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NightSide focuses on a wide variety of issues, political, economic and social. Rea believes that talk radio is the best way for people to communicate their opinions and ideas on what he calls “North America’s Virtual Back Porch.” Rea encourages challenging conversations and diverse ideas combined wi…

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    Go Beyond Here - Part 2 (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 38:18

    Kari Young is a renowned medium who believes it's a privilege to be able to connect people to their loved ones and pets. While Kari has done readings for many celebrities through her iHeartRadio podcast Go Beyond Here, she particularly loves doing readings for radio listeners! Call in tonight for a reading with your loved one or pet!

    Go Beyond Here - Part 1 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 39:56

    Kari Young is a renowned medium who believes it's a privilege to be able to connect people to their loved ones and pets. While Kari has done readings for many celebrities through her iHeartRadio podcast Go Beyond Here, she particularly loves doing readings for radio listeners! Call in tonight for a reading with your loved one or pet!

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bitcoin... (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 39:15

    Do you understand Bitcoin? What is it? How do you obtain it? Is Bitcoin legal? Is buying Bitcoin safe? These are just some of the questions Ameriprise financial advisor Jay Ricci will try to answer. Get on board now!

    Bouncing Back (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 40:55

    A Milton Academy hockey player suffered spine fractures and a brain hemorrhage after being slammed against the ice rink boards during a hockey tournament last month. In Fitchburg, where Jake Thibeault grew up, they are holding a fundraiser on October 23rd at Hollis Hills Farm to help the now paralyzed teen. Jake's dad, Mike, along with Milton Academy head coach Paul Cannata join Dan to share an update on Jake's progress and what comes next.

    Moccasin Maker Apologizes - Part 2 (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 38:56

    Moccasin Maker Minnetonka is publicly apologizing for profiting off of making Native-inspired designs such as moccasins. The company's CEO put out a statement saying, they “deeply and meaningfully apologize” for benefiting from selling Indigenous inspired designs without directly honoring Native culture or communities. Was this apology warranted? Should people not make or produce a product unless their ancestors created it?

    Moccasin Maker Apologizes - Part 1 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 38:13

    Moccasin Maker Minnetonka is publicly apologizing for profiting off of making Native-inspired designs such as moccasins. The company's CEO put out a statement saying, they “deeply and meaningfully apologize” for benefiting from selling Indigenous inspired designs without directly honoring Native culture or communities. Was this apology warranted? Should people not make or produce a product unless their ancestors created it?

    Katie Couric Saves RGB (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 38:26


    In her new memoir, former TV news anchor Katie Couric said she protected Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from public backlash by cutting out negative comments she made about people who kneel during the national anthem in a 2016 interview. In Going There, Couric admits she cut out a section in which Ginsburg said anthem kneelers are showing “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.” Did Couric make the right call?


    Mayor's Race Debate Recap (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 39:14

    Last night Boston's two mayoral candidates went head-to-head in their first debate. According to a new poll, City Councilor Michelle Wu holds a considerable lead over City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George. Last night was Essaibi George's chance to close in on the gap…but was she able to accomplish that? Who won last night's debate? Dan recaps last night's debate.

    Empty Shelves... Part 2 (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 38:12

    Have you been seeing more empty shelves at the grocery store than usual? It could be due to global supply chain bottlenecks choking U.S. ports, highways, and railways. President Biden made an announcement stating that today the Port of L.A. along with Walmart, FedEx, and UPS, will begin operating 24 hours a day to help with the supply chain crisis. Do you have hope that things will improve before the holiday shopping season?

    Empty Shelves... Part 1 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 39:39

    Have you been seeing more empty shelves at the grocery store than usual? It could be due to global supply chain bottlenecks choking U.S. ports, highways, and railways. President Biden made an announcement stating that today the Port of L.A. along with Walmart, FedEx, and UPS, will begin operating 24 hours a day to help with the supply chain crisis. Do you have hope that things will improve before the holiday shopping season?

