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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.

Most Recent Episodes

BPR Full Show 07/23/2019: A Scandal In The RMV

Today on Boston Public Radio: We opened up the lines and hear listeners' thoughts on the licenses suspension scandal at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. On Monday, lawmakers abruptly recessed an oversight hearing on failures at the Registry of Motor Vehicles after the Baker administration witnesses the committee hoped to hear from did not show up. Attorney General Maura Healey joined us for another edition of Ask the AG. Legal analyst Michael Zeldin joined us for a preview of special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony tomorrow. We spoke with Atlantic Senior Editor Corby Kummer about a new program by the National Restaurant Association to train former inmates to work in restaurants. CNN's John King joined us to go over the latest headlines from the 2020 presidential race. We discussed an ESPN radio host's break from normal content to condemn President Trump's racist comments with NBC sports reporter Trenni Kusnierek.

The Dark Side Of Delivery

You've just eyed up a pizza on your food delivery app, and boy does it look good. But do you ever think about what goes on after you hit the 'Order' button? The New York Times' Metro reporter Andy Newman spent six days delivering food as a freelance deliverer for food apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats, and he discovered what the other side of food delivery is like. Food writer Corby Kummer joined *Boston Public Radio *on Tuesday to describe what full-time deliverers experience. "The larger truth is delivery people are not treated as people. These apps may be your friend when you want a rose oolong tea delivered to your door in ten minutes, but they are not the food service providers friends and they are definitely not the workers friends," he said. Kummer related a particularly worrying account from Newman's NYT's article about a DoorDash worker who was injured. "One of the great quotes in the main story was a DoorDash worker who fell and broke both arms. All DoorDash did was send him or her a 'Get Well Soon' card. Nothing about insurance, nothing about workers compensation, the whole thing was like this nightmarish dehumanizing experience." Customers tend to negatively target workers in the food business and rude behavior isn't getting any better with technology playing as a middleman, Kummer said. "Social isolation is considered the main health problem in society right now. It is happening all over society and it is a kind of dehumanizing that comes of only communicating with people on your cellphone via apps and not voice. People aren't being treated as people," he said. "Make sure the tip goes to the worker, open the door, look the person in the eye, say thank you." Some delivery food apps don't pass on customers' tips to the deliverer, Kummer added. "Another nefarious, terrible, dehumanizing thing about this is the apps greedily steal your tip. So the customer might think they're tipping well, but the companies apply that tip toward the cost of their delivery and they don't pass it on to the deliverer. They just give the deliverer the guaranteed minimum. Try to figure out or insist that the companies actually say whether the tips go to the workers, because often they don't," he said. Kummer also pointed out that the delivery service Grubhub steals business from restaurants. "Think about where you order from and the way the restaurants are being treated. Grubhub is stealing people's restaurant names to create phony websites to take away business from them and steal their commissions."

Boston Public Radio Full Show 07/22/19: White Male Privilege

Today on Boston Public Radio: Shannon O'Brien and Joe Malone joined for a politics round-table about the upcoming Democratic debates and to preview the Robert Mueller testimony. O'Brien is the former treasurer of Massachusetts and former Democratic nominee for governor. Malone is also a former state treasurer. TV expert Bob Thompson gave a recap of the recently announced Emmy nominations. We opened the lines to ask our listeners how they feel about the upcoming Mueller testimony. Huntington Theatre Company's Director of Eductation Meg O'Brien, and rising high school senior at Codman Academy Arie Dowe spoke about the Huntington Theatre's collaborative production with the school to put on King Lear. Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III discussed white male privilege. Harvard business historian Nancy Koehn talked about Abraham Lincoln's connection with the GOP. We opened the lines again, this time to ask our listeners how they feel about swimming in open water, after recent shark sightings in Cape Cod.

Boston Public Radio Full Show 07/19/19: Molly of Denali

Today on Boston Public Radio: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing tomorrow, we opened the lines to ask our listeners for their memories and thoughts about the event. Dorothea Gillim, executive producer of *Molly of Denali, *joined to talk about the new PBS Kids show. Mayor Marty Walsh and new director of the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement Yusufi Vali joined Jim and guest host Shirley Leung to take listeners' calls in "Ask The Mayor." Boston Globe reporter Sean Murphy talked about the latest cases where people have been wronged by a variety of companies and services. WGBH's Callie Crossley spoke about the hazards of multitasking. Will and Dave Willis, owners of Bully Boys Distillers, joined for our Friday News Quiz.

