The latest announcements and updates from WBUR

WBUR’s Kind World To Launch Holiday Series

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Steve Fugate learned that his son had died by suicide and ended up walking tens of thousands of miles with a sign posted over his head. In big red letters, it read simply, “LOVE LIFE.”

WBUR will launch a special holiday edition of Kind World beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24. The five-part series will highlights stories of kindness and the profound effect that one act can have on individual lives. The series will air on WBUR’s Morning Edition (5 a.m. – 9  a.m.) on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and every Thursday after that until Christmas Eve.

“At WBUR, we feel a responsibility to tell stories across the human spectrum, from the heartbreak that so often dominates our journalism, to the acts of kindness, generosity and caring that characterize so much of human existence,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz.  “Kind World is a commitment on our part to seek out and tell stories that capture this essential part of our lives.  These stories are moving and elemental parts of the tapestry of life in the 21st Century and we are proud to bring them to our listeners.  Our goal is to reflect the complexities of our existence and the full range of human conduct.  Kind World acknowledges the good that is so pervasive in our lives, our relationships and throughout our communities.”

Kind World was born as an online experiment in 2012. WBUR’s then Digital Producer Nate Goldman (now at New York Magazine), proposed the idea to explore people’s experiences with acts of kindness to WBUR’s iLab, the station’s incubator for new projects. Kind World debuted as a simple Tumblr with user-generated content, and its popularity led to stories being developed for WBUR radio. Today, in addition to its seasonal radio run, it is a podcast and an ongoing online project at

The 2015 Kind World series on WBUR’s Morning Edition will spotlight exceptional people who put the needs of others first, such as a doctor who goes above and beyond her Hippocratic oath and comforts a family through terminal illness; an instructor who takes a chance on a woman in a wheelchair who wants to learn aerial acrobatics; and a young man who saves the lives of a group of women and orphans during his mission to rescue massacre survivors in the Congo.

“For Kind World, we set out to find unforgettable stories of people who have changed the lives of others,” said Erika Lantz, associate producer for the WBUR iLab who’s producing the Kind World series. “I think these stories will have a profound impact on listeners.”

Major funding for the WBUR iLab is provided by Biogen, committed to the community, science education and carbon neutrality. Explore more innovative projects on the WBUR iLab website.

Ending Homelessness…$1 at a Time

More than 19,000 people in Massachusetts have no home to go to tonight. You can help lower that numberWBUR has joined Hearth Shares as a media sponsor on their seasonal fundraising initiative working to end homelessness. The program offers restaurant goers the opportunity to easily add a voluntary donation of $1 or more to their dining bill.

Hearth Shares is a local organization that donates 100 percent of all funds to Greater Boston nonprofit organizations that support the homeless community in rebuilding their lives. Between now and December 25th, participating restaurants offer the option for patrons to add a dollar (or more) to their bills, and that donation goes directly to the beneficiaries. For a full list of participating restaurants in Greater Boston, visit this link

Hearth Shares is based on the successful StreetSmart program, which started in London and is now in several cities and countries around the world. Learn more at the Hearth Shares website.

Your World. In a New Light.

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This week, WBUR launched its new ad campaign, “Your World. In a New Light.” It celebrates storytelling and the theater of the mind that WBUR creates for its audiences by using striking images, such as an underwater photo of a young girl with her eyes open; an astronaut walking down the street among others; and a young woman herding cattle in the Sudan, as seen here.

Thanks to the talent of our new ad agency Boathouse,  we think this campaign will resonate with anyone seeking news that engages them emotionally and leaves them feeling enlightened, rather than exhausted.

The campaign exists on multiple platforms, from audio spots and out-of-home billboards to print ads and digital banners. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for it!

StoryCorps’ ‘Great Thanksgiving Listen’

“In this time of great disconnect and division, we hope the ‘Great Thanksgiving Listen’ will prove a unifying moment for the nation”  – Dave Isay, StoryCorps’ founder and president


WBUR is proud to be the Boston media partner for the Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorps’ groundbreaking oral history project and most ambitious initiative to date.

