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The WBUR Gala: The Heart of WBUR

GalalogoThe annual WBUR Gala took place last night at the Royal Sonesta Boston — “The Heart of WBUR” was a celebration of the station and its relentless focus on proving news and programming that makes an impact in the lives of our listeners. The evening began with a live reading of Modern Love: The Podcast and included a presidential election conversation moderated by On Point host Tom Ashbrook, with special guests E.J. Dionne, Eliana Johnson and Phillip Reeves, as well as the presentation of the WBUR medal to Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post.

The Daniel Schoorr Prize, presented each year to a rising journalist age 35 and under, was given to WAMU Reporter Patrick Madden for his work on a six-month investigate series, “Assault on Justice.” Listen to Madden’s award-winning entry here.

To all of our special guests, donors and dedicated community, we extend our heartiest thanks for a fantastic evening celebrating WBUR and its mission to provide quality, independent journalism.

The Greenway Public Art Season Kickoff

Greenway-LogoWBUR was proud to be out and about for a great night as a media sponsor of the Greenway Public Art Season Kickoff.  To celebrate the launch of the season with six new public art installations, a Greenway-wide celebration took place from Chinatown at the southern all the way to the North End. The kickoff featured live music and art performances, food trucks, a Boston Calling Block Party in Dewey Square, and meet-and-greets with the artists.  The event also debuted a new kid-friendly feature in Chinatown Park: Playcubes. 

To plan your visit to Boston’s ribbon of contemporary parks, visit The Rose Kennedy Greenway website and see some of WBUR’s arts coverage on The ARTery website.

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Croke3Vicki Croke, host of WBUR’s The Wild Life, interviewed primatologist Frans de Waal on his upcoming book, “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History at a sold-out event!

Based on his research on species ranging from crows to elephants, de Waal revealed how intelligent animals really are and how much we underestimate their abilities. A reception and booking signing followed the event.

Explore more of Vicki’s features on animals on the Here & Now website.

WBUR Presents: A Celebration of ZUMIX and Youth Radio

kidsatZumixWBUR celebrated the 25th anniversary of ZUMIX, a creative youth development organization in East Boston dedicated to building community through music and the arts.

ZUMIX Radio promotes youth and community voices in East Boston, while supporting teens to learn valuable 21st century skills in technology, radio production, communication, and journalism. Radio classes train participants to host their own live radio broadcasts, produce their own radio stories, and develop meaningful relationships with adult mentors. ZUMIX Radio, which will transition from an online stream to 94.9FM in June, also serves to connect and engage the broader East Boston community.

JoseatZumixJosé Massó, host of ¡Con Salsa!, emcee’d the event, which included teen-guided tours of the ZUMIX studio, a ZUMIX jazz ensemble performance and an auditory experience featuring stories produced by:

  1. Lesly Monroy, age 14 – “Bullying: What’s Behind It?”
  2. Kaylene Sheran, age 16 – “Friday Variety Presents: An Interview with State Representative Adrian Madaro”
  3. José Sarmiento – “A Reflection on Identity & Security in East Boston”/ “Una Reflexión Sobre la Identidad y la Seguridad en East Boston.”

Caleb Messier, aged 14,  closed the event with a live interview with Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ZUMIX.

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