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WATCH: Republican candidates for Massachusetts lieutenant governor meet for debate

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 60:00

Republican candidates for lieutenant governor Leah Cole Allen and Kate Campanale meet at WBUR's CitySpace at 11 a.m. Monday to make a case to voters ahead of the September primary. Whoever wins the Republican primary will be on the general ticket in November.

GOP candidates for lieutenant governor debate live at WBUR's CitySpace

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 60:00

The candidates face off in a Sept. 6 primary.

Recapping the primary debates for three key Massachusetts statewide races

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 47:51

Plus, two experts discuss the governor's race. And ESPN journalist Howard Bryant on the historic NBA retirement of Celtic legend Bill Russell's jersey number.

Dancing downtown, art-making in Watertown, and more weekend ideas

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 4:12

With the mild weather expected this weekend, get outside for several outdoor festivals. Or, enjoy one of the concerts planned in and around Boston.

Reactions to the Mass. secretary of state, auditor and attorney general primary debates

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 33:57

New research on how to reduce poverty, and the Boston gym doing it

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 24:57

Friendships between people of different class backgrounds appear to reduce poverty, according to a new study. And one nonprofit gym founded in Boston is living proof of the findings.

How the region plans to contain 'forever chemicals'

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 11:25

According to a state task force, at least 127 public water systems in Massachusetts have reported elevated levels of PFAS contamination.

New research on how to reduce poverty, and one group already doing the work

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 47:38

Plus, we check in with Hiawatha Bray in our biweekly segment, Tech Talk, and EPA Regional Administrator David Cash gives us a crash course on PFAS, also called, "forever chemicals."

What Amazon's acquisition of the company behind the Roomba means for Boston's tech scene

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 10:53

Boston Globe technology writer Hiawatha Bray says it's the latest in a series of Boston companies bought up by tech giants.

WATCH: Democrats in attorney general primary race debate

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 60:00

The three Democratic candidates for Massachusetts attorney general met to debate Wednesday at 11 a.m. at WBUR's CitySpace in the hopes of winning voters' support for the wide-open seat.

Democratic candidates for Massachusetts attorney general debate

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 60:00

Live from WBUR's CitySpace, we bring you a special one-hour debate between Andrea Campbell, Shannon Liss-Riordan and Quentin Palfrey.

New research on long COVID and the connection to an older disease

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 13:11

UMass researchers find a connection between long COVID and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.

Massachusetts task force considers baby bonds to address racial wealth gap

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 13:12

If legislation moves forward, Massachusetts could be among only a handful of states to consider a statewide baby bonds program.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on abortion and student debt. And, unraveling the mystery of long COVID

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 47:49

Plus, a state task force explores baby bonds as a way to build generational wealth.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on student loan debt and abortion rights

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 17:37

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren joins us to talk about student loan debt, abortion rights and veteran healthcare.

Galvin and Sullivan, Democrats running for secretary of state, debate voter access and public records law

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 60:00

We bring you a live, one-hour debate between the two Democratic candidates for Secretary of State, incumbent William Galvin and his primary race challenger, Tanisha Sullivan.

WATCH: Democrats vying for secretary of state gather for debate

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 60:00

The two Democrats running for Massachusetts secretary clashed early and often during an hour-long debate held in WBUR's studios on Monday.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on the MBTA, monkeypox and student debt

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 12:12

We catch up with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who represents Massachusetts' 7th district, on the shutdowns of the Orange and Green lines, curbing the monkeypox crisis and student loan forgiveness.

Reactions to the closure of the Orange and Green Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 26:36

We dive into the biggest transportation headlines of the week with John Barros, Charlie Chieppo, Kim Janey, and Dan McNichol.

Advocate for people struggling with housing reacts to human trafficking arrests at 'Mass. and Cass'

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 8:22

The Boston Herald reported Thursday that 13 men were arrested in a human trafficking sting in the troubled area around Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. The area has been referred to as an open-air drug market.

The MBTA's shutdown of the Orange Line, and Ayanna Pressley on public transit and student debt

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 47:30

Plus, we talk with a former policy director for Boston's Office of Recovery Services about a reported human trafficking sting in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard.

Making the case for and against repealing the ban on 'happy hour'

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 16:32

We dive into a recent push to bring back happy hour with Philip Frattaroli, managing partner and CEO of Filmark Hospitality Group, which owns restaurants in Boston and Winchester, and Cheryl Straughter, owner of Soleil Restaurant and Catering in Roxbury.

