Provocative stories and authentic voices from around Boston
We take listener calls on apples, loaded with flavor and meaning from at least biblical times, and perennial American classics. They're quintessentially fall (move over pumpkins), peak New England and right in season.
The deadline for state employees to submit proof of vaccination was Sunday. WBUR's Callum Borchers brings us the latest on how many state workers could be affected, and what the impact could be if hundreds of public employees are suspended for failing to comply.
In "Designing Motherhood: Things That Make And Break Our Births" design historians Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick examine dozens of objects, people, and actions connected with birth and motherhood.
The Red Sox are preparing to take on the Houston Astros tonight in Game 1 of the American League Champion Series. Do the Sox have what it takes to make it to the World Series? We talk with WBUR's Chris Citorik about their chances.
Historian Nathaniel Philbrick's new book, "Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy," chronicles two parallel journeys, more than two centuries apart. We talk with Philbrick about Washington's journey across the region, and what he learned on his own journey, following in Washington's footsteps.
The Supreme Court held oral arguments today involving the death sentence for convicted Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. We speak with Kimberly Atkins-Stohr, senior opinion writer for the Boston Globe, who has s covered the Supreme Court throughout her career, and followed today's arguments.
Grocery stores, restaurants - sometimes even street corners - remain full of masked faces. Gloucester's Cape Ann Museum to send out art supplies to residents of the region to make their own self-portraits.
Retired Army four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal, now at Yale, joins us to talk about his new book, on lessons from Boston's early pandemic response, Afghanistan and 9/11 to better understand how we mitigate risk.
We hear from Anna Brown-Jackson, Tarzan Brown's granddaughter. Anna tells us her grandfather ran his whole life, and though she was only seven or eight when he died and therefore never saw him run, she knew his legend, and to her, he was always both grandfather and Tarzan.
Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, joins us to talk about how the district is dealing with a host of challenges, including learning loss, food distribution challenges and getting students to school on time, one month into the new school year.
When you think of pandemic prevention, I'm sure things like vaccination, healthcare system readiness, and acquiring adequate PPE come to mind. But what if pandemic prevention also means monitoring how and where trees get cut down to make room for housing - or ways to safely handle products at exotic animal markets throughout the world.
There's a proposal at the State House to use COVID relief money to right long-time systemic inequities laid bare by the pandemic. We speak with Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds, who's leading the charge, and WBUR Senior State House reporter Steve Brown.
Back in 1692, Johnson Jr. was one of hundreds accused of witchcraft. She was sentenced to death, but a day before she was set to be hanged, her death was stayed. She may have survived, but some 300 years later her conviction is still on the books in Massachusetts.
Plus, the Supreme Court is back in session, so we break down the docket with our legal expert, retired federal judge Nancy Gertner. And, we speak to State Senator Diana DiZoglio and Carrie LaPierre, a civics teacher at North Andover Middle School, about their quest to clear the name of a woman convicted of being a witch in 1693.
We take listener calls and talk with MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak about what it will take to get riders back, and the latest updates on a handful of recent incidents that may have shaken some potential riders' confidence in the system.