Boston Marathon Bombing Updates

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Scores of wheelchairs on hand remain unused hours after the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Mark Z./flickr)

Updates from Boston in the wake of the bombings at the marathon that left 3 dead and over 150 injured: how the investigation is going, how you can help, and implications for New York area security.



  • NYPD Comissioner Ray Kelly on how cities try to prevent, and respond to, events like this, and any possible implications for New York
  • Jessica Stern, a fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, who served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994–95, on the investigation into the bombing
  • Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia School of Public Health, on how communities respond to disaster
  • Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal reporter covering the Boston marathon bombings
  • editor Ron Agrella

Plus your comments. Do you have a connection to the Boston area? Where you in Boston for the marathon yesterday? What's your reaction to the events? Call 212-433-9692 or post here.



Boston Marathon Explosion Resources

  • Concerned Families: 617-635-4500 
  •  Witnesses: 800-494-TIPS 
  •  Google person finder 
  • If you were in Boston for the marathon and/or witness to the explosion WNYC gathering stories 855-8-MY-WNYC


Jessica Stern

Comments [39]

Mr. Truth from California

Apparently being Jewish (Lehrer and Stern) allows you to make unsubstantiated claims that Hitler's birthday has resulted in unnamed attacks. Whereas any mention of Islamic attacks must always come with a denial.

Apr. 18 2013 09:33 PM
oscar from ny

Its a sad awakening again in America where the devils have struck again this time at a destination point where only someone with a desire to harm our freedoms and invite even more restrictions and trample our security, to confound us in the most horrific possible ways, to make us vurnerable to any evil group that is already entrenched in our hearts and our minds and in our streets, this group of terrorist solemn duty is to make us like them, an ugly and cowardly scared ppl, they're infliction is towards god and his ppl as if god owes them something if you ask them,but the reality is a more of a instinct, an instinct of that of a parasite, so we must clean house and get rid of these bloodsuckers, we can allow ,afford or fortit these devils to live amongst us. Ps: I wonder if hurricane sandy played a part in last years cancellation of the New York marathon and these terrorrist had to change protocol.

Apr. 17 2013 12:38 PM

As sometimes happens, I heard this show for a second time at its midnight broadcast. I was interested in whether Ms. Stern's and Brian's protestations about speculation as to the perpetrators identities would sound as insincere as they did the first time around. They did.
(Paraphrasing) "Well I really don't want to speculate, but - Hitler's birthday is soon and this is the usual time of year for anti-government groups to commit their atrocities."
Who could you-all be thinking of?

Apr. 17 2013 01:25 AM
Lana Capuozzo

The sad events of yesterday, just a reminder that we don't live in a safety net. Inflicting punishment on the innocent is crowardly and serves no purpose in the end.

Apr. 16 2013 07:25 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

@superf88 - I understand. Apologies.

Apr. 16 2013 01:34 PM

"Sheldon from Brooklyn
Superf88, apparently you also missed the last 12 hour news-cycle and life itself - welcome back.

When doctors have to remove ball bearings and other shrapnel from victims, it's probably not a manhole cover explosion."

tnx sheldon, you are right, I did miss last news cycle although it was mostly bc i was busy w life itself. anyway tnx for the update... i managed to avoid a month's worth of 9/11 coverage after my escape from effected buildings.

Apr. 16 2013 01:12 PM

Another unfortunate thing to come out of this HORRIFIC act is the grueling drone of 24/7 non-substanive/speculative media vacuum!!

Apr. 16 2013 12:06 PM

Boston has been the site of many significant American Revolutionary War events; The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party etc...

We've got a "Freedom fighter"/sociopath on our hands.

Apr. 16 2013 12:02 PM
John A from A pre 4-15 mindset.

Fred from NYC said:
"This is all speculation and disaster porn. Until there is real news, move on."
Have to agree. No information yet means we are in a speculative fiction phase, better off not filling the airwaves. I went counter to the "never turn it off" campaign, but just this morning. Sorry WNYC, I don't go to you for the cable treatment.

