Sports

BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:52 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Football Concussions: Overblow Fear? No, Says Medical Ethicist Art Caplan; Plus, Pro Wrestling

Wrestler Dwayne Johnson -- better known as The Rock -- was the target of a racist tirade by wrestler Hulk Hogan. Hogan's comments were revealed this week. Medical ethicist Art Caplan applauded the WWE's swiftness responding to the situation.
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Are the risks from concussions and head trauma overblown? That's what a study published in February seemed to say. Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked to medical ethicist Art Caplan on Wednesday about the concussion debate, the hits pro athletes rack up over their careers, and about how the sometimes-maligned WWE has moved to protect its athletes and discourage racism in its ranks.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
7:59 am
Tue July 28, 2015

BPR: Hindsight is 20/24

Is this the death rattle for Boston 2024?
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  • Charlie Sennott joins us from Aquinnah to discuss Obama's Africa trip, and update us on the Iran deal as it moves through Congress.
  • Then State Senator Bob Hedlund and Steve Kerrigan join us for our Monday politics roundup.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:05 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

BPR: Game, Set, Watchman

Is Serena the greatest of all time?
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  • We host our Monday politics segment with Warren Tolman and Jennifer Nassour. They walk us through Trump's candidacy and beyond.
  • Corby Kummer returns from the World Fair in Milan to dish on yelp reviews, and how the California drought might show up on your plate.
  • Then we check in with you about Go Set A Watchman.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:30 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Meet The Man Who Taught Meditation To Michael Jordan

Stars like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O'Neal have all taken mindfulness lessons from George Mumford. Mumford joined Boston Public Radio to talk about his practice.
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George Mumford was a basketball talented who sidelined by an injury, used painkillers a little too much, and went looking for new ways to get his mind right. What he found was meditation. Mumford practiced "mindfulness" as a way to deal with pain, clear out nagging thoughts, and zero in on the important aspects of his life.

Along the way Mumford got good at teaching mindfulness. He was so good, in fact, that former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson enlisted him to help stars like Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan perform at an elite level. When Jackson moved to the L.A. Lakers, Mumford instructed that team's stars — Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:30 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Meet The Man Who Taught Meditation To Michael Jordan

Stars like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O'Neal have all taken mindfulness lessons from George Mumford. Mumford joined Boston Public Radio to talk about his practice.
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George Mumford was a basketball talented who sidelined by an injury, used painkillers a little too much, and went looking for new ways to get his body and mind right. What he found was meditation. Mumford practiced mindfulness as a way to deal with pain, clear out nagging thoughts, and zero in on the important things in life.

Along the way Mumford got good at teaching mindfulness. He was so good, in fact, that former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson enlisted him to help stars like Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan perform at an elite level. When Jackson moved to the L.A. Lakers, Mumford instructed that team's stars — Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:39 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

BPR En Pointe: Hat Tricks, Train Tracks, And A Drive-In

Misty Copeland (center) performed in the Washington Ballet production of Swan Lake in April.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

BPR Double Takes: Bids, Shows, And Sports

A rendering of a stadium for the proposed Boston Olympics.
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  • Charlie Sennott joins Jim and Margery to unfold the Greek Euro crisis, and the Obama Administration's walk-back on hostages, plus how the Supreme Court's marriage decision might effect the rest of the Globe.
  • Erin O'Brien and Evan Horowitz stop by to talk politics.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

BPR: RSVPs A Parking Spot, Reckons With Race

City employees may get an out of their parking tickets. Are you okay with that?
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  • With the world celebrating PRIDE this month, Charlie Sennott joins us for his take on Global gay rights, the Pope’s environmental encyclical and the Pentagon’s push to put heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe. >>Read more here.
  • Peter Kadzis and a belated Adam Reilly talk all kinds of politics.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:00 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Ask The Ethicist: Libido Drugs, Abortion Training, Medical Bills For Injured Sports Fans

Should the Red Sox pay the medical bills of Tonya Carpenter, the fan injured by a broken bat? Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined BPR to talk about it.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio on Wednesday for his regular segment "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan talked about libido-stimulating drugs, abortion training for physicians, and whether the Red Sox should pay the medical bills of the woman hit in the face with a broken bat.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:55 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

