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Alex Ashlock

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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Friday, June 14, 2013
Sherialyn Byrdsong, pictured with her children Ricky Jr.,  Sabrina and Kelley, speaks at the 2012 Race Against Hate. (ywca.org)

Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock recalls the impression Northwestern Wildcats coach Ricky Byrdsong made on him when he was a young father, and speaks with Byrdsong’s daughter about her memories.

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Monday, May 27, 2013
Jared Monti, 30, died in Afghanistan in 2006. Three times he left shelter to try to rescue a fellow soldier who had been badly wounded in an insurgent ambush. On the third attempt he was killed. (Casey Ashlock/Here & Now)

The same man who inspired the hit country song “I Drive Your Truck” has organized an effort to make sure there’s a flag on every soldier’s grave at Massachusetts National Cemetery.

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Friday, May 17, 2013
Paul Monti next to the truck of his son, Jared Monti. Jared Monti died while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

A conversation Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock had with Paul Monti about his son Jared Monti, who was killed in Afghanistan, sparked a song that hit No. 1 on the country charts last month.

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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, May 2, 2013
A memorial to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is pictured in Copley Square, Boston, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

The directors of the Boston Marathon are speaking out for the first time since the day of the bombings, as they make decisions about next year’s race, and runners who couldn’t finish.

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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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Monday, April 22, 2013
A makeshift memorial near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is pictured on Sunday, April 21. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

Ever since the Boston Marathon bombings, memorials to the victims have sprung up at the barricades surrounding the crime scene. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock spoke to visitors there.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
An unidentified Boston Marathon runner leaves the course crying near Copley Square following an explosion in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. (Winslow Townson/AP)

For years, Alex Ashlock has covered the Boston Marathon for WBUR. He was along the course Monday, but instead of covering the post-race celebration, he ended up reporting on a crime scene.

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Friday, April 12, 2013
A group of parents from Newtown, Conn. are running the marathon in memory of the 26 people killed in the mass shooting there in December. Laura Nowacki (far right) says "We're all parents. We're Sandy Hook parents. We're also runners and we are here to run 26 miles for 26 lives." (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

The 117th Boston Marathon takes place on Monday. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock has been speaking to some of the runners and joins us from race headquarters.

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Monday, April 8, 2013
Winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya crosses the finish line of the 115th Boston Marathon in Boston Monday, April 18, 2011. (AP/Elise Amendola)

April is the big month for major marathons. Here & Now’s marathon man Alex Ashlock takes a look at the history of the event and shares the reasons why he loves it so much.

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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, 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 4, 2013
Mary Cain poses next to the board after setting a girls high school record in the two-mile race at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Boston. Cain finished third overall. (Mary Schwalm/AP)

A 16-year-old Bronxville, N.Y girl named Mary Cain has broken decades-old high school records in both the two-mile and one-mile races.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons is shown in this undated photo.  (The Rhino Records/AP)

Gram Parsons is often called the father of country rock. He released his first solo record “GP” 40 years ago this month, but later that same year he died of a drug overdose.

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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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Monday, December 24, 2012
In 2007, the town of Natick dedicated a square in honor of Carlo Intinarelli, who was killed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1944 in Noirefontaine, Belgium. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

In wars past, the families of the fallen got a telegram. That’s what happened to the family of Carlo Intinarelli, 68 years ago this week.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Leonard Cohen performs during the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. in 2009. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

When Leonard Cohen recorded his song “Hallelujah” in 1984, his record label rejected it. When it finally came out, it didn’t get any attention. Since then, it’s become one of the most familiar songs in the world.

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