The Boston Marathon is a tradition that began 119 years ago. In 2015, 30,000 athletes will run the 26.2-mile race. The 1968 Boston Marathon champion, Amby Burfoot (@exerscience), discusses the upcoming race.
Gov. Charlie Baker's performance during his first 100 days in office has left some skeptical about his abilities. Former commissioner of social security, Mike Astrue (@amjuster), Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung (@leung) and Democratic media consultant Dan Payne (@payneco) assess his wins and losses as governor of Massachusetts.
Two years to the day after the Marathon Bombings, Boston reflected on the tragic events of that day and on how the city has moved forward with a new tradition, celebrating the city's resilience and generosity.
Race planner for Spartan Race Inc. and Marathon Bombing witness Dan Soleau(@dansoleau) is joined by another witness and runner in the 2013 Boston marathon, Dr. Natalie Stavas(@nataliestavas), to describe the events and their experiences on that day.
Reporter Craig LeMoult(@clemoult) tells us about a new effort to help victims restore hearing they lost when the bombs went off, and Emily Rooney (@EmilyRooneyWGBH) remarks upon the changes she has seen to the Boston marathon over the past two years.
Many of Harvard's students, alumni, faculty and staff have set up blockades outside President Drew Faust’s offices with the goal of getting the university to stop investing in fossil fuels. Harvard isn't the first campus to be the site of such a protest: MIT had one just last week, as did Boston College. But Harvard's is gaining a lot of attention because of the prominence of the school and the involvement of one grad in particular, Bill McKibben.
If you’ve watched the news lately, you’ve no doubt seen several high-profile videos showing police misconduct. The fact that those incidents were captured on police body cameras is fueling the debate over whether all officers should be required to wear them.
Hillary Clinton is in it to win it, again. Our all-woman caucus weighs in: WGBH News' Margery Eagan, political analyst Kelly Bates, and Jennifer Nassour, former chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.
The New York Times’ Frank Bruni talks about the madness that is the college admissions process and responds to former Congressman Barney Frank's criticism of his criticism.
We’ll walk with some Quakers, going deep against a proposed natural gas pipeline.
Hear Jim out on why Gov. Charlie Baker might be keeping the door open for a tax increase.
When Boston closed the bridge to Long Island in October, a number of rehab programs shut down with it. So is the city’s effort to help those displaced been adequate? Jim Braude discusses the issues surrounding the opiate and addiction crisis with Hand Delivered Hope founder Lynnel Cox and Victory Programs President Jonathan Scott.
Plus, we met our latest “Greater Bostonian,” who’s offering Boston Public School students a lesson, through improv.
Gov. Charlie Baker and a special panel released a report that highlighted just how widespread and deep the problems run at the MBTA. Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack (@Steph_Pollack) spoke more about those issues and the planned fixes.
The streets of South Boston are looking a lot different today than years past. It all started with record-breaking snow, which created de facto one-way streets throughout the neighborhood.
But now, even with all the snow gone, many Southie residents want their new one-way signs to become permanent. So we sent WGBH’sCristina Quinn out with the ever-helpful GPS to see if life there really is better one-way.
Massachusetts Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano talk ISIS, the Olympics, cameras in the courtroom and why they think Nancy Pelosi should step aside.
Our caucus looks at the fallout from the now-debunked Rolling Stone article on gang rape at the University of Virginia. They also discuss the new report on the Marathon bombing response, from the glowing medical response review to some serious concerns about what they euphemistically call "lack of weapons discipline" in Watertown. Hear from Donald Berwick, who used to head Medicare and Medicaid and and ran for governor in 2014; Wendy Murphy a victim rights advocate who teaches sexual violence law at New England Law-Boston; and Keiko Orrall, the Republican state representative from Massachusetts’ 12th district.
We recently challenged WGBH’s Cristina Quinn to navigate the new streets of Southie. And she took us up on it.
Closing arguments in the Marathon bombing trial were dramatic and emotional. WGBH News reporter Adam Reilly has a recap.
Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense and civil liberties attorney, and Donald Stern, former U.S. attorney for the state of Massachusetts, discussed closing arguments in the Marathon bombing trial and what likely lies ahead.
Attorney General Maura Healey opposes the death penalty in all cases. We’ll ask her about the Marathon bombing trial and dissect some of the other big issues on her plate.
Finally, Jim's shares his thoughts on the real sign of spring.
Over the past several years, telescopes have been picking up mysterious radio wave flashes, apparently from far outside our galaxy. Some scientists are seriously asking whether they might be from some sort of out-of-this-world technology.
Today there were major developments in three global hotspots: the nuclear agreement in Iran, a horrific attack on a university in Kenya., and a big blow struck against ISIS. Our global caucus, made up of some of the top international experts in the region, takes up all those issues. Jim Walsh (@DrJimWalshMIT) is an international security researcher at MIT, Boston University Professor Farouk El-Baz worked for years at NASA and as an advisor to Egypt's presidents, and Jessica Stern (@JessicaEStern) lectures about terrorism at Harvard and recently co-authored "ISIS: The State of Terror."
With so much focus on the mental health of the Germanwings co-pilot, we look to set the record straight on the facts of depression with National Alliance on Mental Illness Medical Director Dr. Ken Duckworth and Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Nancy Rappaport.
