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7 Must-See WBUR Events This Fall

Just a few of the faces you can expect to see at CitySpace this Fall. Top (from left to right):  Tracy Chang, Mitra Kalita,  Angie Thomas, and Dahlia Lithwick. Bottom: Tomi Adeyemi, Tim Bray, Nina Totenberg, and Linda Henry.
Just a few of the faces you can expect to see at CitySpace this Fall. Top (from left to right): Tracy Chang, Mitra Kalita, Angie Thomas, and Dahlia Lithwick. Bottom: Tomi Adeyemi, Tim Bray, Nina Totenberg, and Linda Henry.
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Guess who's back...back again? CitySpace is back. Tell a friend!

After more than a year of being closed, CitySpace at The Lavine Broadcast Center is springing back to life in September with a robust Fall season sure to appeal to all, from WBUR superfans to first-time visitors. Join us as we launch new series, bring back old favorites and welcome an exciting lineup of guests to our stage. Plus, we'll offer both in-person and virtual ticket options to most events, making access to CitySpace easier than ever.

Here's a few of our top picks for the upcoming season. Tickets are on sale now! We'll be adding a few more events to the lineup so make sure to sign up for the WBUR events newsletter to get first crack at tickets.

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Sept. 9 | Boston Mayor Primary Debate

With the mayor's race heating up, CitySpace will play host to a live debate with candidates John Barros, Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George, Kim Janey and Michelle Wu. You'll be able to tune into the debate, moderated by Radio Boston host Tiziana Dearing and Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker, live on 90.9 FM or online at

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Sept. 20 | Here & Now Presents Trailblazers: Women News Leaders From Katharine Graham To Today

In conjunction with the New York Historical Society exhibit, "Cover Story: Katherine Graham, CEO," Here & Now co-host Robin Young will host a panel discussion looking at how far women have come in news media, particularly in the last year. Panelists include Boston Globe CEO Linda Henry and URL Media CEO Mitra Kalita. Writer and activist Gloria Steinem joins us virtually to introduce the event.

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Sept. 27 | On Point Presents "Amazon: The Prime Effect"

Host Meghna Chakrabarti and senior editor Dorey Scheimer present a behind-the-scenes look at the On Point series "Amazon: The Prime Effect," which explores the how Amazon shapes the global economy and they way we live and work. Former vice president Tim Bray, who resigned last summer over the firing of Amazon employee activists, will join.

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Sept. 30 | Endless Thread Presents If You Can Dream It, You Can Meme It!

Can you even remember a time before memes flooded our timelines?

As part of their new season, Endless Thread podcast hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson invite memelords and meme-curious alike to gather to explore how memes come into being, how they evolve and the impact they create. You'll also hear from meme experts and even the famous—and infamous—meme subjects themselves.

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Oct. 5 | Tell Me More! Angie Thomas and Tomi Adeyemi

Tell Me More! pairs two fascinating leaders for a conversation about their journeys, inspirations and life lessons. If you have an insatiable appetite for YA fiction as much as we do, don't miss the chance to ask authors Angie Thomas ("The Hate U Give") and Tomi Adeyemi ("Children of Blood and Bone") all your burning questions about their wildly popular novels, upcoming film/TV adaptions and more! Here & Now co-host Tonya Mosley moderates.

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Oct. 14 | This Changes Everything: The Supreme Court Edition

How will the recent shift in the Supreme Court continue to impact the country? There's so much to unpack when the Court recovenes in October. Yale Law senior research scholar Linda Greenhouse, Slate political reporter Dahlia Lithwick, and NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg will dive deep into the issues front and center for the upcoming term and whether we could see the makeup of the Court change even more in the near future. Boston Globe senior opinion writer Kimberly Atkins Stohr moderates.

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Nov. 9 | Curated Cuisine: Tracy Chang

Ready for a another course of Curated Cuisine? Our popular series returns with a new roster of chefs, who'll dish on everything from their food philosophies to how the pandemic impacted their businesses. We can't wait for our conversation with Tracy Chang, chef and owner of Pagu, a Japanese tapas restaurant in Cambridge's Central Square. Fingers crossed we'll get to sample Chang's delicious squid ink unagi baos while we're at it! Irene Li, co-founder of Mei Mei Restaurant Group moderates.

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Additional programming will feature notable guests including New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark, cookbook author Dorie Greenspan, New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert, writer and research scholar Helen Macdonald, author Lisa Napoli, chef Jacques Pepin, New York Times food editor Sam Sifton, NPR senior correspondent Susan Stamberg and more.

This article was originally published on July 29, 2021.


Candice Springer Assistant Director, WBUR CitySpace
Candice Springer is assistant director of WBUR CitySpace.


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