WBUR Presents First Ever Children’s Podcast Festival

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, presents the first-ever children’s podcast festival April 28-29, 2018 at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate features some of today’s most popular “kidcasts” including WBUR’s Circle Round, Gimlet’s Story Pirates, WHYY’s Eleanor Amplified, Minnesota Public Radio’s Brains On!, Vermont Public Radio’s But Why and National Public Radio’s Wow in the World.

Endless Thread Happy Hour

The team behind the Endless Thread podcast were at Wistia for a meet and greet... and eat! Podcast creators, Ben Brock Johnson (former host of Marketplace Techand Codebreaker) and Amory Sivertson (Modern Love: The Podcast, Dear Sugar Radio) were on hand for a happy hour hosted by podcast sponsor Wistia. Guests shared their feedback and suggested Reddit story ideas all while enjoying FREE food from Mei Mei, drinks from Cambridge Brewing Co. and networking.

WBUR's iLab Presents "Listen Up" at Laugh Boston!

BOSTON, March 27, 2018 – From Modern Love with The New York Times to a new podcast in collaboration with Reddit, Endless Thread, the WBUR iLab is leading the way in creating dynamic and engrossing audio stories—and fans can now experience it all live and in person at Laugh Boston.

Beginning in April, the WBUR iLab will bring its hit podcasts to the stage at Boston's premier comedy club. The limited series, “Listen Up” at Laugh Boston, will spotlight five podcasts produced by the WBUR iLab, including:

WBUR Launches the “Next Great Show Contest” with Comedian Alonzo Bodden and “Car Talk” Producers

Think you’re funnier than Fallon? More comical than Colbert? Ready to make the next generation of public radio listeners laugh? Then get ready for your shot at stardom. WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, announced today the launch of the Next Great Show Contest. It’s a talent search for the person, or team, with the best idea for a fun new radio show.

Navigating Fashion: The New Map

The ARTery‘s Maria Garcia interviewed Latinx author Jay Calderin at Villa Victoria last night on the power of fashion to craft identity, create opportunity and build community. The conversation was followed by a fashion presentation that featured leading local Latinx designers. Calderin, founder of Boston Fashion Week, also signed his latest book, “What They Didn’t Teach You in Fashion School.” Thank you to Porter Square Books for being on hand to sell copies prior to the signing.

From Breaking News To Breaking Ground: WBUR Announces New, State-Of-The-Art, Multimedia Venue: CitySpace

WBUR Receives Largest-Ever Single Donation of $5 Million from Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine in Support of CitySpace

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, will break ground on a new, state-of-the-art convening space called CitySpace, an unparalleled venue for civic engagement, public conversation, artistic performance, and cultural expression. WBUR received a $5 million gift from Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine, the station’s largest-ever single donation since its inception in 1950 as an educational radio station licensed to Boston University, to support CitySpace and the creation of The Lavine Broadcast Center.

“CitySpace serves as a critical part of our strategic plan to transform WBUR from a ‘radio-centric’ resource into a multiplatform, multimedia organization serving the public not only on air, but also online, on demand and on stage,” said WBUR General Manager Charles Kravetz. “We want CitySpace to bring the public together and help break down the silos in our community. We’ll convene diverse thinkers, innovators and performers to engage audiences on critical issues that are shaping the future of Boston and the United States. Greater Boston is home to exceptionally smart, curious, thoughtful people who we believe will be eager to come together, share ideas, learn from each other and connect in person.”

CitySpace will be located at the street level of WBUR’s headquarters at 890 Commonwealth Avenue on the border of Boston and Brookline. Occupying approximately 7,500 square feet, CitySpace will expand how WBUR serves the citizens of Greater Boston, with live events created for the venue ranging from discussions, debates, and lectures, to films, music, artistic performance, youth events and radio broadcasts. Through CitySpace, WBUR seeks to serve up to 30,000 people annually and redefine its role in the 21st century.

“We believe that an informed public that engages in spirited dialogue and discussion is vital to a strong democracy,” said Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine. “We see CitySpace as a home for rich conversations about critical issues and opportunities present in Boston and the nation: the environment, education, art and culture, innovation, inequality, public policy and health and science. We are thrilled to play a role in creating this important resource for our community.”

Other lead funders include the Barr Foundation, Josh and Anita Bekenstein, The Davis Family Charitable Foundation and The Gannon Family Foundation.

CitySpace is designed by the architectural firm, CambridgeSeven, with construction by Lee Kennedy Co, Inc., and acoustical design by Acentech Engineers. CitySpace will help meet Boston’s urgent need for high-quality, high-tech performance space serving small- and medium-sized audiences. It will include an open, flexible seating plan that will accommodate up to 240 guests with cutting-edge audio and robotic HD video technology, robotically controlled theatrical lighting, a hydraulic stage and a video presentation wall 9 feet tall by 16 feet wide. CitySpace will include a dynamic interior design and an expansive glass façade facing Commonwealth Avenue—a window on the happenings within, creating energy and excitement to passersby. Its location at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue in Boston and St. Paul Street in Brookline, on the Boston University West campus, puts it at the heart of two great neighborhoods with lots of foot traffic, an MBTA stop and ample parking at Agganis Arena across the street. CitySpace is slated to open in early 2019.


Get Your Celebrity Fix: Our Edge Of Fame Podcast Is Out Today

Director Ava DuVernay attends the 76th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Director Ava DuVernay attends the 76th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

WBUR has launched a new podcast called Edge Of Fame in partnership with The Washington Post, bringing Geoff Edgers' celebrity profiles to your ears.

The new podcast explores the concept of fame — before, behind and beyond the spotlight. The first episode features director Ava DuVernay, whose film adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and it’s available now.

WBUR Partners With CRASHfest, A Global Music Festival

On Saturday, February 24 CRASHfest transforms the House of Blues into an indoor music festival with a kaleidoscope of sounds and cultures that brings an eclectic and worldly spin to the Boston music scene.
The House of Blues features an expansive dance floor and seated balcony overlooking the main stage, the luxurious and exotic Foundation Room, and a smaller stage in the restaurant. Global street food, international beer, and custom cocktails will be available for sale.