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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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State Department Official Explains Aspects Of Refugee Resettlement Process

November 25, 2015

Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the State Department’s population, refugees and migration bureau, says “we have the tightest system” for refugee resettlement acceptance into the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton To Meet With Syrian Refugees, Law Enforcement Officials

November 24, 2015

The meeting comes amid a charged political debate on the resettlement of Syrian refugees following the attacks in Paris.

Pindell: N.H. Poll Shows Romney — Who Is Not Running — Leading GOP 2016 Candidates

November 23, 2015

Globe reporter James Pindell talks about results from a new poll, as well as the latest controversial comments made by GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

Troy Brown On His Patriots Career, Tom Brady And The Current Team’s Chances To Win Out

November 23, 2015
Troy Brown, a three-time Super Bowl champion, has a book out called "Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

In a new book, the three-time Super Bowl champion reflects on life, football and his 15 seasons with New England.

Political Divide Emerging On Topic Of Refugees In Light Of Paris Attacks

November 20, 2015

Political analysts Todd Domke and Dan Payne joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the politics of refugees and the Paris attacks.

‘End Of An Era’: Reports Suggest Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz Will Announce Retirement

November 18, 2015
Red Sox's David Ortiz, left, greets teammates in the dugout in September 2015. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Widespread reports circulating Wednesday suggest Big Papi’s next season with the Red Sox may be his last. The team’s beloved slugger is expected to announce his retirement.

‘Rather Extensive’ Vetting Process For Refugees, Head Of Resettlement Agency Says

November 17, 2015

Worcester-based Ascentria Care Alliance helps to resettle refugees from all over the world, including Syria, into Massachusetts.

Pindell: Presidential Candidates Up Debate Over Foreign Policy In Wake Of Paris Attacks

November 16, 2015

In light of the terrorist attacks in Paris, political debate among candidates running for president in the U.S. has changed from domestic issues to foreign policy, national security and terrorism.

Quebec Premier On How Hydropower Could Fit Into The Energy Mix In Mass.

November 13, 2015
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is seen in June. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

As Quebec looks for new customers for hydropower, Premier Philippe Couillard discusses power the province could provide to Massachusetts.

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.

Payne & Domke: Recapping The Fourth GOP Debate

November 11, 2015

Immigration, the civil war in Syria and what it means to be a conservative were all hot topics in Tuesday night’s debate among the Republican presidential candidates.

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

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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