a new Supreme Court justice helps overturn Roe v. Wade. Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School Michael Norton helped us learn how to enjoy our leisure time. CNN’s John King called in to discuss the latest headlines. Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn told us what lessons we can learn from George Washington in honor of July 4th.

Jul 03 2018

2hr 44mins

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Rank #18: Full Broadcast 8/14/18

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The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Tuesday, August 14th, 2018.

  • Congressman Seth Moulton joined us on the line to talk about the Department of Veterans Affairs, the future of the Democratic Party, and more.

  • We asked you about calls to boycott Sam Adams beer after CEO Jim Koch praised Trump's tax plan. Are you with Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and giving up Sam Adams beer?

  • Sports reporter Trenni Kusnierick weighed in on the WNBA, NFL protests, and more.

  • Is iceberg lettuce making a comeback? Food writer Corby Kummer explained.

  • The Wall Street Journal claims that everybody pours bacon grease down the drain, and everyone lies about it. We asked you: What other little things do you lie about? How often you floss? How your smartphone really got that water damage?

  • CNN's John King brought us the latest on the secret recordings former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault made in the White House.

  • Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn told us how working with your hands can teach focus and perspective.

Aug 14 2018

2hr 45mins

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Rank #19: BPR Full Show 08/12/2019: An Apparent Suicide

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Today on Boston Public Radio:

  • Charlie Chieppo and Jennifer Braceras joined us for a political round table. Chieppo is principal of Chieppo Strategies and senior fellow at both Governing and Pioneer Institute. Braceras is a political columnist, director of the Center for Law & Liberty at the Independent Women's Forum, and a former Commissioner of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

  • We spoke with WGBH News Analyst Charlie Sennott about the resignation of US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, one of a string of resignations in President Donald Trump's cabinet.

  • Pat and Tammy McLeod joined us to discuss their new book *Hit Hard: One Family's Journey of Letting Go of What Was -- And Learning to Live Well with What Is, *about their son's traumatic brain injury sustained while playing football.

  • We opened the lines to take listener calls about the news that convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein apparently committed suicide while in jail.

  • Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III joined us for another edition of All Rev'd Up to discuss the legacy of late author Toni Morrison.

  • Michael Maso, executive director of the Huntington Theater, discussed the theater's upcoming renovations.

  • Media scholar Bob Thompson previewed this year's Emmy Awards in September. Thompson is founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Aug 12 2019

2hr 44mins

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Rank #20: BPR Full Show 07/17/2019: To Impeach Or Not to Impeach

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Today on Boston Public Radio:

  • United States Senator Ed Markey spoke about his experience visiting detention facilities at the Texas border.

  • To wait or not to wait? We opened the lines to ask our listeners about Nancy Pelosi's impeachment strategy.

  • *Boston Globe *columnist Shirley Leung joined to discuss the role women played in the Apollo 11 mission.

  • Homeland security expert Juliette Kayyem discussed her recent Washington Post column about the border crisis.

  • Food writer Corby Kummer spoke about Arby's introduction of meat-based vegetables in a jab against the plant-based meat industry.

  • Economist Jonathan Gruber explained the pros and cons of rent control.

  • Harvard business historian Nancy Koehn spoke about the hazards of multi-tasking.

  • We opened the lines again, this time to ask our listeners about how they manage multi-tasking.

Jul 17 2019

2hr 45mins

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