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Love, Modern Love

Modern Love Thank YouAs a token of appreciation to our Modern Love: The Podcast celebrity readers, WBUR and The New York Times shared a little love in the form of a “thank you” care package featuring Living Proof hair care, Bonnie’s Jams, Sweet Lydia’s, Taza Chocolate, Albertine Press, George Howell Coffee, McCrea’s Candies, and MEM Tea.

We’re grateful to all of the immensely talented performers who’ve read Modern Love essays for our podcast including Taissa Farmiga, Colin Farrell, Cheryl Strayed, Sarah Silverman, Joshua Jackson, Connie Britton, Jennifer Finney Boylan, America Ferrera, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Emmy Rossum, Stephen Bogardus, Amber Tamblyn, Patina Miller, Lauren Molina, Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, Judd Apatow, Sarah Paulson and Jason Alexander. And many more to come!

Thank you to everyone involved — especially our devoted podcasts fans, for making Modern Love a top digital download. Listen today.


The Greenway Public Art Season Kickoff

Greenway-LogoWBUR was proud to be out and about for a great night as a media sponsor of the Greenway Public Art Season Kickoff.  To celebrate the launch of the season with six new public art installations, a Greenway-wide celebration took place from Chinatown at the southern all the way to the North End. The kickoff featured live music and art performances, food trucks, a Boston Calling Block Party in Dewey Square, and meet-and-greets with the artists.  The event also debuted a new kid-friendly feature in Chinatown Park: Playcubes. 

To plan your visit to Boston’s ribbon of contemporary parks, visit The Rose Kennedy Greenway website and see some of WBUR’s arts coverage on The ARTery website.



Watertown awards Gellerman 2016 Community Spirit Award

Gellerman_bruce_squareWBUR Reporter Bruce Gellerman received the 2016 Community Spirit Award at the Watertown Historical Commission Preservation Awards.  The Community Spirit Award is given to an individual or group who has taken a leadership role in the advancement of appreciate for Watertown’s unique cultural make-up.

Gellerman received this award for his report, “Remembering the Armenian Genocide 100 Years Ago.” The report discusses the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide  and it’s special significance in Watertown, a home to many descendants of survivors of the genocide.

Bruce Gellerman is an award-winning journalist and senior correspondent, frequently covering science, business, technology and the environment.

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Croke3Vicki Croke, host of WBUR’s The Wild Life, interviewed primatologist Frans de Waal on his upcoming book, “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History at a sold-out event!

Based on his research on species ranging from crows to elephants, de Waal revealed how intelligent animals really are and how much we underestimate their abilities. A reception and booking signing followed the event.

Explore more of Vicki’s features on animals on the Here & Now website.

Lisa Mullins Wins Health Coverage Fellowship

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Lisa Mullins, the voice of WBUR’s All Things Considered, has received a 2016 Health Coverage Fellowship from The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, one of just 12 awarded to journalists nationwide.

The Health Coverage Fellowship is designed to help the media improve its coverage of critical health care issues. The nine-day program took place at Babson College’s Center for Executive Education in Wellesley, Mass. It focused on a series of pressing medical issues, from implementing health care reform to curbing costs, addressing mental illness, and redressing public health threats.

Before joining WBUR, Mullins was chief anchor of the daily international news program, “The World”. Her foreign reporting has taken her to Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Cuba, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, South and North Korea and elsewhere. Mullins has won numerous journalism awards, including a Gracie Award for outstanding individual achievement as anchor of a news magazine and the Clarion Award from Women in Communications for a story she wrote and produced about her 24-hour stay at a North Korean tourist resort. Mullins was awarded a fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

WBUR Presents: A Celebration of ZUMIX and Youth Radio

kidsatZumixWBUR celebrated the 25th anniversary of ZUMIX, a creative youth development organization in East Boston dedicated to building community through music and the arts.

ZUMIX Radio promotes youth and community voices in East Boston, while supporting teens to learn valuable 21st century skills in technology, radio production, communication, and journalism. Radio classes train participants to host their own live radio broadcasts, produce their own radio stories, and develop meaningful relationships with adult mentors. ZUMIX Radio, which will transition from an online stream to 94.9FM in June, also serves to connect and engage the broader East Boston community.

JoseatZumixJosé Massó, host of ¡Con Salsa!, emcee’d the event, which included teen-guided tours of the ZUMIX studio, a ZUMIX jazz ensemble performance and an auditory experience featuring stories produced by:

  1. Lesly Monroy, age 14 – “Bullying: What’s Behind It?”
  2. Kaylene Sheran, age 16 – “Friday Variety Presents: An Interview with State Representative Adrian Madaro”
  3. José Sarmiento – “A Reflection on Identity & Security in East Boston”/ “Una Reflexión Sobre la Identidad y la Seguridad en East Boston.”

