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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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As American Flag Is Raised In Havana, A Bostonian Returns To Cuba

August 14, 2015

Among those traveling to Havana with John Kerry is Micho Spring, who moved to the U.S. at the age of 10 and is a former deputy mayor of Boston.

Both Sides Of Boston’s Sex Trade Offer A Glimpse Of ‘The Life’

August 14, 2015
Audrey Morrissey is the associate director at My Life My Choice. She spent 13 years in the sex trade before becoming a mentor to at-risk girls in Greater Boston. (Courtesy of My Life My Choice)

Buying sex can offer a certain sense of anonymity. But there are people on both ends of the transaction, and they each have a story.

‘People Don't Want To Believe It's Happening Here': How Boston Is Targeting Sex Buyers

August 13, 2015
In a single hour on a recent Thursday afternoon, a decoy ad posted online in Greater Boston received more than 60 inquiries for illegal paid sex. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“I’ve learned that it’s happening in my own community, it’s happening everywhere,” says one anti-sex trafficking activist. “It’s prolific, especially in the online space.”

Study: Playing Tackle Football Before Age 12 Linked To Higher Risk For Abnormal Brain Development In NFL Players

August 11, 2015

A new study by Boston University’s School of Medicine and Brigham and Women’s hospital shows new data about the risk to youths later in life who begin playing football before age 12.

Where The Republican Candidates Stand After First GOP Debate

August 07, 2015

Now that the first debate is behind us, the campaigns are gearing up for the fall.

150 Years Ago, Olmsted Released His Historic Yosemite Report

August 07, 2015
A couple sits on a bench near the Short Street Step Bridge by the Muddy River on the Riverway. The Riverway is part of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The landscape architect’s landmark report is largely credited with providing the basis for the creation of Yosemite National Park.

Casting A Critical Architectural Eye On Boston’s Building Boom

July 15, 2015
The Kensington apartments and Millenium Place condominiums, behind, tower over Chinatown at the intersection of Stuart, Kneeland and Washington streets in this 2013 file photo. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Downtown Crossing. The Seaport District. Dudley Square. We tour some of the city’s newest developments with an architect.

Mayor Walsh Aims To End Sex Trafficking In Boston ‘So Women Don’t Have To Feel Unsafe’

July 13, 2015

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is joining a national effort to raise awareness about sexual exploitation.

Ahead Of Vote On New Budget, Mass. Senate President Rosenberg Talks Expectations

July 08, 2015

It’s a week late, but on Beacon Hill, state lawmakers vote Wednesday on a new state budget. The $38.1 billion package addresses opioid addiction, the earned income tax credit and homelessness.

After Boston 2024 Unveils Bid 2.0, Analysts Discuss Reaction Around Town

July 03, 2015

Political analysts take a look at Boston’s reaction to the revised Olympic plan, “bid 2.0.”

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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