Boston Marathon

Morning Edition
8:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

At 118th Boston Marathon, Heightened Security, But A Positive Atmosphere

The scene at the 118th Boston Marathon.
NHPR / Keith Shields

Executive Producer of The Exchange Keith Checks in with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the scene at this morning's 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

"There are definitely more police here. I'm sure there's a lot more undercover police that I'm unaware of," Shields said. "We chartered a bus from my area of Boston. We got here. We have bags on our bus and there's no problems so far. We really haven't had anybody check our bus, nobody come on. It sort of feels kind of normal here today."

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NH News
5:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Running Toward Boylston: N.H. Woman Blogs For NPR About Marathon Return

Amanda Burgess of Nashua is blogging for NPR about her experience of returning to the Boston Marathon this year.

She was stopped less than a mile from the finish line last year.

That's where her two children and several family members were standing. 

Thankfully, they were not injured, but it was two hours before she was able to get in touch with them.

Rick Ganley: You’ve been writing about your experience over the past several months for NPR. How did you get involved in that blog?

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From the Archives
3:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

From The Archives: Boston Marathon Stories

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One year after the tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we remember the many stories of heartbreak and of courage that abound at the time and have transpired since.

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Newscast
7:42 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Hoax Bomb Detonated At Boston Finish Line, Suspect In Custody

Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device.

Police Superintendent Randall Halstead says the man was stopped Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously. He says the man dropped the backpack.

Halstead says the man also faces charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

4.15.14: Remembering The Boston Marathon Bombings & Poetry And Silence

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Crowds are gathering in Boston today to mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Today on Word of Mouth, we remember the victims, the injured, the first responders, and all of those who offered help.

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NH News
11:05 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sen. Shaheen Meets With Marathon Responders

Shaheen watches a presentation outlining N.H. SWAT Teams' involvement in the Watertown sweep following the Boston Marathon Bombings last year.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

New Hampshire police officers who pitched in after the Boston Marathon Bombings last year met in Manchester Tuesday with Senator Jeanne Shaheen.


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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Boston Marathon Bombings: Granite Staters Reflect

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On April fifteenth, two bombs exploded close to the finish line, of one of the world’s most prestigious races. Many from New Hampshire were running, cheering, or working at the event.  We’re talking with a roundtable of Granite Staters about their memories and thoughts over the past year, and what’s changed.

GUESTS:

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

4.3.14: Boston Murder Connected To The Marathon Bombings, The Price of Privacy, And Hot Dog Emojis

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Today on Word of Mouth, the Boston Marathon bombings happened a year ago this month, but questions about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s possible involvement in a triple homicide remain. Investigative reporter Susan Zalkind discusses the complicated case, and whether police missed their chance to apprehend Tsarnaev long before the marathon bombs. Plus, between online hacking, stored search histories, social media settings, and malware,protecting one’s privacy has become more important, and more complicated than ever. So, how much is our anonymity worth? We'll ask  And finally, there are over 700 different Emojis out there, and plenty of interest groups asking for more. Why, for example, is there no hot dog Emoji? Turns out, the answer is surprisingly complicated.


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Word of Mouth
10:03 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Why No "National Tragedy" Label For The New Orleans Shootings?

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From the Newtown shootings to the Boston marathon bombings, the last year has seen no shortage of tragic acts of violence that have dominated news coverage. But one story appeared as no more than a blip on the national news radar: that of a neighborhood mother’s day parade in New Orleans, where shots were fired and 19 people were wounded. Two suspects were arrested late last week, but for days, the incident stood as the largest mass shooting in the United States with perpetrators still at large – so why weren’t we bombarded with media coverage? Our guest is David Dennis Jr., a journalist and New Orleans native who wrote about the issue for the UK Guardian.

Word of Mouth
10:40 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Distributing Money From "The One Fund" Raises Tough Questions

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In the four weeks since the Boston Marathon bombings, the One Fund set up to collect donations for victims has raised more than twenty-eight million dollars. The decision on how that money gets distributed goes to Kenneth Feinberg, the so-called “great decider”. 

At public hearings held last week at the Boston Public Library, Feinberg stated that there is not enough money in the One Fund to satisfy everyone. Here to discuss how dollars get assigned to tragedies is Juliette Kayyem, national security and foreign policy columnist for the Boston Globe. She’s former assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the department of homeland security.

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Word of Mouth
12:04 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Trying A Terrorist: Emotional Closure Might Be Difficult

Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston.
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With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in custody, the relief many Bostonians felt at his capture turns to anger.  While prosecutors have only begun to build their case against the 19-year old marathon bombing suspect, the public has strong expectations of how Tsarnaev’s trial should proceed and how he should be punished.

Leon Neyfakh writes for the ideas section of the Boston Globe, he spoke to criminologists, legal scholars and academics who warn that the trial will likely fall short of the public’s wish for emotional closure, and justice.

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Word of Mouth
11:18 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Psychology Of A Terrorist

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
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The shock and horror of the Boston marathon explosions one week ago today gave way to an almost incomprehensible sequence of events leading to a dramatic day-long dragnet that shut a major American city and several surrounding neighborhoods down. Now, with one suspect dead and his younger brother in critical condition at a Boston hospital, citizens and media alike are grappling to fill in motivations and create narratives that we can understand.  Among the most combed-over questions is whether 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev somehow radicalized his popular, athletic, seemingly well-adjusted 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar.

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NH News
8:00 am
Sat April 20, 2013

NH Residents React To Suspect's Capture

New Hampshire residents have already started to react to the capture of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Fireworks could be heard in parts of Manchester on news of the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tsarnaev was apprehended alive after a standoff with police Friday night in Watertown.

Reactions in the Queen City ranged from happiness over his capture to relief.

One Manchester man was elated the suspect didn’t escape justice:

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Word of Mouth
10:18 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Social Media's Role In The Boston Marathon Bombing

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From anticipated weather events to shocking acts of terrorism, many people now turn first to social media to react and interact during moments of crisis – this past Monday was no different.  Shortly after two explosions rocked Copley Square near the Boston Marathon’s finish line, the internet was flooded with graphic photos, video uploads from witnesses, and tools to help loved ones connect with runners and spectators at the race.  With the online element of disaster response now an essential part of how we view these events, we wanted to break down what worked and what didn’t.  Joining us is Brady Carlson, NHPR’s host of All Things Considered, and our in-house expert on all things internet.

NH News
10:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

New Hampshire Stories Emerge From Marathon Tragedy

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Three hundred seventy-seven New Hampshire residents were competing in Boston today when two explosions erupted in the crowds near the finish line of the race. An untold number more were in Boston as spectators or volunteers.

Ronald and Karen Brassard of Epsom and their daughter were injured in the blast, but are going to be fine, according to a relative.

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