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

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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