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December 5, 2013 2 Comments

Boston Marathon Issues 450 Special Entries

The organizers of the Boston Marathon have issued special invitations to 450 people who made the case they were profoundly affected by the bombings in April.

November 11, 2013 4 Comments

Tracing My Father’s WWII Experience

There were 16 million Americans in uniform during World War II. One of them was my father, Raymond Allen Ashlock.

November 9, 2013 Comment

A Special Saturday At The Massachusetts National Cemetery

The first Operation Flags For Vets attracted a few hundred people. On Saturday there must have been more than 2,000.

October 23, 2013 Comment

3 World Series Palindromes

Our friend and master palindromist Barry Duncan shared with us three palindromes inspired by the World Series — including one for each team.

October 19, 2013 9 Comments

Essay: Thoughts About What Was Happening Six Months Ago Today

It was dark and sort of chilly. The sun wasn’t up yet. I was in Watertown, Massachusetts, along with dozens of other reporters. It was April 19, 2013, six months ago today.

September 10, 2013 Comment

Families Observe Suicide Prevention Day

Military families that have experienced a suicide tell Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock that they find comfort in meeting other families through organizations like TAPS and the Military Friends Foundation.

May 16, 2013 2 Comments

‘Here & Now’ Interview Inspires Hit Country Song

In 2011, a Nashville songwriter heard Alex Ashlock’s interview with Paul Monti, who lost his son in Afghanistan. It inspired her to write “I Drive Your Truck.”

May 10, 2013 7 Comments

Remembering Mom

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock lost his mother in 2003, but not a day goes by that he doesn’t want to call her.

April 25, 2013 Comment

Essay: Feelings Of Strangeness, Sadness In Downtown Boston

The makeshift memorials that sprang up around the Boston Marathon crime scene have been moved to Copley Square Park. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock pays a visit.

April 24, 2013 Comment

Essay: Why A Plodder Can’t Wait For The 2014 Boston Marathon

Here & Now producer Emiko Tamagawa doesn’t run. But she loves the Boston Marathon and spotting those brightly colored bags.

April 17, 2013 6 Comments

Opinion: Why I'm Determined To Run The 2014 Boston Marathon

Our colleague and avid marathoner Karyn Miller-Medzon explains why the bombings won’t deter her next year.

April 12, 2013 Comment

Women To Watch At The Boston Marathon

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock writes about the top women runners competing in the Boston Marathon on Monday, including Shalene Flanagan who’s running it for the first time.

March 15, 2013 Comment

Letter: One More 1970 Basketball Heartbreak

After hearing Alex Ashlock’s piece about a crushing 1970 ACC loss, the news director emeritus at WBFO in Buffalo wrote to say it wasn’t the only basketball disappointment that March.

March 14, 2013 2 Comments

When March Madness Turned To March Sadness

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock tells the story of coach Frank McGuire’s 1970 South Carolina team that featured John Roche and Bobby Cremins, and lost in the ACC tournament when Roche got hurt.

March 12, 2013 Comment

Robin Hosts ‘Whitey Bulger’ Book Event

If you’re looking for something to do in the Boston area Wednesday, Mar. 13, Here & Now’s Robin Young will be interviewing Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy at the Brattle Theater.

February 25, 2013 Comment

An ‘Argo’ Oscar Palindrome

Palindromist Barry Duncan sent this to us in celebration of Argo’s “Best Picture” win.

February 25, 2013 3 Comments

World Marathon Majors Adopt New Anti-Doping Policies

H&N’s running man, Alex Ashlock, updates us on results from Tokyo’s weekend marathon, and reflects on new anti-doping policies.

February 19, 2013 2 Comments

Remembering Iwo Jima

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock spoke with the youngest Marine ever to receive the Medal of Honor, for his bravery on this day 68 years ago.

February 11, 2013 2 Comments

Welcome To Our New Cape & Islands Listeners!

At the end of today’s show, Robin welcomed our new listeners on Cape Cod, the Islands and Massachusetts’ South Coast, via WBUA Martha’s Vineyard 92.7 FM.

January 11, 2013 3 Comments

Essay: This Week In Baseball

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock offers his thoughts on the Hall of Fame, drug testing and a not-so-great week for baseball.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 24 25 Comments

Jose Antonio Vargas May Soon Become Documented Immigrant

The activist and journalist is one of the undocumented immigrants expected to receive protection from deportation.

November 24 7 Comments

Doctor: Hard-To-Abuse Painkillers Won’t Fix Overdose Crisis

There's a question of whether the new technology of addictive painkillers will help stem the epidemic or help fuel it.

November 21 5 Comments

Students Protest University Of California Tuition Hikes

In spite of protests on University of California campuses, the board voted to hike tuitions by about 5 percent every year for the next five years.

November 20 3 Comments

The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.