VB in the Middle

VB in the Middle

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May 22, 2020 114 min
Today's Topics: Presidential candidate Joe Biden had another gaffe. This time he told radio host Charlamagne Tha God on the program The Breakfast Club that "if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.” We discuss that gaffe of Biden's. Then, the town of Hull is banning ice cream trucks for the summer season. The town's Town Manager Phil Lemnios calls our listener line to ...
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Scott Whitley of Wicked Bites chats with VB about the outdoor dining options now available in restaurants in NH. Additionally, Scott weighs in on what Hull, MA has done with banning ice cream trucks for the summer season.
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May 22, 2020 21 min
The town of Hull, Massachusetts has made the decision to ban ice cream trucks for the summer season. Why? Town officials are afraid children will not be able to socially distance safely. We had the Town Manager of Hull , Phil Lemnios, call into the show on the listener line and VB discussed with him this decision by the town and how disappointing it sounds to him.
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Joe Biden was speaking on The Breakfast Club to Charlamagne Tha God about his Presidential run, his record on racial issues, and his consideration for a black female running mate. Biden made an eyebrow raising comment when he was wrapping up the interview. He said "You’ve got more questions? Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”! Did Biden misspeak? We di...
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May 21, 2020 113 min
Today's Topics: We start off with the breaking news that Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband have pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. Here to discuss the plea deal is defense attorney Brad Bailey. Then, West Boylston police chief Dennis Minnich tells the Worcester DPH that his force will not be enforcing the Governor's small business restrictions in his town. Also, a monkey from Central Mass. is on ...
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May 21, 2020 40 min
A monkey is on the loose in Tewksbury! Officials are warning the public to not go near it if it is spotted because it could have Hepatitis B! The monkey came from Central Mass. and someone was now spotted in Tewksbury. In spirit of that, we ask you that wild animal you encounter or saw that was out of place! Listeners share some great stories!
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West Boylston Police Chief tells the Worcester DPH that his force will not enforce the Governor's restrictions on small businesses in his town. He believes it is unconstitutional and illegal. Guest co-host Tom Shattuck and VB discuss what the Chief is doing and hear from you on the matter. Do you agree or disagree with the Chief's decision to not enforce the Governor's restrictions?
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Boston Defense Attorney Brad Bailey talks to VB about Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband taking a plea deal. They pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. Loughlin will be serving a 2 month prison sentence while Mossimo Giannulli serves a 5 month sentence. Bailey shares his thoughts on this breaking news today.
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May 20, 2020 114 min
Today's Topics: We kick off the show by sharing a funny story of how the Governor of Mississippi accidentally read "Harry Azcrac" as a name when conducting a virtual graduation ceremony! Then, VB dives into a column out of the Boston Globe that agrees with Rep. Ayanna Pressley's statement that "opening the state could close more caskets". Also, food and drink writer Kerry Byrne talks to VB about the hard hit...
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The Mayor of Somerville, Joe Curtatone, joins VB to discuss Somerville's plan for reopening the city. They are taking a slower approach than that of Governor Baker's plan. Why? He discusses that with VB and shares his concerns for the city and what he believes is a safe and smart way to move forward.
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Boston City Councilor, Annissa Essaibi-George, talks to VB about her response to Governor Baker's reopening plan. She is advocating for a Small Business Task Force and shares with VB her efforts to do so. Hear their full conversation, here.
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Kerry Byrne, a globe-trotting food and drink writer, chats with VB about restaurants struggles right now during this pandemic. How are they faring? He gives some insight into what he's seeing happening and his feedback on the future of restaurants.
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A Boston Globe columnist, Jenee Osterheldt put out an article today on agreeing with State Representative Ayanna Pressley's stance that "opening the state could close more caskets". VB finds fault with the article and calls out her slamming of local restaurant owners who just want their livelihood back. Osterheldt at one point compared a once cherished sub, to now a "murder sub" in the wake of this pandemic. Hea...
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During a virtual reading of some graduating students, the Mississippi Governor was victim to a prank where he was reading off the names of graduating students when he read one of the names as: "Harry Azcrac". Most men laugh at this, most women roll their eyes. We have fun with this incident for a segment and ask you the texters what some other funny prank names are!
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May 19, 2020 115 min
Today's Topics: First off Lightning shares her not so pleasant morning with her car getting hit by debris. Then, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivers a press conference about the plan for Boston to reopen, in which we bring you the main takeaways. Also, we dive into the effects that COVID-19's shutdown has had on small businesses in the Commonwealth. We hear from a variety of small business owners about the impact they've ...
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Massachusetts only scratched the surface this week of beginning the reopening process with a 4 phased plan. The plan has not gone as quickly or fairly as some small businesses in the Commonwealth would have liked. We hear from some of these small business owners throughout the state on their struggles, concerns, and thoughts regarding the COVID-19 shutdown and the Governor's plan to reopen.
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Frank Mendoza, the owner of Monica's Trattoria in the North End neighborhood of Boston is very disappointed in this reopening plan of Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh's. He is a longtime business owner who had to lay off all his employees and does not know how long this shutdown will play out and keep hurting his business. He talks to VB about his economic concerns and overall thoughts on how this pandemic has played out in B...
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Mayor Marty Walsh held a press conference today to discuss what Boston's plan for reopening will look like. The takeaway is that they will not actually layout the plan until next week and share with residents what course of action businesses will be taking. We cover part of the press conference live and bring you the takeaways.
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May 19, 2020 13 min
Lightning did not have a great ride into work this morning...a piece of debris hit her car resulting in some damage! Hear more about the incident from her as VB gets a good laugh from it.
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May 18, 2020 112 min
Today's Topics: Today was the big day for Governor Baker to unveil his plan for reopening Massachusetts. VB rates the plan and gives it a higher than expected score and then hears from you the listeners of WRKO on your take away from the plan. Was it better or worse than you expected? Also, we talk to State Representative Shawn Dooley (R), who actually gave people a little insider tip on what he heard was going to be the reopen...
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