StoryCorps is working with high school teachers across the country to ask students to interview a grandparent or elder over Thanksgiving 2015 using the new free StoryCorps mobile app. Participants will upload their recordings to the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In one holiday weekend StoryCorps hopes to gather more interviews than it has in the twelve years since its founding, and to capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences.

The scale of the Great Thanksgiving Listen is made possible by the new StoryCorps mobile app, which Dave Isay, Founder and President of StoryCorps, launched using the $1 million 2015 TED Prize. He shared his vision for the app in a March 2015 TED Talk. The app takes the StoryCorps experience out of the booth and puts it entirely in the hands of users, enabling anyone, anywhere to record conversations with another person for archiving at the U.S. Library of Congress and on the new website. Previously, StoryCorps interviews were possible one at a time in the StoryCorps MobileBooth that crisscrosses the country, or in one of a few permanent StoryBooths (in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta). Now, with the app, thousands of interviews can be recorded simultaneously.

StoryCorps hopes to make the Great Thanksgiving Listen a national tradition, and to continue fostering meaningful connections within families, communities, and the classroom while also creating a singular and priceless archive of American history and wisdom.

Founded in 2003 by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has given 100,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. WBUR partnered with StoryCorp earlier this fall in conjunction with the Corita Kent and the Language of Pop exhibit at the Harvard Art Museum. Listen to a selection of these local interviews on our website and tune in to hear StoryCorps every Friday during WBUR’s Morning Edition from 5 a.m – 9 a.m.



Boston Book Festival 2015

“The doctor isn’t the monster he’s made out to be.”  Can you guess what book that describes?  It’s none other than Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

This witty summary was submitted through our 1 Book 10 Words Project during the annual Boston Book Festival last weekend. Avid listeners and readers of all ages attended the festival ready to explore the 80 vendors, numerous activities, and 150 World-Class speakers’ sessions on topics ranging from the Black Lives Matter Movement to the science of food.

Although the weather wasn’t as warm as some may have hoped, that did not stop thousands of attendees from partaking in the BBF, visiting sessions and dropping by the WBUR booth where our book project and the WBUR Digital Bookshelf were on display. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth and came out to meet WBUR hosts and reporters there throughout the day.

Don’t worry: you can still take the 1 Book 10 Words Quiz online. Go on, give it a try!

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WBUR Names Anthony Brooks Senior Political Correspondent

anthony_brooks_square-130x130[1]Anthony Brooks has been selected as WBUR’s new Senior Political Correspondent after five years as the co-host of Radio Boston.  Among his many assignments for NPR, Brooks was the senior political reporter who covered Vice President Al Gore’s campaign during the 2000 presidential election.”

As Senior Political Correspondent, Brooks will report on major news surrounding the 2016 presidential election, with a particular focus on the upcoming New Hampshire primary. His reports will be featured on WBUR’s local and national radio programs including Here & Now, All Things Considered and Morning Edition as well as online at WBUR Politicker, the station’s new political website.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have Anthony as WBUR’s new senior political correspondent,” said Sam Fleming, Director of News and Programming at WBUR. “For the past five years, he has done exemplary work as the co-host of Radio Boston. As we looked to fill this critical role in our newsroom, it became clear that Anthony was the right journalist to cover this important political moment for WBUR listeners.”

With the 2016 presidential election taking shape, WBUR was committed to finding someone with deep experience to lead its coverage of this pivotal election.  As the political season has intensified, managers recognized that the best candidate to fill this demanding position happened to already work for WBUR.

“I have loved co-hosting Radio Boston.” said Brooks.  “ I am extremely proud of the work we have done on the program, and I will miss the talented, hard-working and generous team there.  But returning to the field to become WBUR’s Senior Political Correspondent represents an irresistible opportunity for me. ”

Brooks has more than 30 years of experience in public radio as an editor, producer, host and reporter. Prior to becoming co-host of Radio Boston, he spent many years reporting for NPR, covering business, education and politics.  He also worked as NPR’s Boston-based reporter, covering regional issues across New England.  His deep political experience includes coverage of the 2000 presidential election, from the early primaries through the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore ruling. His reports have been heard for many years on both WBUR and NPR’s Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

Brooks will continue to be a fill-in host as needed for Radio Boston, On Point and Here & Now, all produced by WBUR. Meghna Chakrabarti will continue to host Radio Boston weekdays at 3 pm. She will be joined by rotating guest hosts until a permanent replacement is announced.

