Boston Yoga Teacher Ame Wren in Studio!

This morning on Good Morning Emerson our hosts Logan Reever and Maggie Morlath interviewed Boston yoga teacher Ame Wren, founder of the Boston Yoga School! Featured in the Yoga Journal and the Wanderlust Festival, and offers a wide variety of yoga activities for Bostonians, ranging from workshops and retreats to teacher trainings!

Ame Wren, winner of Boston's "Best Yoga Intructor" in 2010

Ame Wren, winner of Boston’s “Best Yoga Intructor” in 2010

Check out events Ame is hosting throughout the year on her website!

The Commuters’ Frustration with the MBTA; the MBTA’s Frustration with the Weather

Hosts Logan and Maggie interviewed Boston Globe journalist Dante Ramos–an expert on all things MBTA–on Good Morning Emerson on Tuesday! With all of the snow preventing the MBTA from running at the beginning of this month, Ramos was able to answer all the questions many people in the Boston area are asking.

Among these, Bostonians are wondering whether those shut downs the MBTA issued a few weeks ago were effective in fixing the issues that were caused by the over eight feet of snow dumped on Boston at the end of January and early February. According to Ramos, many people have felt that the shut downs haven’t fixed much, even with the extra servicing during those days on which the T was closed. He gave the MBTA credit for their efforts in restoring full service to a dated subway system that was crippled by the incessant weather. Despite their efforts, many commuters were and are frustrated that the system still is not fully functional even with the shutdowns.

Another issue that has been debated among locals is the prospect of Boston as the U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympics, and whether the city is capable of both housing and transporting enormous amounts of people. For many, the MBTA troubles with the snow has proved that the city’s transit system would not be able to support the event. On the other hand, Ramos conceded that the prospect of holding the Olympics in Boston would “force policy makers to update all of the equipment,” which would help the city in the long-run. However, exactly where the city will get the funds for such a project is up for debate–especially since many say that cut backs in the MBTA itself could provide some substantial funding.

Although the transit system has been a headache to commuters, Ramos stated the situation has shown drivers that their contributions for public transit are important in preventing “grinding” automotive traffic into the city. He asserts that Boston needs a “good working transit system” to make the commute for both train riders and drivers as painless as possible.

To catch the whole interview with Dante Ramos, check out this video!

Check out Good Morning Emerson this Thursday at 9 AM on the Emerson Channel!

Keytar Bear Covers Earth, Wind, and Fire on Tuesday!

Legendary street performer Keytar Bear joined us on Good Morning Emerson on Tuesday Morning! The fuzzy musical bear topped off the second episode of GME with a cover of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “Let’s Groove.” Ironically experiencing delays with the MBTA subway, the bear managed to get to the studio in the nick-of-time to perform, after hosts Logan and Maggie interviewed Boston Globe writer Dante Ramos earlier in the show about public transportation issues with the T.

For those of you who missed the performance-don’t fret! Catch the entire performance from this video!

Tune into the Emerson Channel at 9 AM this Thursday and see who performs on Good Morning Emerson!

Keytar Bear on GMEmerson

Tune into Good Morning Emerson this morning at 9 AM to watch a great morning news segment and see Keytar Bear perform live! This bear is famous for performing his Keytar in the T in Boston (particularly the Red Line). Be there to hear this bear-y great act!

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Real “Green” Talk

Visualize a Futuristic city for a moment….

What do you image? Flying cars–arching pedestrian pathways over freeways–monolithic skyscrapers–an elevator stretching into space–…but how exactly will all of these grand ideas be powered?

Already in our era, scientists predict a deficit of fossil fuels able to power our technologically expanding world, urging Earth’s residents to cast aside their traditional modes of energy for more renewable forms. Hydroelectric power, geothermal, solar–just to name a few. However, for many countries, instituting a plan for more environmentally friendly energy is difficult, especially when these alternatives are much more expensive than oil and gas.

…So is it possible to “go Green” without spending enormous amounts of it?

In an article by the BBC Travel, it is possible for a cities to balance both the monetary cost and logistics of becoming more Earth-friendly. Among the cities that were the most environmentally friendly, most offered easily accessible public transportation as well as bicycle-friendly streets for commuters. In Copenhagen, Denmark, more than 50% of commuters bike to work, significantly reducing the amount of CO2 emissions. Similarly, citizens of Curitiba, Brazil heavily use public transportation to get around the city; as a result, the city is planning to implement a new subway system. One way in which San Francisco made travel more accessible without a car by allowing bicyclists to travel for free on busses.

