Jessica Alpert is the Managing Producer for Program Development at WBUR. In this position, Jessica develops new podcasts and programs while also launching and nurturing WBUR’s newest projects. In addition, she oversees the role of WBUR’s iLab, an experimental unit that works to break new ground in the area of audio storytelling.
Jessica learned the most about program development from making radio, producing for five years on WBUR’s daily local program, Radio Boston. She then joined the team that launched WBUR and NPR’s new iteration of Here & Now, a daily two-hour news magazine. After this experience, there’s no deadline that will ever scare her!
Following seven great years in public media, Jessica took a break to explore content production in the start-up scene. At Wizeo, an early-stage angel-funded interactive video company, Jessica was VP of Content. After Wizeo, she honed her marketing skills as a consultant for various companies including Women Online, a boutique digital agency that helps non-profits and brands move women to action.
But she couldn’t stay away from radio for too long.
Jessica’s freelance work and projects can be found on NPR, PRI, the BBC, The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review, Bust Magazine and The Washington Post. As a Fulbright Scholar, Jessica spent one year collecting the oral histories of the 60-family Jewish community of El Salvador (online library forthcoming).
Originally from Texas, Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her masters in Latin American and Jewish history from Indiana University-Bloomington. She launched her audio education at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine. Today, she lives with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats in Somerville.
Dakota Fanning narrates an essay about a falling in love and falling off a cliff — literally.
Judd Apatow reads a story about a man whose perfect date ends up in the emergency room.
Sarah Paulson narrates this week’s episode — a story about a woman’s decision to put up her child for an open adoption.
WBUR’s Managing Producer of Program Development Jessica Alpert talks about how “Modern Love: The Podcast,” WBUR’s new collaboration with The New York Times, came to bring you the trials and tribulations of love, through sound.
Jason Alexander narrates this story about a man projecting his deepest thoughts of mortality onto his pet fish.
Welcome to our first episode. Lauren Molina narrates a story about a romance that begins on an unlikely website — Craigslist.
Explore the trials and tribulations of love in these deeply personal essays. A collaboration of The New York Times and WBUR in Boston, Modern Love: The Podcast features the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves. Join host Meghna Chakrabarti (WBUR) and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones (NYT) — and fall in love at first listen.
A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) reports that for men over 40, aerobic exercise alone may not be enough to rid you of your middle.
A new study finds that pets of any kind in the home may help kids with autism develop social skills.
Recent analyses suggest that there are at least 1.5 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans over the age of 60. How is the senior health care industry preparing to support them?
Emile Ouamouno, the two-year-old Ebola victim believed to be the first case in the current outbreak, may have contracted the disease from bats.
Researchers believe that a little information goes a long way–resulting in significantly better follow-up on the part of parents.
Participants who read from iPads took nearly 10 minutes longer to fall asleep and their sleep had less rapid eye movement compared to those who read from an actual printed book.
Arm pit fat? Double chin? Flabby arms? There’s a YouTube fitness video for that. The site allowing people to exercise anything and everything–from their living rooms.
Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont announced on Wednesday that Vermont would not pursue single payer healthcare in this coming legislative session.
I remember photographing a mastectomy, a breast reduction, a complicated breast reconstruction, removal of a formerly transplanted kidney, and a lung cancer operation. But what I really wanted was to observe a heart operation.
The Sydney hostages survived a terrifying 16-hour siege. Now they will begin an entirely different psychological experience — that of healing.
World-renowned conductor Benjamin Zander and the New England Conservatory abruptly ended an almost half-century long working relationship Thursday, when school officials discovered Zander had knowingly hired a registered sex-offender to videotape NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra over the past decade.
Actress and writer Mindy Kaling from NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy series, “The Office,” joins Radio Boston in the studio.
The USDA has replaced the government’s so-called food pyramid with a new easy-to-follow guide to healthy eating that it says is convenient, and could actually save lives. But is the food pyramid’s replacement too simplistic?
For loop artist Julia Easterlin, it doesn’t take an entire band to put together great music. All it takes is her voice and a little black box.
Private rooms for all patients is the new trend in hospital care, especially among many of the top-tier hospitals in Massachusetts.
Some parents are asking physicians to administer vaccines one at a time — even if it takes extra visits. But that may not be such a good idea.
Cambridge ZIP code 02139 is the setting for author Askold Melnyczuk’s fourth novel, “Smedley’s Secret Guide to World Literature.”
South African band Freshlyground has some infectiously upbeat music, but they don’t shy away from political themes.
A group of doctors and nurses from Children’s Hospital in Boston recently spent a week in Haiti assisting a pediatric unit at a hospital in Port au Prince. Two of them join us to talk about the scene in Haiti, the cholera epidemic, and what’s being done to keep children safe.
A new online literary magazine hopes to tap into growing demand for audio books and short-form content, perfect for commuting.
The MFA opens its new Art of the Americas wing to the press this week. Nearly 50,000 square feet and ten years in the making, the wing cost the museum around half a billion dollars.
After graduating from Harvard, Avi Steinberg got what is surely one of the most interesting jobs one could imagine: prison librarian. Steinberg details his experience in “Running the Books.”
Tom Furrier’s Arlington typewriter shop resembles a trip back in time. But now more than ever, his typewriters are being snapped up by new devotees and people who want to “punch” rather than “surf” into the future.