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Jessica Alpert

Former Staff
Associate Producer, Here & Now, WBUR

Producer Jessica Alpert came to Here & Now from WBUR’s Radio Boston, where she was responsible for arts and culture coverage.

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.

Recent stories

Armpit Fat? There’s A YouTube Video For That

December 19, 2014
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Arm pit fat? Double chin? Flabby arms? There’s a YouTube fitness video for that. The site allowing people to exercise anything and everything–from their living rooms.

Vermont Gov. Won’t Pursue Single Payer Health Care This Year

December 17, 2014
Governor Peter Shumlin earlier this year.  (Wilson Ring/AP)

Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont announced on Wednesday that Vermont would not pursue single payer healthcare in this coming legislative session.

The Art Of Surgery: Painting The Operating Room On Canvas

December 17, 2014
Coronary Bypass Operation at Brigham and Women's, Boston 2010 oil 40 x 70. A painting by Joel Babb. (Courtesy of Joel Babb)

I remember photographing a mastectomy, a breast reduction, a complicated breast reconstruction, removal of a formerly transplanted kidney, and a lung cancer operation. But what I really wanted was to observe a heart operation.

The Psychological Aftermath Of The Sydney Siege

December 15, 2014
A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place.  (Rob Griffith/AP)

The Sydney hostages survived a terrifying 16-hour siege. Now they will begin an entirely different psychological experience — that of healing.

Foggy Days, Sleepless Nights: When Alzheimer’s Care Goes Nocturnal

December 15, 2014
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A shift in circadian rhythms causes many patients Alzheimer’s or dementia to be awake at night. Instead of coaxing them back to sleep, one program has decided to make their nights — into days.

French Kissing For Science And Sharing More Than Romance

December 15, 2014
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That kiss last night? You may have left with more than butterflies. According to Dutch researchers, the average 10 second french kiss can result in the exchange of around 80 million pieces of bacteria.

Culture Clash: U.K. Embraces Homebirth As Best For Some Women

December 12, 2014
Sarah Parente shortly after the birth of her daughter Fiona.  Photo: Leilani Rogers

“Home births may be best” for some women. That’s according to a new set of recommendations released by national health experts in the UK.

What Not To Say To Parents Of Twins

May 16, 2013
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A cartoon captures all the cringe-worthy comments and questions that assail parents of twins.

Conductor Benjamin Zander Fired For Employing Sex Offender

January 13, 2012
Conductor Benjamin Zander leads the Boston Philharmonic in 2004 at New York's Carnegie Hall. (AP)

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.

Cambridge Native Mindy Kaling Comes Home

December 05, 2011
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Actress and writer Mindy Kaling from NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy series, “The Office,” joins Radio Boston in the studio.

Food Pyramid’s Successor, ‘My Plate,’ Dishes Up Debate

November 30, 2011
From left: The USDA's new "My Plate"; the food pyramid; and Harvard's "Healthy Eating Plate."

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?

Julia Easterlin: One Woman Chorus

November 25, 2011
Julia Easterlin compares her performing style as "musical sudoku." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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.

The Hospital Roommate Is Almost Extinct

September 20, 2011
The Lunder Building at Massachusetts General Hospital features 150 private rooms. (Courtesy MGH)

Private rooms for all patients is the new trend in hospital care, especially among many of the top-tier hospitals in Massachusetts.

Spacing Out Vaccines: What Happens When You Do It Your Way

September 13, 2011
Some parents delay recommended vaccinations. (sabianmaggy/Flickr)

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.

02139 — ‘Smedley’s Secret Guide To World Literature’

August 15, 2011
Patrons wait for the T in Cambridge's Central Square. (b a r t/Flickr)

Cambridge ZIP code 02139 is the setting for author Askold Melnyczuk’s fourth novel, “Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature.”

Freshlyground: Banned In Zimbabwe, Booked In Brighton

June 27, 2011
South African band Freshlyground (Courtesy photo)

South African band Freshlyground has some infectiously upbeat music, but they don’t shy away from political themes.

The Horror In Haiti Up Close

November 19, 2010
A young woman suffering cholera symptoms is carried by a relative to St. Catherine hospital, run by Doctors Without Borders, in the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday Nov. 19, 2010. (AP)

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.

Literary Magazine Goes Online And Into Your Headphones

November 15, 2010
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A new online literary magazine hopes to tap into growing demand for audio books and short-form content, perfect for commuting.

MFA Prepares For Grand Opening

November 11, 2010
The MFA's new Art of the Americas wing (Courtesy of the MFA)

The MFA opens its new Art of the Americas wing to the press this week. Nearly 50,000 square feet and ten years in the making, the wing cost the museum around half a billion dollars.

Book Excerpt: ‘Running The Books’

October 20, 2010
"Running the Books" by Avi Steinberg. (Courtesy Random House)

After graduating from Harvard, Avi Steinberg got what is surely one of the most interesting jobs one could imagine: prison librarian. Steinberg details his experience in “Running the Books.”

Are Typewriters The New Black?

September 06, 2010

Tom Furrier’s Arlington typewriter shop resembles a trip back in time. But now more than ever, his typewriters are being snapped up by new devotees and people who want to “punch” rather than “surf” into the future.

Shays No Longer Last Republican Standing

November 04, 2008

support wbur today New England’s last Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives has been voted out of office. Connecticut’s Christopher Shays, a 21 year incumbent, was defeated today by Democrat Jim Himes in his bid for re-election. In his concession speech tonight, Shays said, “We lost an election, but we didn’t lose our […]

Massachusetts Statehouse Election Highlights

November 04, 2008

support wbur today Demetrius Atsalis, Dem, elected State House, 2nd Barnstable, Massachusetts. James Murphy, Dem, elected State House, 4th Norfolk, Massachusetts. Michael Brady, Dem, elected State House, 9th Plymouth, Massachusetts. Thomas Conroy, Dem, elected State House, 13th Middlesex, Massachusetts. Jennifer Benson, Dem, elected State House, 37th Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Mass. Voters Decriminalize Possession Of Small Amounts Of Marijuana

November 04, 2008

support wbur today People caught with an ounce or less of marijuana won’t be considered criminals in Massachusetts. Voters have approved a measure to ease marijuana laws. Under the new law, which takes effect in 30 days, those caught will be forced to give up the pot and pay a $100 fine, instead of facing […]

Greyhound Racing Goes To The Dogs

November 04, 2008

support wbur today Massachusetts voters have approved a ban on greyhound racing. The measure will force the state’s two greyhound race tracks to close their doors by Jan. 1, 2010. Supporters argued greyhound racing is inhumane and that greyhounds are routinely injured during races, including broken legs, paralysis and even death from cardiac arrest. The […]

Frank Feels Vindicated After Attacks From McCain

November 04, 2008

support wbur today Representative Barney Frank discusses his recent victory with WBUR’s host Bob Oakes. The Massachusetts Democrat defeated Republican Early Sholley from Norfolk and Susan Allen from Brookline. Frank used his role as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee to tell voters how he would lead regulatory reform and oversee the nation’s recovery […]

From The Field: Voting in New Hampshire

November 04, 2008

support wbur today From The Field: Voting in New Hampshire WBUR’s Fred Thys spoke with host Bob Oakes about the voting scene in New Hampshire.

Question One Defeated

November 04, 2008

support wbur today Massachusetts voters have rejected a call to eliminate the state’s income tax. The measure would have cut the 5.3 percent tax rate in half in January, and then killed it completely in January 2010. Supporters argued the best way to cut government waste and overspending was to cut tax revenues by 40 […]

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