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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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Walsh, Volunteers Conduct Boston’s Annual Homeless Census

February 26, 2015

Mayor Marty Walsh and 300 volunteers took the streets Wednesday night to tally up Boston’s homeless population for the city’s annual homeless census.

DePaola Speaks On Challenges He’ll Face As Interim GM Of MBTA

February 26, 2015
MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Frank DePaola, the state highway administrator, has been named the MBTA’s interim general manager, taking the post in April when the current general manager, Beverly Scott, steps down.

Why The Boston Bar Association Wants The Death Penalty Removed From Tsarnaev Trial

February 25, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

President of the Boston Bar Association says society needs to understand that the death penalty has a number of systemic issues.

Hitting Stronger, Pitching A Question As Red Sox Begin Spring Training

February 25, 2015
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia makes a throw to first as he participates in infielder drills at baseball spring training in Fort Myers Fla., Monday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy said the Red Sox added “proven hitters” to this season’s lineup.

Back From Iraq, Rep. Moulton Expresses Skepticism Over Obama’s ISIS Strategy

February 24, 2015
In this Nov. 4 photo, Seth Moulton delivers his victory speech after winning the 6th Congressional District race against Republican Richard Tisei. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

A former Marine and Iraq war veteran, Congressman Seth Moulton is just back from Iraq. He joined WBUR to talk about his visit and President Obama’s request for authority to use military force against ISIS.

Potential Political Fallout Of MBTA Woes

February 20, 2015
Commuters wait for a MBTA bus in Central Square in Cambridge Thursday morning. (Zeninjor Enwemeka/WBUR)

Since Boston’s historic snowfall and the resulting MBTA meltdown, public opinion of the T has plummeted.

No ‘Imitation': Natick Museum Holds Collection Of WWII Enigma Machines

February 20, 2015
Museum of World War II founder Kenneth Rendell demonstrates how to encode a message using an Enigma machine. Here, as he presses on the “T” on the keyboard, the “X” lights up in the panel above. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

They were a focus of the Oscar-nominated film “The Imitation Game.” And one of the largest collections of German Enigma machines is on display in Natick.

How Beacon Hill Is Approaching The MBTA’s Woes

February 19, 2015
Commuters wait for buses at Dudley MBTA Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston Globe reporter David Scharfenberg talks about Massachusetts legislators’ current ideas for fixing the MBTA’s aging transit system.

Report: To Reduce Mass. Family Homelessness, Focus Less On Shelters

February 11, 2015

A report argues family homelessness in Massachusetts is beyond crisis levels and it’s time to shift our approach.

‘Dramatic Expression Of Critical Need': Ex-Transportation Secretary On MBTA Suspension

February 10, 2015

For some perspective on the challenges the MBTA is facing, former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary James Aloisi joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

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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