BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian analyzes the latest updates on the news coming out of Boston. He is also surprised about the Ricin-laced letters that were sent to President Obama and Senator Roger Wicker in Washington, D.C, and relates them to the Anthrax attack of 2001.
Mike Balboni, former Chief of Homeland Security for the State of New York, weighed in on the Boston Marathon bombing, and said that it now looks like we are searching for a domestic terrorist. He explained that it is likely that the attack was prepared outside of the target city, which is a common move in the al-Qaeda playbook. Balboni also said that it is likely there is more than one person behind this.
Jason Silva, host of Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, talked to Brian about his hit TV show and the intricate logic that serves as its premise. Silva also explained that the human brain is drawn to drama and tragedy. "We believe that the world is in constant danger. We have a media environment where if it bleeds it leads. We pay attention and we look and amplify any instance of danger," Silva explained. He also talked about the role social media plays in traumatic experiences, and said that it "amplifies and amputates" at the same time.
Tim Grover, the legendary trainer of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade, talked to Brian about the current events in the sporting world and his new book Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable. Grover explained that his book is not just about basketball, it is about striving to be the best at whatever you chose to be. He said that in his book he describes the relentless 13, which are the different traits of the ultimate, most competitive individuals, known as "the cleaners." "What you do is you see how many of those traits you have," Grover explained. "If you want to achieve that ultimate, ultimate high and see how these people get there, this is the thought process that's put behind each individual," he said.
Mike Emanuel, FOX's Chief Congressional Correspondent, gave Brian the latest news on the letter that was sent to Senator Roger Wicker that was laced with Ricin. Emanuel explained that this is most likely not the only letter we are going to hear about that is laced with Ricin. He also said that investigators recognized the tone of the letter, and are linking it to a frequent writer.
Gabby Reece, former women's volleyball star and author of My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to the Less Than Perfect Life, talked to Brian about why she decided to write her book. "Why not... create the conversation that I think a lot of people are going through?" Reece said. She went on to explain that neither her nor her surfing legend husband, Laird Hamilton, had a single clue about marriage and almost got divorced four years in. She said that ultimately, "If you've decided that this person fundamentally has kind of the things that are important to you on basic levels, then you have to let the rest kind of ride."
Brian caught up with America's Newsroom co-host Bill Hemmer, who is in Boston. The duo talked about the latest updates from Washington, where a Ricin-laced letter was found addressed to President Obama as well. Hemmer also told Brian the news coming from Boston and what investigators have recovered from the bombs.