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.
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?
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.
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?
ThenKara 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.
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.
Charlie Sennottweighs 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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
A parents group alleges the NFL targets children in myriad and potentially damaging ways. The group says the NFL has tried to infiltrate school curriculum while also cajoling children to gamble on sports.
The ramp-up to the Super Bowl is in full force this week. It's Patriots versus Seahawks, East versus West Coast, franchise coach and quarterback versus another budding pair. Unfortunately for the NFL the week has also been marred by controversy: "Deflate-gate," questionable player acquisitions, and concussions to name three. Now another has emerged.
Few sports issues can disrupt the hype to a Super Bowl quite like cheating. And while fans are a long way from knowing what mischief led to the New England Patriots winning the AFC title with underinflated footballs, it's already become the latest episode in a vast history of rule-breaking in the wide world of sports.
The Patriots beat the Colts on Sunday by a lot: 45 to 7. Even better, the win sent New England to another Super Bowl, another chance for Tom Brady to grasp that fourth championship ring that’s eluded him. But for all the assembled media at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, only one number mattered: 12.5. That’s the amount of air pressure the Patriots were supposed to have in their footballs, but didn’t.
After four days of speculation about how far the New England Patriots would go to win Sunday’s AFC Championship game, quarterback Tom Brady responded to accusations that someone on the team deflated footballs to gain an advantage.
A few hours earlier, coach Bill Belichick gave an uncharacteristically direct and detailed response to the controversy, denying any knowledge or involvement.
The Rev. Martin Luther King makes a statement at the Justice Department in Washington on Dec. 1, 1964 after a meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Under Hoover's leadership, the FBI investigated King and his personal life for years.
Ground truth's Charlie Sennott joins Jim and Margery to shed some light on why there has been so little coverage of the Boko Haram massacres, and why people in the Arabic world are the biggest victims of Muslim Extremism.
Charlie Sennott explores the Tsarnaev from an international perspective and checks in with us about what's happening with Ground Truth.
Shannon O'Brien and Charlie Chieppo focus in on local politics, discussing everything from Ed Brooke, and Charlie Baker's challenge to revive the Massachusetts GOP, to Governor Deval Patrick's legacy. [28:54]
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."