Monday, June 20 A Simple Act

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Fri. 7/6/12
Summer Reads

Fri. 7/6/12
Summer Reads

The Emily Rooney Show

We hear from area authors and literary insiders who reveal what’s on their summer reading lists. Plus we open up the phone lines and take your recommendations.

Thurs. 7/5/12
White House Burning

Thurs. 7/5/12
White House Burning

The Emily Rooney Show

We're joined by the authors of White House Burning, which argues that the national debt is eating away at America's future and that the consequences will be dire.

Wed. 7/4/12
Elizabeth The Queen: The Life Of A Modern Monarch

Wed. 7/4/12
Elizabeth The Queen: The Life Of A Modern Monarch

The Emily Rooney Show

In honor of Independence Day, we aired a special rewind episode about Elizabeth the Queen.

Wed. 7/4/12
Rebecca Eaton's 'Masterpiece'

Wed. 7/4/12
Rebecca Eaton's 'Masterpiece'

The Emily Rooney Show

A special rewind episode featuring Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton in the studio to discuss Downton Abbey's success and how she plans to stay on top.

Tues. 7/3/12
In The Studio With Dan Bern

Tues. 7/3/12
In The Studio With Dan Bern

The Emily Rooney Show

Our resident provocateur Steve Almond returns with an in-studio performance by Dan Bern and his backing band, Common Rotation.

Tues. 7/3/12
One On One With Tom Hamilton

Tues. 7/3/12
One On One With Tom Hamilton

The Emily Rooney Show

Tom Hamilton joins us – ahead of Aerosmith’s North American Tour – to explain what keeps him, Steven Tyler and the rest of the “Bad Boys From Boston” going after 40 years.


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A Simple Act
We often confuse simple with easy. And it’s true, sometimes simple tasks are easy to complete. Take, for example, climbing a staircase. At the Parker family house in Malden there are 14 steps that lead from the first floor to the second. For Rick and Patty Parker, climbing that staircase is easy. The same goes for their eight-year-old son Ben. But for Ben’s twin brother Sam, those 14 simple stairs are impossible to climb. Sam has Cerebral Palsy. He’s a quadriplegic, blind and cannot speak or swallow. To make matters worse, his father Rick has a serious heart disorder and cannot carry the 75-pound Sam up and down the stairs. That’s where a high school football player named named Rudy Favard comes into their lives. Each day Rudy carries Sam up those 14 stairs. In the process he has carried the entire Parker family to a better place. This heartwarming story was chronicled in a moving Boston Globe column by Yvonne Abraham and she joins us in studio along with Rick Parker and Rudy Favard.

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