Program: Wide Angle

Wide Angle: Episode 36 – In the Presence of Flag & Anthem: A hand over the heart and taking a knee

The Black Power salute of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics; flag burnings during the Vietnam War era: images etched into our collective memory. Add to these, perhaps, Colin Kaepernick on his knee during the national anthem, now joined by many other NFL players, as well as those from assorted sports in this country and abroad, even some outside sport altogether. This relatively simply witness has raised a number of contentious questions: Over what issues must we simply ‘agree to disagree’? Do the demands of conscience sometimes override simple decorum? And is the encouragement to “fire...

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Wide Angle: Episode 35 – Affordable Housing – Web Extra

Statistics recently made available by the National Low Income Housing Coalition illuminate a distressing situation in the Commonwealth: they rank Massachusetts as having the 6th highest housing wage–requiring that those working a 40 hour week earn just over $27 per hour to afford a two-bedroom rental, or 100 hours a week working at the federal minimum wage. And the picture across the country is not much more encouraging: in only 12 counties across the 50 states can a full-time worker earning the prevailing federal or state minimum wage afford a one-bedroom rental. Joining host Peter Bermudes to discuss this...

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Wide Angle: Episode 35 – Affordable Housing

Statistics recently made available by the National Low Income Housing Coalition illuminate a distressing situation in the Commonwealth: they rank Massachusetts as having the 6th highest housing wage–requiring that those working a 40 hour week earn just over $27 per hour to afford a two-bedroom rental, or 100 hours a week working at the federal minimum wage. And the picture across the country is not much more encouraging: in only 12 counties across the 50 states can a full-time worker earning the prevailing federal or state minimum wage afford a one-bedroom rental. Joining host Peter Bermudes to discuss this...

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Wide Angle: Episode 34 – Caring For Our Own Dead – Web Extra

The arrival of life in the form of a baby is typically a highly anticipated event–one prepared for with great relish. And shelves of books written on the subject attest to that excitement. But what of life’s other bracketing event: death? Most of us dread this eventuality. And relatively few books have been written to prepare those of us who remain for the challenging work of caring for our deceased loved ones. Joining host Peter Bermudes is Lisa Carlson, the author of four such books–including most recently Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death. She is also the...

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Wide Angle: Episode 34 – Caring For Our Own Dead

The arrival of life in the form of a baby is typically a highly anticipated event–one prepared for with great relish. And shelves of books written on the subject attest to that excitement. But what of life’s other bracketing event: death? Most of us dread this eventuality. And relatively few books have been written to prepare those of us who remain for the challenging work of caring for our deceased loved ones. Joining host Peter Bermudes is Lisa Carlson, the author of four such books–including most recently Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death. She is also the...

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