Margery Eagan and Jim Braude, hosts of Boston Public Radio.

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BPR: Abortion Buffer Zones, Ask The MBTA GM, Alex Beam, Cape Wind, Jim's Pronunciation, And More

June 26, 2014

Consider it a preview of what's to come in September. Boston Public Radio with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan added a third hour to the program on Thursday. BPR will officially expand to three hours (11 A.M. to 2 P.M.) beginning in September, so Jim and Margery gave listeners an idea of how the new show would sound.

Here's the rundown for Thursday's show:

  • Jim and Margery discussed the Supreme Court's ruling on "buffer zones" outside abortion clinics. Jessica Silbey, professor of law at Suffolk University, joined Jim and Margery to talk about the legal considerations in the case.
  • Ask the GM: Beverly Scott, general manager of the MBTA, stopped by Studio Three to take calls from listeners.
  • Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam talked about his dislike for the phrase "leveling the playing field," as well as World Cup developments. Beam is the author of American Crucifixion.
  • Audra Parker from the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound made the case to Jim, Margery and listeners why Cape Wind shouldn't go forward as planned.
  • Mail bag! We get to the bottom of why so many listeners think Jim pronounces Margery's name "wrong." WGBH's Edgar B. Herwick III did the research, and offered up some answers.
  • Boston Wine School's Jonathon Alsop talked about the hazards of flying champagne corks, wine in  a can, and why the wine world needs its own Nate Silver.
  • You may have heard about placebo pills, but what about placebo surgery? Innovation Hub host Kara Miller talked about new applications for the placebo effect. 

As always, you can call into the show at 877.301.8970, tweet @BosPublicRadio, or leave a comment on the Boston Public Radio Facebook page.

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