MIT typically accepts about 9 percent of its total applicants. Recently, the school erroneously emailed some prospective students they had been accepted.

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BPR: MIT Email Fail, Justice Margaret Marshall, Brian McGrory, David Gessner's 'Green Manifesto'

February 12, 2014

The Boston Globe reported today that a number of prospective students received the following email from MIT:

You are on this list because you are admitted to MIT!

Except, some recipients were in fact not admitted. The school explained the erroneous message was a draft that was inadvertently sent out.

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines to ask listeners what they thought. Would you feel burned if your first-choice school jerked you around like that? What's the best way to handle hurt feelings when an honest mistake was made? Should the students get in, anyway?

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  • Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory​ was the guest for BPR's "Ask the Editor" segment.
  • Former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margaret Marshall joined Jim and Margery for Open Mic. Marshall talked about why she opposes the use of the death penalty, the risk of televising court proceedings, and her celebrity after writing the Goodrich v. The Department of Public Health decision — the court case legalizing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
  • David Gessner and Dan Driscoll took a trip down the Charles River to discover a "new environmentalism." Gessner memorialized the journey in the book My Green Manifesto. Almost two years later, Jim and Margery caught up with David and Dan to find out what's changed about the Charles since then. David Gessner is a humorist and author of eight books. Dan Driscoll works for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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