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Local News
11:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Jean Shepherd’s 'Memories Of Fenway Park': From The WGBH Vault

Jean Shepherd at Fenway Park in 1969.

“These are the things you learn out at the ballpark,” said spoken-word genius Jean Shepherd from his spot in left field, standing before Fenway Park’s legendary Green Monster.

The year was 1969.

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LOCAL NEWS
5:48 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Should Colleges Pay Their Student-Athletes?

College athletes are barred from getting paid, but that could change after the National Labor Relations Board decided recently that Northwestern University’s football players are school employees and eligible to unionize.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
2:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

BPR: Politics, MBTA's Late Night Service, All Revved Up, Simon Schama

Gubernatorial Candidate Republican Charlie Baker
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  • Garrett Quinn, from Mass Live and UMass Boston political science professor Erin O'Brien go over local and national politics.
  • Edgar B Herwick III reviews the MBTA's late night service debut after spending a Friday night embedded with night owl commuters.
  • Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett Price discuss a wide range of topics from Eric Fehrnstrom's
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Boston Public Radio Podcast
5:08 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

BPR: Ask the Mayor, Callie Crossley, Bob Ryan and Steve Buckley

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Credit Brendan Lynch
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh takes listeners' calls.
  • Callie Crossley discusses Obamacare enrollment, Anthony Weiner's new gig, and how long she'll wait in line for a good meal.
  • Former Boston Globe--and still active contributor-- sports columnist Bob Ryan and Boston Herald sports columnist Steve Buckley compete against one another over this week's headlines on our Friday news quiz.
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY FROM THE CURIOSITY DESK
10:59 am
Fri March 28, 2014

How Boston Lost The Patriots And 'New England' Grabbed the NFL's 'Gold Standard'

Fenway Park was transformed into a football field for a Pats home game in 1963.
Credit Boston Public Library

In March of 1971, there was no Twitter. There was no 24-hour sports radio in Boston. No ESPN. It was in the newspaper, 43 years ago this week, that area football fans learned that the Boston Patriots were no more. They were now the New England Patriots.

“The Patriots were gonna be called the Bay State Patriots," said Pat Sullivan, former general manager of the Patriots, laughing. "That concept lasted about two weeks.”

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

BPR: Back Bay Blaze Debrief, Alex Beam, Academy Award-Winning Barbara Kopple

Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh
Credit Boston Fire Department
  • Boston Fire Deputy Chief Joseph Finn and Interim Fire Commissioner John Hasson go over the dynamics of yesterday's 9 alarm blaze in Boston's Back Bay.
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Local News
8:44 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Spartans Hold Off Harvard 80-73

Branden Dawson scored a career-high 26 points to help fourth-seeded Michigan State fend off a wild Harvard rally Saturday for an 80-73 victory in the NCAA tournament.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
5:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

BPR News Quiz, March 21, 2014

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This week on Boston Public Radio photojournalist Mark Garfinkel, representing the Boston Herald, and his Boston Globe counterpart Dina Rudick faced off over the latest  headlines.  

Given that photojournalists are resourceful,  keenly observant, and  skilled at readily acclimating to a new situation this proved to be a suspenseful match. It also didn't hurt that their job is to capture the news on film.

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Local News
7:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Harvard Upsets 5th-Seed Cincinnati 61-57

Harvard players rush from the bench to greet teammates after beating Cincinnati in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Credit (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Siyani Chambers scored 11 points, including five straight in the final two minutes, and 12th-seeded Harvard won its second NCAA tournament game in history, upsetting Cincinnati 61-57 Thursday.

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LOCAL NEWS
5:51 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Boston Celtics Team President On Transition Year

No one ever said starting over was easy, and the Boston Celtics and their fans have certainly felt their share of growing pains this season. 

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  • Rich Gotham has been president of the Boston Celtics since 2007.

FROM THE CURIOUSITY DESK
2:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Paralympic Curlers Chase Gold From Falmouth to Sochi

Meghan Lino throws a curling stone. Wheelchair curlers get into a stationary, tandem position for stone throws and use a a delivery stick - a pole with a bracket that fits over the rock handle, allowing the rock to be pushed while applying correct rotation.
Credit Patricia Alvarado Nunez / WGBH

  The U.S. Wheelchair Curling team's hopes for a medal at the 2014 Paralympics came to an end today after a heartbreaking overtime loss to Great Britain in their ninth and final preliminary round match.

