innovating for the future of public radio.

The iLab is a new project at WBUR. The iLab is the center for innovation, imagination, and ideas — a place to experiment with new sounds, programs, and platforms. Find out what we're working on, and let us know what you think.

Lisa Tobin is innovation producer at WBUR. Email her at

Major funding provided by Biogen Idec

The Remembrance Project

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Alongside the famous deaths in the obituaries, there are the small print columns about the equally loved but lesser-known. Ordinary people who have lived extraordinary lives. Elissa Ely reads between the lines, finding men and women around New England whose stories should not go untold – the lives of those among us. The stories air Tuesdays on Radio Boston and Wednesdays on Morning Edition. The Remembrance Project is produced by the iLab’s Lisa Tobin. Nominate a loved one for remembrance by emailing

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You’re The Expert

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You’re The Expert is a live show and radio program that uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. Hosted and produced by Chris Duffy and presented by WBUR, each show features an expert in a specialized field and three comedians who try to figure out and understand what this expert studies all day. It’s funny, it’s interactive, and you end up actually learning something.

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Listen Up

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Listen Up is exploring a different way of experiencing audio — together, in the dark. Our first listening event — held in the Institute of Contemporary Art’s stunning theater looking out on Boston Harbor — featured a selection of exceptional audio stories from around the public radio sphere. The theme of the evening was the power of the human voice. The host of the evening was On Point’s Tom Ashbrook, with very special guest Robert Krulwich of Radiolab. The iLab’s Lisa Tobin is the producer of Listen Up. PRX is our partner.

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