Local News
1:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Ahead Of MLS Cup, The New England Revolution Approaches Critical Mass

New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen, right, scores as Columbus Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark, center, falls during the first half of an MLS soccer playoff game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass.
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This might not be the conversation you’d expect to hear among sports photographers covering the practice of a team a few days away from a national championship game:

“Where’s the German guy?” one photog asked.

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6:37 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Youth-Sports Conundrum: How Intense Is Too Intense?

Jack Woods as an eighth-grader on the Mass Elite team.
Credit Courtesy of Woods family

Jack Woods has been playing basketball since he was a little kid. But three years ago, he got serious, joining a highly competitive travel program led by Eric Polli. Now, Polli said, Woods is a player to be reckoned with.

"You want someone to score? He can score," Polli said of the 14-year-old shooting guard. "He can shoot. He can attack the basket. He is the definition of a scorer."

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10:52 am
Mon December 1, 2014

BPR: Politics, The Pope, And Ray Rice

Margery and Jim are divided about the Thanksgiving television tradition.
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  • Charlie Sennott joins Jim and Margery to weigh in on international politics-- examining everything from Mubarak's murder charges and America's failure's in Egypt, to Pope Francis in Turkey.
  • Shannon O'Brien and Charlie Chieppo dig into politics as Governor-elect Charlie Baker puts together his administration, the deadline day for filing for an Olympic bid dawns, and the GOP backtracks on comments that the Obama daughters are "classless." [25:23]
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9:09 am
Mon November 17, 2014

BPR: Politics, Pope Watch, and Players

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and other leaders at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.
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  • Charlie Sennott drops by to discuss ISIS' execution of a US Aid worker, gives us a G-20 debrief, and previews GroundTruth's investigative reporting on how World Bank mismanaged  the clean water project in Tanzania.
  • Frank Phillips and Peter Gelzinis join us for a politics roundtable.
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6:25 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Some Youth Football Coaches Say Sport Unfairly Maligned

Football remains the single most popular high school sport, despite increasing concern over the long-term health risks. Last year, WGBH’s Frontline helped expose the concussion crisis in the NFL and continues to track the problem online.

Halfway through the regular season, 62 players have had a documented concussion. And that doesn’t include another two players who suffered head injuries Sunday, including Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker, who took an open-field hit that left him stunned on the ground before being taken out of the game. 

Hits like that are starting to have an impact on parents, who are increasingly steering boys away from football, and that’s led some youth coaches to complain their sport is being unfairly maligned.

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Local News
4:58 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Red Sox Nation Bids Farewell To Menino

People lined Yawkey Way on Monday to watch Menino's funeral procession.
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Shortly before 10:45AM, they began emerging from Fenway Park, donning Red Sox caps, signs in hand expressing their thanks to the longest serving mayor in Boston history.  

Tim Zue, Red Sox Vice President of Business Development, stood among the 150 to 200 front office Red Sox employees on Yawkey Way.  Zue said Menino was an enormous fan of the Sox. 

“Came to Fenway Park quite often I think for 30 years he had season tickets,” he said.  “As the procession comes by we just— if he’s watching above we want him to know that we thank him.”

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Local News
1:41 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

BPR: The Police Commissioner, Sports, and Man's Best Friend

University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross and UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt talk during a special joint meeting of the UNC Board of Governors and the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
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  • John King, CNN’s chief National Correspondent shares why he thinks the GOP has turned out more early voters than Democrats have and other surprises of this election season. 
  • A new liquor law is now in effect allowing Massachusetts' residents to buy booze as early as 10:00 AM. Is this a good thing for Boston or would you prefer that our Sundays be one where the Blue Laws still ruled? We talk to you.
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12:26 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Root The (1903) Red Sox On To World Series Victory

The Boston Letter Carrier's Band plays the Rooters fight song Tessie as the rooters sing along at the 1903 World Series.
Boston Public Library

If you're finding it difficult to watch postseason baseball with the Red Sox on the sidelines after a disastrous season, we invite you to take a moment to reflect on one of the first great moments in Boston baseball history — the first World Series and the unlikely song that helped the home team win the day.

