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BPR Full Show Post : Joe Kennedy III, Beto O'Rourke, FRONTLINE

The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Thursday, March 14th, 2019. Chuck Todd , the Moderator of Meet the Press, host of Meet the Press Daily on MSNBC, and the political director for NBC news, gave us his thoughts on the latest news headlines Rep. Joe Kennedy III called in to talk about Medicare for all and his friend and former colleague Beto O'Rourke's presidential campaign announcement. Andrea Cabral, former Suffolk County Sheriff, former secretary of Public safety, CEO of Ascend, discussed California governor Gavin Newsom's decision to abolish the death penalty in his state. The former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford, the former former U.S. ambassador to Iceland Robert Barber, and the the former former U.S. ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont, joined us to talk about their experiences as diplomats. Henry Singer, the director of FRONTLINE's new documentary on the war crimes of General Ratko Mladic during the Balkin wars, "The Trial of Ratko Mladic, joined us to talk about his new film. Heather Goldstone, WGBH's science correspondent, and the host of Living Lab radio, which you can catch Sundays at noon, right here on 89-7 and Mondays at 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM on WCAI 90., joined us to go over the latest environmental headlines. We opened the phones to get your thoughts on the college admissions cheating scandal.

BPR Full Show Post 3/13/19 : College Admissions, Paul Manafort, Eating The Same Food

The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed to protect Medicare and Medicaid. As president, his latest budget proposal would slash both those policies. We talked to Medical Ethicist Art Caplan about this, the "anti-vaxxer" movement's effect on recent measles outbreaks, and how a Georgia state representative is mocking the heartbeat abortion bill with a "testicular bill of rights," which would criminalize vasectomies and require men to get permission from their partners before getting that Viagra prescription filled. Caplan is the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Chair, and director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center. He's also the co-host of the Everyday Ethics podcast. Carolyn Beeler, the environment reporter for PRI's The World, joins us for another Antarctica dispatch, where she's studying the effects of climate change. News broke Tuesday of an alleged college admissions scam, in which wealthy parents schemed to get their children into elite colleges. We opened the lines and asked our listeners: Is this symptomatic of how crazed society has become when it comes to going to the right school? Paul Manafort's four-year sentence has provoked outrage from those who say it is too lenient. But today, Manafort faces up to 10 more years of prison in another case for conspiracy against the U.S. Will sentencing Judge Amy Jackson see a different man than Judge Ellis did? We talk to Juliette Kayyem about this, the Robert Mueller case and more. Kayyem is on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy school, a CNN analyst and CEO of ZEMCAR. A new podcast takes an unfiltered look at Alzheimer's through the experiences of an unfiltered man: Greg O'Brien, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2009. The podcast, produced by WGBH editor Sean Corcoran, is called "The Forgetting: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's." It's co-hosted by O'Brien, the author of "On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's" and David Shenk, the author of "The Forgetting: Alzheimer's, Portrait of an Epidemic." Sy Montgomery joins us for our monthly examination of the intersection of human and animal behavior. Montgomery is a journalist, naturalist and a BPR contributor. Her latest book is "How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals." WGBH's Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen joins us to talk about new leadership at the Peabody Essex Museum.

BPR Full Show Post 3/13/19 : College Admissions, Paul Manafort, Eating The Same Food

BPR Full Show 3/12/19 : Impeachment, Dull Dining, A Celtic Sojourn

The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Tuesday, March 12, 2019. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Post in an interview that impeaching President Donald Trump would be too divisive for the country and that "he's just not worth it." We opened up the lines and asked our listeners: Do you agree with her? Trenni Kusnierek, anchor and reporter with NBC Sports Boston, discussed the tragic death of Olympic athlete Kelly Catlin. Federal prosecutors in Boston today unveiled charges against almost 50 people as part of a college bribery scheme. We went over the case with legal expert Michael Zeldin, a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, a CNN legal analyst, and former colleague of Robert Mueller. Could you eat the same thing for lunch every day? Corby Kummer — a senior editor at The Atlantic, an award-winning food writer, and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy — looked at the surprising benefits. Move over, Acela — could the Tesla be a better way to travel between Boston and New York? Christopher Muther, columnist and travel writer for The Boston Globe, weighed in. John King, CNN's chief National Correspondent and host of "Inside Politics," went over the latest national news. We ended the show with a special preview of A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn with host Brian O'Donovan and musical guests The Friel Sisters.

Corby Kummer | Eating The Same Lunch Every Day Is Not Going To Kill You

Food critic Corby Kummer joined BPR to talk about why eating the same lunch every day may actually be good for you.

BPR Full Show 3/11/19 : Political Roundtable, Drone Strikes, Malcolm X

The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Monday, March 11th, 2019.