Why WBUR And Boston Love Ira Glass


“This American Life” is a cornerstone of public radio, and WBUR is an avid supporter, being one of the first NPR stations to air the program in the mid ’90s. Recently, WBUR Managing Director of News & Programming Sam Fleming interviewed Ira at a local event and shared this reflection:

Ira Glass is one of the most important voices in public radio, and thankfully over many years, a devoted friend to WBUR.

When I mention Ira’s “voice in public radio,” what I mean is that he’s been a trailblazer. More than any other producer or journalist, Ira can be credited with starting what’s now a virtual wave of young producers – and some not so young – who’ve decided they too can have a voice, in the form of a podcast or new ways of producing good stories and programs for public radio listeners. You only need to look as far as the first spin-off from This American Life, the podcast Serial, to see how he’s revolutionizing the audio landscape.

Ira learned how to tell stories in a manner that is authentic, talking to you (the listener) while never sounding like he’s reading a script. He took our craft to a new place. But it’s more than that. Like the builder of fine pianos or guitars, he mastered the craft — the craft of good storytelling on the radio. If you talk with him or hear him speak, he is very generous about sharing his tried and true methods.

He says it starts with good taste. Why would something make an interesting story? Is there good tape related to it? He says you have to be willing to kill stories that just aren’t that interesting, which sounds obvious, but is hard to do. According to Ira, it’s all pretty basic: there’s a plot and some sort of action, and then some reflection on what just happened. And he says a good story can always use a big surprise.

Ira believes deeply in the soul of public radio and has been devoted to its growth. You may be familiar with some of the clever fundraising segments he’s produced that WBUR has aired over the years, such as encouraging people to “turn in a friend” who listens and doesn’t donate, Alec Baldwin’s “Don’t Give” campaign or Ira’s recent bit with Stephen Colbert. Perhaps that’s why he he’s been such a good friend to WBUR, also one of the pioneers contributing to public radio’s growth over the past few decades with projects such as expanding Here & Now with NPR to create a live midday news program, and our new podcasts like Dear Sugar with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, to name a few.

Finally, there’s the simple joy of listening to This American Life each week on WBUR (Saturdays at noon, Sundays at 1 p.m. or by podcast) and being completely engaged by the way the show takes the tools of journalism and applies them to our everyday, personal lives. There is something powerful and meaningful in doing that, and we’re all the better for it.


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Introducing WBUR Politicker

WBUR has unveiled a new political website, the WBUR Politicker at The site provides in-depth political coverage, polling data, analysis and opinion with a special emphasis on the presidential primaries early next year in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

“The goal is to create a one-stop shop for everything that WBUR and NPR does to cover politics, breaking down important issues and providing the public with a breadth of original reporting that will help them be more informed voters when they head to the polls next November,” said Richard Chacon, Executive Director of News Content for WBUR.

WBUR_Politicker_combinedƒWBUR Politicker will contain political reporting, breaking news, commentary and analysis, election features, candidate profiles, interviews and special debate coverage from NPR and the WBUR newsroom, as well as WBUR programs including Radio Boston, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In addition to NPR and WBUR hosts and reporters’ stories, the site will feature expert contributors such as The Boston Globe’s James Pindell, and commentary from WBUR’s political analysts, Payne & Domke (Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne).

A hallmark of the new site will be the WBUR Polls, conducted by MassINC Polling Group for WBUR, covering the most pressing political issues of the day, helping to bring Massachusetts public opinion to the center of the conversation. MassINC Polling Group President, Steve Koczela, will serve as lead writer for WBUR Politicker, bringing his trademark deep dives into the data that tell the story behind the story.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the WBUR Politicker team,” said Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group. “I believe we’ll set the bar high for election news and political coverage. We’ve already seen the impact that the WBUR Polls can have, and we’re excited to continue using polling on the new site as a tool that enables the public to share their opinions — both with their leaders and with each other.”

