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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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On ‘One Boston Day,’ Walsh Asks City To Reflect On Bombings And Give Back With Kindness

April 15, 2015
In this photo, a makeshift memorial is seen two days after the bombings. Boston will mark the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings with a subdued remembrance that includes a moment of silence, the pealing of church bells and a call for kindness. (Charles Krupa/AP)

To mark the second anniversary of the bombings, Mayor Marty Walsh has declared April 15 “One Boston Day,” a day for giving back through acts of kindness.

WBUR Political Analysts Discuss Hillary Clinton’s Announcement

April 13, 2015

Democrat Dan Payne and Republican Todd Domke joined WBUR to talk about a Clinton campaign from a New England perspective.

Former U.S. Attorney Stern Talks Next Steps For Prosecution In Tsarnaev Trial

April 09, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty points to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Donald Stern, a former U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, discusses what the U.S. Attorney’s Office may present going forward in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Former Federal Judge Gertner Talks What’s Ahead In Tsarnaev Trial

April 09, 2015
Defense attorneys Judy Clarke, left, and David Bruck leave federal court Wednesday following the verdict. (Steven Senne/AP)

Former federal Judge Nancy Gertner discusses the penalty phase ahead in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

WBUR Political Analysts: Action Kicks Up In 2016 Race

April 08, 2015
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announces the start of his presidential campaign as the audience cheers, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative message against both Washington and his fellow Republicans, declaring that "we have come to take our country back." (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Democrat Dan Payne and Republican Todd Domke talk about the latest developments in the 2016 presidential candidate field.

Retired Federal Judge Previews Closing Arguments In Tsarnaev Trial

April 06, 2015

After closing arguments Monday morning, federal court jurors will begin deliberating the guilt or innocence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on 30 federal charges.

Retired Federal Judge Discusses Tsarnaev Trial

March 31, 2015

Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the trial of admitted-Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Paul Kirk Discusses Ted Kennedy’s Legacy, New Institute

March 30, 2015

Paul Kirk, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate when Ted Kennedy died in 2009, says in today’s era of extreme partisanship and brinkmanship, the rising generation should look toward Ted Kennedy’s legacy of working across the aisle.

Boston 2024 Organizers: Bid Will Only Move Forward With Majority Support

March 23, 2015

Organizers of the Boston 2024 Olympic bid say they will only move forward if a majority of the public backs the idea.

Political Analysts Discuss 2016 Race, Olympic Bid

March 23, 2015

Political analysts Democrat Dan Payne and Republican Todd Domke join WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the early presidential race and Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics.

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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