Caleb Messier, aged 14,  closed the event with a live interview with Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ZUMIX.

WBUR Launches New Season Of You’re The Expert With Host Chris Duffy

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WBUR, will air a new season of You’re the Expert, a science and comedy program hosted by comedian Chris Duffy this week. The first season aired as a pilot on WBUR in June 2015, and built a strong audience. The weekly one-hour show will run new episodes for a total of six weeks, Saturdays at 6 p.m. with a rebroadcast Mondays at 9 p.m., on 90.9 FM and live streaming at The first episode debuts on Saturday, May 14.

Each episode of You’re the Expert is recorded in front of a live audience and features a guest expert in a specialized field, such as a psychologist who studies nightmares or a marine biologist who discovered new defense mechanisms in the octopus.

yte panel 3Through game segments, a panel of comedians tries to guess the expert’s field of study and figure out why their work is important. In this season’s premiere episode, comedians Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers), Scott Adsit (30 Rock) and Maeve Higgins (Inside Amy Schumer) try to figure out the industry of Dr. Leslie Dewan, a nuclear engineer who designed a revolutionary nuclear power plant that cannot meltdown.

yte panel 2You’re the Expert has proven that comedy and science belong together, especially on public radio,” said Chris Duffy, the show’s creator and host. “We’re going to keep listeners learning and laughing in the second season with even more amazing discoveries, passionate scientists and the funniest comedians in the country. I am extremely grateful to WBUR for their support and look forward to another exciting season.”

yte panel“Following the success of last year’s pilot, we’re thrilled to be presenting You’re the Expert again this spring,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “It’s great to continue working with Chris Duffy and share both the live show and podcast experience of You’re the Expert with WBUR’s radio audience. Not only is this program entertaining, but it shares new research and discusses groundbreaking science in an interesting and accessible way. Many of the brilliant scientists featured on You’re the Expert are young men and women are great role models for future generations. It’s our hope that the program sparks curiosity and inspires audiences.”

You’re the Expert began as a live show recorded and shared as a podcast. WBUR teamed up with comedian Chris Duffy, the show’s creator and host, to bring the program to radio. The project was spearheaded out of the WBUR iLab, the station’s center for innovation, imagination and ideas at WBUR. You’re the Expert is currently in its second season with a run slated for six-weeks on WBUR. It is scheduled to air weekly on Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Mondays at 9 p.m. EST.

You’re The Expert is produced by WBUR and Chris Duffy with Pretty Good Friends. For more information and to find out about upcoming live tapings, visit the You’re The Expert website.

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.

ONTapPodcastingGuests 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.

Exclusive On Tap Video here:

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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.

WBUR Announces Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize Winner

WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, and Boston University today named producer Patrick Madden of NPR member station, WAMU 88.5 in Washington D.C., as the winner of the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Now in its 14th year, the prize is named for the respected NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist Daniel Schorr, who died in 2010. Schorr believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio.

The $5,000 Schorr Prize — sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner — salutes a new generation of public radio journalists under the age of 35, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

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WAMU Reporter Patrick Madden

Madden’s winning entry, “Assault on Justice,” is a collaboration of WAMU 88.5 News, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. The five-month investigation documented and analyzed nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assault on a police officer. The results raised concerns about the use or overuse of the charge.

“Patrick Madden’s story ‘Assault on Justice’ is a power-packed 16 minutes of on-air reporting with an equally strong result online,” said Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE, who served as the prize’s finalist judge. “Madden took on one of the most pressing policy issues of the day—the mass incarceration of African American men—and exposed a critical piece of that puzzle at work in the nation’s capital.”

Madden is the District Reporter at WAMU. He has covered city hall for the past four years and has won several awards for his coverage, including last year’s Edward R. Murrow for investigative journalism.

He will be honored at the 15th Annual WBUR Gala on Wednesday, May 25, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In addition to Low Smith, this year’s distinguished panel of Schorr Prize judges included:

  • John Wihbey, assistant professor of journalism and new media, Northeastern University School of Journalism
  • Doug Mitchell, project founder of NPR’s Next Generation Radio and co-founder of The Journalism Diversity Project
  • Donna Vestal, director of content strategy, KCUR Kansas City
  • Alisa Barba, executive editor at Inside Energy

Listen to Madden’s award-winning entry, “Assault on Justice,” online here:

Past Schorr Prize 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).


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.

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