The Boston Convention Center in the Seaport. David Bernstein and Joan Vennochi discussed whether the process to expand the convention center has been too opaque.

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BPR: Politics, Lottery, All Revved Up, Micro Lodging, Jared Bowen

June 9, 2014
  • On the Monday politics segment, Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi and WGBH contributor and Boston Magazine contributing editor David Bernstein talked about the Boston mayoralty, the state Democratic convention, and the Boston Convention Center.
  • Last year the Massachusetts State Lottery raked in close to $5 billion. Invariably, some of the people who end up playing lotto are the ones who can least afford to lose. Turns out they're losing twice, because the Lottery gives some Mass. cities more money back than they gambled in the lottery — and giving places like Chelsea less than they spent per capita. Is this Robinhood-in-reverse? Should we send the money right back to the communities who spent the most? Jim and Margery discussed.
  • For All Revved Up, Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III talked about transgender rights and talked about the late Maya Angelou. Irene Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist writing for Huffington Post. Emmett Price is an associate professor of musicology and the music industry at Northeastern University.
  • Are we ready for micro hotels? Yotel is a New York City hotel phenomenon that offers micro-size rooms to tourists and weekend visitors. Jim and Margery asked whether Boston needs this, too.
  • WGBH Open Studio host Jared Bowen stopped by Studio Three to talk arts — new theater performances around Boston, the Tony Awards from Sunday night, and good new summer movies.

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