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Do Feel-Good Slogans like 'Resilient New Orleans' and 'Boston Strong' Mask Income Inequality?

Phillip Martin | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Phillip Martin

Bostonians in the aftermath of the Marathon bombing like to remind themselves that Boston is strong. A similar sentiment was echoed hundreds of miles to the south in New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Its slogan is "Resilient New Orleans".

In Search of Cardinal Bernard Law

Phillip Martin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Phillip Martin

When Bernard Cardinal Law, Archbishop of Boston, fled to the Vatican in late 2002, he left behind a trail of human and financial wreckage. The actual number of victims, by some estimates, could be nearly three times the number who settled with the Church in 2003. Meanwhile, Law was assigned a comfortable post in Rome, where he disappeared from the headlines.

When the Lights Went Out in New York: A Tale of Two Nights

Phillip Martin | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Phillip Martin

Thirty-eight years ago this week, the lights went out in New York City. Chaos ensued. But the nature of the disruption was far from simple. This week, PBS's American Experience chronicles and deconstructs that intense 1977 experience.

Ballot Selfies, Perverts and Censorship: Presenting the 2015 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

At the heart of the Muzzles is a simple but powerful idea: "Congress" -- and all levels of government, thanks to the 14th Amendment -- "shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."

Killing Tsarnaev Part One: Experts Warn of the Cost of Martyrdom

Phillip Martin | Posted 06.27.2015 | Crime
Phillip Martin

Everyone seems to have an opinion about which is the worse punishment. But there is another consideration that may have been overlooked in this discussion: The question of security posed by the very prospect of killing Tsarnaev.

If Clarence Darrow Defended Tsarnaev: The Art of the Closing Argument

Phillip Martin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime
Phillip Martin

History is still waiting to judge the conclusion of the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. But in the Tsarnaev case and many others, the standard that defense attorneys and prosecutors have tried to live up to for nearly a century has been the 12-hour closing argument by Charles Darrow in the trial of Leopold and Loeb.

What Harvard's President Says About People Who Want To Skip College

wgbh | Kirk Carapezza and Mallory Noe-Payne | Posted 10.27.2014 | College

There's a growing skepticism in this country about whether college is really worth it. Last week, one of higher education’s heavy hitters weighed in...

How Mount Holyoke's Transgender Policy Redefines Women's Education

wgbh | Kirk Carapezza | Posted 10.20.2014 | College

This fall, Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts became the second all women's college in the U.S. to begin accepting applications from trans...

Ed Markey's Hate-Speech Bill Earns Him Top Spot in 2014 New England Muzzle Awards

Dan Kennedy | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Dan Kennedy

US Senator Ed Markey doesn't seem like your typical enemy of free speech. Progressive and amiable, the Massachusetts Democrat is known mainly for speaking up on behalf of liberal causes such as fighting climate change and preserving funding for public broadcasting.

18 Hours: Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt Offers Lessons for Police

Phillip Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Phillip Martin

Minutes after news went out that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been flushed out of the boat where he was hiding, Watertown exhaled. "Go Watertown!" crowds shouted.

18 Hours: How Did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Elude Police During Marathon Bombing Manhunt

Phillip Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Phillip Martin

Several eyewitnesses gave us the same account of Tsarnaev's escape. Tsarnaev, driving a stolen Mercedes SUV, ran over his brother and then rammed the vehicle into two police cars that were blocking the road.

18 Hours: 'Self-Deployment' May Have Caused Confusion During Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt

Phillip Martin | Posted 12.24.2013 | Crime
Phillip Martin

At 10:31 p.m. on April 18, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was fighting for his life after being shot multiple times while sitting in his cruiser. Fellow officers rushed to his side trying to stem the bleeding.

18 Hours: Lingering Questions Surround Boston Marathon Watertown Shootout

Phillip Martin | Posted 12.24.2013 | Crime
Phillip Martin

In between the Marathon bombings and the arrest of a suspect hiding in a boat, 18 hours will be frozen in our collective memories.

Progressives vs. Conservatives: The War over Catholic Doctrine

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Phillip Martin

Whoever succeeds Pope Benedict faces challenges that will impact Catholics everywhere, but will the choice have any impact on Catholic doctrine, which many believe is suspended somewhere between the Council of Trent counter-reformation and Vatican II.

Underground Trade Part Six: The Shame (of Human Trafficking)

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Sometimes it's hard to imagine this thing we used to call "shame." In the era of reality TV and YouTube, where almost anything goes, shame seems like a social anachronism.

Underground Trade Part Five: Taken into China (Human Trafficking)

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Vietnam is losing its children. The numbers tell only part of the story of human trafficking, and those numbers vary depending on who you ask.

Underground Trade Part Four: One Town in Thailand (and human trafficking)

Phillip Martin | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Phillip Martin

The beach town's famed nightlife was already in full swing. Pattaya is a "Wild West" of bars, massage parlors, brothels and strip clubs. I watched as inebriated men wandered up and down the red-light district with its neon-sketched bars to the left and right.

Underground Trade Part Three: The Business of Trafficking

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Why would someone fly 8,500 miles and spend $4,000 dollars to pony up to a bar in Pattaya, Thailand? "If they go into Pattaya, it's not because Pattaya has nice beaches," said Somerville, MA., Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello. "It's because it has sex tourism."

Underground Trade Part Two: The Route Through Queens

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Without ever knowing it, you've driven the same routes, passed the same landmarks and used the same rest stops as today's human trafficking networks that operate from New York to New England.