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Lisa Tobin

Senior Innovation Producer, WBUR

Lisa Tobin is the senior producer of innovation at WBUR. In that role, she is developing new programs at the station and experimenting with audio and its delivery on digital platforms. She oversees the iLab, the space for incubating new ideas at WBUR,  and its fellowship program.

Her background is in both radio and digital – having started her public radio career working as a news writer at WBUR before becoming the station’s first dedicated web producer. She helped in the station’s transition to a digital news operation before returning to radio as a field producer for Morning Edition. She is also the founder of Audiofiles, a site that curates the best of public radio storytelling.

She graduated from Tufts University. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she lives in Cambridge.


Recent stories

Dear Sugar, Episode 2: The Two Stories We Tell

January 23, 2015

In this episode, the Sugars explore the two stories we tell — the story of how we want to be seen, the public self, and the story of who we really are inside, the private self. They field questions from a feminist struggling to reconcile her stories in the wake of an emotionally abusive relationship, and from a twenty-something virgin who has spent her life letting her family write her story.

Dear Sugar, Episode 1: Meet The Sugars

December 10, 2014

In the pilot episode, the Sugars field questions on a father’s infidelity, how many children is too many, and whether a relationship can survive when one partner is smarter than the other.

Give Thanks For Kindness With A Postcard

November 17, 2014
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Are you thankful for an act of kindness in your life? From now through Friday, November 21, you can send a personalized postcard to anyone you want to thank, on us.

Kind World Returns This Holiday Season

October 30, 2014

This holiday season, Kind World returns, on-air and online, with all-new stories celebrating acts of kindness.

Listen: A Quick Breakdown Of What Happens To Boston In The Summer

June 06, 2014

From liquor store sales to T ridership to the number of tweets coming from our smart phones, Boston can feel like a whole different city in the summer.

A Brief Explanation Of What Happens To Boston In The Summer

June 06, 2014
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We all know the collective sigh of relief this time of year, when the students vanish and the city is transformed, seemingly overnight. Which got us thinking: what exactly changes in Boston in the summer? What are some of the numbers behind that transformation?

Views Of A Frozen Charles River

February 07, 2014
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Some days the frozen river looks like an abstract work of art, some nights it looks like the surface of the moon.

Kind World #6: An Ordinary, Beautiful Life

January 08, 2014

Shelagh Gordon was another name in the obituaries, an ordinary woman who had died suddenly of a massive brain aneurysm at the age of 55. But something in her obituary stood out to a journalist at the Toronto Star. For weeks, Catherine Porter had been combing the paper, looking to profile an ordinary person through the perspectives of the family and friends he or she had left behind. What emerged was an extraordinary portrait.

Kind World #5: A Place That’s Safe

December 25, 2013
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How far would you go to a help a person in need? When Ron Jones, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, got to know a young couple who were struggling and learned about their background, he made the decision that money alone would not be enough to truly make a difference in their lives.

Kind World #4: Reddit Sends Its Love

December 17, 2013
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Scott Widak had a smile for everyone and an open heart. When he became terminally ill, his nephew took to Reddit, asking the online community to send letters to his uncle with Down syndrome and listing some of his eclectic interests. Scott’s story resonated around the world, with hundreds and hundreds of letters coming in, each recognizing something special about Scott that had resonated with the sender.

Kind World #3: Remembering Karim

December 11, 2013
Courtesy of the artist, Susan Siris Wexler.

Karim Alagha worked for 25 years at a gas station in Cambridge. He was immensely loving and deeply empathetic; he asked people how they felt and truly listened to their answers. Over time, a community formed around Karim and the station. An invisible community that was not even aware of itself until Karim fell sick.

A Comedian And A Coder Walk Into A Room…

September 20, 2013

Baratunde Thurston says comedy and technology make for a powerful combination — and he’s bringing the two together for a Comedy Hack Day this weekend at the MIT Media Lab.

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