The latest announcements and updates from WBUR

Welcome to WBUR’s New Beta Site

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Welcome to WBUR’s beta site, beta.wbur.org. We’ve reimagined how you experience public radio, especially digital audio, no matter where you are or which device you use.

Why Beta?

We are delighted to have you explore an in-progress version of our vision for our future, because your feedback will make it even better. We know we have a lot more work to do, fixing bugs and adding features. By using the site, you’ll help show us what works, and what doesn’t.

We felt it was important to create this beta for a couple of reasons:

We wanted to celebrate audio. This new platform looks and feels more like an audio app because it’s built like an app. You can listen live or on-demand while browsing the site, and the audio will stay with you. We wanted to make audio front and center, easy to find, and most importantly, infuse the digital experience with some of the serendipity found in the best of public radio.

We wanted something made for your phone. We wanted our experience on mobile to be modern, exceedingly fast and frankly, just work. That’s why we created a responsive design and built it for speed. You should never have a problem loading any part of beta.wbur.org. Try us on your phone first!

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We wanted a platform we could innovate on. We have a lot more work to do, especially around how members use the site. This is a brand-new platform for us, one that streamlines production and allows us to spend more time on digital storytelling and creating useful experiences for our members.

We wanted to take this journey with you, our members, listeners and readers. Public radio’s mission is about all of you, after all. We can not build a great website without the full, ongoing support of our members and their opinions. We need to know what you think, what you want, and what you need from us. We felt the best way to do this is to design and build out in the open, showing our work, and have you weigh in.

Before you dive in, there are some things we know might not work right:

-The content is imported from the current site and may look awkward in some areas.
-Some pages are missing.
-The site works better in a browser like Chrome.
-Some program logos are temporary.
-Ads are examples of different types of messages.

How can you help?

Send us your feedback! Either fill out this form or email us directly. You can also sign up for newsletter updates where I’ll be writing periodically about our process, progress and milestones. We’ll also be planning a series of opportunities to test and give feedback in person.

You can still use the classic version of wbur.org to access your favorite programs, interviews, broadcasts and articles. Nothing will change on that site while we work on this new one. Thanks for supporting WBUR!

-Tiffany Campbell, Executive Editor, Digital

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Here & Now Expands to Two Hours on WAMU, Washington, D.C.

Here & Now, the national midday news magazine produced by NPR and WBUR Boston, will expand to two hours on WAMU 88.5 in Washington D.C., one of public radio’s most important markets.

Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the expanded program will provide an update to the news around the nation and the world and feature interviews with NPR reporters, editors and blogger as well as leading newsmakers, innovators and artists.

“We are thrilled to welcome this expanded program, which has become extremely popular among Washingtonians. The additional hour of Here & Now will strengthen WAMU’s weekday news coverage by providing a go-to news team for national breaking-news in the middle of the afternoon,” said WAMU General Manager J.J. Yore.

Here & Now currently airs on WAMU at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Starting today, the program will begin at 1 p.m. and extend until 3 p.m. WAMU is also adding an hour of Here & Now on Fridays at 1 p.m.

“At a time when audiences have more options than ever, we are excited that WAMU has extended its live broadcast of Here & Now,” said Here & Now executive producer Kathleen McKenna. “We are committed to delivering the highest level of journalism to our listeners and NPR stations.”

Here & Now began at WBUR in 1997, and expanded to two hours in a groundbreaking partnership with NPR in July 2013. At that time, more than 100 stations picked up the show with the option of running anywhere between one and four hours of the program. In Spring 2015, the show had 406 stations and saw a 6% jump in listeners year over year (current station count is 424). The numbers indicated stations opting to run the program for two hours Monday through Friday experienced the strongest increase in average quarter hour listeners.

Beyond the radio broadcast, Here & Now offers audiences multiple ways to connect with its content online at www.hereandnow.org. The Here & Now podcast is available on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can follow the program on Facebook and Twitter, @HereandNow.

Modern Love: The Podcast – Get Ready to Fall in Love at First Listen

ModernLove_735x1102_Pinterest_Episode2The New York Times and WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, today premiered the first two episodes of  Modern Love: The Podcast, a new audio experience based on The Times’s popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays that explore the joys and tribulations of love.

