Rank #1: Full Broadcast 4/18/18
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."
Rank #2: BPR Full Show 6/4/2019: Welcome To The Poopatorium
Today on Boston Public Radio:
We opened up the lines and asked our listeners: Is it time to get rid of the SAT?
Trenni Kusnierek, NBC Sports Boston anchor and reporter, examined the debate over putting up netting in baseball stadiums to protect fans from being hit by foul balls.
Carol Rose, executive director of ACLU of Massachusetts, discussed the ROE Act and other efforts to protect abortion access in the state.
The Boston Globe’s travel writer, Christopher Muther, told us about his favorite new travel destination: a cat sanctuary in Hawaii.
Sue O’Connell, host of NECN’s “The Take,” looked at the legacy of the Stonewall Riots 50 years on.
CNN’s John King, host of “Inside Politics,” shared the latest national news.
We opened up the lines and asked you about whether airlines should get rid of carry-on bags to make it easier for people to evacuate planes in case of emergencies.
Rank #3: BPR Full Show 11/16: Commissioner Of Common Sense, Jim Acosta, Urban Grape
The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Friday, November 16th, 2018.
We opened up the lines to hear how our listeners felt about Congressman Seth Moulton’s fight to make sure Nancy Pelosi is not elected Speaker of the House.
Atlantic Senior Editor Corby Kummer stopped by the Boston Public Library to talk about how the results of the midterm elections might influence the farm bill currently being debated in Congress.
Beat the Press host Emily Rooney joined us to talk about CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration for revoking reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass after a heated exchange between Acosta and the president.
We spoke to Boston Globe Interim Editorial Page Editor Shirley Leung about Amazon’s decision not to locate HQ2 in Boston.
Under the Radar host Callie Crossley joined us to talk about the treatment of freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by the beltway press corps.
We spoke to playwright Ryan Landry about his upcoming play “A Nightmare on Elf Street.”
Hadley and TJ Douglas, the duo behind wine, beer and spirits store The Urban Grape,joined us for our weekly news quiz.
Rank #4: Full Broadcast 3/28/18
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?
Rank #5: BPR Full Show 6/3/2019: Hurricane Donald Makes Landfall In Britain
Today on Boston Public Radio:
Our political roundtable with analyst Charlie Chieppo and former state treasurer Shannon O’Brien tackled the latest headlines.
Charles Sennott, founder of The GroundTruth Project, discussed President Donald Trump’s state visit to the U.K.
We opened up the lines and asked listeners about the movement to go flightless (no, we’re not talking about penguins.) Some people are eschewing flights in favor of ground transportation like trains out of concerns about the environmental impacts of air travel. Would you do the same?
Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett Price shared their thoughts on Robert F. Smith vacating student loan debt for graduates of Morehouse College and other topics on “All Revved Up.”
Television expert Bob Thompson looked at the return of Deadwood, Ava DuVernay’s new film about the Central Park Five, and other must-see moments in TV this week.
Then we opened up the lines and asked listeners about a new study on the adverse health effects of binge-watching TV.
To celebrate Pride Month, poet Richard Blanco shared two of his own poems about growing up gay on the latest installment of “Village Voice.”
Rank #6: We Take A Look At The "Hole" Story
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)
Rank #7: A Beer Fueled News Quiz
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)
Rank #8: Full Broadcast 6/21/18
The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Thursday, June 21st, 2018. Meet The Press host Chuck Todd joined us to talk about the executive order Trump signed yesterday that stopped the "zero tolerance" policy of pulling children away from their parents, and other immigration news. Gil Kerlikowske, the former head of Customs and Border Protection under Barack Obama, joined us to talk about the immigration crisis. Boston City Councilor and candidate for Congress Ayanna Pressley, joined us to talk about inequality in the 7th district. Medical ethicist Art Caplan discussed the impact Trump has been having on health care. Playwright Ryan Landry gave us his social and cultural observations.
Rank #9: Full Broadcast: 4/27/2018
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.
Rank #10: BPR Full Show 12/11/18 : Elected Officials, Bob Woodward, Plastic Bags
The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Tuesday, December 11th, 2018.
We opened the lines and asked you if you think all positions like judges, police chiefs, and cabinet positions should be elected the way we elect our senators, governors and presidents?
NBC Sport's Trenni Kusnierek discussed the Patriots' poor performance last Sunday.
*The Boston Globe's *Shirley Leung talked about former governor Deval Patrick's decision to not run for President.
Food writer and Senior Editor at *The Atlantic *Corby Kummer joined us to talk about the latest advancements in indoor vertical farming.
Legendary reporter Bob Woodward was in the studio to discuss the Trump administration and his book, Fear: Trump in the White House.
CNN's John King talked about the latest political headlines.
We asked you if you are ready for Boston's plastic bag ban beginning this Friday.
Rank #11: Amazon is Not Just Tracking Their Packages
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.
Rank #12: The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
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.
Rank #13: Full Broadcast 10/15/18
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.
Rank #14: BPR Full Show 4/4/2019: Ukuleles, Tax Returns, and Gender X
On *Boston Public Radio *today:
Chuck Todd, host of “Meet the Press,” discussed the House’s move to request President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Then we opened up the lines and asked you about Wynn Resorts. Now that the company admits it covered up sexual assault allegations against Steve Wynn, should their casino license be revoked?
Former Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral discussed a new addiction treatment program being launched in some Massachusetts prisons.
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka outlined her support for a bill that would allow a “Gender X” option on state licenses and IDs.
Cartoonist Roz Chast and humorist Patty Marx discussed their new book, “Why Don’t You Write My Euology Now So I Can Correct It?” and treated us to a performance of their ukulele duo, “Ukulear Explosion.”
Former state secretary of education Paul Reville weighed in on an MCAS question that proved so controversial that state officials decided it shouldn’t be scored.
Then we opened up the lines and asked you about a recent New York Times article highlighting the tedium and boredom of high school. Was this true for you? Was your high school boring? Was learning a chore? What teachers or extracurricular activities made the difference?
Rank #15: Consider The Lobster
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)
Rank #16: Full Broadcast 6/01/18
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.
Rank #17: Full Broadcast 2/23/18
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.
Rank #18: Full Broadcast 7/02/18
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 Sennott, executive 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.
Rank #19: Full Broadcast 3/09/18
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.
Rank #20: BPR Full Show 10/25/18: Trump comments on bombs, sears, and green bean casserole.
The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Thursday, October 25th, 2018.
"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd discussed the suspicious packages, some of which contained pipe bombs, which were sent to prominent Democratic leaders yesterday. Then we opened up the lines and asked you about President Donald Trump's response.
The new book "White Fragility" looks at the assumptions white people make that prop up systemic racism — and how often they don't even realize they're doing it. Author and sociologist Robin DiAngelo joined us.
Andrea Cabral, the former Suffolk County sheriff, discussed the latest criminal justice news.
WGBH science editor Heather Goldstone shared some surprising developments about carbon capture.
The inventor of the classic Thanksgiving staple, the green bean casserole, has died. We opened up the lines and got your stories.
Jonathon Alsop, founder of the Boston Wine School, weighed in on a cheating scandal in the world of sommeliers.