It would be naïve to think that a game like Bananagrams—or any game for that matter—couldn’t have an artist’s brain behind it.
Kelly Bates takes issue with our current method of electing Presidents.
Men are frustrated that many women don’t follow professional sports. What they don’t understand is when professional sports are segregated, it’s a turn off.
Grappling with one's own personal responsibility in the wake of the BP disaster.
I was on a redeye back to Boston from California that stopped in Las Vegas. Most of the people who got on there were part of an excursion group that had evidently misbehaved right up until the last minute.
Like most people in Massachusetts, I spent the last couple weekends happily sweltering at cookouts, swatting mosquitoes and greenheads, surrounded by family, friends and lots of voluble kids.
Here’s a quiz: What are the 5 most censored, secretive, authoritarian governments in the world?
The Washington Post Company announced last month that they were putting Newsweek up for sale. The Post claimed it had no choice, that the magazine was hemorrhaging money.
General David Petraeus has said that finding minerals in Afghanistan creates 'stunning potential.' Perhaps. But for who?
Kara Miller makes shocking discoveries about what Americans know and don't know about our past.
Dumppicking, perhaps once considered a rather undignified way to furnish a home, is now a sport for affluent suburbanites...
The restaurant is the great unacknowledged, breeding ground of cultural enmity.
Carlo Rotella travels back in time in his friendly neighborhood barbershop.
One of the major technological improvements of this age provides me with the ability to listen to a book on a near-weightless device while lying under a stack of weights.
Carlo Rotella journeys to China with his adopted daughters to rediscover their origins.
The eloquent testimonials last week of several outstanding writers and close family members were what you might expect at a public memorial service for the crime novelist Robert B. Parker who died in January.
Though it may seem odd—especially to Americans—the World Cup is the planet’s most unifying event.
Soccer’s World Cup is always special – but what makes this one especially noteworthy is that it is the first tournament held in Africa, in this case South Africa.
Why can’t the United States be better at men’s soccer, just like its women, people often ask.
If you’ve read anything about the upcoming World Cup, you probably already know which players to watch.
It will make the lives of undocumented immigrants more difficult...and that’s supposed to make the rest of us feel better.
"One thing that’s been on my mind for the last six months has been unemployment. And for good reason—this is the defining feature of our time, and I didn’t have a job."
Each year, tens of thousands of indivuals and companies purchase carbon offsets to help neutralize their global-warming pollution. Are they buying empty promises? Doug Struck and Phillip Martin investigate.
There are innumerable things that need reform in Massachusetts.
In less than 60 days the Boston City Council will be facing one of their toughest votes in recent memory. They’ll be voting to approve or reject a lucrative fire fighter’s contract that was awarded by a labor-management arbitrator.
By Kara Miller
The most important lesson from the Sherrod affair may actually concern the media, the 24-hour beast that scoops up stories, tosses them around, and then—just as impetuously—drops them.
I confess that I’m a horrible gardener—I’ve always considered it the outdoor equivalent of doing dishes—and I don’t usually do infomercials, but brace yourself because my goal in the next 3 minutes is to convince you to buy yourself some nice new grass.
If you ever owned a Conan the Barbarian comic book or Molly Hatchet album, then you are family with the epic illustrations of artist Frazetta. Carlo Rotella remembers his legacy and his legend.
Of all the dimensions of human trafficking, the kidnapping of children for commercial sexual exploitation is considered the most heinous. Phillip Martin investigates.
Phillip Martin begins his investigation into human and sexual trafficking with a look at how some New England nail salons are being used as fronts for the local sex trade.
Phillip Martin investigates how the federal and local government struggle to regulate an industry based around human and sexual trafficking.
Last week, three iconic American freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press — collided in a nightmare scenario that could well still lead to the loss of American lives.
This November, without fanfare, Republicans are positioned to significantly boost the number of conservative women in top national offices.
Policies like "don’t ask don’t tell" and ballot measures that prevent loving same-sex couples from marrying feed the hate that contributes to the suicides of gay youth like Tyler Clementi.
The lives of Afghan women and girls—and their very right to be treated as humans—is in danger of becoming a bargaining chip to achieve a so-called “political solution” with the Taliban in order to expedite withdrawal.
We can’t imagine America without the Afghanistan War even though we have done almost everything possible to eliminate terrorism -- except for declare peace. We are numb to this war and it's time to snap out of it.
WGBH commentator Carlo Rotella reflects on what led him to a life of writing.
We can walk on the moon and we're talking about colonizing it. But maybe it's best to let the moon remain a mystery.
CRITICAL MASS: ADAM REILLY ON POLITICS
Massachusetts Democrats are doing everything they can to tie the healthcare albatross around Mitt Romney’s neck, as the former governor takes steps toward a 2012 presidential run.
