These are tense times in the world of Mid-East policy as the United States and Israel are sounding more like adversaries than allies.  This comes after the Obama Administration decided to abstain from a vote before the United Nations Security Council regarding the development of settlements in occupied lands.  Adam Reilly ( @reillyadam) fills in for Jim Braude today and talks to Jeffrey Robbins of the law firm Minz Levin who just returned from the region. He has served as chairman of the New England board of the Anti-Defamation League and as President of the World Affairs Council of Boston

It was another hot year for real estate in the Boston area.  What will 2017 hold?  We get insight from Douglas Quattrochi ( @dougjq), executive director of  www.masslandlords.net and realtor  David Lilley of ReMax Destiny Cambridge about some of the possible trends.

Arts Editor Jared Bowen ( @jaredwgbh) takes us behind the scenes of a local holiday classic, “The Urban Nutcracker.”

As the entertainment world and beyond mourns the loss of “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher, Adam Reilly and Arts Editor Jared Bowen ( @JaredWGBH) revisit a 2008 interview when the actress and writer was visiting Boston.