innovating for the future of public radio.

WBUR is a proven birthplace of new ideas, new talent and new programs. The station has a rich history of innovation, starting in 1977 with Car Talk, followed by ground-breaking programs such as Here and Now, Only a Game and On Point.

Now in the digital age, we are committed to a creative era of reinvention. We will continue to explore and to incubate new programs and the WBUR iLab lies at the heart of this commitment. It is our center of innovation, imagination and ideas – a space to work out new concepts, new sound, new revenue streams and new programs and platforms, a space to embrace the enormous possibilities of the digital age.

Here we will take thoughtful risks, exploring new content and new ideas, investing in the new voices and thinkers who will create the next generation of content for public radio.

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Major funding provided by Biogen

Bulger On Trial


Bulger On Trial was the second major project to come out of the iLab’s program incubator. As the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger approached, WBUR set out to create the definitive digital guide to Boston’s most notorious gangster, bringing together historical context and perspective with minute-by-minute coverage and analysis from the courthouse. Bulger On Trial was reported by WBUR’s David Boeri, who has been covering the story for three decades, and produced by WBUR’s Lisa Tobin, in partnership with The Atavist.

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