What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention

We celebrated the 100th anniversary of the invention of marshmallow fluff at the 12th annual “What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention” Festival.  Archibald Query concocted the beloved gooey spread right in Somerville’s Union Square. This milestone is celebrated each year with musical performances, a cooking contest, fun for every age and Fluff treats of every sort.

Senior political reporter Anthony Brooks served as a judge during the fluff cooking contest, which challenges culinary innovators to produce delicious Fluff filled recipes. Contestants vied for the titles of Best Future Chef, Most Retro Recipe, Most Inventive Recipe, and Grand Prize: Centennial Winner.  Registration for the cooking contest is now open.

Hoppy Fall Festival at Heritage Museums and Gardens

Fall was in the air at Heritage Museums & Gardens' Hoppy Fall Festival! WBUR was on hand for the magic of a biergarten at the largest public garden in southern New England!

The festival included 6 tastings featuring local Massachusetts breweries (from noon-5 pm), including: Indie Ferm, Devil's Purse, Hog Island, Cisco Brewers, Castle Island and Cape Cod Beer.

Taste of Downtown Crossing 2017

WBUR was proud to be a sponsor of the second Taste of Downtown Crossing on Sunday, September 24. This festive outdoor event featured food samplings from over 20 different and delicious restaurants, representing their unique cuisines.

Attendees enjoyed fare from Downtown Boston restaurants accompanied by live music, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and children’s activities during the festival- and, of course, WBUR's "Wheel of Swag"!

Robin Young, John Cleese And The Holy Grail

Comedy legend John Cleese was in Boston for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A, moderated by Robin Young, co-host of Here & Now.

Cleese told stories of his life and career and guest just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. After he silly walked his way on to the stage and talked to Robin, the excitement will built as the audience got to watch "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in its entirety on the big screen.


Circle Round with Us

Desperately seeking great entertainment for your 4-11 year old that doesn’t involve staring at a screen? Introducing Circle Round.

We know that sometimes you’re looking for the powerful storytelling you love from WBUR and NPR, but in way you can enjoy with the whole family. That’s why WBUR is introducing our very first kids podcast. And our top-notch producing team behind “Modern Love: The Podcast" has recruited some of the most talented actors in the business to bring the podcast alive. Each episode features a folktale updated for today with interesting sound effects and voices from actors like Jason Alexander (Seinfeld); Katheryn Hahn (Transparent) and Lou Diamond Phillips (“La Bamba”).

Hoppy Fall Festival Comes to Heritage Museums & Gardens

September 23- Experience an autumn biergarten at the largest public garden in southern New England! The full day of brew-related and family activities at Heritage Museums & Gardens features beer tastings from some of the best local Massachusetts breweries. When visitors aren’t saying Prost! (Cheers!), they can expand their knowledge at home brewing demos, craft beer workshops, and a talk and book signing with Lauren Clark, author of Crafty Bastards. Families will also enjoy a number of fun activities, including food trucks, games—including Cornhole, Kanjam, and other backyard favorites—crafts, and more.

Jeff Bauman and Jake Gyllenhaal visit WBUR

Jeff Bauman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Charlie Kravetz at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Jeff Bauman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Charlie Kravetz at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

In the days, weeks and months after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a 27-year-old man who lost his legs in the attack became the public face of the city's resilience — the face of "Boston Strong."
Jeff Bauman wrote about his experiences in the 2014 book "Stronger," and this week a film based on the book, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, is opening. Here & Now's Robin Young spoke with Gyllenhaal and Bauman (@Jeffmbauman) about the film.
Click here to listen to the interview.

WBUR Opens Bureau Inside the Dorchester Reporter Newsroom

WBUR has opened a news bureau inside the newsroom of the Dorchester Reporter in Boston’s largest and most populous neighborhood.  WBUR reporters will work in conjunction with Dorchester Reporter journalists to tell community-based stories of interest to all WBUR listeners and readers.

Dorchester on its own would be the fifth largest city in Massachusetts.  It is a diverse community and WBUR reporters will tell stories that explore its rich diversity – its people, its politics, its arts and culture, its businesses, its community life.

The new WBUR bureau includes a fully functioning radio studio to allow WBUR and Dorchester Reporter journalists to broadcast live.

-- A note from WBUR Executive News Director Tom Melville

WBUR and The New York Times Collaborate on “Dear Sugars” Podcast

Oprah Winfrey Joins Hosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond for First Episode of New Season.

The New York Times is bringing “Dear Sugar Radio,” the advice podcast from WBUR, hosted by best-selling authors Cheryl Strayed (“Wild” and “Tiny Beautiful Things”) and Steve Almond (“Against Football”), to a new audience of Times listeners with a refreshed name — “Dear Sugars” — and identity. This collaboration between The Times and WBUR follows the tremendous success of their producing partnership on “Modern Love: The Podcast.”

Known for offering “radical empathy,” “Dear Sugars” brings advice to the heartsick with answers to listeners’ most pressing and painful relationship dilemmas. The new season debuts Saturday, July 15, with new episodes coming out every Saturday of the season. On the first episode, listeners will hear from Oprah Winfrey, who responds to a letter-writer struggling with saying “no” to demanding family members.