Joe Keohane

Ted Kennedy: A True Man of Boston

Ted Kennedy’s first major humiliation—the first of many (and many of those self-inflicted)—came at the hands of Eddie McCormack. The scene was Southie High in 1962. Young Ted was squaring off against the popular two-term attorney general in a debate…

Man Versus Machine

At a Roxbury Senior Care event at the Charles Street AME church on a rainy day in June, 40-year-old mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty finds himself suddenly embroiled in competition. On one side is Sam Yoon, a fellow at-large city councilor…

The Making of a Mayor for Life

As Tom Menino closes in on becoming our longest-serving major, it’s easy to forget what he did to get the job so many years ago. The long history of his rise to power–and how the playbook he perfected has profoundly changed Boston.

Every Legacy Needs An Architect

Late this summer, work will begin on the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. The vision for the $50 million facility includes a full-size replica of the Senate chamber, exhibitions honoring Senate history, even in-depth tutorials for incoming…

The Argument: A Turncoat's Manifesto

Bless me, Father, for I have gone and done the unthinkable. I have moved to New York. Not long ago, this would have been an act of profound betrayal, even cowardice. Betrayal because to voluntarily move somewhere else implies that…

The Haunt: Where Everybody Knows Your Byline

The formidable metal front door leads into a well-worn room where even the midday light struggles to penetrate the windows peering out onto East Berkeley Street. There are no seats at the bar, and patrons drink their Guinnesses and Buds…

Invasion of the Policy Snatchers

The conventional wisdom is that what we do in Massachusetts is for the most part politically meaningless. That we’re so detached from mainstream (read: fat, incurious) America that anything that happens here must be viewed as an un-American aberration, or,…

No-Sin Zone

Down a steep, narrow staircase off Hanover Street in the North End is Stanza dei Sigari, one of the city’s few remaining cigar bars. It was a speakeasy during Prohibition, and it still looks the part, with its leather chairs,…

Topical Trick-or-Treating

Firefighter Materials: Firefighter’s hat, muscle shirt Strategy: Approach house, procure candy, and skip off. Return an hour later with a doctor’s note claiming you fell down the front steps of said house, hurt your back, and are now "totally and…