The launch of WBUR Politicker coincides with the release of the latest WBUR Poll. Since the first WBUR Poll was released in 2011, WBUR has consistently produced more public polling in Massachusetts than any other outlet, covering both policy issues and elections. The last year of the partnership has been marked with notable success. The WBUR Weekly Tracking Poll, which ran from August to Election Day 2014, predicted the outcome of the governor’s race and Senate race within a percentage point of the official tally, the most accurate polling in both races. In addition, the WBUR Polls around Boston’s bid for the Olympics were cited worldwide and helped foster dialogue among civic leaders and constituents.

Ira Glass Reflects on Israeli Prime Minister Yahtzik Rabin Assassination

Ira Glass, host of “This American Life,” visited Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum last night to talk about the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister Yahtzik Rabin 20 years ago, with “This American Life” producer Nancy Updike, and her husband Dan Ephron, former Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek.

The evening, presented by WBUR and free to the public, drew more than 400 attendees.

WBUR’s Managing Director of News & Programming Sam Fleming  interviewed Glass at a private reception for WBUR’s Edward R. Murrow Society donors immediately following the public talk. In 1996, Glass received the Edward R. Murrow award, the highest individual honor in public broadcasting.


WBUR Presents The 2015 Boston Book Festival


Join WBUR at the 2015 Boston Book Festival in Copley Square from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24.  The event will feature over a dozen authors and illustrators participating in panels and unique events.  Stop by the WBUR booth to meet our hosts, explore the Digital Bookshelf and win great prizes like tickets to the Fruitlands Museum and their Craft Beer Tasting and Bonfire. You can find WBUR hosts and staff at the following events:


Teaching and Learning
This session takes a look at education from three perspectives: the cognitive, the practical, and the philosophical. After the presentations, an audience-led discussion will be moderated by Louise Kennedy, WBUR’s senior editor for education.
Oct. 24, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Trinity Forum

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YA: Real Lives
In this session, three accomplished authors for young people, including M.T. Anderson, introduce us to larger-than-life true stories. The host for this exploration of stellar nonfiction for teens is Carey Goldberg of 90.9 WBUR.
Oct. 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: BPL Teen Central


From MREs to Molecules: The Science of Food
Napoleon knew that an army marches on its stomach. Following three presentations, WBUR’s Robin Young, co-host of Here & Now and one-time host of a cooking game show, will lead a discussion. Get ready to whet your appetite!
Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m.  to 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Old South Sanctuary

Fiction: The End is Near
Two rising literary stars discuss their books and the general trend toward post-apocalyptic fiction. Join them for a fascinating discussion of the end of the world as we imagine it, moderated by Christopher Lydon, host of Radio Open Source on 90.9 WBUR.
Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Emmanuel Sanctuary

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How do returning warriors make sense of their experience and move forward with their lives? The two inspiring author presentations will be followed by a discussion moderated by WBUR’s Lisa Mullins, new host of All Things Considered on WBUR.
Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m
Location: Church of the Covenant


Speculative Science
Expand your mind with two distinguished authors who peer into the future and a renowned physicist who speculates about the past. This series of presentations followed by questions from the audience will be emceed by Deborah Becker, senior correspondent and host at WBUR.
Oct. 24, 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Trinity Sanctuary

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Hits, Hooks, and Jam Bands
From the jam band to the pop machine, this session considers how music moves and manipulates us. Get a virtual-lighter app for your phone and be ready to cheer. Moderated by the music-loving host of WBUR’s On Point, Tom Ashbrook.
Oct. 24, 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Old South Sanctuary


The Supremes: A Towering Giant and a Pint-Sized Powerhouse
Join us for an illuminating look at two extraordinary justices delivered by three very original biographers with a gift for portraiture. Hosted by WBUR’s  Anthony Brooks, co-host of Radio Boston.
Oct. 24, 4:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m.
Location: First Church Sanctuary

Meghna Chakrabarti

Nonfiction Keynote
In “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”, surgeon Atul Gawande confronts an inconvenient truth: we are all going to die, and even modern medicine can’t help, at least not yet. Meghna Chakrabarti, co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston will join him.
Oct. 24, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Old South Sanctuary

Click here for more information about the festival.

