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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).


Mobile Modern Love

Stay on top of all that the Modern Love Podcast has to offer! Fans of Modern Love: The Podcast are now able to add a pass to their Apple mobile wallets to receive weekly reminders and exclusive content. Users add the pass as they would any other form of mobile wallet content.

Screen Shot of PassYou’ll receive voicemail messages about Modern Love: The Podcast, including alerts to new episodes and more, some from the actors who so vividly voice the Modern Love essays each week.

You’ll also get to enjoy additional special content, such as behind-the-scenes visits to the podcast recording studio. Learn more about the project in Mobile Marketer’s article and download the feature on your iPhone by clicking here  (note: you’ll need to open this post on your phone to save the pass to your digital wallet).

Modern Love: The Podcast is hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti (WBUR) and the Modern Love column’s editor Daniel Jones (The New York Times). New podcast episodes are uploaded every Thursday.

Welcome to WBUR’s New Beta Site


Welcome to WBUR’s beta site, We’ve reimagined how you experience public radio, especially digital audio, no matter where you are or which device you use.

Why Beta?

We are delighted to have you explore an in-progress version of our vision for our future, because your feedback will make it even better. We know we have a lot more work to do, fixing bugs and adding features. By using the site, you’ll help show us what works, and what doesn’t.

We felt it was important to create this beta for a couple of reasons:

We wanted to celebrate audio. This new platform looks and feels more like an audio app because it’s built like an app. You can listen live or on-demand while browsing the site, and the audio will stay with you. We wanted to make audio front and center, easy to find, and most importantly, infuse the digital experience with some of the serendipity found in the best of public radio.

We wanted something made for your phone. We wanted our experience on mobile to be modern, exceedingly fast and frankly, just work. That’s why we created a responsive design and built it for speed. You should never have a problem loading any part of Try us on your phone first!


We wanted a platform we could innovate on. We have a lot more work to do, especially around how members use the site. This is a brand-new platform for us, one that streamlines production and allows us to spend more time on digital storytelling and creating useful experiences for our members.

We wanted to take this journey with you, our members, listeners and readers. Public radio’s mission is about all of you, after all. We can not build a great website without the full, ongoing support of our members and their opinions. We need to know what you think, what you want, and what you need from us. We felt the best way to do this is to design and build out in the open, showing our work, and have you weigh in.

Before you dive in, there are some things we know might not work right:

-The content is imported from the current site and may look awkward in some areas.
-Some pages are missing.
-The site works better in a browser like Chrome.
-Some program logos are temporary.
-Ads are examples of different types of messages.

How can you help?

Send us your feedback! Either fill out this form or email us directly. You can also sign up for newsletter updates where I’ll be writing periodically about our process, progress and milestones. We’ll also be planning a series of opportunities to test and give feedback in person.

You can still use the classic version of to access your favorite programs, interviews, broadcasts and articles. Nothing will change on that site while we work on this new one. Thanks for supporting WBUR!

-Tiffany Campbell, Executive Editor, Digital





Here & Now Expands to Two Hours on WAMU, Washington, D.C.

Here & Now, the national midday news magazine produced by NPR and WBUR Boston, will expand to two hours on WAMU 88.5 in Washington D.C., one of public radio’s most important markets.

Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the expanded program will provide an update to the news around the nation and the world and feature interviews with NPR reporters, editors and blogger as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists.

“We are thrilled to welcome this expanded program, which has become extremely popular among Washingtonians. The additional hour of Here & Now will strengthen WAMU’s weekday news coverage by providing a go-to news team for national breaking-news in the middle of the afternoon,” said WAMU General Manager J.J. Yore.

Here & Now currently airs on WAMU at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Starting today, the program will begin at 1 p.m. and extend until 3 p.m. WAMU is also adding an hour of Here & Now on Fridays at 1 p.m.

“At a time when audiences have more options than ever, we are excited that WAMU has extended its live broadcast of Here & Now,” said Here & Now executive producer Kathleen McKenna. “We are committed to delivering the highest level of journalism to our listeners and NPR stations.”

Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in a groundbreaking partnership with NPR in July 2013. At that time, more than 100 stations picked up the show with the option of running anywhere between one and four hours of the program. In Spring 2015, the show had 406 stations and saw a 6% jump in listeners year over year (current station count is 424). The numbers indicated stations opting to run the program for two hours Monday through Friday experienced the strongest increase in average quarter hour listeners.

Beyond the radio broadcast, Here & Now offers audiences multiple ways to connect with its content online at The Here & Now podcast is available on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can follow the program on Facebook and Twitter, @HereandNow.

Modern Love: The Podcast – Get Ready to Fall in Love at First Listen

ModernLove_735x1102_Pinterest_Episode2The New York Times and WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, today premiered the first two episodes of  Modern Love: The Podcast, a new audio experience based on The Times’s popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love.

The debut episodes feature the essays “Just One Last Swirl Around the Bowl” performed by award-winning actor Jason Alexander, and “A Craigslist ‘Missed Connection’ Lure” performed by Broadway actress and musician Lauren Molina.

“What’s been exciting to me is seeing how the essays can be brought to life—and even amped up emotionally—by these talented actors,” said Daniel Jones, the editor of Modern Love. “And our follow-up conversations with the writers afterward have been fun and revelatory as they delve into aspects of their stories that have remained private up to now.”

Each episode will feature a reading by some familiar voices, including Judd Apatow, Emmy Rossum, and January Jones, followed by a conversation between the essayist, host Meghna Chakrabarti and Daniel Jones about what’s happened since and how they feel about the story now.

“I’m struck by the universality of the themes in Modern Love,” said WBUR Host Meghna Chakrabarti. “Even topics that initially seem foreign resonate on a deeply personal level when you listen—the power of the human voice really makes these stories come to life.  This podcast is unique in that every element is beautifully produced–essays are written with such honesty and performed by talented readers. The combination makes for an incredibly powerful podcast experience.”

A new episode of Modern Love: The Podcast will be available each Thursday on iTunes or the podcast app of your choice. To peruse past and present Modern Love columns, click here.

“On Point” is on the road!

KCLU with On PointOn Point will be headed to Southern California — to Santa Barbara for a special On Point Live! with NPR member station KCLU on January 22nd.

Although this live taping of the show is sold out, fans can visit host Tom Ashbrook the next morning at KCLU’s “Coffee and Conversation with Tom Ashbrook” at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Samuelson Chapel on the California Lutheran University’s Thousand Oaks campus. This event is a fundraiser for KCLU, California Lutheran University’s public radio station. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets call KCLU at (805) 493-3900.

On Point with Tom Ashbrook is Delivering Its Largest National Audience in History

PrintFollowing on the heels of the announcement that On Point was chosen one of iTunes “Best of 2015” podcasts, newly released national data highlights the show’s dramatic broadcast growth on NPR stations.

On Point has shown a significant 21% yearly increase in average number of people listening for at least five minutes during a fifteen minute period (AQH) and an 11% increase year to year in the total number of people listening during the show (Cume). Just looking at the last four years, the show has increased 60% in AQH and 38% in Cume. These numbers are validation that On Point resonates with public radio audiences who want a chance to pursue the news, be part of the discussion and hear differing perspectives from across the country in a respectful setting.

“We’re thrilled that so many people are becoming fans of On Point,” says WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “And we believe the data demonstrates that it’s a strong choice for NPR stations across the country who are looking to experience the same kind of audience growth that On Point has enjoyed.”

“We talk a lot at On Point about value per minute, and how to increase impact for our listeners,” says host Tom Ashbrook. “We want the conversation to have a sense of drama, so we treat each hour like an event. It’s unflinchingly honest, fast, fun, serious and surprising. We want public radio listeners to feel embraced and engaged in a compelling way, not like news is being dropped down on them from up high.”

Marking its 15th anniversary this year, the two-hour live program produced by WBUR, reaches an estimated weekly audience of 1.76 million listeners and is heard on 290 NPR stations nationwide.

