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Host Meghna Chakrabarti introduces us to newsmakers, big thinkers and artists and brings us stories of relevance to Bostonians here and around the region. Live every weekday at 3pm ET.More from Radio Boston Podcast »

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Week In Review And Future Of Manufacturing In Mass.

Host Deborah Becker reviews the week's big headlines with co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, Arline Isaacson and executive director of the Pioneer Institute, Jim Stergios. Then, we talk to MIT's Elisabeth Reynolds about how the innovation economy is reinvigorating manufacturing in the state. Finally, we replay a conversation with Michael Ward, author of the new memoir "The Sea Is Quiet Tonight" about HIV/AIDS in Boston. Do us a favor? Take our survey and tell us about you and what you like:

Chelsea Police Chief On Lawsuit And Merriam-Webster Dictionary Goes Viral

Host Anthony Brooks talks to The Boston Globe's Matt Viser about Trump's announcement of Alexander Acosta to replace Andrew Puzder as his pick for Labor Secretary and the press conference that followed. Then we talk to Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes about the city's lawsuit against the Trump Administration because they say the government is seeking to "commandeer local officials to enforce the federal government's immigration policies." And we speak to Peter Sokolowski, editor at large of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, located in Springfield, Mass., about the attention the book has been getting lately in light of words like "immigrant" and "impugn." Finally, we talk to Megan Sullivan, author of a new children's book about a child dealing with her father's reentry after five years in prison. Do us a favor, take our survey and tell us about you and what you like!

Chelsea Police Chief On Lawsuit And Merriam-Webster Dictionary Goes Viral

Third Parties In Mass. And The Rise Of Lethal Self-Defense In America

Host Anthony Brooks talks to U.S. Senator Ed Markey about the latest news out of Washington, D.C. and Markey's call for a special prosecutor to probe the Trump Administration and its relationship with Russia. Then we turn to Evan Falchuk, formerly of the United Independent Party, and Ralph Nader to talk about the viability of third parties in Massachusetts and on the national stage. We also check in with Atkinson, New Hampshire Police Chief Albert Brackett on a proposed law in the state to not require permits for carrying a concealed firearm. And Harvard historian Caroline Light talks about how that law and others, including "Stand Your Ground," are part of a rise in what she calls "Do It Yourself Security Citizenship."

Republican Roundtable And Daniel Dennett

Host Anthony Brooks checks in on what's happening in Washington, D.C. and asks two local Republicans, and Trump supporters, what they think of the first three weeks of President Trump. We also talk to Tufts professor Daniel Dennett, known for his philosophies on consciousness. Finally, we talk the big news out of UConn and other sports news with Only A Game's Bill Littlefield and WBUR reporter Shira Springer.

Groundless Voter Fraud Claims, Universal Child Care And War Vet Returns Home

Host Anthony Brooks digs into Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud in New Hampshire with former state representative and co-chair of Trump's campaign in New Hampshire Stephen Stepanek and former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican party Fergus Cullen. Then we look at what child care as a public right might look like with WBUR Cognoscenti contributor Joanna Weiss and Wellesley professor Barbara Beatty. And we talk to Bridgeport, Mass. native Michael Anthony, writer of a new memoir "Civilianized" about returning home from 12 months in Iraq. Finally, we take a look at the local Grammy award winners from last night's show.

Groundless Voter Fraud Claims, Universal Child Care And War Vet Returns Home

Blizzard Bonanza And Jazz Violinist Regina Carter

Host Meghna Chakrabarti checks in across the state to see how the region is bearing the blizzard. We also talk to WBUR legal analyst judge Nancy Gertner about Governor Charlie Baker's newest Supreme Judicial Court Pick. Finally, we talk to jazz violinist and MacArthur Genius, Regina Carter about her new album celebrating the 100th birthday of musical legend Ella Fitzgerald.

Senator Elizabeth Warren And MacArthur Fellow Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

This hour, host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren about being silenced last night by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. We also get analysis on the arcane rule from The Boston Globe's Matt Viser. Then, we talk sports with Bill Littlefield of NPR's Only A Game and check into the conditions for tonight's icy commute. Finally, we talk to historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, who coined the phrase, "well-behaved women seldom make history." Her new book is "A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism."

Dean Of Harvard Law Stepping Down And Proposed Changes To Marijuana Law

This hour, host Meghna Chakrabarti checks in on the Patriots victory parade in downtown Boston and the firing of the Bruins' head coach. We also talk to the Dean of Harvard Law School, Martha Minow, who's stepping down at the end of the academic year and will become a faculty member. Finally, we talk to state Senator Jason Lewis who's proposed numerous changes to the recreational marijuana ballot question.

Patriots Victory And Why We Fall For Propaganda

This hour, host Meghna Chakrabarti discusses the Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win in overtime — the first in Super Bowl history. We also talk to Mohamad Ali, president and CEO of Carbonite about his reaction to President Trump's executive orders regarding immigration. Finally, we talk to Yale professor Jason Stanley about his new book, "How Propaganda Works."

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