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WBUR On Tap: Why I Run

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WBUR On Tap: Good conversation, great company, good snacks … and it’s all free. Seats are limited, so RSVP HERE to reserve your spot for Thursday, March 20.

Join WBUR’s Morning Edition host Bob Oakesin the WBUR Living Room for the latest installment of our popular new event series, WBUR On Tap.

This month, Bob looks ahead to the Boston Marathon with special guests from Boston’s elite runner’s community. We’ll ask why marathoners take on the challenge, how it changes them … and whether this year’s race holds special meaning. Plus, we’re serving pasta and craft beer! After all, what’s a runners’ event without carbs?

Our guests include Jack Fultz, a retired American long distance runner who won the 1976 Boston Marathon. He is the adviser to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. Also joining Bob is Dr. Grayson Kimball, a sports psychologist and author of “Grateful Running: Mental Training for the Long Distance Runner”. He is a 6 time marathoner and sports psychology coach for the 2014 Marathon Coalition Boston Marathon Team.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for mingling and noshing, and the conversation runs from 6 to 7 p.m.

Location: WBUR, 890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 02215 — 3rd Floor.
WBUR is located at the corner of Comm. Ave. and St. Paul Street; the entrance is on St. Paul Street. The nearest T stop is St. Paul Street on the Green B Line, or Buick Street on the 57 bus.

Parking: Street parking is available near the station and there is a parking lot on Commonwealth Ave. at the Agganis Arena.

WBUR On Tap: Join Bob Oakes To Talk About Gambling

bobWBUR has launched a free monthly series of events, WBUR On Tap, featuring lively conversations with our hosts and invited guests. Join us on a Thursday evening each month to talk about the hot topics of the day — and let us know what subjects you’d like to hear about in future talks.

This month’s WBUR On Tap takes place Thursday, Feb. 27, with Morning Edition host Bob Oakes moderating a discussion of casinos and gambling. What does it mean for the culture of the Commonwealth to bring casinos close to home?

Joining Bob for this provocative talk will be two of the lead researchers from UMass-Amherst who are carrying out a comprehensive, multiyear research project, mandated by the recently passed casino law, on the economic and social impacts of introducing casino gambling in Massachusetts. Dr. Rachel Volberg conducts epidemiological research on gambling and problem gambling throughout the world, and Laurie Salame, JD, has worked in the casino industry and now teaches courses on hospitality law and casino management.

The evening starts with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m., with the conversation taking place from 6 to 7. This event is 21+, so bring your ID … and your questions! The event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP HERE.

 

2013 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize Winner Announced

Reporter Becky Vevea of Chicago NPR member station WBEZ has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Now in its 12th year, the prize is named for the respected NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist Daniel Schorr, who died in 2010.

The $5,000 Schorr Prize — sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner — salutes a new generation of public radio journalists 35 years old and under, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Vevea primarily focuses on education her work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today. She has contributed radio reports to WBUR’s Here & Now, Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Vevea’s winning entry, “Chicago School Closings: Stories Beyond the Headlines” is a series that followed Chicago’s plan to close a record number of public schools in one year. Listen to her winning entry here:

 

‘On Point’s’ Tom Ashbrook And Tech Visionary Nicholas Negroponte Discuss Learning In The Digital Age

On Friday, July 26, WBUR and WBUA listeners on Martha’s Vineyard conveyed at the Old Whaling Church in beautiful Edgartown to join On Point host Tom Ashbrook and his guest, tech visionary and the founder of the MIT Media Lab and One Laptop Per Child, Nicholas Negroponte for “Reinventing Media 4.0,” a discussion on the digital age and how we learn.

Presented by WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station and the home of On Point, now broadcasting on 92.7 WBUA for the Cape, Islands and South Coast, the free event drew members from the community to hear the two discuss how digital devices are transforming the way children learn by playing with the devices and figuring them out on their own, rather than by listening to teachers and memorizing information.

Listen to the full conversation here:

 

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