Click here to see when the hosts will be stopping by the WBUR booth in Copley Square.

Call for Entries: Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize

WBUR and Boston University invite public radio journalists age 35 and under to submit entries for the 15th annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Eligible works will have been broadcast or published between July 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2015.

Submissions may focus on any local, national or international news issue significant to the listening public. The work may be presented in the form of a produced news story, news feature, documentary, series on a single topic or an investigative report.

The $5,000 Schorr Prize – sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner – salutes a rising star in public radio.  It may be a traditional audio story, a podcast or a multimedia piece. Winners are honored at the Annual WBUR Gala.

The award is named after the late Daniel Schorr, who gave American journalism a lifetime of commitment through his insight, intelligence and integrity. Schorr believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio.

Past winners include WFPL Reporter Devin Katayama, now a reporter for KQED, San Francisco (2014); WBEZ producer Becky Vevea (2013); KUNC reporter Grace Hood (2012); NPR host David Greene (2011); NPR reporter Ailsa Chang (2010); reporter Chana Joffe-Walt, who covers global economics for NPR’s multimedia project “Planet Money” (2009); former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, now the host of the “TED Radio Hour” (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).

All entries must be received at or before noon EST on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Click here for information on submission guidelines.

HUBweek Update

hubweek logoHUBweek update: “What’s the Right Thing to do? A Master Class with Michael Sandel” on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. has been moved to a new location: Faneuil Hall. Click here for today’s Boston Globe article on the venue change and other developments for HUBweek activities taking place across Boston from Oct. 3 – 10.

Join WBUR At HUBweek



WBUR is proud to be the radio partner for HUBweek, a weeklong series of events around Greater Boston that showcases the city’s unique combination of art, science and technology.

It starts Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 10. WBUR hosts will be participating in various sessions all week. Explore the entire schedule on the HUBweek website.


05INT_271306kSunday, Oct. 4 at 4:00 p.m. – The Fenway Forum: A Master Class at Fenway Park with Michael Sandel

As the kick off to HUBweek, leading political philosopher and Harvard University professorMichael Sandel will lead the Fenway Forum, an unprecedented civic event, taking place in an iconic Boston setting: Fenway Park.

He will lead an all-star panel of authors, artists, entertainers and well known public figures including Arianna Huffington, Yo-Yo Ma, and comedian Whitney Cummings in a lively discussion on some hard ethical questions and the meaning of citizenship today. WBUR Here & Now Host Robin Young will provide the evening’s opening remarks.

Donate to WBUR today and receive tickets to The Fenway Forum as our thanks for your gift. Click here to give online, and thanks for your support!


Carey Goldberg by Liz Linder 2014 - squareMonday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. – Women in Medicine: When Doctors Report the News

Join two Boston physician-journalists and moderator Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, for an engaging conversation about balancing two careers – medicine and media.


deb-becker-130x130[1]Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Cancer: Innovative Breakthroughs and Personal Journeys

Deborah Becker will be participating in a day long event at the Mass General Cancer Center which will bring together leading clinicians, researchers, policy leaders and cancer survivors to explore the newest innovations and challenges in cancer diagnosis and treatment.


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Join Boston’s best chroniclers of innovation, including Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, for an evening of unforgettable storytelling at historic Faneuil Hall, hosted by author and Dear Sugar podcast host Steve Almond. This is a rare chance to hear the stories-behind-the-stories about Boston’s most renowned innovators.


martha_bebinger_squareWednesday, Oct. 7, 5:00 p.m. – Power and Promise of Precision Medicine

Join WBUR reporter Martha Bebinger in a spirited conversation about why precision medicine matters, who will have access to it, who’s going to pay for it, and how it may affect patient privacy.


