Jessica is responsible for arts and culture coverage on Radio Boston.
She moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician.
Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica’s freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador.
Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats.
To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit: www.jessicaalpert.com.
A cartoon captures all the cringe-worthy comments and questions that assail parents of twins.
World-renowned conductor Benjamin Zander and the New England Conservatory abruptly ended an almost half-century long working relationship Thursday, when school officials discovered Zander had knowingly hired a registered sex-offender to videotape NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra over the past decade.
Actress and writer Mindy Kaling from NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy series, “The Office,” joins Radio Boston in the studio.
The USDA has replaced the government’s so-called food pyramid with a new easy-to-follow guide to healthy eating that it says is convenient, and could actually save lives. But is the food pyramid’s replacement too simplistic?
For loop artist Julia Easterlin, it doesn’t take an entire band to put together great music. All it takes is her voice and a little black box.
Private rooms for all patients is the new trend in hospital care, especially among many of the top-tier hospitals in Massachusetts.
Some parents are asking physicians to administer vaccines one at a time — even if it takes extra visits. But that may not be such a good idea.
Cambridge ZIP code 02139 is the setting for author Askold Melnyczuk’s fourth novel, “Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature.”
South African band Freshlyground has some infectiously upbeat music, but they don’t shy away from political themes.
A group of doctors and nurses from Children’s Hospital in Boston recently spent a week in Haiti assisting a pediatric unit at a hospital in Port au Prince. Two of them join us to talk about the scene in Haiti, the cholera epidemic, and what’s being done to keep children safe.