Over the past several years, telescopes have been picking up mysterious radio wave flashes, apparently from far outside our galaxy. Some scientists are seriously asking whether they might be from some sort of out-of-this-world technology. Kelly Beatty (@NightSkyGuy), senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine, assured us that it's not aliens.
College basketball’s Final Four tips off this weekend. Jim look at the real March Madness: how success on the court is surely not matched with success in the classroom, and the schools seem not to care.
We learned new information today about the German pilot who deliberately crashed a plane into the French Alps last week, killing all 150 people on board. Investigators say Andreas Lubitz had researched information on how cockpit doors worked and looked into ways to carry out suicide. They called his actions "premeditated murder." And in all the news coverage, there is one key piece that keeps getting repeated over and over: severe depression.
"Woman in Gold" refers to a 1907 elaborately detailed painting by Gustav Klimt of Adele Bloch-Bauer. When the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, they seized the painting. The efforts of Adele’s niece, Maria Altmann, to have the work returned some 60 years later is the subject of a new film.
The state's new education secretary, James Peyser, is a major supporter of charter schools and discussed his plan to add more within Massachusetts and why he believes that the state has enough money to close the achievement gap and that there isn't too much standardized testing, and more.
Based on the Twitter buzz, you’d think that an entire region of football fans was cowering as they watched, with hearts in their collective throat, their three-time Super Bowl MVP jump off a cliff on his summer vacation. But hitting the streets, we found Patriots Nation to be a far more nuanced bunch.
Mandatory minimum sentences, which require judges to sentence drug offenders to a minimum sentence even if they believe leniency is merited, are a hot debate in Massachusetts, thanks, in large part, to a single statement made two weeks ago by the chief justice of the state's Supreme Judicial Court, Ralph Gants.
I am convinced that mandatory minimum sentencing in drug cases will be abolished; the only question is when...Because doing so makes fiscal sense, justice sense, policy sense, and common sense.
The responses to that came fast and furious, including from Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, who said it was an effort to return to a failed policy of 30 years ago.
Former federal Judge Nancy Gertner and former Essex county prosecutor Bill Fallon hashed it out.
Closing arguments will be heard Monday in the Marathon Bombing trial. Today, the defense rested after calling just four witnesses. Adam Reilly was in the courtroom again today.
Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, Rev. Jeffrey Brown, of Roxbury’s Twelfth Baptist Church, and Boston Public Radio co-host Margery Eagan discuss
State Education Secretary James Peyser answers questions about the Baker administration's support for charter schools and whether a no-new-taxes governor can close the achievement gap in Massachusetts.
Some very different types of Patriots fans weigh in on the video-gone-viral of Tom Brady jumping off a cliff.
Finally, Jim salutes the response of Boston’s top police officers to this weekend’s shooting of a cop.
The government rested its case in the Marathon bombing trial, in dramatic fashion. WGBH's Emily Rooney and Adam Reilly were both in the courtroom.
Is it time to end mandatory minimum sentences in Massachusetts? Former federal Judge Nancy Gertner and former Essex County prosecutor Bill Fallon take up that issue and more.
Hear the heartfelt tributes to Ted Kennedy at today’s dedication of the Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, and Jim recounts his personal experience with the man known as the Liberal Lion of the Senate.
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three and wounded more than 200.
After 15 days of testimony and 92 witnesses the government rested its case at noon Monday in the trial of admitted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The first people to testify were those who lost the most, Bill Richard, the father of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who died at the scene; and a friend of Lingzi Lu talked about holding her hand until her last breath.
We heard from people who lost limbs: Roseann Sdoia and Jessica Kensky, a double amputee.
As an MIT freshman, Tish Scolnik considered becoming a doctor, but then something caught her eye: an ad for a class called "Wheelchair Design for Developing Countries."
The class turned into a calling and a major, mechanical engineering. She won grants for trips to far-flung villages, from East Africa to India, where she met one wheelchair user after another, all facing the same predicament.
On what has been an historic week for casinos in Massachusetts, Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby looks at what lies ahead.
The jury heard some of the most difficult testimony yet today in the Marathon Bombing trial when the medical examiner took the stand. WGBH's Adam Reilly was in court.
The decision on whether to spend a billion dollars to expand the South Boston Convention Center lies in Gov. Charlie Baker’s hands. Jim asks our caucus if it’s a good idea or if there are better places to spend the money. Pioneer Institute fellow Charlie Chieppo, Democratic state committee member Mara Dolan, and BASE founder Robert Lewis Jr. weigh in.
Plus, how a local gym is working to keep some of the city’s most violent young men off the streets and out of jail.
Finally, hear Jim out on why the American workweek should be shortened to four days.
With the prosecution expected to wrap up its case tomorrow in the Marathon bombing trial, what has the defense been doing to convince jurors to spare the life of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? WGBH's Emily Rooney and Adam Reilly hash it out.
Plus, college safe zones and trigger warnings are meant to protect kids from disturbing things, but do they do more harm than good? Boston Globe editorial writer Marcela Garcia, Harvard Kennedy School ethics lecturer Christopher Robichaud, and New England School of Law adjunct professor Wendy Murphy weigh in.
Meet the young inventor who’s changing the lives of wheelchair users around the world.
Finally, Jim shares his innermost feelings on a very special and trendy piece of equipment, the selfie stick.