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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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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)

BOSTON — 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.

Nantucket Police Chief: ‘It’s Like Icicles Beating Against You’

January 27, 2015

BOSTON — The Cape and the Islands are bearing the brunt of Monday’s storm. Nantucket police chief William Pittman joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to describe the situation on the island.

‘When Lions Roar’ Links Churchills And Kennedys

January 26, 2015

BOSTON — 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)

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

New State Attorney General Healey Outlines Initial Priorities

January 21, 2015
Attorney General Maura Healey (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

BOSTON — Today, Maura Healey will officially begin her position as the state’s 55th attorney general.

Martha Coakley Reflects On Time As Attorney General, Gubernatorial Race

January 20, 2015
Outgoing Attorney General Martha Coakley, in her office (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — The onetime Senate and, most recently, gubernatorial hopeful joined WBUR to reflect on her campaign against Gov. Charlie Baker and her eight years as attorney general.

Remembering Graboys, Who Was ‘Born A Doctor’ — A Doctor Who Would Later Fight His Own Illnesses

January 19, 2015

BOSTON — Boston cardiologist Dr. Thomas Graboys was known not only for his love of medicine, but also for the intimate attention he paid to his patients.

The Patriots’ Prospects Against Colts Ahead Of AFC Title Game

January 16, 2015

The New England Patriots will head to the Super Bowl for the seventh time if they win against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday in the AFC title game.

Football Writer Mike Reiss Sizes Up Patriots, Ravens Ahead Of Playoffs Start

January 09, 2015

BOSTON — ESPN and Boston.com football writer Mike Reiss joins Morning Edition to size up The New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens ahead of their first playoff match at Gillette Stadium.

Ahead Of Inauguration, Gov.-Elect Baker Discusses His New Role

January 08, 2015

BOSTON — At noon today, Republican Governor-elect Charlie Baker will be sworn in as the 72nd governor of the commonwealth of Massachusetts. He spoke about what’s on his mind as he embarks on his new role.

A Guide To Handling Flu Season

January 06, 2015

BOSTON — 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.

Domke, Payne Discuss Major Changes In Mass. Politics In New Year

January 05, 2015

BOSTON — WBUR political analysts Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne discuss changes in the Massachusetts political landscape slated for early 2015.

Former Mass. Judge Talks Nation’s Relationship With Cuba Ahead Of Teaching In Havana

January 02, 2015
Judge Isaac Borenstein speaks during a hearing at Middlesex District Court in Cambridge, Mass. in 2008. (Bear Cieri/AP)

BOSTON — Isaac Borenstein, a law professor and former Massachusetts judge, discusses the nation’s moves to normalize relations with Cuba ahead of plans to teach a class with students from both the U.S. and Cuba in Havana.

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)

BOSTON — 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.

Veteran Mass. Congressman And Newcomer Weigh In On New Congress

December 18, 2014
U.S. Rep.-elect Seth Moulton, left, and Rep. Michael Capuano (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

BOSTON — A veteran Democratic congressman from Massachusetts and a newcomer share their thoughts on what’s to come in the next Congress, with the GOP in control of both the House and the Senate.

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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