Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined Boston Public Radio's Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Tuesday. He fielded calls from listeners on topics ranging from intelligence gathered about the Boston Marathon bombings, to welfare reform and the EBT scandal, to his new position as grandfather. Listen to the full segment with Gov. Patrick below.
Andris Nelsons is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's long-awaited, newly-minted music director. His arrival marked a triumphant end to the BSO's two-year search for a new leader.
Nelsons came to Boston with an impressive pedigree. He led the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2008. He did stints with the Latvian National Opera and the Northwest German Philharmonic. Nelsons also conducted the world's highest-caliber ensembles like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera.
We know what kind of influence James "Whitey" Bulger has had on Boston. His story is inextricably linked with the changing face of South Boston, the busing crisis and racial strife, and corruption that wound its way into the people and institutions tasked with enforcing the law.
Bulger's influence has been no less felt in Hollywood. Screenwriters have found the Bulger story irresistible, from his political ties — especially with brother William Bulger, former Massachusetts Senate president — to the way his story explains and exemplifies the close-knit Irish community in Southie.
Stores will soon sell Plan B contraceptive pills over the counter, without need for a doctor's prescription. Is this a good thing? Should it have been done a long time ago? Medical ethicist Art Caplan set the stage, and callers weighed in.
Jim and Margery previewed tonight's game 1 opener of the Stanley Cup Finals with Steve Conroy, Boston Herald sports reporter.
How old is too old? On the eve of the Rolling Stones' two-day Boston stint, Jim and Margery ask what the shelf-life should be for rock stars. Edgar B. Herwick III from the WGBH Curiosity Desk stopped by.
Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory talked to Jim and Margery about the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger. Then, WGBH's Adam Reilly checked in from the Moakley Courthouse. Follow Adam Reilly's live-tweeting here.
Film critic Garen Daly talked about the most famous informants in film.
A new Walgreens' in Boston has gotten a significant amount off attention for essentially being a souped-up version of itself. The 24/7 Downtown Crossing location boasts sushi and manicures, coffee and liquor, and yes, even a pharmacy.
The pharmacy has upped the ante once more. You can now buy lobsters at Walgreens'. This, of course, begs the question: Would you buy lobster from a Walgreens'?
Jim and Margery talked about the news Thursday that the National Security Administration has been gathering information on Verizon Wireless users' phone calls and whereabouts. Harvard Law professor LaurenceTribe joined the conversation.
Should there be a term limit or retirement age for politicians? Jim and Margery opened the lines.
WGBH Curiosity Desk's Edgar B. Herwick III and Boston Globe music critic Sarah Rodman joined forces to bring their favorite music picks to Boston Public Radio. It's a list that spans everything from folksy acoustic and classic rock up through country and electro.
New Music Picks from Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe pop music and TV critic:
A law to ban distracted driving went into effect in Massachusetts in September 2010, but it's proved difficult to enforce. Though 80 percent of the 500 drivers surveyed were aware of the Massachusetts Safe Driving Law, drivers between the ages of 17 and 44 were more than twice as likely to text behind the wheel.
The New York Times recently reported about the decline of the ceremonial first pitch in baseball. On the other hand, two Boston Marathon bombing survivors recently threw an emotional first pitch at Fenway.