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8:59 am
Fri September 26, 2014

BPR: Holder and Jeter Say Goodbye

BPR: Eric Holder and Derek Jeter say goodbye.
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  • How deep can President Obama get into war without Congressional approval? Elizabeth Spahn, Professor of Law Emerita at New England Law Boston, walks us through this thorny issue.
  • Boston Globe Editor, Brian McGrory returns to update us on Eric Holder's resignation (and the speculations about who will replace him), Maria Sacchetti's reporting on immigration, and Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium.
  • Dan Shaughnessy stops by to talk about Derek Jeter's legacy in baseball.
  • Under The Radar's Callie Crossley discusses "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," Shonda Rhimes vs. Alessandra Stanley, the Holder resignation (and the Deval Patrick factor), as well as the Mary Bonuato Genius award.
  • Celtic Sojourn's Brian O'Donovan on why live music is where it's at, and where, exactly, to find it.
  • We open up the mic to Emily Rooney about the Tsarnaev trial, voting in church's and her List.
  • Finally we close our first week of the three hour show with Dann and Martha Paquette, founders of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, and our News Quiz.
Local News
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Poll: Despite Domestic Violence Incidents, Football Remains America's Favorite Sport

Respondents said fans watch despite domestic violence controversies, and think the Washington Redskins should keep their name.

A new poll finds that despite a recent rash of domestic violence incidents involving NFL players, football remains America’s favorite team sport.

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10:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

BPR: Best of Open Mic with Mike Dukakis, Ray Flynn, Tom Menino, Nancy Koehn, Alex Beam

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  • Former Governor Mike Dukakis joins Jim and Margery for a sprawling conversation that gets into high-speed rail, Greece's health care system, and who the best looking woman on Medicare is.
  • Former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn joins Jim and Margery to talk about the future of Boston under new leadership, the hope that Pope Francis has brought to Catholics, and Flynn's days as a
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
9:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

BPR: The Second Amendment,The Greatest Year For Baseball, Chef Dan Barber, Road Trip Movies

On The Road
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  • Politicians, pundits and pro-gun ownership activists all turn to the Second Amendment to justify the right to bear arms. This short, awkwardly worded clause is the subject of a new book by Michael Waldman, president of NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, who joins Margery Eagan and Jim Braude today to discuss the gun debate.
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6:46 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Bringing The Olympics To Boston

A decision on which city will host the 2024 Summer Olympics is still years away, but the idea of bringing the games to Boston has already generated plenty of debate with detractors calling it's foolish, while supporters say it's doable and a positive.

Among those looking at the idea is David D’Alessandro, the onetime CEO of John Hancock the company which sponsored the 2002 Utah Olympics.


Steve Pagliuca is a co-owner of the Boston Celtics, and an executive member of Boston 2024 committee. 

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3:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Franklin Park Zoo Ocelot Picks Germany To Win The World Cup

Isodoro a.k.a Izzy the ocelot at Franklin Park Zoo picked Germany to win the 2014 World Cup.
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After Germany's semi-final World Cup win against Brazil on Tuesday, their players warned everyone not to get too excited. 

Don't worry, guys — the trophy is yours.

Izzy, The World's World-Cup predicting ocelot at Franklin Park Zoo, says Germany will beat Lionel Messi and Argentina on Sunday and take home their fourth World Cup title.

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6:57 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fenway Marks 25th Anniversary Of 'Field Of Dreams'

It’s the 25th anniversary of Kevin Costner’s much beloved baseball movie "Field of Dreams." This Sunday, there will be a celebration at Fenway Park. Fans are invited to bring their dogs along as they take in a minor league game, followed by a screening of the film on the dreamiest field of all. 

6:16 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Seeing Red: Washington Redskins' Trademark Revoked

Boston’s definitive football franchise is the New England Patriots, but 80 years ago, the Boston Redskins ruled the gridiron, winning the 1936 Eastern Division Championship but falling to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Championship. The following year, the team packed up and moved to DC.

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Local News
12:07 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

How The New England Revolution Are Developing Tomorrow's U.S. World Cup Talent

The World Cup ball.
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When the U.S. beat Ghana in its first World Cup game, the best and worst of American soccer was on display—from Clint Dempsey’s toughness to long stretches where the team simply looked lost.

