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WBUR On Tap: The Art & Science of Podcasting

modern love podcast teamWBUR brought On Tap to the gorgeous Aloft Boston Seaport for an evening all about podcasts and what makes them so great.

The team behind WBUR podcasts, Dear Sugar, Kind World, Modern Love, and The Magic Pill explored how they make podcasts from conception to deployment.  From discovering the idea and building out the concept to creating the content and finding the right voice as well as figuring out the rhythm, implementing sound and music, editing to the right length, and more were examined as they deconstructed one of the Modern Love segments. Guests got to hear an excerpt of the raw audio and a first draft before all the elements are layered in to create the final sound with finishing touches.

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A Message from the Editor of BostonomiX

Chacon_Richard_WBUR_newsroom_2013I hope that you’ve heard about our launch of BostonomiX, a new editorial initiative from the WBUR newsroom to cover all aspects of our innovation-driven economy. The debut of BostonomiX coincides with “Driving Us Crazy,” a special, week-long series of enterprise reports and on-air segments examining the Boston area’s worsening traffic problems and impacts on us. Boston is in the midst of a transformation.

Fueled by a fast growing knowledge-based economy, the metropolitan area around Boston is experiencing disruptive change that affects nearly every sector of life in and around this city. Business districts and high-rise neighborhoods — each have emerged in Kendall Square and the South Boston Seaport — and more development and construction is on its way spread out over the rest of Boston and surrounding communities.

From venture capital to startup firms, thousands of jobs are being created to turn ideas into products and services and scaled up into businesses for the rest of the nation and world. Researchers at universities, hospitals and biotech firms are searching for cures to scores of problems that affect every corner of our world. At the same time, Boston has become the city with the highest rates of income inequality in the country.

Perhaps because of this new economy, the gulf between rich and poor is growing. Meanwhile, increased congestion on area roads, coastal erosion and rising sea levels threaten future prosperity and even survival. BostonomiX is how we intend to chronicle this important chapter in Boston’s long and storied history. We see this as both an important opportunity and a responsibility.

WBUR is uniquely positioned to capture this dynamic landscape through thoughtful and enterprising journalism, creative and high-quality storytelling delivered in multiple platforms that allows our community to hear, read and see these important topics, people, organizations and communities. We welcome your suggestions and feedback to our work.

Richard Chacón is the executive director of news content for WBUR.

The Moth Mainstage at The Somerville Theatre

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WBUR proudly hosted The Moth Mainstage for a sold-out crowd at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. Anthony Brooks, senior political reporter for WBUR’s Politicker, introduced an  evening of extraordinary storytelling under the theme of “Star Struck: The Moth in Somerville.”

The Moth Mainstage is one of our most popular events each year and the tickets go fast! WBUR also sponsor the Moth StorySLAM twice a month. To find out more check out our events page or follow us on Twitter @WBURExtra.

Introducing BostonomiX from the WBUR Newsroom

Bostonomix_album_gray_1400pxWBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, today launched a new multi-platform, local journalism initiative called BostonomiX. Exploring the intersection of brains and business in Boston, WBUR’s BostonomiX will chronicle the people, start-ups, companies and ideas that are driving the area’s innovation economy and how it relates to Boston’s long-standing corporate infrastructure. BostonomiX will also bring enterprise reporting to exposing and explaining the impacts of this knowledge-based economy, including the area’s growing income inequality, increased real estate development, traffic and gentrification.

“There’s an innovation ecosystem thriving here in Boston – and Cambridge, Somerville, the 128-technology belt, really all around us – that is going to change and define our lives in the coming years,” said Charlie Kravetz, General Manager, WBUR. “With BostonomiX, WBUR is committed to reporting on how the ideas being generated here are reinventing the business community, the culture and our economy.”

This local newsroom team will expand WBUR’s business coverage with an emphasis on stories related to innovation, technology, life sciences and entrepreneurship. BostonomiX features news, commentary, analysis, profiles and in-depth interviews that will be heard regularly on WBUR programs including Morning Edition, Radio Boston and All Things Considered. In addition to airing on radio, BostonomiX can be found online at with additional  insights from expert contributors and multimedia including photos, maps and videos. Through the use of social media and engagement programs, BostonomiX will also be a gathering place for a like-minded community.

The editorial team, led by WBUR executive director of news content Richard Chacon, will include WBUR reporters Bruce Gellerman and Zeninjor Enwemeka with additional staff reporting from the WBUR Newsroom. Boston Globe columnist Scott Kirsner will be a regular BostonomiX contributor featured weekly on Radio Boston. BostonomiX will also form a diverse advisory board of thought leaders and entrepreneurs for editorial feedback and ideas.

The debut series of BostonomiX starts today on WBUR’s Morning Edition (5 a.m. – 9 a.m.) and explores how the area’s traffic and transportation woes are impacting the economy in a myriad of ways, and what new solutions and technologies can rectify the problem. The premiere segment will feature a WBUR Poll, conducted by MassINC Polling Group for WBUR, that has found that 15% of residents are considering leaving the Boston area for a better quality of life specifically due to their commute time and traffic overall.


