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Thursday, December 5, 2013
The finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, before the race began. (Facebook)

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.

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Monday, November 11, 2013
Raymond Allen Ashlock

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

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Saturday, November 9, 2013
More than 2,000 people planted flags by graves at the Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod on Saturday. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

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

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Red Sox are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball's World Series on Wednesday. A rainbow above Fenway Park is pictured on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

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

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Saturday, October 19, 2013
State police in Watertown, Mass., on April 19, 2013. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

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.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
(sjbresnahan/Flickr)

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.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013
"I Drive Your Truck" screenshot.

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.”

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Friday, May 10, 2013
The mother of Here & Now producer Alex Ashlock. (Courtesy Alex Ashlock)

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

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Thursday, April 25, 2013
The makeshift memorials around the Boston Marathon crime scene have been moved to Copley Square Park.  (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

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.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Bags holding runners' clothing and personal items wait to be claimed on April 15, 2013. (Mark Zastrow/Flickr)

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

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Karyn Miller-Medzon takes water from her son Noah at mile 17 of the Boston Marathon. (Medzon family photo)

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

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Friday, April 12, 2013
Distance runner Shalane Flanagan races during the 10,000 meter race in the U.S. track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June, 23, 2011.  Flanagan won with a time of 30 minutes, 59.97 seconds.(Don Ryan/AP)

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.

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Friday, March 15, 2013
Bob Lanier, basketball star of St. Bonaventure College is seen, 1970. (AP)

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.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Bobby Cremins told Here & Now's Alex Ashlock, "We could have really done something special for coach McGuire, for the city of Columbia, for South Carolina. We really had something really really special going on." (Courtesy of South Carolina Athletics media relations)

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.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
After being linked to escape plots, Whitey was banished to the notorious Alcatraz prison in 1959. (Reprinted with the permission of W. W. Norton and The Boston Globe)

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.

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Monday, February 25, 2013
"Argo" actor and director Ben Affleck is pictured in a still from the film. (Warner Bros.)

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

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Dennis Kimetto of Kenya, center, leads the pack on his way to winning the men's race of the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. (AP/Shuji Kajiyama)

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

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Medal of Honor recipient Jack Lucas, 80, salutes Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., as she acknowledges him during a campaign stop at the train depot in Hattiesburg, Miss, on March 7, 2008. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

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.

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Alison Shaw's photo of a skiff on Sengekontacket Pond won first place in the pictorial photo category at the annual New England Newspaper and Press Association awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

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.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

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

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Robin and Jeremy

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

April 17 3 Comments

Jane Goodall Plants ‘Seeds Of Hope’

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

April 17 9 Comments

College Advice From A High School Counselor

Lisa Micele answers listener questions and explains what schools are looking for beyond GPAs and standardized test scores.

April 16 Comment

ER Doctor Looks Back A Year After Marathon Bombing

Dr. Ron Medzon, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, recalls treating victims injured in the bombing.

April 16 36 Comments

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, some activists say not all city residents are reaping the benefits.