HUBweek 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 future. 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.
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.
Premieres on Morning Edition, Wednesday, Sept. 16th
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.
Web Exclusive at artery.wbur.org
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 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!
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 has named Jamie 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.
Radio Boston airs weekdays at 3 p.m. and is rebroadcasted at 10 p.m.
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.
For 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.
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.
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.
Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) handed out its annual awards on June 27 at the organization’s annual conference in Salt Lake City. WBUR was honored with four PRNDI awards:
- Radio Boston -“School Desegregation Four Decades Later” (1st place, call-in program)
- Bruce Gellerman‘s “Back Bay Blaze” story that aired on Here & Now (1st place, award for nationally edited breaking news)
- David Boeri‘s “Gang Violence Reigns in El Salvador” (1st place, best writing)
- “26.2: Beyond the Finish Line” (2nd place, continuing coverage)
The awards included recognition for excellent journalism produced in 2014 in new arts and sports feature categories as well as or multimedia, nationally edited, and student work. The competition was fierce this year with over 1,100 entries from public radio newsrooms across the country. The complete awards list is on the PRNDI website.
WBUR announced today the promotion of Morning Edition Senior Producer Dan Mauzy to the newly-created position of Managing Editor in the WBUR newsroom. In his new role, Dan will be managing newsroom operations during the day and guiding the work of WBUR reporters.
Dan has led WBUR’s Morning Edition team over the last three years as a gifted writer, creative and thoughtful producer, and a calm and decisive presence in the control room. He has played a key role in WBUR’s coverage of virtually every major news story over the last three years. In particular, his work on Morning Edition–and across other WBUR programs–during the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, was exemplary.
Dan first arrived at WBUR in 2010 as an associate producer on Radio Boston. He won praise for his work helping to evolve the show from a weekly to a daily program. Dan came to WBUR after getting his start in public radio at two staple shows, On the Media and StoryCorps.
Before radio, Dan worked as a newspaper reporter, and was the Santa Fe County Bureau Chief for the Rio Grande Sun in New Mexico.
Dan is graduate of Vassar College, where he majored in English and Mathematics. He has deep Massachusetts roots, having grown up in Stoneham and graduated from the Commonwealth School in Boston.
WBUR announced today that award-winning journalist Lisa Mullins has been named the new permanent weekday host of All Things Considered.
Mullins is a highly-regarded, long-time public radio personality with roots in Boston. She began her career in journalism at WBUR in 1985, as host of Morning Edition. She went on to serve as anchor of PRI’s The World, where she spent more than 15 years interviewing key figures on the international stage, including U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. In 2012, Mullins was awarded the highly coveted ‘Gracie Award’ honoring women who have made major contributions to the field of programming and journalism.
“Having Lisa join the team signifies our commitment to exceptional journalism,” said WBUR Director of News and Programming Sam Fleming. “Simply put, Lisa is one of the great hosts in all of public radio. Her unique interview style and deep roots in Boston make her a terrific addition and I look forward to the many contributions she will make not only to All Things Considered but to our entire news operation at WBUR.”
“I can’t describe how thrilled and honored I am to be back home at WBUR in Boston,” said Mullins. “It’s a great privilege to work at a world-class news organization like WBUR, and I look forward to collaborating with the many extraordinarily talented people who contribute to All Things Considered.”
All Things Considered is the most listened to afternoon drive-time news program in the country. The show provides listeners a compelling mix of breaking news, in-depth interviews, commentaries, cultural reviews and offbeat features from NPR bureaus throughout the U.S. and around the world. The show airs on WBUR weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
More than 500 On Point fans joined Tom Ashbrook on June 10th to welcome bestselling author Cheryl Strayed at the Paramount Theatre in Boston. Hosted by WBUR, this event, recorded live to tape for broadcast, focused on the themes of loss, career and family. Ashbrook smoothly transitioned the conversation from Strayed’s career as an author, to her role at home as a mother and even to her on air debut as co-host of the Podcast Dear Sugar.
Ashbrook asked Strayed about the making of the movie “Wild,” based on her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. The book was originally optioned by its star, Reese Witherspoon who according Strayed “promised me that… the movie will end where the book does, which is a woman alone, without any money, without a man, without a home, without a job.” Strayed goes on to note that despite the lack of traditional success, she felt profoundly okay.
Although Strayed’s career was the main focus of the evening, the topics of grief and loss kept floating to the surface as the underlying motivation for Strayed’s intense empathy and ambition. “When my mom first died, I thought that I am going to go through a grieving process that will have an order and then there will be an end to it,” Strayed began. “What I had to accept was that there would never be an end to it. And that sounds horrible, right? But it’s actually incredibly liberating because actually what you realize is that we can live with our suffering. We can bear that thing that we thought we couldn’t bear.”
Watch the full interview here:
A new WBUR Poll indicates meager support across Massachusetts for the idea of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games within the Boston region. However, support in the WBUR survey rises substantially under the scenario of Olympic venues spread across Massachusetts, rather than clustered around the city of Boston. For details and the complete poll results, visit Curt Nickisch’s story from WBUR’s Morning Edition.
WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, will launch a six-week pilot season of You’re the Expert, a new science and comedy program hosted by comedian Chris Duffy. The weekly one-hour show begins airing this week, Wednesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 6 at 6 p.m. EST.
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 doctor who studies Neanderthal DNA or a researcher who examines bacteria from the New York public transit system. A panel of comedians then uses questions and games to try and guess what the expert does and why his or her field is important. In the premiere episode, comedians John Hodgman (author, actor, former Daily Show correspondent with a current cameo in Pitch Perfect 2), Wyatt Cenac (also a Daily Show vet with a Netflix stand-up special Brooklyn and recent cameos on Inside Amy Schumer) and Maeve Higgins (author of “We Have a Good Time, Don’t We?”) try to figure out what Dr. Julie Shah, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies.
“The show is a mix of learning and laughter. Our scientists are incredibly passionate about their findings, and they love playing straight man to the comedians – who in turn get a ton of great material to work with. This is the kind of combination that you only find on public radio,” said Duffy, who’s also the show’s creator.
“There’s an increasing appetite for comedy, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Chris and bring his style of smart entertainment to radio for the first time,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “Too often only a narrow community is aware of important research and discoveries. This show gives WBUR the opportunity to highlight some of the groundbreaking work being done by the brightest minds in science – research most people would never hear or know about otherwise. I’m confident the program will inspire curiosity among an entirely new audience.”
You’re the Expert began as a live show recorded and shared as a podcast. WBUR teamed up with comedian Duffy to bring the program to radio. The project was spearheaded out of the WBUR iLab, the station’s center for innovation, imagination and ideas. You’re the Expert is currently in its pilot season with an initial run slated for six-weeks on WBUR. It is scheduled to air weekly on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.
The premiere episode was taped at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as part of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and the Cambridge Science Festival. For more information visit www.theexpertshow.com.
Listen to the first episode:
Listen to the second episode:
Listen to all the episodes on the You’re the Expert website.
Share Your Feedback: You’re the Expert is a pilot project in development at WBUR. We’d like your opinion as we continue to refine it. After you listen, please take WBUR’s You’re The Expert Survey.
WBUR is looking for a social media producer – a self starter who is as comfortable covering events via Snapchat as developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to grow and develop WBUR’s social networks and audience.
You’ll work with one of the biggest and best digital teams in the public radio system. Part of this job will also include developing storytelling techniques on these platforms and training others to use them. You’ll also work across the station on digital membership initiatives and help implement similar innovation.
Want to know more? Check out the job listing here.
-Tiffany Campbell, Managing Editor, Digital
National Ratings Data Showcases WBUR’s Role as a Top NPR Partner with Year-Over-Year Increases for Here & Now, On Point and Only A Game
WBUR, Boston’s NPR® news station, has earned its highest-ever national ratings for its signature programs, Here & Now, On Point and Only A Game. At a time when audiences have more options than ever for where and how to consume news and information, all three programs achieved year-over-year growth in both average quarter-hour listening (AQH) and cume, the total number of listeners in a week.*
“We’re thrilled to see that our dedication to exceptional journalism is resonating with listeners,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “Every day, WBUR producers and hosts are helping to shape the national conversation and, I believe, helping to create a civil discourse about topics that truly matter and make a difference in people’s lives.”
National success is not WBUR’s only calling card. As a local station, WBUR ranks as the fourth highest generator of listening to NPR programming overall, according to the most recent Fall 2014 ARA Audigraphics. That is, WBUR brings more listeners to NPR than all but three other stations, headquartered in significantly larger media markets: WNYC in New York City; WAMU in Washington, DC, and KQED in San Francisco.
Locally, WBUR has the largest radio newsroom in New England, and has continued to invest in local journalism, adding new digital producers and five new reporters over the last five years. Radio Boston, hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks, celebrates its 5th anniversary today as a daily local call-in newsmagazine. WBUR’s Morning Edition with Bob Oakes regularly ranks among the top-rated programs in the market.
A respected leader in the public radio system, WBUR produces more national NPR programming than any other station in the country. Taken together, Here & Now, On Point and Only A Game reach listeners in 91% of the United States. Some key highlights of the national data:
- Here & Now, which WBUR has produced since 1997, expanded from one to two hours in July 2013 as part of a groundbreaking partnership between NPR and WBUR, marking the first time NPR has collaborated with a member station on a daily news program. Here & Now ranks #8 of the Top 20 leading programs in public radio. As compared to one year ago, the program is up 10% in AQH and 5% in cume year over year, totaling 811,200 in AQH and a 3,730,700 cume. For comparison, this cume is approximately the same size as the entire Boston radio market as measured by Nielsen, from Worcester to Southern New Hampshire to Plymouth. Broadcast live weekdays from 12 – 2 p.m. EST, Hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson update the program until 4 p.m. for different time zones on 405 stations across America, including eight of the Top 10 markets.