Apr. 16 2013 12:00 PM

Black powder = 2nd Amendment gun psychotic

Apr. 16 2013 11:47 AM

My money is on a psychotic, self-described defender-of-the-the-Constitution gun crazy who was defending his 2nd Amendment rights on Patriot's Day...

Apr. 16 2013 11:44 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Duh, it' is terror, regardless...

Symbolism for attacks on Patriots Day could include an attack on the conception and, in turn, the very existence of this country -- and also, dreadfully, to mark the beginning of some kind of sinister campaign.
It was also Tax Day, which certain groups consider unPatriotic...

Apr. 16 2013 11:41 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

The bomber(s) are SAVAGES.

Apr. 16 2013 11:11 AM
Tom from UWS

"Why this event, why this day ... ?" Well, people who consider violent anarchy or terrorist actions a viable route to an end have their own thought processes that seem alien to the average mind.

Not to have considered the possibility of such acts and their irrationality, while they happen in every corner of the world, would be worse than naive. There are so many places where a vulnerable crowd can be found, and we're not yet ready to search every backpack or tote bag, or scan every person going through every doorway. But I must echo the request that our beloved WNYC NOT go down the path of querying every possible interviewee on the "possible" perpetrator. History has shown us that this is not only futile, but dangerous. And if we're looking for explanations, they may be hard to come by: the Atlanta Olympic park bombing was the work of an anti-abortion terrorist, but any connection to abortion is still lost on us.

Yes, it could be anyone. Until we know, let's keep a cool head and a clear eye.

Apr. 16 2013 11:00 AM
larry hedson

if there is a race issue to bait and exploit,there you will find the one called Becky.

Apr. 16 2013 10:54 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Becky - you went from Blacks to "Black Americans in the USA" - NOT FAIR!!!

I still think you took JG's comments the wrong way.

Apr. 16 2013 10:53 AM
larry hedson

"Stop and Frisk" is terror...

Apr. 16 2013 10:51 AM
The Truth from Becky

Sheldon, my mistake, who is the last Black American to set off an explosive in the USA?

Apr. 16 2013 10:48 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Actually Becky, they do. To be fair to JG, he was making your point. You took his comments way out of context.

Apr. 16 2013 10:46 AM

Peter from Manhattan is right on with that Bruce Scheiner article. It's disappointing -- though unsurprising -- to hear so many people reacting to this tragedy with frenzied calls for even more security at public events and spaces. Such knee-jerk reactions get in the way of rational risk assessment and thereby make us LESS safe.

The area that was bombed in Boston had been previously swept by K9 bomb-sniffing units and was teeming with law enforcement officers, protective barriers, and cameras. It's hard to imagine a more secure public space. But the ugly, hard-to-swallow truth is that even the most secure environment will never be 100% secure. Of course, security contractors (who rake in billions from the stepped-up security budgets that typically follow such tragedies) are quite eager to convince the public that they CAN provide total safety, but those are self-serving fallacies and we must think critically and rationally to avoid falling prey to them.

The emotional impact of what happened yesterday is huge, and we mourn the innocent lives lost. But in the interest of rational risk assessment going forward, it is also important to maintain some perspective. The number of fatalities from the Boston bombing is lower than:
* the number of people shot to death in the movie theater in Aurora
* the number of people shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary
* the number of people shot to death at Gabby Giffords' meeetup near Tuscon
* the number of people shot to death last month in Chicago
and so on...

Apr. 16 2013 10:43 AM
Fred from NYC

This is all speculation and disaster porn. Until there is real news, move on.

Apr. 16 2013 10:42 AM
The Truth from Becky

JGARBUZ always coming with the extreme's...FYI.."was it the Blacks" in your snarky speculative comments don't do bombings.

Apr. 16 2013 10:37 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Superf88, apparently you also missed the last 12 hour news-cycle and life itself - welcome back.

When doctors have to remove ball bearings and other shrapnel from victims, it's probably not a manhole cover explosion.

Apr. 16 2013 10:35 AM
The Truth from Becky

Ray Kelly is no better than the rest, a politician, that's all. He does not have magical powers.