    Boston Suspends 812 Unvaxxed Workers - Part 2 (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 40:31

    Boston Mayor Kim Janey has suspended 4 percent of the city's workforce for not complying with the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The vaccine mandate applies to all of the city's employees and contractors. The choice was either get vaccinated or provide a weekly negative test. Right now the city is operating under contingency plans to deal with the shortages. Whose side are you on? The mayor's or the 812 unvaxxed employees?Dan also incorporates this second topic of the evening...Southwest CEO Says No Firings Over Mandate. After almost a week of flight cancellations and delays, the CEO of Southwest Airlines says the problems had nothing to do with the pilot's union pushing back on their vaccine mandate...but just in case he assured his employees that no one would be fired over not getting the jab. Do you think the airline scheduling problems will suddenly disappear?

    Boston Suspends 812 Unvaxxed Workers - Part 1 (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 38:49

    Boston Mayor Kim Janey has suspended 4 percent of the city's workforce for not complying with the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The vaccine mandate applies to all of the city's employees and contractors. The choice was either get vaccinated or provide a weekly negative test. Right now the city is operating under contingency plans to deal with the shortages. Whose side are you on? The mayor's or the 812 unvaxxed employees?

    Southwest Pilots Take a Stand - Part 2 (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 37:42

    Southwest Airlines is experiencing a fifth straight day of widespread cancellations. What is causing these cancellations? The airline says the cancellations are due to weather and air traffic controller issues not staffing shortages that might be in direct response to the company's new COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association denies cancellations have anything to do with their opposition to Southwest's new mandate. Whose side are you on?

    Southwest Pilots Take a Stand - Part 1 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 38:29

    Southwest Airlines is experiencing a fifth straight day of widespread cancellations. What is causing these cancellations? The airline says the cancellations are due to weather and air traffic controller issues not staffing shortages that might be in direct response to the company's new COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association denies cancellations have anything to do with their opposition to Southwest's new mandate. Whose side are you on?

    The National Guard to the Rescue Again... (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 39:46

    Massachusetts is utilizing a “Test and Stay” COVID-19 protocol to help teachers and students stay in the classroom. Due to staffing shortages that have caused many delays in school testing, Governor Baker has now activated the National Guard to assist. Up to 200 Guard members will be trained this week and will begin school testing starting next week. MA Rep. Mindy Domb pressed the Baker Administration to bring in the guard. Domb joins Dan to discuss.

    Hanover Teacher Fired for Speaking Her Mind (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 39:25

    Hanover High School teacher Kari MacRae was fired from her job after a video from her previous campaign for the Bourne School Committee surfaced in which she said she was running to ensure students were not being taught that gender is a choice. MacRae joins Dan to discuss the political motivations behind her firing.

    Tsarnaev May Face Death...Again - Part 2 (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 40:19

    Dan continues to speak on his second topic:Biden Administration attorneys are making the case this week before the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. At issue is whether Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison, or face execution after an Appeals Court threw out the death sentence holding that the trial judge made a mistake in excluding evidence of Tsarnaev's brother's complicity in an earlier homicide. Should the death penalty be reinstated?Then, Dan wraps up the show by briefly diving into his third topic:Shortages, Shortages, and More Shortages... This weekend Southwest Airlines canceled thousands of flights due to both pilot and air traffic controller shortages. Dock workers are in such short supply that cargo ships are getting into traffic jams off the country's ports. EMT's are so scarce nationwide that ambulance companies are warning of long waits for 911 responses. The President himself commented this weekend about waiting lines in emergency rooms. What is causing all these back logs and how bad do you think it will get?

    Tsarnaev May Face Death...Again - Part 1 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 40:28

    Biden Administration attorneys are making the case this week before the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. At issue is whether Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison, or face execution after an Appeals Court threw out the death sentence holding that the trial judge made a mistake in excluding evidence of Tsarnaev's brother's complicity in an earlier homicide. Should the death penalty be reinstated?

