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Massachusetts progressives working, writing, blogging and speaking for social and political change.

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Felix Arroyo joins us to pitch is mayoralty for Boston. Experienced City Councilor, son of experienced City Councilor, he would be the first Latino Mayor. He joins us to explain how he expects to make the big leap into the open mayoralty.

Far fewer print newspapers hit America's porch, to the point where pundits have buried the medium again and again. The net killed both papers and books, say they. We consider billionaires picking up the WaPo and Boston Globe.... more

Big positive changes domestically with DOMA's demise have a welcome counterpart for that smaller group -- same-sex marriged couples where both are not US citizens. Immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco joins us to explain... more

The jig is up kiddies. The vast majority of us, from the lowest through the middle classes are poorer than since the Great Depression. Conditions worsen continually. We'll talk homeless, underempoyed, unemployed, and in general... more

Seven-term Boston City Councilor Mike Ross would be Mayor. He's many things — high-tech geeky, runner and cyclist, visionary and though he doesn't stress it, he would be the city's first Jewish Mayor. Ross joins us to explain his... more

Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo wants to reprise Tom Menino's stunning, long-term mayoralty from their shared neighborhood. Join uscatbthe usual Tuesday but an hour later at 3:30 PM to hear how he expects to make it happen.

What do we get and what can we learn from show trials? Right now we have Hernandez, Zimmerman, Bulger and a lot more in the works and everywhere in the news. When the judge allows, there are live trials. Plus, print and cable... more

Yes, we'll comment on the MA special election for the US Senate. Wait, there's more. Let's kick around the NSA, FBI and other spook peeking and listening. Maybe we can also get to Brazilian unrest and who knows what. Note that... more

Definitely in the do-gooder class, Bill Walczak figured it was time to run for mayor of Boston. Founder of a major health center, a charter school and much more, he is a long-time community activist. He's stressing his... more

Marty Walsh would move offices from the State House to Boston City Hall. So far, he presents himself as a jack of all trades. a lifelong Dorchester resident, he says he loves the city as Mayor Tom Menino does. He wants faster public school... more