Carey Goldberg by Liz Linder 2014 - squareThursday, Oct. 8 , noon – Future is Now: Science Fiction Yesterday, Medical Treatment Today

Join Carey Goldberg, host of WBUR’s Commonhealth blog, and a group of experts to discuss science and technology that was once science fiction and is now being used in treatment, and hear their predictions about what’s the next big thing in neuroscience.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m. – Beautiful Brain: The Intersection of Art and Science

Join Carey Goldberg, host of  WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, in a discussion about the intersection of art and science.

Arts Forward: Imagining the Future

This Fall, WBUR’s The ARTery takes a look at the next generation of visual and performing arts in Boston and beyond in Arts Forward: Imaging the Future, a five-part audio and online series.

Pop songs of the futu900px-logore. 3D scanning and printing of museum objects. Drone filmmaking.  An online social network that connects young classical musicians to local audiences through concert house parties. The Arts Forward special news series asks Boston artists and innovators to imagine what the future of museums, theater, pop and classical music and filmmaking will look like. It also takes an engaging look at the impact of technology on the arts experience and how art organizations are attempting to identify where the next generation of audiences are coming from and mold their strategies to reach them.

Arts Forward premieres on-air and online Monday, September 14th.

21st Century Museum
Premieres on Morning Edition, Monday, Sept. 14th
Andrea Shea explores how at the end of the 20th century museums like MassMOCA, the deCordova and the Institute for Contemporary Art have become more than places to see art on a wall.  Museums are now moving toward technology to alter and enhance the relationship between artists, galleries, collectors and art conservationists with geo-locating and 3-D printing.


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Premieres on Morning Edition, Tuesday, Sept. 15th
Ed Siegel takes a look at how Company One Theatre has been able to attract such a diverse, young audience with progressive programming and creative outreach.


Pop Music
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What will pop music sound like in 50 years? Amelia Mason consults a variety of music industry folks: producers, critics, engineers and musicians in a quest to discover what a pop song will sound like in 2065. And will the proliferation of streaming services permanently upend the importance of radio play?


Film & Video
Premieres on Morning Edition, Thursday, Sept. 17
Greg Cook, along with Curt Nickisch, look at how economies of scale have made drone technology more integrated into our society. The technology is now increasingly affordable and common and has democratized the future of filmmaking by making it easier to capture footage that would have been impossible to get before.


Classical Music
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Ed Siegel looks at the growing trend to make classical music less elitist. Groupmuse holds parties with classical performers in people’s living rooms; superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter goes clubbing; composer Max Richter has an eight-hour concert with the audience in beds.

WBUR On The Cape

seriouslyfunWBUR headed to the Cape for a long weekend filled with music, comedy and conversation. The “Seriously Fun” show kicked off events on Thursday at the Provincetown Town Hall. WBUR’s own Jeremy Hobson hosted Mike Pesca (The Gist podcast), comedian Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers), Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another), singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio and author Paul Theroux (Deep South) for a variety show that lived up to the title.

Jeremy Hobson was back on stage Sunday when he emceed at the Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea concert, Cape Cod’s single largest cultural event. Offstage, the Promotions Team received a warm welcome from local listeners. Despite the weather, five hundred fans branded with “I’m a WBUR Fan” waved in the air as the weekend came to a close.

Congratulations to Anne B. of Hyannis for winning our WBUR giveaway!

‘What Ever Happened To Post-Racial America?’

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The 2015 Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival opening panel — “What Ever Happened to Post-Racial America?” — featured a candid conversation between NPR’s Michele Norris, founder of The Race Card Project, and Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates. The panel was sponsored by the Vineyard Gazette and was presented to a sold-out crowd at the Chilmark Community Center on Friday.

WBUR was a media sponsor of the book festival — a full weekend of talks, panels and interviews with notable authors. Jeremy Hobson, co-host of Here & Now on WBUR and NPR, participated, as well as Vicki Croke, co-host of  WBUR’s The Wild Life and author of “Elephant Company.”

Read the Vineyard Gazette report here about the panel, or listen to the full conversation here:

WBUR Welcomes Jamie Bologna to Radio Boston

WBUR has named J_WSM1301-Editamie Bologna as a full-time producer on Radio Boston. He arrived at WBUR last year as a Boston University fellow and was a fill-in producer on Radio Boston this year.