Following Thursday's action on the ice, American team members David Palmer, of Mashpee, and Meghan Lino, of East Falmouth, along with their coach Tony Calacchio posted on their blog on the Cape Cod Curling Club website.

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SPORTS
5:51 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

'The Deal': What If A-Rod Played For The Sox?

Aaron Boone’s 11th inning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series sent the New York Yankees on to the World Series. Boston’s season was, of course, over, another chapter in the team’s long history of pain and futility.

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LOCAL NEWS
6:05 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Former Lance Armstrong Teammate Talks Doping In Professional Cycling

Ten years ago, former pro cyclist Tyler Hamilton was at the top of his game, facing intense pressure to win, which, he said, led to pressure to cheat. Hamilton raced and doped alongside Lance Armstrong, but now he speaks publicly against performance-enhancing drugs , most recently at the MIT Sloan Sports Conference.

SPORTS
5:44 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Curling For Gold: Local Paralympians Headed To Sochi

Paralympians Meghan Lino and David Palmer curling with members of the Cape Cod Curling Club.
Patricia Alvarado

Curling might not get the same attention as other Olympic sports like skiing and figure skating, and some might not even consider it a sport. But contrary to popular belief, it has all the ingredients for Olympic drama: strategy, precision, teamwork and endurance. And for one pair of local athletes, curling has been a ticket to another world. WGBH's Edgar B. Herwick has the story.

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Local News
3:54 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Frontline's 'League Of Denial' Wins Polk Award

St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Neil Lomax is sacked by New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson (53) in first quarter of game at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. Dec.14,1986.
Credit (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)

Frontline has won a George Polk Award in Journalism for League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis, an investigation into the link between football and long-term brain injury.

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Boston Public Radio Podcast
3:51 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

BPR: Juliette Kayyem for Governor, CNN's John King, Dan Shaughnessy on Spring Training

Mass. Gubernatorial Candidate Juliette Kayyem
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  •  Juliette Kayyem, the homeland security expert who has worked in both Governor Patrick's and President Obama's administration, joined Jim and Margery to discuss her run for governor on the Democratic ticket
  • CNN's John King offers insight into the Republican's political strategy to dismantle a Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign
  • The '90s called and said they want their scandal back.
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LOCAL NEWS
7:40 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Olympic Fever: Should Boston Host The 2024 Games?

Olympic fever is focused on Sochi right now. But closer to home, there’s renewed interest in bringing the Games to Boston. A special commission charged with studying the pros and cons of the hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics met Tuesday on Beacon Hill.  

Skeptics point to the hefty price tag, but some proponents say the games could jumpstart improvements to the T and other infrastructure projects. 

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Local News
4:53 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Panel Considers A Boston Olympics

With the Olympics underway in Sochi, Boston's Olympic commission is talking about the costs involved in hosting the games. The panel is considering whether Boston should bid to bring the Olympics to New England in the summer of 2024.

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LOCAL NEWS
5:52 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Olympic Blunders? Sochi Games Get A Bad Rap

The sun rises above the Caucasus Mountains beyond a set of Olympic Rings Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Rosa Khutor, Russia. The area will host the alpine events.
Credit (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In the long lead-up to the start of the Sochi Games, the focus has been all about the bad, from threats of terror to toilets that don’t flush, but the Russians are pushing back.  

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Local News
8:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Curt Schilling Announces He Has Cancer

Former star pitcher turned television analyst Curt Schilling has announced that he is battling cancer.

Schilling on Wednesday released a statement through his employer, ESPN, saying he plans to "embrace this fight, just like the rest of them, with resolute faith, and head on."

The statement did not indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team Leaves Boston For Sochi

The U.S. women Olympic ice hockey team practices at Belmont Hill School. Five of the 21 members on the team are from Massachusetts.
Credit Anne Mostue / WGBH

The United States women’s Olympic ice hockey team is among us. They’ve been living and practicing in the Boston area since September.

In red, white, and blue TEAM USA uniforms and pads, they’re skating, shooting, stick handling, and even slamming into the boards. The 21 members of the U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team are swirling around the Belmont Hill School’s Olympic-size rink. Five of them are from Massachusetts, which is why they’re training here.

