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Mother Of Released Hostage Theo Padnos Speaks Out

hereandnow.wbur.org — Theo Padnos, who has also written under the name Peter Theo Curtis, spent the last two Thanksgivings as a hostage of Islamist militants in Syria. He was released in August and will spend this Thanksgiving with his family.
Nov 28, 2014

kicking back 2day? Listen here. Mindboggling: what happens when your son is hostage #theopadnos #jamesFoley wbur.fm/11Y2CEh

An Insider’s View Of The Bob Dylan Story

onpoint.wbur.org — An Insider's View Of The Bob Dylan Story This program is rebroadcast from September 17, 2014. A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. "Another Side of Bob Dylan." For a music giant, a cultural touchstone, Bob Dylan has long been one of the most inscrutable of artists.

Melrose Man Serves Thanksgiving To Those Who Have No Where Else To Go

radioboston.wbur.org — For nearly 30 years, one Melrose man has been opening his Thanksgiving table to complete strangers based on one simple belief: no one should be alone for the holidays. In 1985, Scott Macaulay's parents divorced, and he worried about where he would spend Thanksgiving.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @anthonygbrooks: Gratitude for Scott Macaulay who's preparing Thanksgiving for 62 people who have nowhere to go @Radioboston wbur.fm/1yYqmCz

Nov 27, 2014

Gratitude for Scott Macaulay who's preparing Thanksgiving for 62 people who have nowhere to go @Radioboston wbur.fm/1yYqmCz

Nov 26, 2014

"Don’t let anybody stay home alone," says a Melrose man who hosts a #Thanksgiving dinner for strangers each year: bit.ly/1ttRqor

Hundreds Protest Ferguson Decision In Hours-Long March Through Boston Streets

wbur.org — BOSTON - As demonstrations expressing outrage over racial relations with police erupted throughout the nation, Boston, transit, and State Police tried to contain and protect protesters as they moved across the city Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The protesters decried a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer after he shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man.
Nov 26, 2014

Check out some of @JoeSpurr's #photos from last night's protests in Boston: ow.ly/EVIXB - scroll down for more photos.

Nov 26, 2014

Great photos by @joespurr of Hundreds Protesting #Ferguson Decision In March Through Boston Streets wbur.fm/1yg56tl

How To Stay Sane At Your Holiday Table

onpoint.wbur.org — How To Stay Sane At Your Holiday Table With guest host Bob Oakes. The Thanksgiving get-together and all the family drama trimmings. Sage advice from advice columnists. Guests Amy Dickinson , advice columnist who writes the national syndicated "Ask Amy" column. Panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me."
Nov 26, 2014

Thanksgiving is a performance, says advice columnist @carytennis, "bring your best self and things will go better": bit.ly/1y2m0NA

Nov 26, 2014

RT @OnPointRadio: 'The holidays call on all of us to pull up our bootstraps and imagine we are mature and well-adjusted.' @AskingAmy wbur.fm/1rp97WB

New Words From The American Heritage Dictionaries

hereandnow.wbur.org — The American Heritage Dictionaries added over 500 new words to the fifth edition of its dictionary of the English language, including food words like banh mi, halloumi and mochi, as well as terms like clickbait, cosplay, pregame and dashcam.
Nov 26, 2014

"Pregame" (yes, with booze) is in the dictionary now: wbur.fm/1ycdHwm

Is Washington, D.C. The Next Tech Mecca?

hereandnow.wbur.org — Washington, D.C. may be transforming from a government town to a technology hub. The city is home to more than a thousand tech start-ups, thanks in part to government incentives for high-tech businesses. The city has created a "technology corridor" in Northwest - northwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C.

A Podcast Of Nothing But Lies

hereandnow.wbur.org — Do you listen to interview shows and wonder "does anyone tell the truth anymore?" Well, that's not a question with stand-up comedian Sara Schaefer 's podcast.
Nov 26, 2014

thank you @saraschaefer1 . Those things you said about @jimGaffigan and @michaelianblack were so shocking! but..fun! wbur.fm/1ygKrFs

Harvard: Undefeated - And Finished For 2014

cognoscenti.wbur.org — Peter May: The Ivy League allows its team to compete for NCAA titles in virtually every competitive sport - except football. In this photo, Harvard wide receiver Andrew Fischer (1) runs into the end zone for a late fourth quarter touchdown against Yale in their NCAA college football game at Harvard Stadium Saturday, Nov.

