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Get Close to the Original

By Jared Bowen   |   Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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June 7, 2012

BOSTON — Arts around town this weekend let audiences take a closer look at the personal life of Gershwin, consider the mythology behind the Alien flm series or celebrate the life of one woman who has made it her calling to bring theater to underserved communities.

Gershwin George Gershwin Alone
Presented by ArtsEmerson
At the Paramount Center
Through June 10

Steinway concert artist, composer and actor Hershey Felder spent five years researching the life of George Gershwin. Based upon Gershwin’s personal correspondences, manuscripts and personal belongings, Felder presents a one-man show that brings Gershwin to life. Drawing on old radio archives to recreate Gershwin’s voice and using songs, letters and conversations, Felder re-creates the life and times of the great American composer.

Prometheus Prometheus
Opens in movie theaters Friday

Ridley Scott is the director who brought you Alien and Blade Runner, and now he returns to the film genre he helped define. Prometheus establishes a mythology in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Sci-fi geeks will certainly be pleased to find that all the anticipated ties to Scott's Alien series are there.

Susan Kosoff Wheelock Family Theatre Honors Susan Kosoff

On June 11th, the Wheelock presents a benefit: A Salute to the Wonderful Wizard of Wheelock Family Theatre, honoring founder and producer Susan Kosoff on her retirement after 32 years. Kosoff envisioned theatre as a way to eliminate the barriers of race, age, class and gender that tend to separate and isolate people from one another. WFT was one of the first theaters in the country to audio-describe productions for patrons who are blind and the first to open-caption all performances for patrons who are hard of hearing.  WFT was instrumental in introducing these services and new technologies to other professional theatres in Boston.  

Proceeds from the evening will help to establish the Susan Kosoff Legacy Fund to subsidize tickets, Education Program scholarships and more inclusion of inner-city children and families.

Tell Us How You'd Fix the 'T'

By WGBH News   |   Friday, April 13, 2012
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BOSTON — If you've taken even one trip on a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus, train or ferry, you have an opinion. As part of our April news focus on the MBTA, we want to hear your ideas to improve the system. From the small irritations of everyday commutes to the big $100-plus million budget gap anticipated for next year ... if you ran the T, what would you change first?

Call us at 617-903-0840 and leave a message with your idea. (Please leave your name, because we may play your response on the air this week during Morning Edition or All Things Considered.) Or you can add your voice here:


From the WGBH Vault: MBTA Improvements

By WGBH News   |   Friday, April 13, 2012
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April 13, 2012

mbta 1989

The more things change ....

In this Feb. 7, 1989 segment from WGBH-2's Ten O'Clock News, reporter Hope Kelly talks to MBTA riders about changes under general manager James O'Leary's tenure. Both ridership and budget increased, and some stations were renovated — but not everyone was happy. Their complaints are a lot like ones riders have today. Their eyeglasses? Maybe not so much.

Check back for a week of WGBH News Focus coverage of the MBTA starting April 23.

Thanks to producer Gary Mott for archival help.

Finding The Next Big Thing

By Kara Miller   |   Friday, November 11, 2011
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What are the challenges and possibilities of starting a business in today's climate? How do you identify the needs of a market?

We welcome two nationally-known business insiders for a wide-ranging conversation about seeding new companies, technologies on the rise and, of course, the next big thing.


The Middle Class Index: Is The Dream Deferred?

By WGBH News   |   Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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Nov. 9, 2011

Watch the segment that aired on Nov. 8 on WGBH's Greater Boston.

BOSTON — Greater Boston received exclusive access to research conducted by independent think tank MassINC about whether or not Massachusetts residents believe the American Dream is still attainable.

MassINC's report indicated that as many as one in three Mass. residents feel they are in danger of falling out of the middle class. The data shows that while the American dream is still attainable by some, others are finding it increasingly difficult to do the things that have historically symbolized success in the US, including owning a home, paying for college and saving enough money for retirement.

The news isn't all bad though. Mass. does fare better than most states in some areas. More residents are covered by health insurance, more students are going to college and more are graduating with a four-year degree.

Greater Boston ventured out to hear from Mass. residents about one benchmark of the American Dream: whether they feel they are better off today than their parents were. Then, MassINC researchers explained how they came to their conclusions and dug deeper into the findings.

RelayRides: Car Sharing On The Rise In Boston

By Jaclyn Cashman   |   Friday, October 28, 2011
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Oct. 28, 2011

Watch the segment that aired on Oct. 27 on WGBH's Greater Boston.

BOSTON — Move over Hertz and Budget, there's a new option for renting a car in Boston: You can borrow your neighbor's. At a price, of course.

Michael Monroe lives in Somerville and sold his car two years ago because he didn't want the financial and logistical hassle of owning a vehicle in the city, so he rents one from time-to-time.

"I feel free now that I don't own a car. Between the train, my own two legs and RelayRides I feel really covered," Monroe said.

Monroe uses RelayRides to help him find a car in his neighborhood that he can rent directly from the car owner. He rents cars by the hour and the cost of the gas is on the owner.

One big component of this service is trust, because in this case the owner has to give the renter access to the garage with other personal belongings inside.

"It really is an exercise in community and trust. I think people who are signing up are not scheming for the heist of the century," Monroe said.

RelayRides started last year and is currently only in Boston and San Francisco. It allows owners to rent out their idle vehicles, with the owner controlling the rates and availability of the car. RelayRides provides an online marketplace and a $1 million insurance policy to make the transaction safe and convenient.

Carsharing in North America has grown from 400,000 users in 2009 to 640,000 in July 2011. A recent study projects carsharing will have an estimated 4.4 million users by 2016.

That has Kevin Patton-Hock seeing green. He gets about $150 to $300 dollars a month without any heavy lifting. "It is kind of a cool neighborhood thing. It is funny to bump into someone who is using the car," Patton-Hock said.

He rents out his vehicle to strangers for seven dollars an hour and in return he gets some spare cash.

Patton-Hock says RelayRides makes him take better care of his car and also often uses the money for car repairs and maintenance.

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Jared Bowen Jared Bowen
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