The debut episodes feature the essays “Just One Last Swirl Around the Bowl” performed by award-winning actor Jason Alexander, and “A Craigslist ‘Missed Connection’ Lure” performed by Broadway actress and musician Lauren Molina.

“What’s been exciting to me is seeing how the essays can be brought to life—and even amped up emotionally—by these talented actors,” said Daniel Jones, the editor of Modern Love. “And our follow-up conversations with the writers afterward have been fun and revelatory as they delve into aspects of their stories that have remained private up to now.”

Each episode will feature a reading by some familiar voices, including Judd Apatow, Emmy Rossum, and January Jones, followed by a conversation between the essayist, host Meghna Chakrabarti and Daniel Jones about what’s happened since and how they feel about the story now.

“I’m struck by the universality of the themes in Modern Love,” said WBUR Host Meghna Chakrabarti. “Even topics that initially seem foreign resonate on a deeply personal level when you listen—the power of the human voice really makes these stories come to life.  This podcast is unique in that every element is beautifully produced–essays are written with such honesty and performed by talented readers. The combination makes for an incredibly powerful podcast experience.”

A new episode of Modern Love: The Podcast will be available each Thursday on iTunes or the podcast app of your choice. To peruse past and present Modern Love columns, click here.

“On Point” is on the road!

KCLU with On PointOn Point will be headed to Southern California — to Santa Barbara for a special On Point Live! with NPR member station KCLU on January 22nd.

Although this live taping of the show is sold out, fans can visit host Tom Ashbrook the next morning at KCLU’s “Coffee and Conversation with Tom Ashbrook” at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Samuelson Chapel on the California Lutheran University’s Thousand Oaks campus. This event is a fundraiser for KCLU, California Lutheran University’s public radio station. Tickets are $30. To purchase tickets call KCLU at (805) 493-3900.

On Point with Tom Ashbrook is Delivering Its Largest National Audience in History

PrintFollowing on the heels of the announcement that On Point was chosen one of iTunes “Best of 2015” podcasts, newly released national data highlights the show’s dramatic broadcast growth on NPR stations.

On Point has shown a significant 21% yearly increase in average number of people listening for at least five minutes during a fifteen minute period (AQH) and an 11% increase year to year in the total number of people listening during the show (Cume). Just looking at the last four years, the show has increased 60% in AQH and 38% in Cume. These numbers are validation that On Point resonates with public radio audiences who want a chance to pursue the news, be part of the discussion and hear differing perspectives from across the country in a respectful setting.

“We’re thrilled that so many people are becoming fans of On Point,” says WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “And we believe the data demonstrates that it’s a strong choice for NPR stations across the country who are looking to experience the same kind of audience growth that On Point has enjoyed.”

“We talk a lot at On Point about value per minute, and how to increase impact for our listeners,” says host Tom Ashbrook. “We want the conversation to have a sense of drama, so we treat each hour like an event. It’s unflinchingly honest, fast, fun, serious and surprising. We want public radio listeners to feel embraced and engaged in a compelling way, not like news is being dropped down on them from up high.”

Marking its 15th anniversary this year, the two-hour live program produced by WBUR, reaches an estimated weekly audience of 1.76 million listeners and is heard on 290 NPR stations nationwide.

WBUR Makes iTunes Best of 2015 Podcast List

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WBUR’s podcasts Dear Sugar and On Point with Tom Ashbrook have made the iTunes Best of 2015 podcast list. This annual list recognizes the best of the year’s content – handpicked by iTunes’ editorial teams and pulled from the top of the charts. Consider subscribing to both of these podcasts…here’s why:

sugar-300x300Dear Sugar is a weekly advice podcast featuring co-hosts, The Sugars. He is Steve Almond, the author of “Candyfreak” and, recently, “Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.” She is Cheryl Strayed, the author of “Wild” and “Tiny Beautiful Things,” a collection of her essays written as Sugar. Their WBUR podcast was born out of the cult-favorite advice column from The Rumpus with advice on universal themes of love, friendship and family. In addition to iTunes, The Guardian ranked Dear Sugar the best new podcast of 2015. Dear Sugar will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a special episode available on January 8, 2016.

icon_510053-23061487f7818ededfcc32f8e025ae3464c7d02b-s400-c85On Point with Tom Ashbrook is one of the fastest growing programs in all of public radio. The podcast offers fans of the the daily, two-hour radio program — heard on NPR stations across the country from WBUR’s studios in Boston every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon — another way to listen. On Point was born out of breaking news coverage in the aftermath of 9/11 and maintains that same fact-finding focus today. Hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, On Point’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

Haven’t had a chance to listen to Dear Sugar or On Point yet? Don’t worry! All episodes are available through iTunes or on the Dear Sugar and On Point websites.

