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A fight is being waged on Beacon Hill over a newspaper’s request to keep tabs on the comings and goings of lawmakers — and the controversy has provoked additional press criticism of Gov. Deval Patrick.
Massachusetts General Hospital has been named the number-one hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report. But one health care expert warns that no list is conclusive.
After a perfect storm of high yields and soft shells, local lobstermen are struggling to stay afloat in a sea of surplus, low-priced crustaceans. Toni Waterman went out on a lobster boat to see the problem firsthand.
FROM THE VAULT
The Beach Boys may have surpassed Quincy-born Dick Dale in popularity, but he owns the title "King of the Surf Guitar." Learn why in this WGBH Archives video interview from the award-winning series "Rock & Roll."
At a public hearing on the compact that Gov. Deval Patrick signed with Mashpee Wampanoag tribal leaders, southeastern representatives expressed concern that the project could be frozen for years.
With the formal session deadline approaching, lawmakers hold a public hearing on the governor's casino agreement, officials consider the price of placing calls from prison and the June job numbers get released.
What does the newest research tell us about online dating? Innovation Hub's Kara Miller discusses the question with Bob Seay.
Gov. Deval Patrick started out confident when he signing a new Massachusetts state budget. But as the days went by, he was handed one defeat after another by a Legislature that said, "Wait a minute."
We name the big players in the local startup scene and ask: Will they scale the heights — or flame out?
The deal grants the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe the exclusive right to operate a casino in the southeastern part of the state. It's the most concrete development yet in the race to establish casinos in Massachusetts.
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What began as a project evolved into a journey with emotional heft. Leibovitz calls her newest work, Pilgrimage, a pictoral notebook about the sense of place.
The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the love it/hate it chorus of "Sweet Caroline": the experience of a Sox home game is as much aural as visual. We meet the people who make the musical magic happen.
Muqueca's Chef Fátima, or Fafa for short, serves up the Brazilian food that she loves and knows best, from the eastern coastal state of Espirito Santo, where she grew up.
The woman accusing Dorchester state representative Carlos Henriquez of domestic assault and kidnapping has spoken out for the first time.
How good a film can you create in 48 hours? Winning auteur Michael McVey sent along five of his favorites from the 2012 Boston 48-Hour Film Project. He talks with Edgar Herwick on Boston Public Radio.
Massachusetts House lawmakers have pushed back against Gov. Deval Patrick on welfare restrictions, mental health and immigration checks, overriding Patrick's line-item vetoes in the fiscal year 2013 budget.
With the demolition of the Comet roller coaster in a defunct Dartmouth amusement park, another piece of Massachusetts history is gone. But it lives on in the contemporary version of celluloid: YouTube.
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In virtually every place it has opened, from Sundance to Cannes, Beasts of the Southern Wild has garnered stellar reviews — for good reason.
The debate over the Taunton State Hospital reveals a deeper philosophical debate on helping people with psychiatric disabilities. We talk to a parent who supports keeping the hospital open and an advocate for community services.
At a State House hearing, transportation officials said the total cost of the Big Dig is continuing to grow, starving the state of funds for other road and bridge projects.
In Ho Chi Minh City, two Boston College professors are leading a group of students to volunteer at a clinic for HIV patients who are at the end of their lives.
Maybe you've seen the photo: a kayaker off Cape Cod … and a fin. Yet the recent shark sighting appears to be triggering more excitement than fear. We asked some experts to explain the phenomenon — including the shark himself.
A nurse at Taunton State Hospital argues for why the inpatient mental health facility matters — even though Gov. Deval Patrick used a budget line-item veto to relocate those services to Worcester.
On Beacon Hill, there's legislative pushback on the state's new budget. Soon after Gov. Deval Patrick vetoed funding for the aging Taunton State Hospital, lawmakers lined up calling for an override.
As Democrats hammer the private financial practices of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Boston is becoming a favorite staging ground for their attacks.
Innovation Hub looks at the changing workplace. Is telecommuting more common? Dogs in the office more acceptable? And what about people who are employed, but with no office at all?
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In the 1980s, Cirque du Soleil was simply a group of street performers in Quebec. Artistic Director Tim Smith and Company Manager Jeff Lund talk about how it has become a global enterprise.
Whether you're buying an established takeout or starting from scratch, it can be challenging to build the trust and community these neighborhood joints require to succeed. Val Wang checks out the progress at Hong Kong Chef and Wok N Talk.
There's a lot of activity in mobile advertising again, with venture capitalists pouring money into startups such as Jumptap, Session M and CraveLabs that promise to reach consumers with advertising anywhere they carry their phones.