So Real Talk: can Boston, Massachusetts eventually earn its place on this list of “Green” city?

Well, as it stands at this moment, with the MBTA nearly paralyzed and slight more decrepit than it was three weeks ago (in case you didn’t know, Boston got nearly 8 feet of snow in a span of 3 weeks), and the awful traffic going in and out of Boston, a better system of public transit would definitely help the city twofold. If the city of Boston invested money into the public transportation system, it would make the morning and evening commutes less stressful for people, but also it would encourage more people to use public transit, rather than driving into work. Furthermore, with the subway system improved, there could arguably be less cars on the roads, which would make biking for commuters less dangerous. If the city of Boston made biking safer, more people would be encouraged to make a more environmentally friendly decision when coming into the city.

Already Boston has made significant leaps in making the city more accessible for bikers and pedestrians, like with the creation of the Esplanade along the Charles River: a biker and pedestrian-friendly park that connects to greater Boston with overpasses spanning the Mass Pike that surrounds the city.

Hopefully, one day, Boston can be one of many the list of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world–the true nature of the Future.

Best Adapted versus Best Original Screenplay?

Whiplash was the dark horse this year at the Oscars this year: it came from humble origins indeed.

Starting out as an 85 page screenplay on the 2012 Black List, the fledgling movie was cut to a length of an 18-minute short to be shown at Sundance Film Festival in 2013–as a way of creating capital to produce the full movie eventually. The viewing at Sundance caught the attention of financiers, like moths attracted to an irresistible porch light. Although the film’s release was limited, it managed to reach 34th rank in terms of sales internationally. The film’s success was complemented by glowing criticism of the movie, leading it to be nominated for five Oscars. One category for which Whiplash was nominated was for Best Adapted Screenplay.

But wait– “Adapted?” Wasn’t it originally written by Damien Chazelle–the one who is credited with “writing and directing” the film in the end?

According to the Academy, since the final movie was “adapted” from the short showed at Sundance in 2013, it isn’t an original work.

But if this is the case, then how do they explain Foxcatcher’s place in the Best Original Screenplay category? Although loosely based on the true story of John DuPont and his aspirations to be an Olympic wrestling coach, the movie is still based off of the book by Mark Shultz, who is featured as a main character in the movie.

Whatever the motivations were behind designating these movies to their respective screenplay categories, it can’t be denied that they both deserve a place in the nominations at the Oscars this year.

To conclude, here’s a quote Adaptation (2002) where a screenwriter is struggling to write an adaptation (now there’s an accurate movie title) : “To begin… To begin… How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee. Coffee and a muffin. Okay, so I need to establish the themes. Maybe a banana-nut. That’s a good muffin.”

Boston Might Dump Excess Snow Into the Harbor

Yet another snow day here at Emerson, and for many other schools around Boston… For nearly a month now, we have a weekly appointment with a snow storm…and for a month some students still haven’t had their Monday classes. And while some students are rejoicing with the news, others are simply tired of all this white stuff messing up the morning commute, (or any commute for that matter). With all these delays some colleges (like Emerson) are resorting to Saturday classes to keep classes on schedule.
Optimism about abating snow storms has diminished, especially with the decision of Punxsutawney Phil to be frightened by his own shadow. Six more weeks of winter?? Can Boston handle even more snow if it does come?

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Boston is considering dumping snow into the ocean as it runs out of room to deposit its recent snowfall.

The city has received 61 inches in the past 30 days, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Boston’s snow melters are unable to keep up with the demand, the Boston Globe reports. The city’s vacant “snow farms” are also almost filled up.

“We’re going to explore the opportunity of putting this snow in the ocean,” Walsh said. “We’re looking at that now because of the amount of snow we have.”

Dumping snow into the ocean is normally prohibited, except for special occasions when extreme snowfall puts public safety at risk. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection says the snow-removal tactic is allowed, as long as the city notifies the state and the Boston Conservation Commission. Several other cities in the state have already notified state authorities of similar…

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Good Morning Emerson (and the Blogging world!)

Cheers! To a new semester here at Emerson Channel!

Good Morning Emerson is coming back to your TV sets Tuesday and Thursday mornings this spring energized and better than ever, with a new, fresh look! Ambitious as it is, we’re ready to take on the bold task of bringing our viewers the most up-to-date, entertaining, and not to mention relevant–news this spring.

Get ready Boston–GMEmerson is coming to get the stories!