BPR: International Accidents, Soccer, And Faith

The FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
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  • Charlie Sennott stops by to talk about the significance and implications of Kerry's leg injury, plus the status of gay marriage around the world.
  • We host our weekly politics segment with Erin O'Brien a John Nucci.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
1:48 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

BPR: Irish Love, Octopus Legs, And The BPR Book Club

A week after Ireland's historic referendum, we post game with one of its leaders, Senator David Norris.
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  • We open our show with David Norris, Irish Senator and gay and civil rights activist responsible for decriminalizing homosexuality in Ireland and paved the way for last week's referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. >>Read more here.
  • Then we check in with you about Dias Kadyrbayev's sentencing.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:55 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

BPR In With The New: Elections, Olympics, And TV

What do Thursday's U.K. elections have to do with us?
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:19 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

BPR's Bread And Butter: Deflategate, Food, and Court

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  • Amid calls for an apology from Tom Brady, we rehash some other famous apologies, and ask you how you feel about the art of the apology.
  • Shirley Leung sits down to talk about equal pay and why a push for more paternity leave might be the best thing to happen to women in the workplace.
  • Corby Kummer joins us to talk about corporate chains embracing the natural food movement and also young people.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:18 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

What Real Science Has To Say About The 'Sweet Science'

The popularity of boxing has waned in recent years despite marquee fights like Mayweather-Pacquaio. Those who decide to lace up the gloves may run a higher risk of head trauma, Art Caplan said.
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Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined Boston Public Radio for his weekly segment "Ask the Ethicist." Caplan looked at the future of boxing as interest wanes and the action remains just as brutal. He also talked about using head protection in sports, an injection to get rid of double chins, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta's operation on an 8-year-old earthquake victim in Nepal.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
10:43 am
Wed April 29, 2015

BPR Postgames Baltimore And Tips Its Hat to Music

Police and protestors clash in front of a building set on fire after protests of the killing of Freddie Gray.
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  • We continue our conversation with you about what's going on in Baltimore. The Baltimore Orioles are hosting the Chicago White Sox in front of empty stands.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:20 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

BPR Heroics: Marathons, Olympics, and Coming Out

Bruce Jenner has become an American hero for the second time.
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  • Charlie Sennott checks in with us about the devastating earthquake in Nepal, extra-judicial drone strikes, and this complicated connection between Hilary Clinton and Russia. >>Read more here.
  • Then we host our weekly politics segment with Steve Kerrigan and Jennifer Nassour. We dig into the Walsh's union donation, Baker and the MBTA and our NIMBY culture.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
4:00 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

BPR: Poets, Poets Everywhere

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, and provided by the Seattle Seahawks, NFL official Shannon Eastin officiates a football training camp in Renton, Wash.
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  • Many people are finally digging in to do their taxes this weekend, we check in with you to see if you'd cheat, if you could?
  • Then Shira Springer weighs in with us about NFL's decision to finally hire its first female ref, the beginning of baseball season, and Preview of Boston Globe Magazine, which is all Olympics. Then we talk to you about Olympics developments. What can Boston 2024 do to convince you?
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LOCAL NEWS
7:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal, Truth About Depression & Deep Space Mystery

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.

BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:25 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

BPR: Love And Basketball

It's March Madness on BPR.
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  • The notion of so-called 'microhousing' has been brewing in Boston's cramped city limits for a while now, so we get your take: Is this a practical modern approach to housing, or simply dorm rooms for millennials?
  • Then Kara Miller checks in with  robots as writers. Are we moving from gonzo to gizmo journalism? [20:56]
  • Secretary of Education, James Peyser, stops by for his inaugural interview.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:42 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

BPR: Spring, Starbucks, and Roller Derby

We host two Richards from Men's Derby team, Mass Maelstrom for our weekly news Quiz.
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  • Tonight's vernal equinox is approaching, and Jim is all about spring. Are you? Or is the snow in the forecast making you feel unconvinced?
  • Paul Reville checks in with us about the new BPS superintendent, Tommy Chang, a Charter School lawsuit, and standardized testing.
  • Then Callie Crossley weighs in on Starbucks initiating the race conversation with #racetogether.
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:28 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

BPR: From A Patty's Day Breakfast Post-Mortem To A Post-Papacy Pizza Party

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  •  GBH news analyst Charlie Senott, who also heads up  The GroundTruth Project, goes over international headlines, from tomorrow's election in Israel to the Obama administration's decision to slow down the withdrawal of U.S.
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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:09 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