What's a better way to inform consumers of an item's price: the old-fashioned sticker or the modern scanner? Some advocates are objecting to the new law, which lets retailers rely on technology instead of putting stickers on every single item.
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The new film documenting the rise of music sensation Katy Perry is surprisingly touching. Hear Jared's review on Morning Edition of that and other art in Boston that you shouldn't miss this weekend.
In a lengthy and occasionally combative appearance, the embattled congressman denied relatives' accusations that he knew all about their illegal gambling operation.
Local researchers say an invasive and rather ... pungent ... species of seaweed that's stormed the coast might not just be unpleasant for beach-goers — it could be crowding out New England sea creatures.
News reports are speculating that the Massachusetts congressman's wedding will take place on July 7. During the lead-up, Frank talked about the stress of wedding planning and how to ruin a good party.
On Beat the Press, Emily Rooney questioned why reporters hadn't challenged the seeming passivity of Karen Klein, the bullied bus monitor. After all, Klein was hired to keep kids in line on the bus. So WGBH's Toni Waterman asked Klein herself.
Climate scientist Mike Rawlins says that most of the U.S. is projected to be hotter than average this summer — but not New England.
The Boston business leader opens up to host Emily Rooney about growing up in upstate New York, his father's gambling addiction, his early jobs and much more. Watch the interview online.
The AMC Loews Harvard Square Theatre is closing. What does this mean for Rocky Horror fans and neighboring movie houses?
Today, we take the pulse of the job market. Are companies finally starting to feel more secure? And what kinds of jobs and skills are now most in demand?
Blind passengers have one big problem taking taxis: They don't know what's on the fare box. The City of Boston is poised to roll out technology that will solve that problem. We take it for a spin.
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Mark Wahlberg is infinitely endearing as the puppy-eyed John, who is legitimately torn between his loyalties to his best bear friend and the girl he loves.
A recently minted public company is trying to create the future of retail. Burlington-based Demandware, valued at over $700 million, makes software to help high-end brands reach more customers online.
Former Gov. Michael Dukakis thought the result at the high court was positive but saw challenges ahead in the struggle to fix the U.S. health care system.
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This week's pick of entertainment ranges from hilarious to, well...rusty.
The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in a complex ruling. Here's our schedule of guests and conversations to help you make sense of it.
We visit the Waltham showroom of Sondra Celli, dressmaker to TLC's American Gypsy brides. And with business booming, it looks like economic development can come draped in rhinestones, lamé and cup chain.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. But if it's struck down, the practical ramifications in Massachusetts may be relatively small.
Observers are speculating that James "Whitey" Bulger’s defense will be that his crimes were protected by his informant status with the FBI. But, a former U.S. attorney says, that didn't work for Steven "The Rifleman" Flemmi.
Massachusetts health insurance plans will have to cough up almost $57 million in rebates to customers. On average, individuals will receive just over $200 and businesses will receive $936.
Gov. Deval Patrick praised the U.S. Supreme Court for striking down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on immigrants. But he wasn't entirely satisfied — and neither were some of his critics.
As we drum our fingers, law professor Renée Landers explains four likely scenarios for the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling and their ramifications.
President Barack Obama makes a campaign swing through Boston, a proposed casino in East Boston draws opposition and a film and television studio pushes ahead in Devens.
Innovation Hub looks at the increasing scarcity of water as the world's population grows.
The locavore movement is increasingly powerful — but one author says the movement is not nearly diverse enough and excludes some of the very people who most need healthy, affordable food.
Can playing video games make you healthier? That’s the idea behind the “gamification” of health care, a big trend we’re seeing in the Boston tech scene and beyond.
About a dozen protesters gathered outside the BIO International Convention to demand the Food and Drug Administration speed up the approval process for an experimental drug to treat cancer.
At Brigham and Women's Hospital, retired high school teacher James Carelli Jr. talked about the pioneering heart surgery. In order to put himself through it, he needed faith.
On Kid Nation Day, we go back to 1999 when the cast of the popular WGBH kids program got the chance to perform the national anthem on the field. Watch their performance and find out where some of them are now.
Republican U.S. House candidates Sean Bielat and Elizabeth Childs are accusing each other of really being a Democrat — and there's some basis to the claims.
Massachusetts high school students will soon be required to take at least 3 years of lab-based science classes to get into the state's 4-year public universities.
Could you give more to charity? David Freudberg, host of Humankind, talks to Bob Seay about a group called Bolder Giving that thinks so.
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