BPR Full Show Post 3/8/19 : Voting Age, Mayor Walsh, Blackbird Doughnuts

The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Friday, March 8th, 2019. We opened up the phone lines to ask how our listeners feel about a proposal to lower the voting age to 16. The Boston Globe's Consumer Advocacy Reporter Sean Murphy joined us to discuss some of his most recent reporting. Mayor Marty Walsh stopped by the Boston Public Library for another edition of "Ask the Mayor." Under the Radar host Callie Crossley joined us to discuss Joe Biden's record on desegregation in the 1970s. We spoke with New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe about his new book "Say Nothing" Erin Connor and Rebecca Roth Gollo of Blackbird Doughnuts joined us for our weekly news quiz.

BPR Full Show 3/7/19 : Mueller Updates, New Speed Limits, Immigration

The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Thursday, March 7th, 2019 Chuck Todd, the moderator of Meet the Press, host of Meet the Press Daily on MSNBC, and the political director for NBC news, called in to talk about the split in the house over Rep. Ilhan Omar's alleged anti-Semitic remarks about Israel. In light of a New Yorker story on the close collaboration between Trump and Fox News, Democrats have spoken out against the station hosting any presidential debates. We opened the lines to hear if you think this is the right decision. Mike Astrue, the commissioner of the Social Security Administration from 2007 to 2013, explained the 25th Amendment. He also served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States at the White House in the Reagan and George Bush Sr administrations. Andrea Cabral, former Suffolk County sheriff, former secretary of public safety, and CEO of Ascend, discussed the revelation that Michael Cohen allegedly lied during his recent testimony about asking for a pardon. Sue O'Connell, co-publisher of Bay Windows and The South End News, and host of NECN's The Take with Sue O'Connell, talked about the recent confirmation of a judge who interned at an anti-LGBTQ group. Paul Reville, former secretary of education and a professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education where he also runs the Education Redesign Lab, talked about why it is taking so long for the Boston Public School system to find a new superintendent Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will be proposing a reduction of the speed limit in Boston neighborhoods to 20 miles per hour today. We went to the phones to hear if you think this proposal will prevent accidents or create more. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, discussed the latest news on Trump's boarder wall emergency. Noorani's latest book is, "There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration."

BPR Full Show 3/6/19: Frontline, A Cure For HIV, What Makes You Faint

The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Wednesday, March 6th, 2019. A new study from PredictWise in collaboration with The Atlantic ranked every county in Massachusetts as being in the 99th or 100th percentile for "more prejudiced" in terms of political tolerance, or lack thereof. We opened up the lines to ask our listeners, Do you think this is true? And if so, why? A second patient is in remission of HIV after receiving a stem cell transplant. Joining us to discuss what this means for HIV research and the future of finding a cure is Art Caplan, the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Chair, and director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center. He's also the co-host of the Everyday Ethics podcast. We checked in on the ongoing search for Boston's Superintendent of Schools with Shirley Leung, the Boston Globe's Interim Editorial Page editor. Conan Harris and Mark Culliton of College Bound Dorchester joined us to discuss their new initiative to get gang members off the street and into college. Mark Culliton is the CEO of College Bound Dorchester and Conan Harris serves as the organization's Senior Vice President of Policy and External Affairs. Tom Jennings, the producer of new Frontline documentary "Right to Fail," discusses Frontline's new film about New York City's landmark ruling to let people in assisted housing live independently — and how that decision has backfired. In our discussion with medical ethicist Art Caplan, we discussed the largely ignored reason why many people faint at the sight of blood, a phenomenon called vasovagal syncope. We opened the lines to ask our listeners about their experience. And finally, we checked in with Carolyn Beeler, environment reporter for PRI's The World, who gave us an update on her Antarctica expedition to Thwaites Glacier.

Corby Kummer | Fast Food Is Getting Worse and Worse For You

Food critic Corby Kummer joined BPR to talk about how fast food keeps getting worse for you.

BPR Full Show 3/5/19 : Boston Housing, Amazon Food, Free Food

The full broadcast of Boston Public Radio from Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 With rents so high in Boston, it is becoming more common to have roommates as you get older. We opened the lines to here about your housing plights in Boston. Anchor and reporter with NBC Sports Boston, Trenni Kusnierek, gave us her thoughts on the latest sports headlines. Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, talked about Trump's recent vow to save freedom of speech on college campuses. Corby Kummer, senior editor at The Atlantic,an award winning food writer and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy, discussed Amazon's new food options. We went to the phones and asked you about the crazy ways people react when they see free food. John King, CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of* Inside Politics, *broke down the top political stories. Pianist Kirill Gerstein discussed his latest recording for myrios classics of Busoni's Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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