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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 10 years with Boston’s all-news commercial radio station WEEI and coverage of national issues for the CBS Radio Network.

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Payne & Domke Discuss New Report On Clinton’s Use Of Private Email

May 26, 2016

WBUR’s political analysts — Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne — joined us with the latest news from the election.

Harvard Club’s First Woman President Says ‘Incredible Opportunity’ Exists To Boost Female Membership

May 25, 2016

The new head of an old boys club is a woman. For the first time in its 108-year history, the Harvard Club has a female president.

Payne & Domke: Former Mass. Gov. Weld Expected To Jump Into Election 2016 As Third-Party VP Candidate

May 19, 2016

Former Gov. William Weld is expected to announce Thursday that he’s become a Libertarian Party candidate for vice president.

Conservation Law Foundation Director Insists Law Requires GLX To Go Further

May 10, 2016

Conservation Law Foundation Director of Environmental Justice Rafael Mares said while the foundation is pleased with Monday’s vote to advance the project, concerns over funding remain.

Somerville Mayor Says He’s ‘Optimistic’ Green Line Extension Project Will Move Forward

May 09, 2016

“I’m optimistic, because the value of the Green Line project, what it brings not just to Somerville and the corridor communities of Cambridge and Medford, but for the entire commonwealth,” Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said.

Payne & Domke: Trump Is Assured GOP Nominee; Sanders Wins Indiana Primary

May 04, 2016

Our political analysts — Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne — discuss the results from the Indiana primaries.

Aloisi Proposes Using MBTA Buses To Revive Late-Night Service

May 03, 2016

Former state Transportation Secretary James Aloisi explains his proposed plan to utilize MBTA buses to revive late-night service in Boston.

A Ride On The MBTA With Transportation Secretary Pollack

April 29, 2016
Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack enters the turnstiles at the Government Center MBTA station on the Green Line during her commute to Newton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We ride the Green Line from Government Center to Newton with the transportation secretary.

Gaming Industry Expert Says State Commission Unlikely To Approve Brockton Casino Proposal

April 28, 2016

We speak with a gaming industry expert to learn more about what’s at stake as the state’s Gaming Commission reviews whether to move forward with giving Brockton the state’s final casino license.

Payne & Domke: Trump, Clinton Both Triumph Over Opponents In Acela Primary

April 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are moving closer to becoming their respective parties’ presidential nominees after the latest rounds of primaries on Tuesday.

Story Of Cocoanut Grove Fire Comes To Boston Stage

March 25, 2016
Boston fire and police department workers and many servicemen jam the street outside the Cocoanut Grove nightclub on Nov. 28, 1942. The deadly fire is the subject of a new play. (AP)

“Inferno: Fire at the Cocoanut Grove 1942” is currently at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Sudders: Combating Mass. Opioid Crisis ‘Is Going To Take Us Time,’ Even With New Law

March 15, 2016
Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders speaks about the opioids legislation signed into law just moments earlier by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a new bill designed to combat the state’s deadly opioid crisis. The state’s health and human services secretary, Mary Lou Sudders, explains what measures went into effect immediately.

Charlton Native Brings Multimedia Play About ‘Joseph’s Dream’ To Worcester Hanover

February 17, 2016

Alexander Dias’ dream was to bring his play titled, “Joseph’s Dream — A Vision of Choice” to a major theater. The production will run at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Dr. Donald Thea On What We Know About The Zika Virus

January 29, 2016

After a Boston resident contracted the Zika virus while traveling abroad, Dr. Donald Thea explains what the medical community knows about the virus and what precautions to take.

Massachusetts Doctor On The Power And Limitations Of Narcan

November 13, 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)

Naloxone is touted as an invaluable tool in the battle against opiate overdoses. But some doctors warn that naloxone is not a cure-all and has some limitations.

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.

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
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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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