WBUR is in great company on the iTunes “Best of 2015” list. To see the full list, visit iTunes at iTunes.com/bestpodcasts2015.

WBUR Seeking Developer to Join Growing Team in Boston

WBUR is seeking a multi-talented developer to join our growing team in Boston. Interested in working on a multi-tiered and de-coupled web architecture? Curious about  exciting new javascript frameworks like React and Vue? Want to work on a complex RESTful API? Come work with us to shape the future of public media.

WBUR creates more nationally distributed audio programming than any other public radio station in the country, where just these shows reach more than 5 million people per week. WBUR also creates exceptional podcasts with partners like NPR,  The New York Times and Slate and a roster of original digital offerings. In the last five years, WBUR has been the recipient of three Knight Foundation grants that have supported innovative programming and creative revenue experiments. We’ve got a proven track record of innovation in digital storytelling.

It’s an exciting time to work at WBUR. We’re working on big projects, like building a new site around audio streaming and a new mobile app to name just two. For example, our new responsive site ‘app’ has been built entirely in React.JS so we could offer audio experiences like persistent playback and a superfast mobile experience. We need talented, passionate people to help make these projects happen.

You’ll work with editors, reporters, producers and others across our operation to help translate and bridge design, development, and production of websites and web-based applications to execute WBUR’s emerging digital strategies and goals. You’ll be responsible for building, developing and maintaining a wide variety of websites, both internal and external. We’re a small team, so there’s opportunity to work on all types of projects at all levels.

Ideally, you like to tackle complex problems, and have experience working with responsive web design and front-end development; have an ability to translate technical details to a non-technical internal audience; have a commitment to user-centered design, web standards, usability and accessibility; and a passion for public media and journalism. WBUR is a WordPress shop; currently we’re evaluating new languages and frameworks to build even better experiences. Come join us!

For more details, please reach out to me directly or upload an application here.

– Tiffany Campbell, Executive Editor, Digital

Modern Love: The Podcast

Modern Love Landing PageFrom the pages of The New York Times and the studios of WBUR comes Modern Love: The Podcast, an audio journey exploring the joys and tribulations of love.

This exciting new weekly podcast is in production and will debut in early 2016. The podcast will feature memorable essays from the popular Times series of reader-submitted stories, each brought to life with notable readers such as January Jones, Judd Apatow and Jason Alexander.

Hosted by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti (Here & Now, Radio Boston) and featuring the Times’s Modern Love editor Daniel Jones, each episode will conclude with an epilogue, a conversation with the essayist about life after his or her story was published. You can read about the genesis of the project in The Hollywood Reporter.

We invite you to sign up for emails that will keep you posted when the podcast debuts or peruse past and present Modern Love columns. Want to hear a sample of Modern Love: The Podcast? Listen to our audio trailer here or on iTunes. And get ready to fall in love at first listen!

WBUR’s Kind World To Launch Holiday Series

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Steve Fugate learned that his son had died by suicide and ended up walking tens of thousands of miles with a sign posted over his head. In big red letters, it read simply, “LOVE LIFE.”

WBUR will launch a special holiday edition of Kind World beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24. The five-part series will highlights stories of kindness and the profound effect that one act can have on individual lives. The series will air on WBUR’s Morning Edition (5 a.m. – 9  a.m.) on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and every Thursday after that until Christmas Eve.

“At WBUR, we feel a responsibility to tell stories across the human spectrum, from the heartbreak that so often dominates our journalism, to the acts of kindness, generosity and caring that characterize so much of human existence,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz.  “Kind World is a commitment on our part to seek out and tell stories that capture this essential part of our lives.  These stories are moving and elemental parts of the tapestry of life in the 21st Century and we are proud to bring them to our listeners.  Our goal is to reflect the complexities of our existence and the full range of human conduct.  Kind World acknowledges the good that is so pervasive in our lives, our relationships and throughout our communities.”

