Fish ’82 and Samuelson ’79—The Drive and Confidence Behind Boston’s Olympic Bid (BDN and PPH)

BostonOlympicsThe driving force behind Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games is Bowdoin grad John Fish ’82, chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction Company and chairman of the Boston 2024 Partnership. And while some folks worry that Boston can’t handle the costs and congestion associated with the Games, the Portland Press Herald reports Saturday that Maine’s most famous Olympian and Boston Marathon champ—Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79—thinks Bean Town can pull it off.

March Madness, Anthony Doerr ’95, and the Tournament of Books 2015

RoosterWith the Super Bowl out of the way in a few weeks, sports fans will turn their attention to college basketball and the run up to March Madness. But why wait?  The short list of books for the Morning News 2015 Tournament of Books has already been announced, with Bowdoin grad Anthony Doerr ’95 competing with fifteen other authors for best book of the year (and a fairly odd prize). Scroll to the end of the post to vote for your favorite (voting ends on Monday, Jan. 12).

Scanlon and Faludi on Helen Gurley Brown and ‘Having It All’ (New York Times Magazine)

Jennifer Scanlon (left) and Susan Faludi

Jennifer Scanlon (left) and Susan Faludi

Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women’s Studies, and the associate dean for faculty, is one of the leading experts on the life and career of longtime Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown.

The New York Times Magazine tapped Scanlon’s insight, and that of Susan Faludi, Bowdoin’s Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies, for the piece, “The Complicated Origins of ‘Having It All,'” a look at the genesis of one of Brown’s books.

Scanlon’s biography, Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Oxford University Press), released in 2009, a year before Brown’s death, has received rave reviews.

Comic Hari Kondabolu ’04 Among ‘Fresh Air’ Best of 2014 (NPR)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

Terry Gross interviewed comic Hari Kondabolu ’04 on NPR’s Fresh Air in April 2014. She included Hari in her Fresh Air holiday series of favorite interviews of the year.