    Goodbye Columbus! - Part 2 (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 38:41

    In Boston, Columbus Day is now Indigenous Peoples Day. The change was decreed via executive order last week by acting Mayor Kim Janey. The surprise move has angered a number of people. Do you support Mayor Janey's order to do away with Columbus Day or do you think it should remain?

    Goodbye Columbus! - Part 1 (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 40:15

    In Boston, Columbus Day is now Indigenous Peoples Day. The change was decreed via executive order last week by acting Mayor Kim Janey. The surprise move has angered a number of people including Diane Modica, a former city councilor now with the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. Modica joins Dan to discuss what she calls the "erasure of Italian Americans."

    20th Hour: What Grinds Your Gears? (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 38:43

    For the 20th Hour, Dan asks you, what grinds your gears? Get those gripes off your chest!

    A Lesson in Law and Ethics (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 39:34

    UCLA Professor Gordon Klein was suspended from his position for refusing to grade his Black students with more leniency than others in his class. The professor who had been teaching at UCLA for 40 years was quickly labeled a racist for refusing to give special academic treatment based on skin color. Professor Klein is now suing UCLA to teach them a “lesson in law and ethics.” Was UCLA way too quick to judge and act against a veteran professor of theirs?

    Is Emerson College's Actions "Kinda Sus"? (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 40:24

    Emerson College in Boston has suspended their Turning Point USA Chapter over members criticism of the Chinese government. The local chapter handed out stickers that said, “China Kinda Sus”, which means suspect or suspicious. The College is now investigating the chapter for “Bias-Related Behavior and Invasion of Privacy”. Do you think this is a violation of freedom of expression? Or are the stickers racist? Turning Point USA's Emerson Chapter President Sam Neves and Vice President KJ Lynum join Dan to discuss.

    Coyotes on the Loose (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 38:32

    Have you noticed more local wildlife popping up lately? What about coyotes in particular? Mike DeFina from the Animal Rescue League of Boston joins Dan to discuss what you can do to not attract the critters to your home and what you do if you happen upon one while out for a stroll...

    COVID Shots For Kids? - Part 2 (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 38:37

    Pfizer has asked the FDA for emergency authorization of its two dose COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Given the data that kids are at a low risk of severe illness or death from COVID, there are mixed reactions from parents over whether or not young children should receive the vaccine. Do you want your child to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

    COVID Shots For Kids? - Part 1 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 38:42

    Pfizer has asked the FDA for emergency authorization of its two dose COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Given the data that kids are at a low risk of severe illness or death from COVID, there are mixed reactions from parents over whether or not young children should receive the vaccine. Do you want your child to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Bad Customer Behavior is Plaguing the Restaurant Business (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 37:10

    Among the many challenges that restaurants have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, bad customer behavior has been a reoccurring theme. Local Boston restaurant owner of South End Buttery, Richard Gordon said the bad behavior at his establishment became so bad that he had to post a sign on the door saying, We Have A Zero Tolerance Policy For Bad Behavior. Richard joins Dan to discuss.

    Escaping A Mafia Legacy (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 39:43

    Bobby Luisi grew up in a family who worked for La Cosa Nostra and Boston capo Jerry Angiulo. Drug dealing, loansharking and gambling were all part of his portfolio. He eventually was convicted of drug dealing and agreed to testify against the mob. Before he could testify, he found a new name, a new life and God. Luisi joins Dan to tell his story.

    Homeless in Seattle (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 38:16

    The city of Seattle is announcing the roughly $50 million purchase of three buildings in the fashionable Capitol Hill neighborhood which will be used to provide shelter for some of the city's 12,000 homeless people. The city took a portion of money from the federal COVID relief package to fund the buildings. The apartments on average are costing $300k each. Is this a good use of taxpayer money?