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SPORTS
6:31 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Pressure To Win And New Concussion Research

Come Saturday night, eyes across New England and the nation will be glued to the Patriots and their playoff duel against the Indianapolis Colts. While the post-season brings thrills, there’s also serious risk in every game. And for football's youngest players, the risk is greater, and the recovery is more delicate.

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LOCAL NEWS
6:47 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

The Boston Globe's Future: John Henry Shares His Vision

As principal owner of the Red Sox, John Henry is used to winning. And even though the newspaper business has been languishing as of late, Henry said at a Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast that he plans to keep up his winning ways as the new owner of the Boston Globe.

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SPORTS
6:17 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Hingham Pair On The Cutting Edge Of National Championship

Gretchen Donlan and Andrew Speroff, of the Skating Club of Boston.
Credit Courtesy of the Skating Club of Boston

There’s less than a month until the Olympic torch arrives in Sochi, Russia, marking the start of the Winter Games, but the roster of American athletes is still being finalized.

This week, we learned Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated skier in American history, won’t be competing this year due to yet another knee injury.

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Local News
6:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Hingham Figure Skaters Compete For Chance At Sochi Olympics

Gretchen Donlan of Hingham and skating partner Andrew Speroff hope their performance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston this week will help them make it to the Winter Olympics in Russia,
Credit Megan Caplan

[UPDATE 1/10/14: Donlan and Speroff finished 6th out of 12 in the afternoon short program on 1/9/14. They will skate again on Saturday in the long program. There is still hope for the Olympic team. It is not determined by score. It's hand-picked by the US Figure Skating committee.]

This week, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships begin in Boston. It’s the nation’s most prestigious annual figure skating event and its winners are eligible for the U.S. Olympic team. The last time Boston hosted, in 2001, the event set a new record for attendance. 

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ARTS
6:15 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

'The Armstrong Lie' Reveals The Depth Of His Deception

A scene from "The Armstrong Lie." Star cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France wins after he was found to have taken performance-enhancing drugs.
Credit EPK

Lance Armstrong was once one of the Gods of cycling- overcoming cancer, winning seven consecutive Tour de France championships and establishing a monster charity effort in the process. But it all evaporated when he admitted to using performance enhancing drugs earlier this year. 

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SPORTS
6:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Former NFL Star Brett Farve Opens Up About Concussion Side-Effects

Former NFL star Brett Favre recently opened up about the memory loss that he's been experiencing after a two-decade career full of head injuries.

Last month, FRONTLINE aired a documentary called League of Denial- so named because the NFL has taken no dramatic policy positions on the growing problem of debilitating head injuries.

But it’s an issue that’s not going away, as this week former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Farve said he, too, has had complications.

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SPORTS
6:38 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The NFL's Hazing Problem

The NFL is having a rocky year- at least from a public relations standpoint.

This year alone, more than 40 players have been arrested- most notably New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who stands trial for murder. Then, there's the bad press generated from the Frontline documentary League of Denial, which exposed the NFL's efforts to cover up concussion risks to players. 

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SPORTS
6:28 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Meet The K-Men Of Fenway Park

K-Men co-founder Ryan McCarthy posting K signs on the Green Monster.
Credit Kirk Carapezza

WGBH News' On Campus reporter Kirk Carapezza doubles as a 'K-Man' at Fenway Park. Here's his story:  

Shortly after Game 6 of the World Series starts, my friend Ricky picks up a ‘K’ sign, superstitiously turning it away from the field, preparing to track Red Sox strikeouts at Fenway Park.

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BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO
2:38 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

'War Of The Worlds' And Other Hellish, Too-Real Radio Entertainment

A vinyl recording of the original Orson Welles 1938 broadcast. Welles struck fear into the hearts of his impressionable radio audience.
Credit M. Dolly / Flickr

Boston Public Radio's full show for 10/31/13.

Dr. Steven Schlozman caused a minor panic on late-night radio. The reason? His fictional book — The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks From The Apocalypse — was presented as fact by kooky host George Noory. Not long into the interview, emails from frightened listeners poured in, begging for advice on how to survive the impending zombie apocalypse.

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