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Bob Oakes

Host, Morning Edition, WBUR

Bob Oakes has been WBUR’s Morning Edition anchor since 1992. He is one of the most well-known and respected news people in New England, with a 20-year career in radio broadcasting, including ten years with Boston’s all-news commercial radio station WEEI and coverage of national issues for the CBS Radio Network.

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Baseball Writer Weighs In As Red Sox Wrap Up Disappointing Season

October 05, 2015

Baseball writer Glenn Stout discusses the Red Sox ending their 2015 season in last place in their division — again.

A Huge Rally And ‘Saturday Night Live': Analyst Discusses Presidential Hopefuls’ Weekend

October 05, 2015

Boston Globe political reporter James Pindell gave his weekly update on the N.H. presidential primary.

HUBweek To Showcase Boston’s Advancements In Science, Tech And The Arts

October 02, 2015

The week-long festival of ideas kicks off Saturday.

Analysts Give Update On Presidential Race As Clinton Prepares To Hold Boston Drug Forum

October 01, 2015

As the state faces an opioid crisis, Hillary Clinton is expected to hold a forum on drug abuse. WBUR’s political analysts weigh in on the political arena in Massachusetts.

How Pope’s U.S. Trip, Boehner’s Resignation May Shape Presidential Race Conversations

September 28, 2015

Boston Globe reporter James Pindell discusses the latest developments in the New Hampshire presidential primary race.

Pope Francis Moves On To New York City

September 25, 2015

Among the Massachusetts Catholics in New York Friday to see Pope Francis is Tiziana Dearing, a former president of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Gaming Commission To Discuss Future Of Gambling In Southeastern Mass. Following Tribal Recognition

September 24, 2015

The panel meets to discuss the possibility that two casinos will exist in southeastern Massachusetts after the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe received recognition of sovereignty in Taunton and Mashpee.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III Eagerly Awaits Pope’s Address To Congress

September 24, 2015

Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaks with us about his thoughts on Pope Francis’ historically significant address to Congress.

Yogi Berra Remembered As One Of The Greatest MLB Catchers Of All Time

September 23, 2015

Baseball legend and Yankees icon Yogi Berra died in his New Jersey home Monday. He was 90.

New MFA Director Wants Visitors To ‘See Themselves’

September 23, 2015
Matthew Teitelbaum, the new MFA director, stands in one of the museum's main hallways. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

“I want people to really treasure this place,” new MFA director Matthew Teitelbaum told WBUR.

Analyst Discusses Why Scott Walker Likely Suspended His Campaign For President

September 22, 2015

Boston Globe reporter James Pindell says Scott Walker likely had to suspend his campaign because he “ran out of money.” “What drove the money to dry out was his poor debate performances,” he continued.

With Super-Imposed Lyrics And Portraits, A New Pop-Up Exhibit Depicts Bob Dylan

September 17, 2015
Artist Lesley Schiff stands with one of her pieces that will be on display in the exhibit. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

“LIT: A Portrait of Bob Dylan By Lesley Schiff” is a multimedia interpretation of Bob Dylan’s extensive archive, premiering Sept. 18 as a pop-up museum exhibit in the new Van Ness building in the Fenway.

Blue Cross To Expand Results-Based Doctor Payments System

March 05, 2015

Calling it one of the largest payment reform initiatives in the nation, the company’s CEO says that the insurer’s model for payments has helped control health care costs and improve the quality of patient care.

Addiction Expert Discusses Statewide Surge In Heroin Overdoses

January 29, 2015
An educational pamphlet and samples of naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose, are displayed at a fire station in Taunton. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Dr. Daniel Alford, who oversees the clinical addiction research and education unit at Boston Medical Center, sheds some light on the opiate addiction crisis facing Massachusetts.

‘When Lions Roar’ Links Churchills And Kennedys

January 26, 2015

Author Thomas Maier weaves together the history and the fate of the Churchills and Kennedys in his new book, “When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys.”

In Wake Of Brigham And Women’s Shooting, A Look At Area Hospitals’ Safety Protocols

January 21, 2015
Police outside the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women's Hospital after Tuesday's shooting. (Steven Senne/AP)

In the wake of a fatal shooting at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital Tuesday, we look at safety protocols in area hospitals.

A Guide To Handling Flu Season

January 06, 2015

The flu season is upon us, and the Centers for Disease Control has announced that influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions across the U.S. The Boston Public Health Commission’s Dr. Anita Barry discusses how the city is coping.

Partners In Health: In Ebola-Stricken Nations, People Are Dying — But From Other Illnesses Too

December 31, 2014
In this Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, a man suffering from the Ebola virus lies on the floor outside a house in Port Loko Community, situated on the outskirts of Freetown, in Sierra Leone. (Michael Duff/AP)

Sheila Davis, the chief nursing officer at Partners In Health, joins WBUR to discuss how the Ebola virus has highlighted the important role health infrastructures play in these kinds of health crises.

New Doc Follows Barney Frank’s Final Days In Congress

April 24, 2014
Rep. Barney Frank is surrounded by members of the media after announcing he will not seek reelection in 2012. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Documentary filmmakers Shelia Canavan and Michael Chandler say when they arrived in Washington to begin filming in 2012, they were struck by the demeanor of Rep. Frank, who was then in his final term.

‘Intent To Deceive’ Explores Some Of The Art World’s Best Fakes

January 07, 2014

The new exhibit set to debut in Springfield puts masterpieces by the likes of Picasso and Matisse alongside “ingenious fakes that confounded the experts.”

Defense Attorney: Drug Lab Report Has Inconsistencies

August 21, 2013

Tom Workman says more needs to be done to make sure people’s rights aren’t being violated.

Rose Kennedy: The ‘Courageous’ Mother Of Camelot

July 08, 2013
Rose Kennedy waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 after she was introduced with her son, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the party’s presidential nominee. (AP)

The new book “Rose Kennedy: The Life And Times Of A Political Matriarch,” out July 15, uses newly released documents and letters to tell the story of the Kennedy matriarch.

Lawmakers To Hold Hearings On Crime Lab Crisis

September 18, 2012

State lawmakers are looking to hold hearings as early as next Wednesday to try to get to the bottom of what happened at the state’s drug lab.

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