    Life Without the Possibility of Parole - Part 2 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 37:32

    For the first half of the hour, Dan continues with his previous topic:The Massachusetts Legislature is considering an overhaul of criminal sentencing. The proposal would eliminate life without the possibility of parole and guarantee that anyone is offered a parole hearing after having served 25 years no matter what the crime. Does this bill sound like a good idea to you?Then, for the second half of the hour he dives into his 3rd topic of the evening, Homeless in Seattle.

    Life Without the Possibility of Parole - Part 1 (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 36:44

    For the first segment of the hour Dan wrapped up his topic on school success then dove into his second topic of the evening:The Massachusetts Legislature is considering an overhaul of criminal sentencing. The proposal would eliminate life without the possibility of parole and guarantee that anyone is offered a parole hearing after having served 25 years no matter what the crime. Does this bill sound like a good idea to you?

    A School Success Story... (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 39:43

    The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Massachusetts is blazing trails in regard to the MCAS, how to handle in-class learning during a pandemic and general student success. If they can do it, why can't other schools? Dan speaks with the head of the school, Superintendent Alexander Dan to hear how the school does it!

    Mobilizing The FBI - Part 2 (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 38:55

    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI to address a spike in threats, harassment, and intimidation against educators and school committee members. This comes after a letter from the National School Board Association asked President Biden for federal assistance to combat the threats made by community members and parents over issues such as COVID-19 policies and Critical Race Theory. Do you think it wise to mobilize the FBI or are concerned citizens being unfairly portrayed over their views?

    Mobilizing The FBI - Part 1 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 36:08

    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered the FBI to address a spike in threats, harassment, and intimidation against educators and school committee members. This comes after a letter from the National School Board Association asked President Biden for federal assistance to combat the threats made by community members and parents over issues such as COVID-19 policies and Critical Race Theory. Do you think it wise to mobilize the FBI or are concerned citizens being unfairly portrayed over their views?

    The IRS Wants To Watch You (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 38:39

    The Biden Administration wants to examine your checking account. The trigger will be if your account has more than $600 in it. The proposal is to include the mandate in the current $3.5 trillion spending bill. Democrat lawmakers say taxpayers are more likely to report their income accurately if they know the feds have their account information. Has big brother gotten a little too nosy?

    Huff for the House! (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 38:45

    Gail Huff Brown says she is all in and looking to unseat New Hampshire Congressman Chris Pappas. Gail is a former TV news reporter and wife to onetime Senator and U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown. The field is crowded in the race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, and she will join Dan to talk about what sets her apart from the other candidates.

    Democrat Legislative Meltdown (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 40:04

    President Biden is having trouble within his own party over the passage of two pieces of legislation. The party is trying to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill. The trouble lies with the $3.5 trillion plan where democratic moderates and progressives are negotiating a compromise that would spend money on childcare, paid leave, health care, education, and the fight against climate change. Who is really leading the Democratic Party?

    Police Reform and Why Protests Don't Work (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 40:45

    Following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others there has been growing demands for police reform across this country. We've seen police protests pop up across the country as well as calls to defund the police. The divide between police and the communities they serve seems to have never been greater. How do we close the gap between police and the community? Reverend Markel Hutchins, CEO of Movement Forward, Inc. joins Dan to discuss why protests alone don't work and what affective measures of change are attainable.

    The Bike Lane Cometh - Part 2 (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 38:17

    The Cambridge Massachusetts City Council is in the process of installing 25 miles of protected bike lanes throughout the city over a period of five to seven years. While good news for cyclists, local businesses and residents are facing the destruction of much needed on-street parking spaces in favor of the new protected bike lanes. What is a business to do?

    The Bike Lane Cometh - Part 1 (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 38:21

    The Cambridge Massachusetts City Council is in the process of installing 25 miles of protected bike lanes throughout the city over a period of five to seven years. While good news for cyclists, local businesses and residents are facing the destruction of much needed on-street parking spaces in favor of the new protected bike lanes. What is a business to do? Dan will be joined by Annette Osgood of The Guitar Shop to discuss the economic impact of the new road configurations.