Jamie Bologna is a producer for Radio Boston. During the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he produced the Finish Line podcast, providing support for its hosts, WBUR Senior Reporter David Boeri and Boston Globe Columnist Kevin Cullen. In January 2015, Jamie earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University’s College of Communication. In a past life, he worked in editing and public relations at two Washington, DC, think tanks. He is a 2008 graduate of Tufts University. 

Radio Boston airs weekdays at 3 p.m. and is rebroadcasted at 10 p.m.

Meet WBUR’s new associate producer for new programming Amory Sivertson

WBUR has announced the promotion of Amory Sivertson from Radio Boston associate producer / studio director to the newly created position of associate producer for new programming. In Amory’s new role,  she will be working on developing new iLab projects, and helping to refine current ones, such as The Remembrance Project and You’re the Expert.

Headshot-130x130For the past four years, Amory has produced compelling segments and acted as the director for Radio Boston. In her new role, Amory will work on new content – specifically radio programs and podcasts – that will define WBUR’s new offerings this year.

A Cleveland native, Amory originally came to Boston to study acting at Emerson College. There she fell into the wonderful world of radio, working as a morning-drive D.J. and member of the music staff for WERS 88.9FM. Her performing arts background now guides her work in public radio through a firm belief that meaningful radio begins with compelling storytelling.

Starting Monday: Twice as much Radio Boston

Every weekday, be sure to tune into Radio Boston, for smart conversations about the ideas and people that matter most in our community. Listen to Radio Boston live on 90.9 FM weekdays at 3 p.m. and beginning Monday July, 6, you can catch it again at 10 p.m. Plus, you can always listen to stories on demand on the Radio Boston website and subscribe to the podcast.

Co-hosts Anthony Brooks and  Meghna Chakrabarti take listeners to new places with provocative stories and authentic voices that go deep into the issues that matter right here in the region. Don’t miss Radio Boston live every weekday at 3 p.m. or in its new 10 p.m. time slot on WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station.

Partnership Renewed: WBUR & MassINC Polling Group to Continue Public Opinion Polls

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, and The MassINC Polling Group (MPG) are pleased to announce the renewal of their partnership through June 2016. The WBUR Poll will continue to cover the most pressing political issues of the day, bringing Massachusetts public opinion to the center of the conversation. WBUR Poll results have been at the center of the conversation in recent months with groundbreaking polls on the Boston Olympic bid, the MBTA, and the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

MPG will conduct  more WBUR Polls on the 2024 Boston Olympic bid through the host city election in 2017, or as long as Boston remains in contention. WBUR Olympic polls have been widely cited locally as well as by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national and international news outlets. The WBUR Poll will also continue to cover issues at the center of the policy discussion in the Commonwealth and follow public opinion on the state’s key political leaders, especially in light of the upcoming presidential conventions.

“We share an ethos with WBUR,” said Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group. “Polling is a way to bring the public into conversations where their voices would otherwise not be heard. It’s a way for the public to share their opinions both with their leaders and with each other.”

“WBUR is committed to enterprising, substantive reporting on issues that affect the community,” said Richard Chacon, Executive Director of News Content, WBUR. “We believe that the data derived from the WBUR Polls helps bring clarity to complex news stories and how we report them.”

Since the partnership was formed in 2011, the WBUR Poll has produced more public polling in Massachusetts than any other outlet, covering both policy issues and elections. The last year of the partnership was marked by several notable successes. The WBUR weekly tracking poll, which ran from August to Election Day 2014, predicted the outcome of the governor’s race and Senate race within a percentage point of the official tally, the most accurate polling in both races. The polling was also the basis for Poll Vault, a pop-up vertical covering politics and polling during the height of the election cycle.

About The MassINC Polling Group (MPG): The MassINC Polling Group is a full-service opinion research company serving public, private, and social sector organizations. MPG started in Boston with a local and state-level focus and now serves a national client base.  Although we have expanded our reach, we still conduct and release more public opinion research on Massachusetts than any other polling organization. Our president, Steve Koczela, has written extensively on public opinion and data analysis for both media and academic publications.

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