Join WBUR At HUBweek



WBUR is proud to be the radio partner for HUBweek, a weeklong series of events around Greater Boston that showcases the city’s unique combination of art, science and technology.

It starts Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 10. WBUR hosts will be participating in various sessions all week. Explore the entire schedule on the HUBweek website.


05INT_271306kSunday, Oct. 4 at 4:00 p.m. – The Fenway Forum: A Master Class at Fenway Park with Michael Sandel

As the kick off to HUBweek, leading political philosopher and Harvard University professorMichael Sandel will lead the Fenway Forum, an unprecedented civic event, taking place in an iconic Boston setting: Fenway Park.

He will lead an all-star panel of authors, artists, entertainers and well known public figures including Arianna Huffington, Yo-Yo Ma, and comedian Whitney Cummings in a lively discussion on some hard ethical questions and the meaning of citizenship today. WBUR Here & Now Host Robin Young will provide the evening’s opening remarks.

Donate to WBUR today and receive tickets to The Fenway Forum as our thanks for your gift. Click here to give online, and thanks for your support!


Carey Goldberg by Liz Linder 2014 - squareMonday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. – Women in Medicine: When Doctors Report the News

Join two Boston physician-journalists and moderator Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, for an engaging conversation about balancing two careers – medicine and media.


deb-becker-130x130[1]Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Cancer: Innovative Breakthroughs and Personal Journeys

Deborah Becker will be participating in a day long event at the Mass General Cancer Center which will bring together leading clinicians, researchers, policy leaders and cancer survivors to explore the newest innovations and challenges in cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Tom Ashbrook squareTuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Media Storytelling

Join Boston’s best chroniclers of innovation, including Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, for an evening of unforgettable storytelling at historic Faneuil Hall, hosted by author and Dear Sugar podcast host Steve Almond. This is a rare chance to hear the stories-behind-the-stories about Boston’s most renowned innovators.


martha_bebinger_squareWednesday, Oct. 7, 5:00 p.m. – Power and Promise of Precision Medicine

Join WBUR reporter Martha Bebinger in a spirited conversation about why precision medicine matters, who will have access to it, who’s going to pay for it, and how it may affect patient privacy.


Carey Goldberg by Liz Linder 2014 - squareThursday, Oct. 8 , noon – Future is Now: Science Fiction Yesterday, Medical Treatment Today

Join Carey Goldberg, host of WBUR’s Commonhealth blog, and a group of experts to discuss science and technology that was once science fiction and is now being used in treatment, and hear their predictions about what’s the next big thing in neuroscience.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m. – Beautiful Brain: The Intersection of Art and Science

Join Carey Goldberg, host of  WBUR’s CommonHealth blog, in a discussion about the intersection of art and science.

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.”


Somerville Theatre, Davis Square

Doors 7:15pm,  Show 8pm

Tickets $25-35

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