The Massachusetts Probation Department would remain under the jurisdiction of the courts, but a new civilian administrator would help run the agency under a bill being unveiled by House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Fern Cunningham has a mission and it is to sculpt the story of her people. Back in 1999, when the city of Boston unveiled the Harriet Tubman Memorial that it commissioned her to create; she made a point to punctuate the fact that the monument told the story of the liberated, and not the liberator.
Photographer Don West has chronicled the people and events of black Boston for over twenty years.
Back in October, New Republic dance critic Jennifer Homans suggested that ballet was dead. She couldn’t have known that she would set off a fire storm of response. Alicia Anstead examines the resonance of The Nutcracker.
For WGBHArts contributor Bridgit Brown, the film The Help brought to mind memories of her grandmother.
A fire destroyed the historic Old Groton Inn last month and now the inn’s owner plans to demolish the remains of the structure. But some Groton residents are fighting to preserve the Inn. Groton town manager Mark Haddad and Groton Historical Society president John Ott tell host Emily Rooney why they think the Inn is worth saving.
The news that Troy Anthony Davis was executed in Georgia was met with silence and teary-eyed dismay in Harvard Square.
WGBH 89.7 News
Remember LSD, that infamous mind-expanding drug of the 1960s? Some young researchers at Harvard Medical School have cracked open the door to the LSD vault, which had pretty much been locked for the last 40 years. They're seeking to find the compounds' medicinal uses.
Across the country, millions of people have been out of work for months at a time. President Obama is urging Congress to pass his Jobs Bill, which includes incentives for small businesses to hire anyone who's been out of work for over six months. But even if it passes, will President Obama's bill succeed in getting the long-term unemployed to work?
Patriots young and old gathered in front of the Old South Meeting House in Downtown Boston on Sunday to pay tribute to an old bronze bell. But it isn't just any old bronze bell. This bell was made by Paul Revere and his foundry back in 1801.
The new "Occupy the Hood Boston" wants stronger civilian oversight of Boston law enforcement and better relations with communities of color.
Power will be restored “house by house, block by block,” said Governor Deval Patrick — and some people might be in the dark until Friday.
Nelson Butten of Lawrence talked about how he was dealing with lengthy power outages. As late as the morning of November 2, his apartment still had no heat.
Several hundred Occupy Boston activists marched Wednesday in support of the General Strike in Oakland, Calif. They picketed Bank of America and other symbols of what they called “corporate greed.”
Andy Rooney died on Nov. 4 at the age of 92. Calling in from her father's desk on Nov. 7, WGBH host Emily Rooney told stories and expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of support.
WHERE WE LIVE
Its factories and diners have closed, but geography, cost and schools are making this commuter town a popular choice.
A dramatic sea change appears to be taking place at the Occupy Boston encampment downtown. WGBH News has spent several days visiting the site. For the first time, we are witnessing the depth of problems, including drug use and violence, directly from the protesters.
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
The Occupy movement's appearance in Boston was one of the area's biggest stories in the fall of 2011. Read, watch and listen to WGBH News' Murrow Award–winning coverage.
Alex Ingram, a spokesman for Occupy Boston, told WGBH News that the movement had to get its message out to the suburbs. We went to Weymouth, a suburb that walks a political tightrope, to see what residents thought.
With holiday festivities in full swing, we bring your our (and your) official WGBH News Off-the-Beaten-Path Holiday Playlist. Here are a few highlights....
You may buy your stamps at the supermarket and pay your bills online, but are you ready to see your neighborhood post office close? WGBH News looks into two Cambridge locations on the list for discontinuance.
Lights are important symbols in the winter holidays of many traditions. But this year, we noticed one Massachusetts city that prides itself on a bright tradition appears to be a little dimmer. WGBH News decided to see what’s behind the change, and profiles how we live around the holidays.
In Westport, Mass., a 200-year-old linden tree threatened by a sidewalk may yet wave another day (or century). A "Greater Boston" web exclusive.
The public gets its first chance this week to weigh in on the MBTA's proposed fare hikes and service cuts — and we're hearing from you as well. See what people think....
Thanks to the work of Jessie Little Doe Baird of Mashpee, Mass., the Wampanoag language is the first American Indian language to reclaim itself with no living speakers.
Your grades are in on the president's State of the Union address. Check out the report card results ....
In 1968, mayor Kevin White spoke at a James Brown concert to promote interracial peace. Attendee (and now WGBH host) Al Davis talks about how that message sounded from the audience.
Elizabeth Brown objected to rival Scott Brown's support of a bill that would allow employers to not offer health care coverage for any service that goes against their moral beliefs.
Emily Rooney Show
It’s been over nine months since tornados ripped through the state. But for towns such as Monson, the passage of time has meant little. Homes still aren’t restored; debt is mounting, and so is the frustration. We interview two families.
Some residents of Lawrence are outraged over a magazine article they claim painted their city in an unflattering light.
Lawrence city councilor Dan Rivera said the city has problems but is "trying to figure it out." PLUS: Boston Magazine writer Jay Atkinson talks about his controversial story.