Should 'happy hour' be reinstated in Massachusetts?

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 47:08

Plus, an effort to have civilians direct traffic at construction sites in Boston instead of police.

There's more to Massachusetts' waters than whales

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 15:26

Keith Ellenbogen, underwater photographer, and Pete DeCola, superintendent of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, talk about what else is teeming in nearby waters.

Boston city councilor wants civilians to direct traffic at construction sites instead of police

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 11:10

A Boston city councilor has called for a hearing to explore the creation of a new department for civilians who could replace police officers directing traffic at some roadside construction sites.

Markey says government is 'losing' public health lessons needed to deal with monkeypox

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 12:59

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey discusses the state's plan to temporarily shut down the MBTA's Orange Line for repairs. We also get his reaction to the federal government's response to monkeypox, as well as climate bills before state and federal legislators.

Democratic primary candidates for state auditor debate government accountability and T oversight

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 49:00

Plus, we talk about the plan to shut down the MBTA's Orange Line and climate legislation with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey.

Revisiting solutions for the homelessness and addiction crisis in Boston

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 15:33

Brendan Little, who experienced homelessness and is the former policy director for the Mayor's Office of Recovery Services under Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, joins us to discuss.

Tiffani Faison on how 'The Bear' got everything right

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 19:58

Culinary superstar Tiffani Faison is back from the Food Network throwdown, "Beachside Brawl." We ask her about balancing her rising TV fame with being a chef, her calling to keep making food in Boston, and what "The Bear" got right about the restaurant world.

Culinary star and Boston restauranteur returns after another Food Network competition

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 47:42

Plus, local author Rajani LaRocca discusses her new middle-grade novel, "Red, White, and Whole," about a girl who struggles to integrate different cultural identities in the face of illness.

Local author Rajani LaRocca on writing complicated identities

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 12:00

LaRocca's own experience as an Indian-American, a mother and a doctor informs her stories.

Beacon Hill lawmakers reach deal on sports betting, other bills as legislative session closes

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 14:41

After weeks of negotiating, Beacon Hill lawmakers finally came to a compromise on legalizing sports betting in Massachusetts. It was just one of a handful of bills that kept legislators in session overnight into Monday morning.

Local reflections on the passing of Celtics legend Bill Russell

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 19:50

We're joined by Howard Bryant, senior writer at ESPN and sports correspondent for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, and Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe sports reporter and author of "Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics."

Remembering Celtics legend Bill Russell, his NBA career and fight for racial justice

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 48:17

Plus, Massachusetts legislators reach a last-minute deal that allows some betting in college sports. And doctors help us understand how the latest COVID subvariant is altering health officials' vaccination plans, and what's being done to contain another outbreak: monkeypox.

Ask the Docs: An omicron-specific booster dose and your questions about monkeypox

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 13:33

Plus, President Joe Biden's rebound case after Paxlovid.

Measuring deadlines from Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 27:26

We dive into the week's biggest headlines from Beacon Hill to white supremacy with former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson and Boston Herald columnist Joe Battenfeld.  

How the plague influenced Shakespeare, and how the Mass. legislative session is winding down

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 47:39

A popular class at Worcester Polytechnic Institute explores how Shakespeare was influenced by and incorporated the plague and pandemics into his works. We speak with the professor who teaches "Infected Shakespeare."

The role of the bubonic plague in Shakespeare's plays

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 14:39

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor explains how William Shakespeare's life and writings were shaped by waves of plague.

Black hair politics explored through theater, and more to do this weekend

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 5:12

WBUR's arts and culture reporter Cristela Guerra joins Radio Boston to share what there is to do in and around Boston this weekend.

A drag queen shares experience dealing with neo-Nazis disrupting a story hour event in Jamaica Plain

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 20:00

The demonstration by neo-Nazis followed a separate incident in which a planned housing development for LGBTQ seniors was vandalized with graffiti.

On National Intern Day, we explore the push to get State House interns paid

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 13:35

For those who want to work in politics in Massachusetts, an unpaid internship can be a foot in the door. But only some can afford to take those roles. We meet an organization trying to change that dynamic.

Exploring the role of interns in Massachusetts governance, and the push to get them paid

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 48:07

Plus, we check in with the Boston Globe's Hiawatha Bray on subscription models gaining popularity with car makers and discuss how neo-Nazis disrupted a drag queen story hour last Saturday.

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