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Phillip Martin
Phillip W.D. Martin, Sr Reporter for WGBH Radio News in Boston. I am also Executive Producer for Lifted Veils Productions, a non-profit journalism organization dedicated to exploring issues that divide (and unite) society. Currently he is heading up The Color Initiative, a BBC/WGBH radio-journalism project broadcast on PRI's "The WORLD".
Phillip was a Supervising Senior Editor for National Public Radio and former NPR Race Relations Correspondent. He was among a group of senior producers responsible for creating PRI's The World radio program in 1995 (BBC, WGBH, PRI). He has written for several publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Outlook Section, Nieman Reports, Japan Times Weekly and the Boston Globe. He studied international relations and international law at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and human rights law at Harvard University Law School and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1998.

Entries by Phillip Martin

Waiters and Waitresses: The Real Pulse of New Hampshire Primary Politics

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 10:17 AM

New Hampshire woke up this morning to ever-tightening Republican and Democratic 2016 primary races. The latest news was hashed out over eggs and bacon at diners across the state. And if there is anyone familiar with the presidential hopefuls, it's the men and women in aprons on the dining room...

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Defining Domestic Terrorism Part Three: Conservative Politicians Downplay Threat from the Far Right

(160) Comments | Posted January 3, 2016 | 1:02 PM

President Obama on NPR recently was asked about the threat posed by domestic terrorists.

"If you just look at the numbers," he said, "then non-Islamic, non-foreign-motivated terrorist actions have killed at least as many Americans on American soil as those who were...

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

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 4:30 PM

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". Yet, beneath the slogans, Boston and New...

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In Search of Cardinal Bernard Law

(8) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 1:04 PM


When Bernard Cardinal Law, Archbishop of Boston, fled to the Vatican in late 2002, he left behind a trail of human and financial wreckage: 550 victims (and plaintiffs) abused by parish priests and court judgments that eventually topped $85 million....

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 7:34 PM

2015-07-14-1436900830-2629276-1mezzanine_254.jpg Credit Blackout . American Experience .WGBH | PBS

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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,

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Killing Tsarnaev Part Two: 'Friends' of Jahar Rally to Save His Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 1:50 PM


On the first day of testimony in the penalty phase of the Marathon Bombing trial, prosecutors portrayed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as "America's worst nightmare." Krystle Campbell's father, William Jr., barely held back tears describing his now dead daughter as "the light of my life."

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:34 AM


In schools, cafes and around work-place water coolers across Massachusetts and throughout the country, a debate is raging over the question of life or death for marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Everyone seems to have an opinion about which is the worse punishment. But...

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

(15) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 2:26 PM

2015-04-10-1428647155-2715083-04robertsspanarticleLarge.jpgClarence Darrow in 1924, with his clients, Nathan Leopold, left, and Richard Loeb, right. Credit United Press International

After weeks of testimony and 96 witnesses a jury this week found admitted Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, guilty on all 30...

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How to Rationalize the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men at the Hands of Police: It's the Narrative, Stupid

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:34 PM

A sign and pin on the back of a demonstrator during a protest against the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 13, 2014 (credit: Reuters)

The news accounts in recent weeks are tragically similar, from Los...

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Reconciling Maya Angelou's Legacy With Her Support of Clarence Thomas

(38) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:01 PM

The death of American poet Maya Angelou has been greeted with both grief and accolades for her contributions to the American literary canon. But it also has stirred memories of her early support for a controversial man, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In 1991, some viewed this as a...

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The Day the Symphony Broke the News That Kennedy Is Dead

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 7:37 AM

News of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination aired live on radio and television around the world moments after it happened. But in Boston on November 22, 1963, hundreds of people learned about the tragedy -- not directly from media -- but from the conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra....

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18 Hours: Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt Offers Lessons for Police

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 1:50 PM


When explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line six months ago this month, it was hard for many in this area to imagine the world would ever be the same. Since then, WGBH has been taking a closer look at the events of...

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

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 2:37 PM


As part of an ongoing series, WGBH News explores the unanswered questions that surround the massive manhunt in Watertown, Massachusetts in April and the ultimate capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This is the third story of...

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

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:16 PM

When explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line six months ago this month, it was hard for many in the area to imagine the world would ever be the same. Since then, WGBH News has been taking a closer look...

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18 Hours: Lingering Questions Surround Boston Marathon Watertown Shootout

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 9:50 AM

When explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line six months ago this month, it was hard for many in this area to imagine the world would ever be the same. Since then, WGBH News has been taking a closer look...

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Underground Trade Part Seven: Why Human Trafficking is Called Modern Day Slavery

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:04 PM


If you think slavery ended in 1865 with passage of the 13th Amendment, think again.
2013-03-26-pit_image.jpg credit, Slavery By Another Name

Human traffickers have picked up where slavery, brutal racial-based penal laws, sharecropping and Jim...

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Progressives vs. Conservatives: The War over Catholic Doctrine

(24) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 2:45 PM

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.
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I surveyed the Boston...

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

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 2:48 PM


Credit Phillip Martin / WGBH


"Shame should be reserved for the things we choose to do, not the circumstances that life puts on us." --Ann Pritchard,author of Bel Canto--
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Underground Trade Part Five: Taken into China (Human Trafficking)

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 3:21 PM



Credit Phillip Martin / WGBH
Qui and Phong on the road north of Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam is losing its children.

The numbers...

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

(13) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 11:35 AM



It was twilight, and I didn't know what to expect as I arrived by car to Pattaya, Thailand.
The famous walking street in Pattaya where tourists worldwide solicit...

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