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Andrea Shea

Arts Reporter, WBUR

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.

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More Than Headdresses: Peabody Essex Celebrates Contemporary Native American Fashion

November 20, 2015
Mannequin and parsols by Patricia Michaels, the first Native American fashion designer on Project Runway and an artist represented in the new exhibition. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

Today we can find buckskin, feathers and fringe in many trendy stores, but this cultural borrowing raises concerns for contemporary Native American fashion designers. A new exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum explores the intersection of fashion, art, commerce and cultural identity.

Nomadic, For Now: Boston Lyric Opera Keeps Moving With Philip Glass At Cyclorama

November 10, 2015
The Cyclorama's industrial-looking setting creates a powerful backdrop to the Boston Lyric Opera's production of "In the Penal Colony," which is seen here in a dress rehearsal held Monday evening. (Courtesy of T Charles Erickson/The Boston Lyric Opera)

The Boston Lyric Opera is moving forward with shows in unconventional locations as it searches for a more permanent home. Its production of Philip Glass’ “In the Penal Colony” opens Wednesday.

Artists And Politicians Talk Issues — Over Banana Bread — At Annual State House Event

November 04, 2015
Artists and arts leaders posed for a photo with state leaders Wednesday after the annual "Artists Under the Dome event." (Courtesy Amit Dixit/South Asian Arts Council)

The event — with the clever title “Artists Under the Dome” — is a day-long effort to bridge gaps between politicians and artists while highlighting the role the arts play in the state’s economy.

‘Nosferatu’ Just Got Creepier: Berklee Students Create New Score For Classic Silent Film

October 30, 2015
(Courtesy Elizabeth Friar)

A group of Berklee film composition students have reimagined the score for the now iconic 1922 silent film “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror.”

‘This Is Where It Counts’: ‘Spotlight,’ On Church Abuse Exposé, Premieres In Boston Area

October 29, 2015
Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes, left, stands for a photo with actor Mark Ruffalo, who plays Rezendes in the film "Spotlight," as they attend the Boston-area premiere of the movie Wednesday at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. The film tells the story of how The Boston Globe reported on the clergy sex abuse scandal. (Steven Senne/AP)

“Spotlight” chronicles The Boston Globe investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

New Gardner Director Peggy Fogelman Explains Museum’s Significance To Her Past And Present

October 28, 2015

After an eight-month search with 200 candidates, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has selected Peggy Fogelman as its new director.

Renaissance Painter Crivelli, With His Gilded ‘Saint George,’ Gets The Gardner Spotlight

October 23, 2015
"Saint George Slaying the Dragon," by Carlo Crivelli, 1470 (Courtesy Gardner museum)

Isabella Stewart Gardner was actually the first collector to bring a painting by Carlo Crivelli into the U.S.

ICA Explores How The Avant-Garde Thrived At Black Mountain College

October 20, 2015
Buckminster Fuller inside his geodesic dome at Black Mountain College, photo by Hazel Larsen Archer, 1949. (Courtesy ICA Boston)

Works by roughly 100 artists will be on display in the exhibit “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957,” which celebrates the school’s dedication to progressive education.

Why This Portrait Of A Bejeweled Dutch Lady Was A Critical Get For The MFA’s New Show

October 15, 2015
Ermgard Elisabeth van Dorth, by Paulus Moreelse, 1624 (Courtesy MFA Boston)

The MFA’s new major exhibition of 75 Dutch masterpieces includes two famous Vermeers and several works that have never been displayed in the U.S. before — including a little-known portrait of a lady that proved to be a critical get for the show’s curator.

After 33 Years, BU And Huntington Theatre Company Are Cutting Ties

October 07, 2015
The BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue. (BU Today)

The move is a result of BU’s decision to sell its 890-seat Huntington Avenue theater and two adjoining buildings, which have been the Huntington’s home for more than three decades.

Knives And Cabbage Fly At Giant ‘Kraut Mob’ In Boston

October 04, 2015
Jeremy Ogusky (right) at a kraut mob, or a sauerkraut-making event, at Powisset Farm in Dover. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

With 250 pounds of cabbage waiting to be chopped, massaged, salted, squished into jars, Jeremy Ogusky is ready to expose newbies to the world of fermented foods at Sunday’s Boston Fermentation Festival.

Cheese-Lovers, Come With Us As We Descend Into A Cambridge Shop’s (Stinky) Cave

September 29, 2015
Formaggio Kitchen owner Ihsan Gurdal looks through the cheese case at the Cambridge store. Gurdal used to coach volleyball at Harvard before buying Formaggio Kitchen in the early 1990s. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

From the depths of a cheese cave, some local cheese mongers — like Formaggio Kitchen’s Ihsan Gurdal — are waging a campaign to raise awareness about cheese origins, cheese integrity and cheese abuse.

Turn It Down: Berklee And Spotify Team Up To Save Our Ears

May 19, 2015
The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.(Emily Orpin/Flickr)

The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.

Saving A Slaughterhouse: Why Groton Rallied Behind Blood Farm

March 12, 2015
Tom Peyton, Blood Farm's plant manager, walks in front of the newly built processing facility in Groton. A fire in December 2013 destroyed the business that has been staffed by seven generations of Bloods. After the fire, the community of Groton joined with the local meat industry to urge the family, one of only two USDA certified slaughterhouses in the state, to rebuild. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Bloods (yes, that’s their real name) have been running Blood Farm in Groton for seven generations.
When a fire threatened to shut them down for good, the family was surprised by the outpouring of support urging them to rebuild.

Gov. Baker Proposes Eliminating Film Tax Credit

March 04, 2015
Rebecca Hall, left, and Ben Affleck are shown in a scene from "The Town." (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger)

The cut would pay for Baker’s proposed increase in the state’s earned income tax credit for low-income working families.

Is Making Sausage A Manly Pursuit? One Local Female Charcutiere Says Not Necessarily

January 08, 2015
Charcutiere Julie Biggs (Courtesy Julie Biggs)

Boston-area charcutiere Julie Biggs is up for a Good Food Award Thursday night in San Francisco.

Why Are These Scientists Singing About Ebola?

October 03, 2014
Computational biologist Pardis Sabeti (YouTube)

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.

The Art of Aging And Destruction

August 19, 2014
Film/TV "ager/dyer" Jill Thibeau. (WBUR/Andrea Shea)

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.

Tanglewood Embraces Local Food Movement

August 07, 2014
Classical music fans have been picnicking on Tanglewood's lush lawn for years. (Alan Solomon/ AP File)

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.

Porter Square Ramen Shop Wants To Make Your Dreams Come True

July 16, 2014
Yume Wo Katare owner and ramen master Tsuyoshi Nishioka welcomes customers by yelling “Irashaimase!” from behind the long counter that separates his open kitchen and the shop's 18-seat dining room. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

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.

Smell Ya Later: The World's First Transatlantic Scent Message Has Been Received

June 18, 2014

A Harvard University professor and inventor is behind the world’s first transatlantic scent message that was successfully transmitted Tuesday.

You Lend What? Seed Lending Libraries Crop Up Around Massachusetts

June 18, 2014
One of the goals of the seed lending library movement is to preserve antique fruit, vegetables and flowers, otherwise known as heirlooms. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

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.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Cello ‘Boy Band’

February 01, 2013
From left to right: Mihail Jojatu, Blaise Dejardin, Alexandre Lecarme and Adam Esbensen at Symphony Hall in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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.

The Man Behind A Thousand Bows Gets A ‘Genius Grant’

October 03, 2012
Benoit Rolland, in his home bow-making studio (Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

We visit Benoit Rolland in his Watertown studio, after he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”

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