Kind World was born as an online experiment in 2012. WBUR’s then Digital Producer Nate Goldman (now at New York Magazine), proposed the idea to explore people’s experiences with acts of kindness to WBUR’s iLab, the station’s incubator for new projects. Kind World debuted as a simple Tumblr with user-generated content, and its popularity led to stories being developed for WBUR radio. Today, in addition to its seasonal radio run, it is a podcast and an ongoing online project at wbur.org.

The 2015 Kind World series on WBUR’s Morning Edition will spotlight exceptional people who put the needs of others first, such as a doctor who goes above and beyond her Hippocratic oath and comforts a family through terminal illness; an instructor who takes a chance on a woman in a wheelchair who wants to learn aerial acrobatics; and a young man who saves the lives of a group of women and orphans during his mission to rescue massacre survivors in the Congo.

“For Kind World, we set out to find unforgettable stories of people who have changed the lives of others,” said Erika Lantz, associate producer for the WBUR iLab who’s producing the Kind World series. “I think these stories will have a profound impact on listeners.”

Major funding for the WBUR iLab is provided by Biogen, committed to the community, science education and carbon neutrality. Explore more innovative projects on the WBUR iLab website.

Ending Homelessness…$1 at a Time

More than 19,000 people in Massachusetts have no home to go to tonight. You can help lower that numberWBUR has joined Hearth Shares as a media sponsor on their seasonal fundraising initiative working to end homelessness. The program offers restaurant goers the opportunity to easily add a voluntary donation of $1 or more to their dining bill.

Hearth Shares is a local organization that donates 100 percent of all funds to Greater Boston nonprofit organizations that support the homeless community in rebuilding their lives. Between now and December 25th, participating restaurants offer the option for patrons to add a dollar (or more) to their bills, and that donation goes directly to the beneficiaries. For a full list of participating restaurants in Greater Boston, visit this link

Hearth Shares is based on the successful StreetSmart program, which started in London and is now in several cities and countries around the world. Learn more at the Hearth Shares website.

Your World. In a New Light.

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This week, WBUR launched its new ad campaign, “Your World. In a New Light.” It celebrates storytelling and the theater of the mind that WBUR creates for its audiences by using striking images, such as an underwater photo of a young girl with her eyes open; an astronaut walking down the street among others; and a young woman herding cattle in the Sudan, as seen here.

Thanks to the talent of our new ad agency Boathouse,  we think this campaign will resonate with anyone seeking news that engages them emotionally and leaves them feeling enlightened, rather than exhausted.

The campaign exists on multiple platforms, from audio spots and out-of-home billboards to print ads and digital banners. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for it!

StoryCorps’ ‘Great Thanksgiving Listen’

“In this time of great disconnect and division, we hope the ‘Great Thanksgiving Listen’ will prove a unifying moment for the nation”  – Dave Isay, StoryCorps’ founder and president

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WBUR is proud to be the Boston media partner for the Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorps’ groundbreaking oral history project and most ambitious initiative to date.

StoryCorps is working with high school teachers across the country to ask students to interview a grandparent or elder over Thanksgiving 2015 using the new free StoryCorps mobile app. Participants will upload their recordings to the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In one holiday weekend StoryCorps hopes to gather more interviews than it has in the twelve years since its founding, and to capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences.

The scale of the Great Thanksgiving Listen is made possible by the new StoryCorps mobile app, which Dave Isay, Founder and President of StoryCorps, launched using the $1 million 2015 TED Prize. He shared his vision for the app in a March 2015 TED Talk. The app takes the StoryCorps experience out of the booth and puts it entirely in the hands of users, enabling anyone, anywhere to record conversations with another person for archiving at the U.S. Library of Congress and on the new StoryCorps.me website. Previously, StoryCorps interviews were possible one at a time in the StoryCorps MobileBooth that crisscrosses the country, or in one of a few permanent StoryBooths (in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta). Now, with the app, thousands of interviews can be recorded simultaneously.

StoryCorps hopes to make the Great Thanksgiving Listen a national tradition, and to continue fostering meaningful connections within families, communities, and the classroom while also creating a singular and priceless archive of American history and wisdom.