WBUR Wins Seven Murrow Awards



The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced that 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, was honored with seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Listen and explore all of WBUR’s award-winning work below:

Each regional Murrow award advances to compete against the winners from 13 other regions for the national Murrow awards. The winners will be announced in June.

Future of Nature: Climate After Paris



Lovers of Nature and the natural world came out to the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts as Senior correspondent and host Deborah Becker moderated a discussion between a panel of experts including Glenn Prickett, Chief of External Affairs at The Nature Conservancy. For more great events, check out the Nature Conservancy website, and the WBUR Events section of our site.

Richard Chacón and José Massó named to Boston's 100 Most Influential People of Color



Congratulations to Richard Chacón, Executive Director of News Content, and José Massó, host and producer of ¡Con Salsa!, on being selected as one of “Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color” by GK100.

Created by Get Konnected, a networking group in Boston, the GK100 aims to showcase minorities who are shaping the region across various sectors, including academia, business, health care and philanthropy.

To view the full list, click here.

Dear Sugar and Modern Love: Must love podcasts!

ModernloveanddearsugarDo you love WBUR’s podcasts?  You’re not the only one!

Congratulations to Dear Sugar and Modern Love: the Podcast,  which were listed by The Huffington Post as two of the “8 Podcasts To Improve Your Love Life”.

Feel the love at:

The Moth Mainstage At The Citi Shubert Theatre

MOTH-Portrait-1036x1118 no shubertWBUR was thrilled to bring back The Moth Mainstage to the Citi Shubert Theatre in Boston. Meghna Chakrabarti, host of Radio Boston, introduced an evening of incredible storytelling. This year’s intriguing theme: “The Ties that Bind: The Moth in Boston.”

Thank you to all who attended the show and our VIP after party in the lobby of the Wang Theatre!

WBUR On Tap: What To Cook Before You Run

Rialto-SlicingIn anticipation of WBUR’s upcoming 26.2 hour Marathon Fundraiser Bob Oakes, host of Morning Edition, moderated a conversation with James Beard award-winning chef Jody Adams. Adams joined us here at WBUR to share her recipes for carbohydrate-heavy meals that fuel the body before a grueling race.

About Jody Adams

Jody Adams is a James Beard Award winning chef and visionary behind two of Massachusetts’ most well-known restaurants: Rialto, in Harvard Square, and TRADE, in Boston’s Seaport District.  Known as much for her humility, warmth and unshakeable work ethic as for her culinary skills, Adams has chartered an illustrious and adventurous career that has seen her competing on BRAVO’s Top Chef Masters (Season Two), leading culinary-focused bike tours in Italy and raising millions of dollars for causes dear to her heart: most notably Partners in Health, Share Our Strength, which named her with their Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2010, and The Greater Boston Food Bank.

TEDxBeaconStreet Salon: Thriving Over Surviving

Carey Goldberg, co-host of CommonHealth, emcee’d the TEDxBeaconStreet Health Salon, “Thriving Over Surviving.”

This special event featured 15 inspiring presentations about medical innovation, revolutionary patient care and personal stories. This unique evening explored the intersection of medicine, technology and personal health transformation, that was live streamed to locations around the world.

2016 Women's Leadership Forum – #NoFilter

Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, interviewed Linda Boff, GE’s Chief Marketing Officer at the 2016 Women’s Leadership Forum.

WBUR proudly sponsored T#nofilterhe Women’s Leadership Forum.  Dedicated to recognizing and honoring inspirational individuals for their leadership qualities and accomplishments, this years honorees have made significant contributions to their fields and shared their unique personal stories with attendees.

More than 800 women attended the Women’s Leadership Forum at the Seaport World Trade Center where they heard raw, unfiltered, truthful, and empowering stories from inspirational individuals.

Lynn Jolicoeur Honored with Responsible Reporting Award for News Series on Suicide

Congratulations to WBUR producer/reporter Lynn Jolicoeur, who received the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s Leadership in Responsible Reporting award for her 15-part series, “Suicide: A Crisis in the Shadows.” The stories aired on WBUR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, with additional reporting on Radio Boston.

jolicoeur_lynn_squareLynn was presented this award in an annual Statehouse awards ceremony on March 14 by Alan Holmlund, the director of the state’s suicide prevention program at the Department of Public Health. Lynn is the first recipient of this award.

WBUR’s year-long series on suicide officially wrapped up in December 2015, but Lynn will continue to report on the issue. She is currently working on a piece about a new course at Simmons College School of Social Work that will train clinicians on suicide risk and how to assess clients for suicidality. It’s thought to be the first course of its kind. Simmons is also offering the curriculum to other schools nationwide.

To learn more about the WBUR series, “Suicide: A Crisis in the Shadows,” please click here.

Off The Wall: Gardner & Her Masterpieces

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WBUR is a proud media sponsor of events and exhibits at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This week, guests were treated to an exhibition preview and special reception for the Museum’s newest exhibit: Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces

Featuring 20 highlights from the Museum’s incomparable collection, this once-in-lifetime exhibition provides visitors with direct access to view extraordinary works by artists such as Botticelli, Raphael, and Rembrandt among others.

