Audio Essay: Remembering Boston

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Runner's shoes are laid out in a display titled, 'Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial' in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014. (Andrew Burton/Getty)

On the morning before a race, that first breath of outside air, the first light, the first moment you open your eyes you can feel it: Something momentous is about to happen.

Exactly a year ago that was the feeling for the 26,839 people who were choosing their breakfast, facing a day that would put them at the starting line of the Boston Marathon. That starting line offered a physical and mental test of 26.2 miles to the finish line.

Many wondered: Will I finish? Will I beat my old time? For the very, very few: Will I set a world record?

But a year ago today, no one knew what was about to happen, and for each runner, they knew it would be a momentous day. It was a momentous day for the whole city of Boston, the nation, and the world of course. Today The Takeaway remembers the city of Boston.

Hosted by:

John Hockenberry

Produced by:

Jay Cowit


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

James Lambert from Indianapolis, IN

Ah Ha, at last I have caught up with you since listening to you, John Hockenberry, in Sonoma California in 1991 on KQED FM Talk of the Nation, i knew when you left for a better paying mercurial prospect that i would eventually re-encounter you. I very much appreciate Take Away as I also liked your handling of TOTN. I especially appreciate the naturalness and sense of reality that clings to and is exuded from your interviews. It is refreshing to re-encounter a real human pursuing real, humanistic values. Thank you (belatedly) for what you brought to me on TOTN and what is so healing for me on the present TA. You are the perfect antitdote to Rush Limbaugh.
James Lambert.

Apr. 17 2014 09:57 PM
Laura Blacklow from Cambridge, MA

The professor from Harvard got it wrong when she discussed reaching out to overlooked students like Djhokar Tsarnaev. He was NOT a student who "fell through the cracks", as she asserted on "The Takeaway" today. Djhokar was on the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School (purposely, the city's sole public high school) wrestling team, a very good student academically, and a very popular student with a broad group of peers. He won a college scholarship paid for by voluntary contributions from the citizenry and also had housing assistance for renting the apartment where he and, earlier, his family, lived. (So did his older brother, wife, and child.)
AND THAT IS THE REALLY SCARY PART: you never would expect a young man with such community support to be involved in violent crimes. As a matter of fact, Djhokar was so fondly thought of by his teachers and colleagues, that most of them never connected him with the original police photos of the suspected Marathon bombers!
I do not want to discourage the professor from acting sensitively to all her students, but I also so not want her to give the public the idea that the suspect of murder and mayhem was an isolated or forgotten person. This is one of those sad cases where I really look to the others in the Tsarnaev family as the ones who were not attentive to what was going on, and not to the Cambridge neighbors, a group known for its efforts to encourage inclusiveness.
Laura Blacklow

Apr. 16 2014 02:52 PM

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