Founded in 2003 by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has given 100,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. WBUR partnered with StoryCorp earlier this fall in conjunction with the Corita Kent and the Language of Pop exhibit at the Harvard Art Museum. Listen to a selection of these local interviews on our website and tune in to hear StoryCorps every Friday during WBUR’s Morning Edition from 5 a.m – 9 a.m.

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Boston Book Festival 2015

“The doctor isn’t the monster he’s made out to be.”  Can you guess what book that describes?  It’s none other than Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

This witty summary was submitted through our 1 Book 10 Words Project during the annual Boston Book Festival last weekend. Avid listeners and readers of all ages attended the festival ready to explore the 80 vendors, numerous activities, and 150 World-Class speakers’ sessions on topics ranging from the Black Lives Matter Movement to the science of food.

Although the weather wasn’t as warm as some may have hoped, that did not stop thousands of attendees from partaking in the BBF, visiting sessions and dropping by the WBUR booth where our book project and the WBUR Digital Bookshelf were on display. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth and came out to meet WBUR hosts and reporters there throughout the day.

Don’t worry: you can still take the 1 Book 10 Words Quiz online. Go on, give it a try!

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WBUR Names Anthony Brooks Senior Political Correspondent

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As Senior Political Correspondent, Brooks will report on major news surrounding the 2016 presidential election, with a particular focus on the upcoming New Hampshire primary. His reports will be featured on WBUR’s local and national radio programs including Here & Now, All Things Considered and Morning Edition as well as online at WBUR Politicker, the station’s new political website.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have Anthony as WBUR’s new senior political correspondent,” said Sam Fleming, Director of News and Programming at WBUR. “For the past five years, he has done exemplary work as the co-host of Radio Boston. As we looked to fill this critical role in our newsroom, it became clear that Anthony was the right journalist to cover this important political moment for WBUR listeners.”

With the 2016 presidential election taking shape, WBUR was committed to finding someone with deep experience to lead its coverage of this pivotal election.  As the political season has intensified, managers recognized that the best candidate to fill this demanding position happened to already work for WBUR.

“I have loved co-hosting Radio Boston.” said Brooks.  “ I am extremely proud of the work we have done on the program, and I will miss the talented, hard-working and generous team there.  But returning to the field to become WBUR’s Senior Political Correspondent represents an irresistible opportunity for me. ”

Brooks has more than 30 years of experience in public radio as an editor, producer, host and reporter. Prior to becoming co-host of Radio Boston, he spent many years reporting for NPR, covering business, education and politics.  He also worked as NPR’s Boston-based reporter, covering regional issues across New England.  His deep political experience includes coverage of the 2000 presidential election, from the early primaries through the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore ruling. His reports have been heard for many years on both WBUR and NPR’s Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

Brooks will continue to be a fill-in host as needed for Radio Boston, On Point and Here & Now, all produced by WBUR. Meghna Chakrabarti will continue to host Radio Boston weekdays at 3 pm. She will be joined by rotating guest hosts until a permanent replacement is announced.

Why WBUR And Boston Love Ira Glass

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“This American Life” is a cornerstone of public radio, and WBUR is an avid supporter, being one of the first NPR stations to air the program in the mid ’90s. Recently, WBUR Managing Director of News & Programming Sam Fleming interviewed Ira at a local event and shared this reflection:

Ira Glass is one of the most important voices in public radio, and thankfully over many years, a devoted friend to WBUR.

When I mention Ira’s “voice in public radio,” what I mean is that he’s been a trailblazer. More than any other producer or journalist, Ira can be credited with starting what’s now a virtual wave of young producers – and some not so young – who’ve decided they too can have a voice, in the form of a podcast or new ways of producing good stories and programs for public radio listeners. You only need to look as far as the first spin-off from This American Life, the podcast Serial, to see how he’s revolutionizing the audio landscape.

Ira learned how to tell stories in a manner that is authentic, talking to you (the listener) while never sounding like he’s reading a script. He took our craft to a new place. But it’s more than that. Like the builder of fine pianos or guitars, he mastered the craft — the craft of good storytelling on the radio. If you talk with him or hear him speak, he is very generous about sharing his tried and true methods.

