Trump’s Defense Playbook: From ‘No Quid Pro Quo’ To ‘Hearsay’
Defenders of President Donald Trump have gone past their “no quid pro quo” claim to allege “hearsay” to denounce the testimony of acting ambassador William Taylor that further implicated the president in the growing Ukranian scandal. Also on the defensive, Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters Thursday that he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce a resolution to condemn the impeachment inquiry. He is urging the House to make the hearings public and allow for cross-examination — something Democrats are reportedly planning to do sometime in November.

To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Jennifer Taub, a professor at Vermont Law School and a visiting professor at Harvard Law this semester who also serves on the Board of Advisors for the group Impeach Trump Now, and William Weinreb, former acting U.S. Attorney and lead prosecutor of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Should Massachusetts Ban Youth Tackle Football?
A proposed bill on Beacon Hill would ban youth tackle football for children in grades seven and under, with a fine for schools or leagues found in violation. Proponents of the “NO HITS” (No Organized Head Impacts to Schoolchildren) Act say it's an important step in preventing brain disease among young people, with research out of Boston University adding to the collection of studies on the long-term harms that repeated hits to the head can have. Opponents of the bill say that it impedes parental choice and goes too far, preferring improved education about how to safely tackle instead.

Jim Braude was joined by Chris Nowinski, former Harvard football player and pro wrestler and co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, and Dr. Robert Stern, co-author of the Boston University study and director of clinical research at Boston University’s CTE Center.

'Everything I Know': Meet The 4-Generation Hardware Store Staying Put In Mattapan
A family hardware store in Mattapan is celebrating a big milestone with 85 years in business. It’s no small feat in a fast-changing world that's been increasingly moving to big-box and online alternatives. And as Saraya Wintersmith reports, the key to this store's staying power has been its evolution.

IMHO: Hallo-Weekend?
Jim Braude shares his thoughts on why Trick-Or-Treating should be moved to the weekend.