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7:04 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

How Greater Boston's Brazilians Are Celebrating The World Cup

America is a nation of immigrants, and that’s on vivid display every four years during soccer’s World Cup. Team USA has built a strong following, of course, but for many soccer fans, the old country remains their true passion. And here in Massachusetts, with the largest concentration of Brazilians in the country, whole neighborhoods are going all out to cheer on their beloved Team Brazil. 


Local News
12:58 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Boston, L.A., San Fransisco, D.C. On The 2024 Olympics Short List

Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities still in the running for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

A person briefed on the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision-making process told The Associated Press that all four cities are still in consideration. The person requested anonymity because the USOC has not made an official announcement.

Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. The other three cities would be first-time hosts.

The International Olympic Committee will award the Games in 2017.

Local News
5:37 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Powerful Allure Of Steroids

Credit Robert Byron/ via NPR

The public image of steroids and steroid users has taken some big hits lately, from the humiliation of sports stars like Alex Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong to the horrific murder committed by steroid user Jared Remy.

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Local News
9:42 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Longtime Baseball Fixture Don Zimmer Dies At 83

Don Zimmer
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The Tampa Bay Rays say former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died. He was 83.

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3:55 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Alex Beam Embarks On An Apology Tour

The Hillsborough Stadium, site of the 1988-89 FA Cup Semifinal between the Liverpool F.C. and Nottingham Forest clubs in April 1989. Ninety-six people were crushed to death that day.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Open Mic guest and Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam joined Margery Eagan and Jared Bowen in Studio Three for his Open Mic segment. Beam talked about his new column, an apologia for an earlier piece he'd written about a tragedy at a British soccer game in 1989.

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Local News
9:03 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Former Players: NFL Illegally Used Drugs

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A group of retired NFL players says in a lawsuit that the league illegally supplied them with risky painkillers that numbed their injuries and led to medical complications.  

Attorney Steven Silverman says his firm filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco.

The lawsuit takes aim at what it calls the league's culture of drug misuse. It says drugs were used to speed players' return to the field and maximize profits.

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6:17 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Local Tennis Pro Eric Butorac Heading To French Open

For the past three years, tennis pro Eric Butorac has been the third-ranked American in doubles with his partner Raven Klaasen.

Now, the Cambridge resident is hoping to repeat that success later this month at the French Open.

Local News
10:37 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Canadiens Force Game 7 With 4-0 Win Over Bruins

Carey Price made 26 saves for the shutout and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-0 on Monday night to force Game 7.

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Local News
11:16 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Matt Fraser Lifts Bruins Past Canadiens, 1-0 In OT

Matt Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2.

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3:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

BPR: John King, Prayer At Public Meetings, Oyster Farms, Chris Collins, Nancy Koehn

Worried about effects of man-made climate change? This week the federal government issued a report on immediate threats to the environment in the US, and what can be done about it.
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  • CNN's John King — host of Inside Politics — joined Jim and Margery for his regular Tuesday segment. King looked at Pres. Obama's new push on climate change, on the heels of a new federal report about the dangers to the US and the rest of the world.
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4:14 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Revs. Irene Monroe And Emmett G. Price III Discuss Twitter Racism On BPR

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was the subject of racist tweets after scoring a game-winning goal against the Bruins. Revs. Emmett Price and Irene Monroe discussed the tweets.
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Every Monday, the Reverends Emmett Price and Irene Monroe join Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for Open Mic on Boston Public Radio. This past Monday, Price and Monroe discussed racist tweets directed at a black hockey player following a Bruins loss.

Emmett Price is an associate professor of music at Northeastern University. Price is the author of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational DivideIrene Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist who writes for Huffington Post and Bay Windows.

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9:09 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Time for Bruins' Fans to Show Some Class

PK Subban, Montreal Canadien, drew racist tweets from Bruins fans in Game One of the playoff series.
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Just days after NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban, playoff hockey found itself embroiled in a racial controversy as well. Boston Bruins fans, upset after a 4-3 loss to Montreal in Thursday night's series opener, took to Twitter and Facebook—not to commiserate but to eviscerate.

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Local News
3:39 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Bruins Distance Team From Racist Tweets At Subban

The Boston Bruins are condemning racist slurs about P.K. Subban that hit social media after the Montreal defenseman scored the winning goal in the second overtime of their playoff game Thursday night.

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