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WBUR Presents "26.2: Beyond the Finish Line"

What happened to Boston on April 15, 2013, and in the year since that fateful marathon day? WBUR presents a special evening of reflection, “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line,” tonight from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the JFK Library.

WBUR & NPR’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook leads the program with a distinguished group of first responders, writers, scholars and musicians including Harvard historian and author Jill Lepore, award-winning author James Carroll, comedian and social observer Jonathan Katz, Boston firefighter Sean O’Brien, The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen and Scott Helman, national poetry slam winner Regie Gibson and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. The free event will also feature music from singer/songwriter Patty Larkin, Bill Janovitz founder of Buffalo Tom, musician Amanda Palmer and cellist Ronald Feldman of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

The event will be broadcast live on 90.9, WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station and online at beginning at 7 p.m. More than 600 guests have reserved seats to attend the event in person. “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line” is part of WBUR’s daylong special coverage of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Complete 2014 Boston Marathon coverage is online at and continues all week through race day on Monday, April 21.


AGENDA FOR “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line”

7:00 p.m.

Tom Ashbrook, Host, On Point on WBUR and NPR – Introduction

Ronald Feldman, Suite No. 5 in C minor, “Sarabande,” J.S. Bach

Jill Lepore, Two If By Sorrow: Boston and Its Losses

7:20 p.m.

Conversation with Kevin CullenSean O’BrienAlicia Shambo

Bill JanovitzBest Route

Regie Gibsonboston (a reluctant love poem)

8:00 p.m.

Amanda Palmer, Running Towards the Light

Neil GaimanA reading to be selected by the author

8:10 p.m.

Conversation with James CarrollScott HelmanJonathan Katz

8:55 p.m.

Patty LarkinGood Thing

9:00 p.m.


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