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

Phillip Martin | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Phillip Martin

The news accounts in recent weeks are tragically similar, from Los Angeles to Staten Island to Ferguson. Unarmed black men killed by police. But four years before anyone knew where Ferguson was located on a map, there was the fatal shooting of Danroy Henry Jr., known to his friends and family as "DJ."

Appraising Ivory Is an Antiquated Idea

John F. Calvelli | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Ivory and the trinkets made from it are in high demand globally. So much so that despite restrictions on illegal poaching and trafficking, elephants are still being killed at a tremendous rate of 35,000 per year.

What's It Like to Be on TV For the First Time?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

TV appearances take training. Do you ever notice that politicians rarely answer the interviewers questions? They are skilled at manipulating their responses to get their agenda across. When they get an opportunity for "air time" they seize it. Needless to say, Ronna and I will not be running for office any time soon -- like never. But, we have learned a thing or two.

The Day the Symphony Broke the News That Kennedy Is Dead

Phillip Martin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Phillip Martin

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.

Why Is WGBH Legitimizing David Koch's Climate Change Denial?

Daniel Souweine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Daniel Souweine

The issue of Koch being on the board is not what he does to WGBH and its programming, but what they are doing for him.

Public Miseducation: WGBH and David Koch

D. R. Tucker | Posted 12.10.2013 | Media
D. R. Tucker

When David Koch joined the WGBH Board of Trustees, the extent of this enterprise was not known to the general public. But now, the facts are in, and the political science is as settled as the climate science.

Kate Sheppard

Activists Slam David Koch's Public TV Role

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

An environmental activist group wants Boston's public television and radio affiliate to bump billionaire conservative donor David Koch from its board ...

Home

Andrew Sussman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Media
Andrew Sussman

In the newsroom, we always emphasize the importance of making human connections in every piece -- that's how we bring faraway stories home. But with the Marathon bombings we all became a part of the story.

Shouting About The Arts On Talk Radio

Howard Sherman | Posted 03.16.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

While the idea of all-arts talk radio, modeled on sports talk radio, may strike one upon first thought as rather absurd, I think my friend Pia Catton ...

The Demise of Boston Talk and the Ongoing Collapse of Corporate Radio

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.05.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

What happened to talk radio in Boston? I would point to three factors. And I would suggest that none of these are unique to our part of the country. Boston may be on the leading edge, but these same trends could sweep away talk elsewhere, too.

Irony: Mitt Romney Profited From the Auto Bailout That He Opposed

Phillip Martin | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Phillip Martin

A unifying theme at the Democratic National Convention was Mitt Romney's opposition to the auto bailout. But did Mr. Romney somehow cash in on the very auto rescue that he publicly opposed under the headline Let Detroit Go Bankrupt? Yes, and here's how.

The Natural

D. R. Tucker | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
D. R. Tucker

I am so grateful to Carole King for her new memoir, A Natural Woman. There is no way to do the book justice. It is a book that cannot be analyzed, only experienced.

DJ Henry and the Training of Police, Part Four

Phillip Martin | Posted 01.07.2012 | Crime
Phillip Martin

In February 2011, when a New York grand jury declined to indict anyone involved in the shooting death of DJ Henry, Henry's family called for a federal investigation.

DJ Henry and the Training of Police Part One

Phillip Martin | Posted 12.31.2011 | Crime
Phillip Martin

The shooting death of Danroy "DJ" Henry, a black student at Pace University with no record of criminality or violence, continues to stir controversy on a number of levels that go well beyond this single incident.

Refugees in Libya, Prisoners in Malta: Nomadic Migration Part 2

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phillip Martin

Malta sits between Africa and Europe. Because of its location, wave after wave of illegal immigrants traveling by boat have come ashore on a regular ...

Somalia to Libya to Malta: Nomadic Migration Part 1

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phillip Martin

With Libya's inevitable collapse, Europe will likely see a tsunami of black refugees sweeping across the Mediterranean. And Malta and Italy will be t...

The Mosque Next Door: What Americans Can Learn From Boston's Experience

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Phillip Martin

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center -the official name of the largest mosque and Muslim gathering place in New England--was twenty years in ...

Child Sex Trafficking and The Politics of Pimping

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phillip Martin

244,000. That's the number of young Americans under the age of 16 believed to be at risk of child sexual exploitation that includes prostitution and...

Antiques Roadshow needs your home video!

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Reyne Haines

Antiques Roadshow is on the hunt again, this time for your home videos. Antiques Roadshow has an open call for viewers to submit home videos of th...

NOVA's "The Big Energy Gamble": The Challenge of Climate Narratives

Ben Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ben Carmichael

This is the problem of narrating climate change: it lacks the natural elements that make for a gripping story. Our earth's climate is a reality unfit for reality TV.