Andrea started listening to NPR on WEOS, her college radio station, during the Gulf War. She didn’t have a T.V. so it was her primary broadcast news source.Her attraction to public radio and the human voice continued into grad school. Andrea got a M.A. in Media Studies at the New School in New York (’93) with a focus in audio production. Her first sound piece was about America’s fear and fascination with tattoos.
Following graduation, Andrea moved to Washington D.C. and was lucky enough to get an internship on the NPR National Desk. After a few months, Andrea switched over Weekend Edition Sunday after being hired as the editorial assistant. Waking up on Sunday mornings at 4 a.m. as a twenty-something was not easy, but she did it for more than two years and learned a ton from the generous and talented producers and host Liane Hansen.
Then Andrea left NPR to brew beer professionally. She did that in Arlington Virginia and Key West, Florida. Soon enough the public radio siren beckoned Andrea back north, where she edited interviews for The World, an international daily news show produced by WGBH and the BBC.
In 1997 WBUR started developing the program Here & Now and Andrea was a founding producer. Over time she evolved into the show’s Arts Producer. The WBUR newsroom created an Arts and Culture Reporter position in 2007. Andrea has been following the explosively vibrant scene in Boston and beyond to the best of her abilities ever since.
Her work has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award for audio feature reporting, the Public Radio News Directors Award for use of sound, the Associated Press for use of sound, and a media award from Arts Learning, a group dedicated to arts education.
BOSTON — While digital food-sharing is a newer trend, attempts to capture the aesthetic charms of edible things are not. We checked out two exhibitions that celebrate food in art.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Harvard Art Museums purchased Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s “258 Fake” especially for the opening of the new building — and it’s the museum’s first acquisition to be born of social media.
The Harvard Art Museums’ six-year renovation allowed conservators the rare chance to rethink and rediscover some of the museums’ most important works — and some hidden secrets were discovered.
The new Harvard Art Museums puts the work of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, founded by Edward Forbes, on display.
LINCOLN, Mass. — Some 160 years after the publication of “Walden,” 16 contemporary artists are taking cues from famous transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau in a new exhibition at the deCordova in Lincoln.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University inventor David Edwards has been called a real-life Willy Wonka for creating futuristic food — like inhalable chocolate. Now he’s opened restaurant/culture lab in Kendall Square where cocktails float in the air.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — These days, Jeffrey Combs, who attained cult status for his needle-wielding role in the 1985 sci-fi/horror movie “Re-Animator,” prefers to channel the literary spirit of Edgar Allan Poe in his one-man show “Nevermore.”
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge author Peter Bebergal makes some deeply researched connections between rock musicians, the supernatural and spiritual rebellion in his latest work, “Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll.”
BOSTON — Photographer Jim Hooper’s “Portraits of a Working Waterfront” series celebrates the faces, families and stories behind Gloucester’s struggling fishing industry.
BOSTON — Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society is the longest running performing arts organization in America, and is perhaps best known for its signature “historically informed performances” of Handel’s masterwork “Messiah.”
A Harvard scientist and her African colleagues create an uplifting song about Ebola that both helps heal their grief over fallen colleagues and serves to educate the public.
We profile costumer Jill Thibeau, whose job is to age and destroy clothing to fit the needs of a particular a character or scene in film and television.
BOSTON — Food has always been a big part of the Tanglewood experience. But a larger effort is under way this summer to use more locally-sourced products at all events on the Lenox campus.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Eating ramen at Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge is seen as a path to personal fulfillment — if you can finish their giant bowl of ramen, you can do anything in life. That’s the concept. Some customers even write their dreams down and hang them on the restaurant’s walls.
BOSTON — A Harvard University professor and inventor is behind the world’s first transatlantic scent message that was successfully transmitted Tuesday.
CONCORD, Mass. — There are lending libraries for tools, fishing poles, telescopes, even baking pans. Now gardeners are increasingly finding places to “borrow” too, as seed lending libraries crop up across the country.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Somerville-based The Echo Nest creates the behind-the-scenes song recommendation platforms for music streaming sites and was recently acquired by Spotify.
Wednesday at the TED conference in Vancouver, Adrianne Haslet-Davis will dance on the bionic leg she inspired MIT engineer Hugh Herr to create.
BOSTON — The futuristic, 10-story glass and aluminum building sits on the famed Sunset Boulevard and will house the more than 100 Emerson students who head west for internships each semester.
BOSTON — Fifty-four years after the publication of his seminal memoir, “Night,” the Holocaust survivor, now 85, asks: “Haven’t we learned anything?”
BOSTON — Boston’s new mayor, Marty Walsh, capped off his inauguration day celebrations Monday night with hours of locally-inspired live music, dance and comedy at the Hynes Convention Center.
BOSTON — It’s the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.
BOSTON — Four members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section are taking their beloved instruments into the spotlight with a group they’re calling the Boston Cello Quartet.
WATERTOWN, Mass. — We visit Benoit Rolland in his Watertown studio, after he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”