- On Point, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, has shown steady growth over the last five ratings books. On Point boasted a dramatic 14% yearly increase in AQH and is up 10% in cume year over year. On Point is heard on 235 stations nationally, a 9% increase in carriage since last year, and reaches a cume audience of 1,761,900 with an AQH of 319,800. Additionally, the On Point podcast has the largest reach in WBUR’s podcast portfolio, with 1.7 million downloads per month. The show, which was born in the aftermath of NPR’s 9/11 special coverage, will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year.
- Only A Game with host Bill Littlefield is also up, with an increase of 8% in AQH and 5% in cume year over year. The program, which airs once per week, has an AQH of 203,400 and a 344,400 cume on 195 NPR stations. Notably, Only A Game has seen dramatic growth in its podcast downloads, which are up 52% year over year.
- The WBUR website at wbur.org has enjoyed 20% audience growth year over year, making it one of the largest NPR member station websites in the country. This is in addition to millions of digital content consumers engaging with WBUR through apps like NPR One, Tune In, Stitcher and WBUR’s own app, as well as its podcasts.
“We believe there’s a huge appetite for public radio, but we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Kravetz. “WBUR is striving to lead a media revolution from a position of strength with radio at its core, adding significant online offerings, podcasts and more. We want people to discover and fall in love with WBUR on every platform. Our national success, with shows like Here & Now, On Point, Only A Game and Car Talk, helps make that possible.”
Strategically, WBUR has focused on the opportunities presented by digital disruption, offering audiences innovative ways to connect with its content. WBUR expanded its on-air programming with Here & Now to more markets in partnership with NPR. Online verticals have been developed, such as WBUR’s CommonHealth, The ARTery and Cognoscenti, WBUR’s ideas and opinions page at wbur.org. The station has also launched three new podcasts in the last year, including Dear Sugar with best-selling authors Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond; The Checkup, a partnership with CommonHealth and Slate; and The Finish Line with The Boston Globe, focused on the Boston Marathon bombing trial. WBUR has also increased its community engagement efforts, presenting more than 100 live events each year.
- Neilsen Audio Nationwide ACT 1, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Persons 12+
- ARA Audigraphics, Fall 2014
- WBUR station analytics
WBUR, one of the largest and most innovative public media operations in the country, is seeking a developer in a newly created role who can help us tell stories, lead our technical team and continue our innovative track record of smart, exciting digital news and membership products.
It’s an exciting time to work at WBUR, where our growing digital team is reevaluating every aspect of our operation, everything from digital strategy to new products to how we tell stories. In this new role you would get to shape and direct our future. We’re working on big projects, building new site architecture around audio streaming and discovery, new apps and ways to experience audio online, meaningful digital membership and much, much more. We need talented, passionate people to help make that happen.
As a lead web developer, you’ll work with editors, reporters, producers and others across our operation to build tools, shape our platform, and help organize and scale a growing digital team. You’ll work across project teams at WBUR to solve problems, determine project scope, help set schedules and deadlines, and oversee quality assurance. You will act as a subject-matter expert for project team members, helping to translate and bridge design, development, and production of websites and web-based applications to execute WBUR’s emerging digital strategies and goals. At WBUR, you’ll work on big, public-facing projects on a platform that people are passionate about.
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!
– Tiffany Campbell, Managing Editor, Digital
WBUR’s Asma Khalid, Shawn Bodden and George Hicks have been awarded the 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Digital Audio for their documentary, “A Fear of Going to School: Five Former Boston Students Reflect on Busing.”
For the story, the reporting team gathered a group of five former Boston Public School students to share their personal stories about what happened to them 40 years ago after “forced busing” or desegregation was implemented as a result of the 1972 Morgan V. Hennigan decision. Unlike other stories, the team wanted to hear what it would sound like if these former students were together and actually talking to each other.
The WBUR team will be presented with the award at an annual banquet at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Friday, June 26.
Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. The contest is open to any U.S. media outlet.
Bob Oakes, host of WBUR’s Morning Edition, will be reporting from Vietnam for the next week. Oakes traveled overseas with two Boston-area veterans for the 40th anniversary of the United States evacuation of Saigon. This special series starts today and will air every day through the week of April 27th only on WBUR’s Morning Edition.
Massachusetts sent thousands of its young men and women to Vietnam, serving a critical role in the war. The first and last United States military casualties were soldiers from Massachusetts. The lives of both of these men will be honored and profiled during this series. In addition, four Massachusetts veterans were among the final 50 at the embassy during the last days of the war. Two of those four, William Newell and John Ghilain, are returning to Vietnam for the 40th anniversary. This is the first time these marines will return to Vietnam since the fall of Saigon in April 1975.
Some highlights of “40 Years Later: A Return to Vietnam” include:
Friday, April 24: “Massachusetts Bookends the War, Part 1.” A story of Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr., the first man killed in the war.
Tuesday, April 28: Host Bob Oakes will interview Vietnam veterans William Newell and John Ghilain in front of the same embassy gate they defended 40 years ago.
Wednesday, April 29: “Massachusetts Bookends the War, Part 2.” WBUR explores the life and death of the last man to be killed in the war, Charlie McMahon.
‘40 Years later: A Return to Vietnam’ will have special features on WBUR’s website including photos and video. For more information, visit the series landing page at wbur.org.