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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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Mass. Voters Volunteer Their Time In Hopes Of Making A Difference In The N.H. Primary

February 09, 2016
In a small state like New Hampshire, where over a dozen candidates were still running for president as of just a few weeks ago, where do you hang the "Help Wanted" sign for the many bodies you need to help you in your bid for the White House? Next door in Massachusetts of course, where we regularly produce campaign volunteers. Pictured here, volunteers make calls at the Clinton campaign field office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

The Massachusetts presidential primary might not get the national attention of New Hampshire’s, but that doesn’t mean Massachusetts voters can’t help influence the race.

Payne & Domke: A Look At Campaigns In New Hampshire In Final Hours Before Primary Day

February 08, 2016

Our political analysts discusses news on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire a day before the Granite State’s primary race.

Shaheen, Cushing Discuss Clinton, Sanders Campaigns In New Hampshire

February 08, 2016

A chunk of the fight on the Democratic side of the New Hampshire presidential primary plays out near Route 1 in Hampton, N.H., by the sea coast.

Why The Ground Game Matters For Presidential Candidates In New Hampshire

February 08, 2016
From left to right, Vivian Garrett, of Alabama, Linde Barrera, of New York, and William Paire, of West Virginia, stop in the parking lot outside of “Camp Cruz” before setting off for a day of canvassing. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Answers to the remaining questions of the New Hampshire primary race might rest with the effectiveness of the candidates’ ground games, which are in high gear just one day before the race.

‘The Blitz Is On’ In Presidential Campaigns Across N.H. Days Before Primary Vote

February 07, 2016

A frenzied day of campaigning in New Hampshire wrapped up Saturday night with a lively debate among the Republican presidential candidates.

As The N.H. Primary Nears, Republican Candidates Are Trying To Gain The Edge

February 05, 2016

For a look at the shape of the Republican race heading into Tuesday, Dante Scala, professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

Payne & Domke: Analyzing Candidates’ Odds In The Final Days Before The N.H. Primary

February 04, 2016

Political analysts Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne discusses the state of competition in the final days of the New Hampshire primary races.

In New Hampshire, Voter Frustration Spans The Political Spectrum

February 04, 2016
Doug Jones, a Donald Trump supporter, stands outside his house in Penacook, New Hampshire. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders supporters often cite frustration as a key factor in choosing their respective candidates. The commonalities between these voting groups, which sit on opposite ends of the political spectrum, are striking and a bit ironic.

UNH Political Scientist Discusses Race Between Clinton And Sanders In N.H.

February 03, 2016

Andy Smith, a political scientist at the University of New Hampshire and director of the UNH Survey Center, said he believes the big question of the race is: How much of the gap can Clinton close against clear front-runner Sanders?

With Iowa Caucuses Over, Candidates Focus On N.H.

February 02, 2016

The Boston Globe’s James Pindell, who is covering the race in New Hampshire, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

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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