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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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TEC Connections Academy: The State’s Newest Virtual Public School

September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Dr. Tyler Page, the lead administrator at the new TEC Connections Academy based in East Walpole, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

‘Last Days In Vietnam’ Filmmaker Rory Kennedy Speaks About Lifelong Interest In Vietnam War

September 19, 2014
In this April 29, 1975 photo provided by courtesy of American Experience and Hugh Doyle, aboard the USS Kirk, crew members signal the Chinook to hover over the deck and drop its passengers out. (Courtesy American Experience, Courtesy Hugh Doyle/AP)

BOSTON — Filmmaker, Rory Kennedy – the youngest of late Senator Robert Kennedy’s children – joined Morning Edition to speak about her lifelong interest in the Vietnam War. She tells us why she pursued this story on the chaos of the final twenty-four hours of the U.S. withdrawal from Saigon and snap decisions about who stayed and who got out.

Local Scots Cast Informal Vote On Independence In Boston’s ‘The Haven’

September 18, 2014
The owner of the Haven, Scotsman Jason Waddleton, in front of the pub's "ballot box" (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)

BOSTON — Scotland is voting whether to go independent from the United Kingdom. In Jamaica Plain, in The Haven, which bills itself as the only Scottish restaurant in Boston, an informal ballot box for patrons is stuffed.

WBUR Political Analysts Talk Current Close Margin Between Coakley, Baker

September 18, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, left, and Democrat Martha Coakley. (AP's Stephan Savoia, WBUR's Jesse Costa)

BOSTON — WBUR political analysts Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne join Morning Edition to delve into the details of the gubernatorial race.

‘Repeal The Casino Deal’ Chair Says Side Has More Support Than Polls Show

September 17, 2014

BOSTON — John Ribeiro, chair of the Repeal the Casino Deal, the group at the forefront of the anti-casino fight discusses his group’s initiatives as it gets closer to referendum day.

An Update On The New Hampshire Senate Race

September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Politico congressional reporter Burgess Everett joins WBUR’s Morning Edition to discusses the contentious race between the GOP’s Scott Brown and Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen.

AmeriCorps Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

September 12, 2014

BOSTON — Twenty years ago, hundreds of volunteers met at Boston Common to pledge their commitment to get things done for America.

Farm Freshness In An Urban Sprawl: Annual Food Festival Gets Cookin’ Sunday

September 12, 2014

BOSTON — The fifth Boston Local Food Festival gets underway Sunday on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, showcasing farmers, food trucks, cooking demonstrations and more.

The Parenthood Pay Gap: Why Having Children Costs Women More Than Men

September 11, 2014

BOSTON — A new study finds that women who have children face an average 4 percent pay cut per child, while men often make more money.

Coakley Looks Forward To Opposing Baker

September 10, 2014
Martha Coakley delivers her victory speech Tuesday night in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — WBUR’s Bob Oakes speaks with Democratic candidate Martha Coakley about what’s next after she won her party’s primary Tuesday night.

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)

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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)

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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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