Cradle of Liberty

Jane has her hands full with On Point this week, so David will be hosting the show on Friday. What to do for Independence Day? Well, Boeri is planning one of his grand opuses. He thinks all the recent hubbub over "hack holidays" like Evacuation Day has missed the point; commemorating our history is what matters, not whether the RMV stays open when we do so.

It's amazing how many moments that were integral to the formation and development of the whole country happened in our little city. This week, David is stepping off--WAY off--the Freedom Trail to find the true story of liberty's birth and rearing in Boston. It's a story that's as much about absurd utopian fantasies and the origins of Black Power as it is about mis-named battles waged by old, white generals.

If you have your own favorite Boston historical site or story that you think may be in danger of omission, leave us a comment below.

If you're new to Boston or slept through social studies, this show is going to be a great primer. Listen from your lawn chair with a lemonade in one hand and a sparkler in the other. (Hopefully, you won't need a third hand for an umbrella.)

This program aired on July 3, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.


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