Apr. 16 2013 10:35 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"Thank god for Ray Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg !!!!!


John - Yes - we have the best PD in the country, when it comes to anti-terror but are you saying something like that would NEVER happen in NYC, under their watch?

If it were not for a loser, who couldn't tell his red from green wires in Times Square a couple of years ago - it would have. They only have to be lucky once.

Apr. 16 2013 10:30 AM
antonio from baySide

Did anyone catch the first question Governor Patrick received in the second press conference? Someone suggested it was a "falseFlag" operation. We need to get the 4th estate regulated...

Apr. 16 2013 10:27 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Why is Brian trying to use up air time by trying to stir up controversy in pushing his guests to speculate and throw out guesses on who may be responsible? Maybe it was the Mafia? Maybe it was the Muslims? Maybe it was the Zionists? Maybe it was the KKK? Maybe it was the Tea Party? Maybe it was the Jews? Maybe it was the Blacks? Maybe it was illegal undocumented immigrants? And on and on. I thought Brian would be above doing that kind of thing.

Apr. 16 2013 10:25 AM

missed the beginning. do we know for sure this is terrorism (as opposed to an accidental explosion of something?)

Apr. 16 2013 10:24 AM


Apr. 16 2013 10:23 AM
john from office

Martin, I fear for the city with the cast of clowns that are running.

Apr. 16 2013 10:18 AM

while i appreciated wbur's tom ashbrook's coverage yesterday on many counts, his conclusion shocked and dismayed me.

" If they were trying to make a statement, nobody understands what the point even was. "If the terrorists were trying to scare us, they didn't."

Leave the blustering for cops and politicians. I attribute not the internet but terrible Post-9-11" journalism" for gutting the business -who needs it?

Apr. 16 2013 10:16 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Whichever of these second tier knuckleheads gets the mayoralty by default (in a Democratic city) in 2013 ... please keep Ray Kelly.

Apr. 16 2013 10:15 AM
John from office

Thank god for Ray Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg !!!!!


Apr. 16 2013 10:12 AM
Peter from Manhattan

Bruce Schneier makes some crucial point in this article on terrorism and how it affects our minds:

The upshot is, empathize but refuse to be terrorized.

Apr. 16 2013 09:52 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the residents of one of the greatest cities in the world - BOSTON. My love for Boston is exceeded only by my love for New York.

Apr. 16 2013 09:46 AM
carolita from NYC

Will I let these bombings deter me from mixing in a crowd? I've avoided crowds since living in Paris, where there was a rash of this type of bombing (gas canisters filled with nails and ball bearings), and London (remember the IRA?). Even when I lived in Spain, my friends told me which neighborhoods to avoid, in case the ETA might bomb a target there. So, me, I get the creeps every time I have to work early or late enough to be part of the rush hour, and always try to avoid places I think would be obvious targets, or decide which subway entrance is the safest one. Sometimes I even just wait it out, if I can. I'm almost more afraid of the people than a bomb, because if anyone panics, I don't want to be in a stampede. So, I still watch everyone, and am ready to get off a subway car or take flight or hide in a nook as soon as someone looks wrong somehow. I never attend parades or public gatherings anymore. And yet, I don't feel afraid. I am just constantly alert. For me, after living in cities where bombs went off regularly for a while, this is the new normal.

Apr. 16 2013 09:44 AM

I urge everyone in the Brian Lehrer Show family, including Brian himself, to refrain from the pointless, nauseating, cable news parlor game of speculating about possible organizational affiliations of the subhuman psychopathic parasites responsible for this dastardly and heinous act of barbarism.

Apr. 16 2013 09:36 AM

And bad reporting.
I have to say once again as with newtown, supposedly reputable news sources were reporting rumors, found later to be untrue.
While people might need good information fast there’s no reason to rush to air with rumors and hysteria.
There’s no reason for the non-stop coverage to report nothing new or things that are untrue.

Apr. 16 2013 09:19 AM

the only thing to fear is fear itself!

Apr. 16 2013 09:00 AM

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