WBUR Makes iTunes Best of 2015 Podcast List


WBUR’s podcasts Dear Sugar and On Point with Tom Ashbrook have made the iTunes Best of 2015 podcast list. This annual list recognizes the best of the year’s content – handpicked by iTunes’ editorial teams and pulled from the top of the charts. Consider subscribing to both of these podcasts…here’s why:

sugar-300x300Dear Sugar is a weekly advice podcast featuring co-hosts, The Sugars. He is Steve Almond, the author of “Candyfreak” and, recently, “Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.” She is Cheryl Strayed, the author of “Wild” and “Tiny Beautiful Things,” a collection of her essays written as Sugar. Their WBUR podcast was born out of the cult-favorite advice column from The Rumpus with advice on universal themes of love, friendship and family. In addition to iTunes, The Guardian ranked Dear Sugar the best new podcast of 2015. Dear Sugar will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a special episode available on January 8, 2016.

icon_510053-23061487f7818ededfcc32f8e025ae3464c7d02b-s400-c85On Point with Tom Ashbrook is one of the fastest growing programs in all of public radio. The podcast offers fans of the the daily, two-hour radio program — heard on NPR stations across the country from WBUR’s studios in Boston every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon — another way to listen. On Point was born out of breaking news coverage in the aftermath of 9/11 and maintains that same fact-finding focus today. Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

Haven’t had a chance to listen to Dear Sugar or On Point yet? Don’t worry! All episodes are available through iTunes or on the Dear Sugar and On Point websites.

WBUR is in great company on the iTunes “Best of 2015” list. To see the full list, visit iTunes at

WBUR Seeking Developer to Join Growing Team in Boston

WBUR is seeking a multi-talented developer to join our growing team in Boston. Interested in working on a multi-tiered and de-coupled web architecture? Curious about  exciting new javascript frameworks like React and Vue? Want to work on a complex RESTful API? Come work with us to shape the future of public media.

WBUR creates more nationally distributed audio programming than any other public radio station in the country, where just these shows reach more than 5 million people per week. WBUR also creates exceptional podcasts with partners like NPR,  The New York Times and Slate and a roster of original digital offerings. In the last five years, WBUR has been the recipient of three Knight Foundation grants that have supported innovative programming and creative revenue experiments. We’ve got a proven track record of innovation in digital storytelling.

It’s an exciting time to work at WBUR. We’re working on big projects, like building a new site around audio streaming and a new mobile app to name just two. For example, our new responsive site ‘app’ has been built entirely in React.JS so we could offer audio experiences like persistent playback and a superfast mobile experience. We need talented, passionate people to help make these projects happen.

You’ll work with editors, reporters, producers and others across our operation to help translate and bridge design, development, and production of websites and web-based applications to execute WBUR’s emerging digital strategies and goals. You’ll be responsible for building, developing and maintaining a wide variety of websites, both internal and external. We’re a small team, so there’s opportunity to work on all types of projects at all levels.

Ideally, you like to tackle complex problems, and have experience working with responsive web design and front-end development; have an ability to translate technical details to a non-technical internal audience; have a commitment to user-centered design, web standards, usability and accessibility; and a passion for public media and journalism. WBUR is a WordPress shop; currently we’re evaluating new languages and frameworks to build even better experiences. Come join us!

For more details, please reach out to me directly or upload an application here.

– Tiffany Campbell, Executive Editor, Digital

Modern Love: The Podcast

Modern Love Landing PageFrom the pages of The New York Times and the studios of WBUR comes Modern Love: The Podcast, an audio journey exploring the joys and tribulations of love.

This exciting new weekly podcast is in production and will debut in early 2016. The podcast will feature memorable essays from the popular Times series of reader-submitted stories, each brought to life with notable readers such as January Jones, Judd Apatow and Jason Alexander.

Hosted by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti (Here & Now, Radio Boston) and featuring the Times’s Modern Love editor Daniel Jones, each episode will conclude with an epilogue, a conversation with the essayist about life after his or her story was published. You can read about the genesis of the project in The Hollywood Reporter.

We invite you to sign up for emails that will keep you posted when the podcast debuts or peruse past and present Modern Love columns. Want to hear a sample of Modern Love: The Podcast? Listen to our audio trailer here or on iTunes. And get ready to fall in love at first listen!

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.

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