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David Carr, ‘A Really Great Reporter,’ Recalled At WBUR Event

From left: Jill Abramson, Seth Mnookin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and WBUR's Christopher Lydon remember David Carr at BU Monday night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

From left: Jill Abramson, Seth Mnookin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and WBUR’s Christopher Lydon remember David Carr at BU Monday night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

By Louise Kennedy

Some of the many journalists inspired, goaded and mentored by David Carr gathered at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center Monday night to remember the New York Times media columnist, who died Feb. 12. WBUR hosted the event, which had originally been planned with Carr himself as the second installment of our event series “Fast Forward.”

Jill Abramson, the former Times executive editor who broke news with Carr at the first Fast Forward event, noted how eerie it was to return to the same stage without him. But she resisted any attempt to paint him as a larger-than-life saint.

“He was not Walter Lippmann,” Abramson said. “He was a really great reporter who covered the hell out of the area he knew best about.”

From left: Jill Abramson, Seth Mnookin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and WBUR’s Christopher Lydon remember David Carr at BU Monday night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

From left: Jill Abramson, Seth Mnookin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and WBUR’s Christopher Lydon remember David Carr at BU Monday night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Moderated by Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon and introduced by WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz, the discussion also featured Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates and MIT’s Seth Mnookin. Both credited Carr with helping them early in their careers and holding them to high professional standards. Just as important, they said, was his support and friendship in their lives outside work.

“He was my friend and I adored him. Like terribly,” Coates said. “And he’s gone.”

Pyxis Productions filmed the event for WBUR. Here’s the full video:

Listen Up: An Evening of Exceptional Audio

WBUR turned off the lights at the ICA for a special evening of listening…in the dark. 

The series Listen Up mines the vast radio landscape for hidden gems, then presents them in a unique listening experience.

Robin Young PhotoHighResHere & Now’s Robin Young hosted Listen Up: Love Stories with special guest Steve Almond, acclaimed writer and co-host of WBUR’s new podcast, Dear Sugar. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, this edition of Listen Up focused on relationships and featured a curated selection of public radio’s most exceptional love stories. Click on the links below to hear the featured pieces:

What Is This Thing?
Sean Cole

Dear Sugar
Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed

Bad Dates
This American Life

Dr. Phil
Starlee Kine

Carrying Sam
Robin Young

The Greatest Love Story of the 20th Century
Sarah Vowell

WBUR’s Serious Fun presents “Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders”

WBUR’s Serious Fun presents “Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders” at the Somerville Theatre on Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m.  This NYC-based variety show is a favorite of fans and critics alike and has been hailed as “perpetually entertaining!” (New Yorker), “one of the most whip-smart variety shows” (Portland Mercury) and “a brilliant evening of laid-back fun” (Village Voice). 

A one-of-a-kind variety show with celebrated musicians, writers and comedians, you’ll laugh, think and sing along. Sometimes all at once. A little bit vaudeville, a little bit literary and a lot of rock ‘n’ roll – you can never predict what’s inside the Cabinet of Wonders. The Cabinet of Wonders previously was a special podcast series from NPR.

Presented by 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, as part of a new event series called “Serious Fun,” guests appearing on this very special Boston installment include: host Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), author/surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande, comedian Maeve Higgins, musicians Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses) and Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly).

“We’re thrilled to bring this terrific show to Boston audiences, as part of our ongoing commiment to provide the same style of high-quality programming in person as we do on-air and online,” said Louise Kennedy, director of community engagement, WBUR. “And of course, WBUR is seriously committed to having serious fun when possible.”

Cabinet graphicWBUR’S SERIOUS FUN PRESENTS: WESLEY STACE’S “CABINET OF WONDERS”
THURSDAY, MARCH 5

Somerville Theatre, Davis Square

Doors 7:15pm,  Show 8pm

Tickets $25-35

Tickets and more information: http://bit.ly/1yJ6OAT

Video: ‘26.2: Beyond The Finish Line’ Live Broadcast

At the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on April 15, 2014, On Point host Tom Ashbrook led a live evening program looking back over the year since the Boston Marathon bombings with a distinguished group of first responders, writers, scholars and musicians.

Guests included Harvard historian and author Jill Lepore, award-winning author James Carroll, comedian and social observer Jonathan Katz, Boston firefighter Sean O’Brien, The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen and Scott Helman, national poetry slam winner Regie Gibson and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

The event also featured music from singer/songwriter Patty Larkin, Bill Janovitz founder of Buffalo Tom, musician Amanda Palmer and cellist Ronald Feldman of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

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