He says it starts with good taste. Why would something make an interesting story? Is there good tape related to it? He says you have to be willing to kill stories that just aren’t that interesting, which sounds obvious, but is hard to do. According to Ira, it’s all pretty basic: there’s a plot and some sort of action, and then some reflection on what just happened. And he says a good story can always use a big surprise.

Ira believes deeply in the soul of public radio and has been devoted to its growth. You may be familiar with some of the clever fundraising segments he’s produced that WBUR has aired over the years, such as encouraging people to “turn in a friend” who listens and doesn’t donate, Alec Baldwin’s “Don’t Give” campaign or Ira’s recent bit with Stephen Colbert. Perhaps that’s why he he’s been such a good friend to WBUR, also one of the pioneers contributing to public radio’s growth over the past few decades with projects such as expanding Here & Now with NPR to create a live midday news program, and our new podcasts like Dear Sugar with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, to name a few.

Finally, there’s the simple joy of listening to This American Life each week on WBUR (Saturdays at noon, Sundays at 1 p.m. or by podcast) and being completely engaged by the way the show takes the tools of journalism and applies them to our everyday, personal lives. There is something powerful and meaningful in doing that, and we’re all the better for it.

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Introducing WBUR Politicker

WBUR has unveiled a new political website, the WBUR Politicker at wbur.org. The site provides in-depth political coverage, polling data, analysis and opinion with a special emphasis on the presidential primaries early next year in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

“The goal is to create a one-stop shop for everything that WBUR and NPR does to cover politics, breaking down important issues and providing the public with a breadth of original reporting that will help them be more informed voters when they head to the polls next November,” said Richard Chacon, Executive Director of News Content for WBUR.

WBUR_Politicker_combinedƒWBUR Politicker will contain political reporting, breaking news, commentary and analysis, election features, candidate profiles, interviews and special debate coverage from NPR and the WBUR newsroom, as well as WBUR programs including Radio Boston, Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In addition to NPR and WBUR hosts and reporters’ stories, the site will feature expert contributors such as The Boston Globe’s James Pindell, and commentary from WBUR’s political analysts, Payne & Domke (Republican Todd Domke and Democrat Dan Payne).

A hallmark of the new site will be the WBUR Polls, conducted by MassINC Polling Group for WBUR, covering the most pressing political issues of the day, helping to bring Massachusetts public opinion to the center of the conversation. MassINC Polling Group President, Steve Koczela, will serve as lead writer for WBUR Politicker, bringing his trademark deep dives into the data that tell the story behind the story.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the WBUR Politicker team,” said Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group. “I believe we’ll set the bar high for election news and political coverage. We’ve already seen the impact that the WBUR Polls can have, and we’re excited to continue using polling on the new site as a tool that enables the public to share their opinions — both with their leaders and with each other.”

The launch of WBUR Politicker coincides with the release of the latest WBUR Poll. Since the first WBUR Poll was released in 2011, WBUR has consistently produced more public polling in Massachusetts than any other outlet, covering both policy issues and elections. The last year of the partnership has been marked with notable success. The WBUR Weekly Tracking Poll, which ran from August to Election Day 2014, predicted the outcome of the governor’s race and Senate race within a percentage point of the official tally, the most accurate polling in both races. In addition, the WBUR Polls around Boston’s bid for the Olympics were cited worldwide and helped foster dialogue among civic leaders and constituents.

Ira Glass Reflects on Israeli Prime Minister Yahtzik Rabin Assassination

Ira Glass, host of “This American Life,” visited Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum last night to talk about the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister Yahtzik Rabin 20 years ago, with “This American Life” producer Nancy Updike, and her husband Dan Ephron, former Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek.

The evening, presented by WBUR and free to the public, drew more than 400 attendees.

WBUR’s Managing Director of News & Programming Sam Fleming  interviewed Glass at a private reception for WBUR’s Edward R. Murrow Society donors immediately following the public talk. In 1996, Glass received the Edward R. Murrow award, the highest individual honor in public broadcasting.

