A ‘Carol’ For Rosie’s Place

Just before the holidays, WBUR celebrated the 10th anniversary of our annual reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, a benefit for Rosie’s Place. WBUR hosts and reporters, along with the singing group Syncopation, gathered for a sold-out show Dec. 18 at the Omni Parker House Hotel, where Dickens himself read the classic story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim on his national tour.

After an introduction from Meghna Chakrabarti and Sacha Pfeiffer, each “stave,” or section, of Dickens’ own stage adaptation received a full-bodied reading from some of our on-air favorites: Tom Ashbrook, Bob Oakes, Robin Young, Bill Littlefield and Delores Handy. Seasonal songs punctuated the staves, vivid poinsettias from Winston Flowers decorated the stage, and hot cocoa and cookies at intermission rounded out the festive mood.

Our thanks go to the Omni Parker House for the use of its beautiful ballroom, to Keezer’s for outfitting the men in handsome evening wear and to Bearly Read Books of Sudbury for its support — and for a handsome facsimile copy of “A Christmas Carol,” which sold at silent auction for $200. That, along with all other proceeds from the event — about $15,700 this year — went to our friends at Rosie’s Place. Happy new year to all!

Radio Boston goes live at TEDxBoston

Anthony and Meghna

Anthony and Meghna

With WBUR acting as media sponsor for TEDxBoston, Radio Boston co-hosts Anthony Brooks and Meghna Chakrabarti hosted a live show direct from the World Trade Center. The all-day event was also livestreamed here on, and we broadcast the 1 p.m. session live at 90.9.

For yet another WBUR-exclusive approach to the event, check out our Storify take on a great day of ideas, innovation and entertainment — and stay tuned for news of the next TEDxBoston conference.

Tom Ashbrook hosts On Point Live with Bill McKibben and Martin Sexton

Bill McKibben spoke with Tom Ashbrook June 14 in a special edition of On Point Live at the Paramount Center in Boston.

Bill McKibben spoke with Tom Ashbrook June 14 in a special edition of On Point Live at the Paramount Center in Boston.

Two decades after proclaiming “the end of nature,” McKibben expressed a cautious optimism that we can still avert ecological catastrophe in a united effort against carbon-based fuels.

Martin Sexton’s passionate musical performance highlighted the communal interest  in protecting our planet and set the stage for the powerful ecological discussion. Together, Tom and Bill answered questions from the audience and discussed the political landscape that will dictate the future of climate change, fracking and fossil fuels.

Ultimately, Bill argued that activists must promote immediate change if we are to sustain a healthy planet for future generations.

Carey Goldberg hosts a talk on Lyme disease

As part of the WBUR news series “Living with Lyme: Where Do We Go from Here?” Carey Goldberg, co-host of the CommonHealth blog, moderated a panel discussion about the disease. Panelists included Dr. Thomas N. Mather, alias “The TickGuy,” who spoke about identifying the deer tick that carries Lyme and discussed ways of avoiding tick bites; State Rep. David Lynch, who discussed his efforts to create a state commission on Lyme disease; and Dr. Sheila Statlender, who recounted her family’s history with the disease and how it set her on a path of advocating for Lyme patients.

About 60 people attended the free meetup, which took place in the Fenway Health auditorium. The event was livestreamed on, and the video is archived here. To stay informed about upcoming WBUR events like this one, join our Meetup group or check our Events page regularly.

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