Andris Nelsons And The BSO: The Beginning Of A Beautiful Relationship?

artery.wbur.org — BOSTON - Honeymoon suites don't come any nicer than Symphony Hall, at least if you're a classical music conductor. And the Boston Symphony Orchestra crowds this fall are still very much in the honeymoon phase of their relationship with new music director Andris Nelsons. Critics, too, are inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Nov 26, 2014

Andris Nelsons And The BSO: The Beginning Of A Beautiful Relationship? wbur.fm/1y8dTwm via @WBURartery

After Grand Jury Declines To Indict, Ferguson Responds

onpoint.wbur.org — After Grand Jury Declines To Indict, Ferguson Responds Grand Jury decision out of Ferguson. We're on the ground with the latest details and reaction. Guests Susan McGraugh , professor at the St. Louis University Law School, practicing defense attorney. (@slewzq) Jelani Cobb , associate professor of history and director of Africana studies at the University of Connecticut.

Investors Still Bullish On Uber

hereandnow.wbur.org — Investors are still bullish on the ride-sharing company Uber. The tech news site Re/code is reporting something of a frenzy that has pushed the estimated value of the company from $17 billion up to $30 billion.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @hereandnow: Uber's threat to dig up dirt on a reporter shows "a broader anxiety about tech reporters & the press" ~@NellieBowles http:/…

Growing Food Insecurity At Mass. Public Colleges, State Says

wbur.org — BOSTON - Nineteen of the state's 29 public college campuses have opened food pantries or are now distributing food to some students, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education reported Tuesday - two days before Thanksgiving and its traditional feast.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @WBUR: 19 of the state’s 29 public college campuses have opened food pantries or are now distributing food to some students: wbur.fm/11sTwyk

Nov 25, 2014

RT @WBUR: 19 of the state’s 29 public college campuses have opened food pantries or are now distributing food to some students: wbur.fm/11sTwyk

Nov 25, 2014

Growing Food Insecurity At Mass. Public Colleges, State Says wbur.fm/11sTwyk

Nov 25, 2014

19 of the state’s 29 public colleges have opened food pantries or are distributing food to students: wbur.fm/11sTwyk

Boston Protestors Demonstrate Against Ferguson Decision

wbur.org — BOSTON - A community forum at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury to discuss the events in Ferguson was followed by a demonstration involving hundreds of protestors throughout the city. Though largely peaceful, there were some confrontations with police and there were reports of arrests.
Nov 26, 2014

Storify from @wbur of Boston Protestors Demonstrating Against #Ferguson Decision wbur.fm/1yezpkc

Eccentric, Subversive, 11 Years Old: Celebrating 50 Years Of ‘Harriet the Spy’

cognoscenti.wbur.org — A sliver of the author's personal Western canon, with 'Harriet the Spy' in the No. 1 spot. (Sharon Brody/WBUR) Sometimes, you just need to round up your mom and a bag of snacks and head west on an epic road trip. Destination: a shrine to "Harriet the Spy."
Nov 25, 2014

HTS is awesome RT @cogwbur: Harriet the Spy: a "beacon for boldness in attitude and comfort in garmentry." wbur.fm/1zUPjzp

Quadruple Amputee Gains New Arms, From Donor Who ‘Gave Best Hugs’

commonhealth.wbur.org — Quadruple Amputee Gains New Arms, From Donor Who 'Gave Best Hugs' Will Lautzenheiser looked down at his rosy, fleshy new arm at a Brigham and Women's Hospital news conference today and exclaimed, "It's the most beautiful arm!"
Nov 25, 2014

Who needs good news? Quad amputee celebrates "incredible gift" of new arms: wbur.fm/1xYcr2e

Lessons Of Ferguson For Massachusetts

cognoscenti.wbur.org — Carol Rose: If you don't think what happened in Ferguson can happen here, think again. Pictured: Police officers guard as protesters react to the announcement of the grand jury decision, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @ACLU_Mass: If you don’t think what happened in #Ferguson can happen in Boston, think again, says our director @cogwbur. cognoscenti.wbur.org/2014/11/25/fer…

Local Or National? The Boston Music Awards’ Perpetual Identity Crisis

artery.wbur.org — Back in 2008, the Boston Music Awards split the nominees for Act of the Year, Album of the Year, Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, and Best Song of the Year into "local" and "national" categories. The "national" nominees included art-rock celebrity Amanda Palmer, a graying group of New Kids on the Block, the singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, and the rapper Termanology.
Nov 25, 2014

Do the Boston Music Awards have a greater responsibility to national acts with local roots, or local musicians? wbur.fm/1tgsKRg