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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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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.

What Are The Odds Of Victory For March Madness Underdogs Harvard And Northeastern?

March 19, 2015

Kyle Draper, of Comcast Sportsnet New England, talks about the teams’ strengths, weaknesses and chances of winning ahead of when the two teams begin competing in the NCAA tournament.

Report: Tight Boston Housing Market Is Squeezing Out Renters — Especially Working Families

March 18, 2015

The report’s most troubling finding is that there’s a major mismatch between the type of housing available and what’s needed in Boston to serve working families and millennials.

Watchdog Group: MBTA Needs More Than Just Marginal Reforms

March 11, 2015

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says the MBTA’s dire state needs more than just marginal reforms.

Congressman Lynch Assesses Security At U.S. Outposts In Africa Amid Recent Violence

March 11, 2015

Nigeria is the latest stop as a congressional delegation, including Congressman Stephen Lynch of Boston, reviews security at high-risk U.S. outposts in Africa.

Former State Transportation Secretary Discusses MBTA

March 10, 2015

Fred Salvucci, who’s now a lecturer at the MIT Center for Transportation Studies, says the MBTA’s debt should be decoupled from the rest of its budget.

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.

19 Degrees: For Some, A Perfect Day For Surfing

March 05, 2015
Tony Sanchez and Pat Falco heading out to surf on King’s Beach in Lynn on Nahant Bay. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Powerful winter storms can bring big waves — and those bring out the surfers.

Analysis: Israeli PM Netanyahu Addresses Congress

March 04, 2015

Nicholas Burns, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, joins WBUR.

An Update On The Republican Field For 2016

March 03, 2015
Republican strategist Todd Domke says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has positioned himself well early in the presidential race. (Joe Skipper/AP)

At least early on, it appears even without former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney that the field of Republican candidates for president next year will be a crowded one.

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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