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WBUR Presents The 2015 Boston Book Festival

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Join WBUR at the 2015 Boston Book Festival in Copley Square from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24.  The event will feature over a dozen authors and illustrators participating in panels and unique events.  Stop by the WBUR booth to meet our hosts, explore the Digital Bookshelf and win great prizes like tickets to the Fruitlands Museum and their Craft Beer Tasting and Bonfire. You can find WBUR hosts and staff at the following events:

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Teaching and Learning
This session takes a look at education from three perspectives: the cognitive, the practical, and the philosophical. After the presentations, an audience-led discussion will be moderated by Louise Kennedy, WBUR’s senior editor for education.
Oct. 24, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Trinity Forum

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YA: Real Lives
In this session, three accomplished authors for young people, including M.T. Anderson, introduce us to larger-than-life true stories. The host for this exploration of stellar nonfiction for teens is Carey Goldberg of 90.9 WBUR.
Oct. 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: BPL Teen Central

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From MREs to Molecules: The Science of Food
Napoleon knew that an army marches on its stomach. Following three presentations, WBUR’s Robin Young, co-host of Here & Now and one-time host of a cooking game show, will lead a discussion. Get ready to whet your appetite!
Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m.  to 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Old South Sanctuary

Fiction: The End is Near
Two rising literary stars discuss their books and the general trend toward post-apocalyptic fiction. Join them for a fascinating discussion of the end of the world as we imagine it, moderated by Christopher Lydon, host of Radio Open Source on 90.9 WBUR.
Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Emmanuel Sanctuary

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How do returning warriors make sense of their experience and move forward with their lives? The two inspiring author presentations will be followed by a discussion moderated by WBUR’s Lisa Mullins, new host of All Things Considered on WBUR.
Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m
Location: Church of the Covenant

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Speculative Science
Expand your mind with two distinguished authors who peer into the future and a renowned physicist who speculates about the past. This series of presentations followed by questions from the audience will be emceed by Deborah Becker, senior correspondent and host at WBUR.
Oct. 24, 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Trinity Sanctuary

Tom Ashbrook

Hits, Hooks, and Jam Bands
From the jam band to the pop machine, this session considers how music moves and manipulates us. Get a virtual-lighter app for your phone and be ready to cheer. Moderated by the music-loving host of WBUR’s On Point, Tom Ashbrook.
Oct. 24, 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location: Old South Sanctuary

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The Supremes: A Towering Giant and a Pint-Sized Powerhouse
Join us for an illuminating look at two extraordinary justices delivered by three very original biographers with a gift for portraiture. Hosted by WBUR’s  Anthony Brooks, co-host of Radio Boston.
Oct. 24, 4:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m.
Location: First Church Sanctuary

Meghna Chakrabarti

Nonfiction Keynote
In “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”, surgeon Atul Gawande confronts an inconvenient truth: we are all going to die, and even modern medicine can’t help, at least not yet. Meghna Chakrabarti, co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston will join him.
Oct. 24, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Old South Sanctuary

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Call for Entries: Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize

WBUR and Boston University invite public radio journalists age 35 and under to submit entries for the 15th annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Eligible works will have been broadcast or published between July 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2015.

Submissions may focus on any local, national or international news issue significant to the listening public. The work may be presented in the form of a produced news story, news feature, documentary, series on a single topic or an investigative report.

The $5,000 Schorr Prize – sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner – salutes a rising star in public radio.  It may be a traditional audio story, a podcast or a multimedia piece. Winners are honored at the Annual WBUR Gala.

The award is named after the late Daniel Schorr, who gave American journalism a lifetime of commitment through his insight, intelligence and integrity. Schorr believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio.

Past winners include WFPL Reporter Devin Katayama, now a reporter for KQED, San Francisco (2014); WBEZ producer Becky Vevea (2013); KUNC reporter Grace Hood (2012); NPR host David Greene (2011); NPR reporter Ailsa Chang (2010); reporter Chana Joffe-Walt, who covers global economics for NPR’s multimedia project “Planet Money” (2009); former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, now the host of the “TED Radio Hour” (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).

All entries must be received at or before noon EST on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Click here for information on submission guidelines.

HUBweek Update

hubweek logoHUBweek update: “What’s the Right Thing to do? A Master Class with Michael Sandel” on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. has been moved to a new location: Faneuil Hall. Click here for today’s Boston Globe article on the venue change and other developments for HUBweek activities taking place across Boston from Oct. 3 – 10.

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