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.
Credit Edgar B. Herwick III / WGBH News

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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3:08 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Ups And Downs Of Patriots' Season

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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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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?
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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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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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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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3:54 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Former Harvard Defensive Tackle: Marketing NFL To Kids Is Dangerous

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.
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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.

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9:58 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

A Look At The Wide World Of Cheating In Multiple Sports

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.

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9:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Deflategate Day 4: Brady, Belichick Deny Everything

Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington talks to the press ahead of the Super Bowl.
Credit Rupa Shenoy / WGBH News

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.

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8:25 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

How 'Deflategate' Ranks Among Sports Scandals

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.

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4:55 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Brady Says He Didn't Touch Footballs After Choosing Them

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he didn't touch or think about the footballs used to get his team into the Super Bowl after he picked out the ones he wanted to throw.

Brady said Thursday that he didn't know how New England ended up using underinflated balls in its win Sunday against the Colts in the AFC Championship game.

Brady says he doesn't know the protocol for handling game balls after he chooses them a few hours before game time.

Like his coach Bill Belichick said a few hours earlier, Brady said he learned about the issue the morning after the game.

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4:12 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Deflated Balls, Sushi, and Male Egos

Is "deflate gate" a lot of hot air. We check in with you.
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  • "Deflate-gate" has taken a new life of its own. Is the media circus bow out of proportion? We ask you.
  • Kara Miller talks the future of seafood, she discusses how 'local' is a misnomer and Jiro's Sushi nightmares are coming true.
  • Then we look at hospital security in light of the recent shootings.
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3:30 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

BPR: MLK, Service, and Race Relations in 2015

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.
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  • 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.
  • The Herald's Peter Gelzinis, and The Globe's Joan Vennochi and
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4:02 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

BPR: The Tsarnaev Trial and Remembering Ed Brooke

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Boston.
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  • 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]
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3:00 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

BPR Year In Review: GOP, MBTA, the Silver Screen, and Sports

Nancy Koehn digs into recent moves to roll back Jet Blue's signature services.
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  • John King lays down his year in review, covering everything from promising presidential candidates, and GOP's New year resolutions. 
  • The "Top 10" lists are out. What tops yours?
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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.
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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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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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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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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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