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John Gonzalez


A decade and a half after they rocked stages with their high-pitched bubblegum pop, the New Kids on the Block are back. So, too, are the band’s shrieking fans, besotted as ever—but this time, with memories of their days before diapers and minivans.

The Gonz Show: John Cena

The wrestling star (and recently hired Gillette hawker) may talk tough, but he won’t get rough with John Gonzalez.

The Gonz Show: Donna Summer

Back in town with her first album of new songs in 17 years, Boston’s disco diva shares her Weltanschauung with John Gonzalez.

The Tyranny of the Meek

Opinions are like @$$&%!*$—and these days, the Globe doesn’t have nearly enough of either.

The Gonz Show: Eugene Mirman

The funnyman is here for a comedy festival billed as an “alternative,” but he won’t switch things up for John Gonzalez.

Ben Mezrich: Based on a True Story

Ben Mezrich digs up real-life tales that are almost too incredible to believe, then turns them into bestselling books—and that has transformed the one-time Harvard geek into the bigshot writer he always wanted to be.

As New Hampshire kicks off primary season, the rising political scribe tells John Gonzalez which candidate to fear the most.

Playing Through the Pain

Ask sports fans from across the country to describe Boston, and you’ll hear this: “City of Champions.” Ask athletes themselves the same question, and you’ll hear it described in very different terms: as a city of racists. If it’s not a fair label anymore, as so many of us insist, then why won’t it go away?

Charlie in Charge

The Red Sox just won another title, the Patriots look poised for their fourth of the decade, and even the Celtics have the swagger of champs again. Which leaves the hapless Bruins fighting to rescue themselves from obscurity. That’s where Charlie Jacobs—son of the team’s notoriously aloof and tightfisted owner—comes in. Poor guy.

…And Now a Few Words from the Hosts

They have well-earned reputations as two of the toughest interviewers in town. Both celebrate big milestones this year. And as we found out, Emily Rooney and Jim Braude prove just as provocative when they’re the ones fielding the questions.

El Guapo Rides Again

His fastball isn’t what it used to be, and the crowds are a whole lot smaller than those he once charmed at Fenway. But Rich Garces is still the one and only El Guapo—and well into his improbable comeback tour, that’s more than enough to keep the party going.

Fox 25’s Maria Stephanos has transformed herself from a public radio washout into Boston’s most glamorous, talked-about—and sexy—anchor. Her critics like to complain that she’s no Natalie Jacobson. No kidding.

Foxy Lady

Hotshot director Eli Roth is responsible for what might be the most depraved, absurdly scary movies ever. His parents couldn’t be prouder.

What’s a Nice Jewish Boy from Newton Doing Making Films Like This?

After a long hiatus, the Rockport-bred songstress drops a new disc—and helps John Gonzalez get in touch with his feelings.

The Gonz Show: Paula Cole

City Journal: MVP