    20th Hour (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 42:50

    15 Tears ago today, NightSide with Dan Rea became a regular fixture on WBZ NewsRadio. As we look both back to our past and forward to our future, we want to know from you what were your favorite NightSide moments and what would you like to see us tackle?

    Brady vs. Belichick (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 44:10


    This weekend is the long-anticipated return of Tom Brady to New England. The quarterback comes back to Gillette Stadium for the first time since he left the team for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Who are you rooting for in Sunday's Patriots/Buccaneers game?


    Geriatric Drivers (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 42:39

    For the first half of the hour, Dan continues his conversation on vote-by-mail then he dives into this second topic of the evening:This week in Needham, Massachusetts an 89-year-old man driving a BMW that was carrying two elderly passengers drove off the road slamming into a home. The two passengers, an 89-year-old woman and an 86-year-old woman did not survive the crash. The driver however survived with non-life-threatening injuries. How old is too old to drive? Is it time to institute more restrictions on elderly drivers?

    Is Vote-By-Mail Here to Stay? (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 42:05

    Democrats on Beacon Hill are proposing to make mail-in voting permanent, expand early voting access and introduce same-day registration in response to what they call “anti-democratic” regulations in other states. The Senate plans to take up the bill next Wednesday. Is this a good idea?

    Are You Against Vaccine Mandates? - Part 2 (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 38:06

    Following Dan's conversation with Cait Corrigan of Students Against Mandates, he asks you if you are for or against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. More companies, schools, and organizations are adopting a COVID policy that includes proof of vaccination or a weekly negative COVID test. How do you feel about COVID-19 vaccine mandates?

    Are You Against Vaccine Mandates? - Part 1 (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 39:25

    Following Dan's conversation with Cait Corrigan of Students Against Mandates, he asks you if you are for or against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. More companies, schools, and organizations are adopting a COVID policy that includes proof of vaccination or a weekly negative COVID test. How do you feel about COVID-19 vaccine mandates?

    Students Against Mandates (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 41:08

    As COVID-19 vaccine mandates become more commonplace for various schools, companies, and organizations, we see steep challenges for those who demand religious exemptions. Cait Corrigan is a student who, through many challenges, fought her college's COVID-19 policy and won. Cait started the organization Students Against Mandates and is here to discuss her story and the importance of knowing your First Amendment rights.

    Smith & Wesson Bows Out of Massachusetts (8 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 39:05

    After 170 years in Massachusetts, the gunmaker Smith & Wesson is moving their headquarters and 750 national jobs to Tennessee. The reason for the move is a proposed bill in Massachusetts that would ban the manufacturing of any assault weapons in the state. Do you support or oppose the Commonwealth's proposed bill?

    In Jail for Criticizing His Superiors... (11 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 38:41

    Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the officer whose video went viral after he called out his military superiors for what he believes was a chaotic exit from Afghanistan, has been put in the brig. The officer remains in pretrial confinement as he awaits a pretrial hearing. Scheller knew he would receive disciplinary action for his outspoken criticism of his superiors, but should he be punished for asking for accountability?

    The President vs. The Generals (10 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 36:22

    The Pentagon's top generals testified under oath before Congress that they advised President Biden prior to the withdrawal to keep several thousand troops in Afghanistan. Their statements directly contradict the President's comments in August that no one warned him not to withdraw troops from the country, or at least he does not remember anyone doing so. Is the President misleading the public or is he just forgetful?

    M, F, or X - Part 2 (9 p.m.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 40:20

    Two Massachusetts bills involving gender and sexuality cleared the state Senate this week. One bill would allow residents to mark their sex as “X” on their driver's licenses and birth certificates and the other would require “medically accurate” sex education in public schools. Currently, sex education is not a requirement in Massachusetts public schools. Are you in favor or opposition to these bills?

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