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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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WBUR Analysts Discuss How 2016 Presidential Race And Boston’s Olympic Aspirations Are Shaping Up

May 21, 2015

Political analysts Democrat Dan Payne and Republican Todd Domke joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the early presidential race and Boston’s shifting Olympic bid.

Marty Meehan: State Leaders Need To Know Mass. Economy ‘Runs Through’ UMass

May 21, 2015
Incoming UMass President Marty Meehan talks about his plans for the five-campus system during an interview at WBUR. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The incoming UMass president discusses the challenges he believes the university system faces and shares some of his strategies for overcoming them.

Pats Owner Kraft Wants ‘Deflate-Gate’ Debate To End

May 20, 2015

ESPN Boston writer Mike Reiss discusses the latest developments in the Patriots so-called “Deflate-Gate” scandal.

Brandeis Investigative Journalism Program Helps Man Go Free After 21 Years In Prison

May 19, 2015

A judge granted Angel Echavarria’s release after vacating the life sentence in the 1994 murder of Daniel Rodriguez in Lynn.

‘Damage Is Already Done’ To Brady Reputation, ESPN’s Reiss Says

May 12, 2015

ESPN Boston Patriots reporter Mike Reiss discusses the severe punishment handed out to Tom Brady.

‘There’ll Be A Lot Of Sharp Elbows': Analysts Talk Potential Effects Of Crowded 2016 Race

May 08, 2015

The presidential field is growing. WBUR’s political analysts discuss how candidates may act on the campaign trail under these crowded conditions.

What The ‘Deflate-Gate’ Report May Mean For The Patriots’ Legacy

May 07, 2015
Tom Brady throws during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in January. (Charles Krupa/AP)

ESPN Boston football writer Mike Reiss breaks down what the latest findings on under-inflated footballs mean for the New England Patriots.

‘A Return To Vietnam': Closing Thoughts

May 01, 2015
(Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

We close our special series from Vietnam with Bob Oakes’ closing thoughts.

‘The Door Is Closer To Being Closed': Marines Reflect On Their Return To Vietnam

May 01, 2015
Juan Valdez, of Oceanside, California, was the last Marine to board the last helicopter off the Saigon embassy roof in 1975. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

Images of those final chaotic days of the war are seared into the soldiers’ memories, and they each see reflections of their experiences in America’s military involvement today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Vietnamese Parade, And A Solemn U.S. Ceremony

April 30, 2015
Men in military leadership pose for a portrait during the Reunification Day parade Thursday in Ho Chi Minh City. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly for WBUR)

It was a day of contrasts in Ho Chi Minh City — the Reunification Day parade downtown, and a solemn ceremony honoring the last U.S. soldiers to die in the war.

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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