BPR: Sketch Pads and Sketch Comedy

Dakota Johnson, holding a flag, plays a young woman going off to fight with the Islamic State militant group in a fake ISIS commercial on Saturday Night Live.
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  • Charlie Sennott weighs in on the real identity of "Jihadi John" and his path from London schoolboy to executioner. He discusses Netanyahu's upcoming speech before Congress, and the complicated Israeli politics that produced such a tense situation.
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Local News
9:52 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Racing To Nowhere: A Snapshot Of The World Indoor Rowing Championship

Angel Fournier Rodriguez, of Cuba, won the Open Men’s competition at the 2015 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships
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The Charles River is frozen solid, and the annual Head of the Charles crew race feels far away in this cold. But thousands of rowers from all over the world were in Boston this weekend anyway.

On the huge floor of the Agannis Arena at Boston University, about 30 men dressed in spandex sit side-by-side on stationary rowing machines, waiting. Behind them are two other groups, also about to start.

“Everybody pick up your handles. The starting commands will appear on your monitor. There is no audio command.”

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LOCAL NEWS
6:55 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Not A Deflated Spirit In Sight At The Patriots Parade

This week’s horrific traffic had plenty of Boston residents calling the Patriots parade a major fumble. But the naysayers were hard to find today in Copley Square.
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For thousands of New England Patriots fans lining Boylston Street today, the mundane and petty tribulations of recent days were all but forgiven and forgotten.  

Deflategate and the NFL’s looming decision on the matter? Meh.

"This is for all the haters around the country who thought we were cheating, and we weren’t," said one parade-goer. 

The historic winter storms that have snarled commutes for a week now? Pshaw. 

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SPORTS
3:08 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Ups And Downs Of Patriots' Season

Local News
11:10 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Boston Mayor: Patriots Parade Can't Be Delayed

This is the mayor of Boston standing in front of the Boston cityscape. He says to use the MBTA to get to the Patriots parade. Good luck with that.
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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is defending the decision to hold a parade for the New England Patriots on Wednesday even though the city is still in process of removing mountains of snow and the MBTA is experiencing weather-related service problems.

Walsh said Tuesday that many people have suggested delaying the parade until Saturday. He says that's not feasible because by the weekend the players will have scattered.

The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Sunday's Super Bowl.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
3:18 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

BPR Braves The Snow, And Celebrates 4 Super Bowls

The Patriots held it down for their fourth championship title.
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  • Charlie Sennott discusses the future of football and the hubris of calling the Super Bowl a "world" championship. >>Read more here.
  • State Senator Bob Hedlund and Steve Kerrigan stop by to talk about local politics, they give us their take on Pete Carroll's play-calling, the Olympics, and the last Casino License.
  • Bob Thompson gives you his thoughts on Super Bowl, it's ratings, advertisements, and halftime show. He also weighs in on the hazards of binge viewing. Then we see what you think? Is there anything wrong with curling up to a good show?
  • Shira Springer breakdown the Super Bowl, the pre and post game, and the important sports stories that were dwarfed by it. >>Read more here.
  • Then we close out our show talking about the weather. What do you think of all these storms. DO they make you want to run for sunnier climates, or do they make you feel alive?
Local News
10:02 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Patriots Fans Revel In Super Bowl Win

Patriots fans celebrate in Kenmore Square after the Super Bowl.
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The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks last night in a stunning finish at the Super Bowl.

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BEAT THE PRESS
5:46 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Deflategate Redux: Should Media Buy Belichick's Explanation?

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When last we left Deflategate, the mystery over how 11 of 12 Patriots footballs wound up underinflated during the AFC championship, things were looking bleak. A jury of journalists and former quarterbacks had tried and convicted the hometown team, but then a funny thing happened: a plausible explanation appeared. 

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LOCAL NEWS
6:22 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The Role Boston Played In The History Of Football

This weekend, the biggest football game in the world will be played in Glendale, Arizona. The very first Super Bowl was played in 1967. But the sport itself has a much longer and storied history. In fact, it’s a Boston group that’s considered by many historians as the first organized football club in the United States. They were known as the Oneida Football Club.

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