90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Juicing the Game
photo

After a bitter strike in 1994, baseball team owners needed something big to get fans back in the ballparks. Then, along came Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, and their prayers were answered. Their home run duel filled seats and brought baseball back from the brink.

Yet, there was more to this story. Those monster blasts out of the park from McGwire, Sosa, Bonds, and others had some people questioning their new-found power. There were rumors of steroids. Then came the Balco lab investigation, and a confession from Jose Conseco that he used steroids and that he wasn’t the only one. Congress held hearings and Major League Baseball vowed to clean up its act.

Hear from some of the best baseball minds in the country on how clean 21st century baseball really can be in this age of performance enhancing options.

Guests:

Howard Bryant, sports columnist for The Boston Herald, author of “Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball”

Lance Williams, investigative reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

Huntington Willard, director of Duke University’s Institute for Genome Science and Policy

Tim Kurkjian, covers baseball for ESPN and regular contributor to NPR’s “Only a Game”

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Dec 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Dec 19, 2014
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

RECENT
SHOWS
Dec 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

 
Dec 18, 2014
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: December 19, 2014
Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Rage, shortlinks and things you people seem to be into, we guess. Also, Putin.

More »
Comment
 
Cosby Accuser Beverly Johnson: ‘He's A Black Man. I Had To Separate The Trayvon Martins, The Michael Browns From What Happened To Me’
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014

Beverly Johnson accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging her in a high-profile Vanity Fair column. She tells us why she waited so long to share her story, and why it was even harder to share now.

More »
3 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: December 12, 2014
Friday, Dec 12, 2014

On listener engagement, the meeting of trans-Atlantic royalty and the elusive origins of the chicken. (We promise this feed hasn’t been taken over the BBC…yet)

More »
Comment