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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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‘A Return To Vietnam': Closing Thoughts

May 01, 2015
(Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

We close our special series from Vietnam with Bob Oakes’ closing thoughts.

‘The Door Is Closer To Being Closed': Marines Reflect On Their Return To Vietnam

May 01, 2015
Former U.S. Marines John Ghilain, from Malden, left, and Bill Newell, from Hopkinton, speak to WBUR atop the Saigon Star Monday in Ho Chi Minh City. In 1975, the building was their barracks. This is their first trip back to Vietnam since they evacuated 40 years ago. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

Images of those final chaotic days of the war are seared into the soldiers’ memories, and they each see reflections of their experiences in America’s military involvement today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Vietnamese Parade, And A Solemn U.S. Ceremony

April 30, 2015
Men in military leadership pose for a portrait during the Reunification Day parade Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

It was a day of contrasts in Ho Chi Minh City — the Reunification Day parade downtown, and a solemn ceremony honoring the last U.S. soldiers to die in the war.

For Vietnamese, April 30 Is A Day Of Many Meanings

April 30, 2015
Parade marchers representing workers and farmers wait in formation for the Reunification Day parade to begin, Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

Reunification Day marks the day the last American troops left Vietnam. But what does April 30 mean to the Vietnamese? It very much depends on whom you ask.

11 Days After Arriving, Woburn Marine Was Among Last To Die In The Vietnam War

April 29, 2015
A memorial in honor of Cpl. Charles McMahon at the Woburn Boys and Girls Club. McMahon one of the last two U.S. service members to die in the Vietnam War. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Charlie McMahon’s life in Woburn revolved around the local Boys Club. He was just 21 when he was killed in a rocket attack by the North Vietnamese the day before the Fall of Saigon.

How The Last 2 U.S. Service Members Killed On Vietnamese Soil Finally Made It Home

April 29, 2015
After a year of negotiations, the remains of Cpl. Charles McMahon and Lance Cpl. Darwin Judge, the last two U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War, were returned to the U.S. via a military terminal at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport. (Courtesy Dale DeHaan)

Nearly a year after they died, the remains of the last two U.S. service members killed in the Vietnam War were finally turned over, not to the White House or the State Department, but to the office of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Back In Vietnam After 40 Years: ‘We’re Still Trying To Move On; They Already Have’

April 28, 2015
Former U.S. Marines John Ghilain, from Malden, left, and Bill Newell, from Hopkinton, speak to WBUR atop the Saigon Star Monday in Ho Chi Minh City. In 1975, the building was their barracks. This is their first trip back to Vietnam since they evacuated 40 years ago. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

Two of the last U.S. Marines to leave Vietnam have returned for a ceremony honoring the last Marines to die. We get their thoughts on the changes.

Reporter’s Notebook: Welcome To Vietnam

April 27, 2015

The first thing you notice in Ho Chi Minh City, the commercial center of Vietnam, is the traffic.

Among The Last To Leave, Mass. Marines Recall The Vietnam War’s Chaotic Final Hours

April 27, 2015
In this April 29, 1975, file photo, mobs of Vietnamese people scale the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, trying to get to a helicopter pickup zone. (Neal Ulevich/AP)

On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, four Massachusetts Marines detail the final evacuation of U.S. troops.

Biographies: The Mass. Marines Among The Last To Leave The Vietnam War

April 27, 2015
CLICK FOR BIOGRAPHIES. Four Massachusetts Marines, from left: John Ghilain, Paul Gozkit, Bill Newell and Carlos Silva (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Meet the four Massachusetts Marines.

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
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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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