In light of the stay-at-home advisories in Massachusetts, WBUR has created a new way for listeners to be informed on the most pressing issues of our time. Free and open to the public, the WBUR Town Hall series will be virtual events held Tuesdays at 6 p.m., bringing together WBUR journalists and experts on a weekly topic. WBUR Town Halls will broadcast live on YouTube and participants will be able to ask questions online using Slido.com during each event.
“The Coronavirus has touched every dimension of our lives. Many of us are isolated in our homes, away from family, friends and colleagues. People are longing for connection to one another and for deep, reliable information,” said WBUR Chief Executive Officer Margaret Low.
The WBUR Town Halls are a way for us to connect in a meaningful way with our audience, at a time when we all need each other more than ever. We can provide that sense of togetherness that everyone is yearning for and to give everyone access to our journalists and to the experts — on the frontlines of this pandemic.Margaret Low, CEO, WBUR
WBUR Town Hall: The Surge, the first in the series, broadcasted live on YouTube on April 14 at 6 p.m. More than 350 people concurrently streamed the live event featuring reporter Carey Goldberg and Dr. Shira Doron, epidemiologist and infectious disease physician at Tufts Medical Center.
They discussed and answered audience questions about the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases in Boston and what challenges are facing all of us in the Commonwealth.
For the second Town Hall on April 21, Goldberg will interview Dr. Kevin Tabb, president and CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health, about the upcoming challenges for health care in Massachusetts after the surge ends.
Listeners are encouraged to register at wbur.org/events and to submit questions by visiting slido.com and entering event code #WBURVTH2.
In addition to WBUR Town Halls, WBUR has created new virtual programming including:
- CitySpace At Home provides easy access to previous CitySpace content repackaged for home viewing enjoyment. For example, find new editions of Curated Cuisine, a series with notable chefs, available now.
- CitySpace Storytime records WBUR talent reading children’s books aloud. The first edition features Sharon Brody reading Daniel Pinkwater’s The Big Orange Splot.
- #CoveringCovid is a video series that goes behind-the-scenes with WBUR reporters covering the COVID-19. Steve Brown shares his experience covering Governor Baker’s briefings, and Sara Rose Brenner talks about writing newscast stories for Morning Edition.
WBUR CitySpace is also providing a directory of virtual events by Boston-based organizations available. For more information, please visit wbur.org/events.