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Boston's bid for Olympic glory is officially over (R.I.P.) So WGBH State House News reporter Mike Deehan assembled a mountain of nachos and a crack panel at the Banshee Pub in Dorchester to ask: where did it all go wrong? Featuring Kelley Gossett of No Boston Olympics, Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe, and the Dorchester Reporter’s Lauren Dezenski.

The Scrum: brought to you by breakfast sandwiches

Is the new Massachusetts state budget a major setback for organized labor? The Scrum sits down with Massachusetts AFL-CIO president Steve Tolman to talk about the Pacheco Law and the MBTA, the Olympics, and how to meet the love of your life on the commuter rail.

The Donald

This week, The Scrum has Olympics fatigue. So host Peter Kadzis turns his eye to the national scene, and asks David Bernstein and WGBH contributor Mara Dolan: how on Earth are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders doing so well in the polls in New Hampshire right now?

The beautiful Boston Public Library

The Scrum gets booted from the Boston Public Library when Adam Reilly, Peter Kadzis, and The Boston Globe's Joan Vennochi try to discuss the dysfunction plaguing the institution in the Central Branch's courtyard.

Rep. Seth Moulton

The Scrum marvels at the remarkable civility in the State House over the proposed MBTA fiscal control board, and chats with Congressman Seth Moulton about his first few months on the job.

How does a kid from Cambridge who went to good schools and had friends and teachers who loved him go on to co-stage the Boston Marathon bombings?

(Still) Ready for Warren?

Not everyone sees 2016 in such stark, Hillary Clinton-centric terms. Erica Sagrans and her compatriots at Ready for Warren still think there's a chance they'll convince Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to challenge Clinton--and that, whether she runs or not, Warren's ideas and beliefs are already shaping the race as a whole.

Trauma, Truthers, and (Maybe) Closure: Covering The Tsarnaev Trial
Three questions this week for reporters covering the trial of DzhokharTsarnaev: How does a reporter's personal life shape his or her coverage? What's the best way to engage Tsarnaev conspiracy theorists? Was this trial necessary for bombing survivors-- and Boston as a whole?
Ted Cruz-O-Rama: The Iowa Caucus and N.H. Primary

Are the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries too rural, too white, too unrepresentative?

Bostonians In Exile

The Scrum podcast promises to talk politics & media "from Beacon Hill to the Beltway," and this week we took that literally. David S. Bernstein gathered up a few "Bostonians in exile" at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.-- Boston Globe Washington correspondent Matt Viser; and USA Today reporter Donovan Slack.

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