BPR Full Show 07/18/2019: Now That's Poetry

Today on Boston Public Radio: Jim And Margery talked to New York Times Magazine staff writer and lecturer at Yale Law School, Emily Bazelon whose latest book, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, looks at the causes of Mass Incarceration Environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben, the founder of discussed his latest book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? MIT economists Jonathon Gruber and Simon Johnson discussed their latest book: Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream TC Boyle joined Jim and Margery to talk about his latest novel Outside Looking In. Poet Richard Blanco gave a crash course on the literary tools that can make your poetry more poetic.

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

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.

Arby's Has Beef With Plant-Based Meats

More fast food chains are adding plant-based meat alternatives onto their menus, like Burger King's "Impossible Whopper" made with Impossible Foods patties. While other franchisees like White Castle, and TGI Friday's embrace plant alternatives, Arby's has blatantly rejected the trend with their introduction of a meat-based vegetable. Food writer Corby Kummer explained the intention behind Arby's new product - turkey breast coated in powdered carrot juice. "It's a publicity stunt. So they're inventing these things that are meat substitutes for carrots - the marrot," he said. Kummer explained how some franchisees like McDonald's and Wendy's are waiting to see how their competitors fare before adopting plant-based meat foods into their stores. "What this shows is that companies are cowardly. They want to see that it's actually catching on before they invest money," Kummer said. "It's a real wait and see approach. But Arby's has taken it a step farther to get itself the publicity we are giving them." Kummer is a *senior editor at The Atlantic*, an award-winning food writer, and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy.

BPR Full Show 07/16/2019: Is It Prime Time For Labor Solidarity?

Today on* Boston Public Radio*: We opened up the phone lines and heard from our listeners about Amazon Prime Day. Should consumers boycott the company over its treatment of workers? We spoke with NBC Sports Boston reporter Trenni Kusnierek about everything Wimbledon. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins joined us to discuss critical coverage in the Boston Globe. Medical ethicist Art Caplan parsed Vice President Joe Biden's newly unveiled health care plan. Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton joined us to discuss the final season of Poldark, the new season of Grantchester and a mini series Press, which focuses on two competing newspapers in England. CNN's John King gave us the latest in national politics from CNN's John King. Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum discussed Vice President Mike Pence's visit to an immigrant detention center last week.

BPR Full Show 07/15/19: Spongebob Turns 20

Today on Boston Public Radio: Former CEO of the Democratic National Convention Steve Kerrigan and former Republican State Rep. Geoff Diehl joined us for a politics roundtable. We spoke to media scholar Bob Thompson about the 20th anniversary of Spongebob Squarepants, and other entertainment news. Criminal justice expert Andrea Cabral joined us to discuss how visits to Massachusetts prisons fell 23 percent after a rule change in 2018. We opened up the phone lines and took calls from our listeners on President Donald Trump's attacks on several U.S. representatives, including Massachusetts' own Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. We spoke with Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett Price about a poll saying that Americans are seeking less guidance from clergy. Monroe and Price co-host the All Rev'd Up podcast, produced by WGBH. WCAI environmental reporter Heather Goldstone joined us to look at how climate litigation is on the rise around the world. We took listener calls to hear their takes on capitalism camp, which focuses on stimulating an entrepreneurial mindset in children.

BPR Full Show 7/12/2019: SAM MEWIS!

Today on Boston Public Radio: We opened up the lines and asked listeners about the crumbling Red Line. Is the city's fraught public transportation making you consider moving away? Is the next frontier in fake meats a plant-based fish? Food writer Corby Kummer weighed in. Kummer is executive director of the Food and Society policy program at the Aspen Institute, a senior editor at The Atlantic, and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Emily Rooney, host of WGBH's "Beat the Press," shared her famous list of observations and frustrations. Sue O'Connell explained why she believes Megan Rapinoe is a new kind of sports icon. O'Connell is the co-publisher of Bay Windows and the South End News, as well as a politics reporter for NECN. Massachusetts-born soccer star Sam Mewis is fresh off a World Cup win with the U.S. women's national team. She joined us to debrief the team's victorious trip to France and their fight for equal pay. Tech writer Andy Ihnatko discussed the Trump administration's move to invite right-wing conspiracy theorists to a so-called "social media summit" at the White House. Ihnatko is a tech writer, blogger and podcaster. We had a highly-caffeinated news quiz with Jim Cannell, the owner of Jim's Coffee, and Christelle Debeuf, their head barista trainer.

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