Taken together, both the masterpieces and the archival material on display allow Museum-goers to better understand both Gardner’s aspirations and her astonishing achievements.

Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces will be featured at the Museum until August 15th.  Don’t miss it! To find out more, visit the exhibition overview on the Museum’s website


WBUR Awarded Grant by Corporation for Public Broadcasting


WBUR is proud to be one of 8 Public Media Stations in New England to receive a $625,538 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish a regional news collaboration.

The New England News Collaborative (NENC) will produce coverage that focuses on the region’s climate, transportation issues, people and immigration issues, and energy usage. The partnership will help to produce reporting projects for digital presentations, on-air broadcast, and a series of public Town Hall-style meetings centered on issues facing New England and its residents. The CPB grant will support the hiring of a managing editor, seven reporters, a multimedia reporter, a data journalist and a project coordinator/administrator.

The NENC will report for partner stations and collaborate with national programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and other public media programs in New England.


Listen Up Live at the ICA

lISTEN up Redux 2016Fans were out in force for a live event featuring Modern Love: The Podcast at the ICA. 

An event for lovers of great storytelling, WBUR’s Listen Up was a unique auditory experience in the stunning harborside space of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Meghna Chakrabarti, host of Radio Boston and the podcast, took the audience on an audio journey, immersing them in voices, sounds and three powerful audio stories from Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaboration from WBUR and The New York Times. Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times “Modern Love” column, was the special guest for the evening.

The New York Times' Dan Jones with Meghna Chakrabarti at WBUR's "Listen Up" the the ICA, Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The New York Times’ Dan Jones with Meghna Chakrabarti at WBUR’s “Listen Up” the the ICA, Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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Dance Performance and Conversation With Karole Armitage

SYP_27_8975On Wednesday February 24, dancers from Armitage Gone! Dance and students from Harvard University performed a short dance inspired by the exhibition, “Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia,” in the Calderwood Courtyard of Harvard Art Museums. The dance was performed to “Didjerilayover,” a composition by Stuart Dempster, featuring the evocative harmonics of the traditional Aboriginal instrument, the Didjeridu, which Mr. Dempster introduced to the US.

SYP_28_8978Following the performance, Lisa Mullins, host of All Things Considered, sat down with choreographer Karole Armitage, the 2015–16 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, to discuss how the exhibition inspired the dance. 

SYP_11_8935As a Radcliffe Fellow, Ms. Armitage is exploring ways to bring the unique point of view of indigenous cultures into contemporary performance, focusing on Aboriginal cultures of the Kimberley region in Australia and Plains Indian tribes in the United States. Collaborating with thinkers from inside and outside the academy—including from Haskell Indian Nations University— Ms. Armitage will focus on other ways of being, thinking, and orienting the self on the earth.

To learn more about the exhibition at Harvard Art Museums, click here.

Photos © Susan Young.

Dance Performance with Karole Armitage from Harvard Art Museums on Vimeo.

Listeners Fall in Love with Modern Love: The Podcast from WBUR & The New York Times

CRS-8886_ModernLoveButton-300x300Over the past month, Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times truly resonated with listeners. The podcast saw over 1.4 million downloads in its first month since launching on January 21.

Since its debut, Modern Love: The Podcast has aired six full episodes, plus a ‘Modern Love’ Audio Valentine. New episodes are released every Thursday.

Celebrity readers featured in upcoming episodes this Spring include Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Connie Britton (Nashville) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family). The next episode is slated to premiere Thursday, February 25 and features Nicole Kear’s essay “Together Always, In Darkness and in Light,” read by Tony award-winning actress Patina Miller.

Modern Love: The Podcast is hosted by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti with NYT Modern Love Editor Daniel Jones. Subscribe on iTunes at — and fall in love at first listen.

After Hours at The Peabody Essex Museum

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WBUR is proud to be the in-kind media partner of the monthly After-Hours Party at The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM/PM).

The most recent party theme was “Activate” featuring A Tribe Call Red and #NativeFashionNow at The Peabody Essex Museum: It was a late night as the party-goers experienced the Native American art scene from cutting-edge street style and contemporary fashion, to art and music, this dynamic community and its bright young things were a sight to see — and hear — with electronic native Producer/DJ crew, A Tribe Called Red.

Don’t Miss the next PEM/PM in March!  

Artopia: What’s Your Creative Story

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6 pm – 9 pm

Overview: Meet local artists. Dance to Krewe de Groove’s unique brand of New Orleans-style funk. And sample some of Salem’s best brews and liquors from Deacon Giles Distillery, Far From The Tree Cider, Notch Brewing and Rumson’s Rum.

To find out more, check out: PEM Calendar



“Spotlight” Screening and Conversation

A little over a week before it won the Academy Award for Best Picture, WBUR held a free screening of the film, “Spotlight” at the Paramount Theatre for more than 100 WBUR listeners.

“Spotlight” tells the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.

Following the film, Robin Young, co-host of Here & Now, sat down to discuss the film and the story that inspired it with The Boston Globe reporters Walter Robinson (portrayed by  Michael Keaton) and Michael Rezendes (portrayed by Mark Ruffalo).


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