WBUR Welcomes Fall 2020 With New Programming Changes

Starting this weekend — Saturday, October 3 — WBUR kicks off a new fall line-up. With audiences spending more time at home due to the pandemic, the broadcast schedule offers even more reasons to stay with WBUR, day and night.

The new WBUR fall line-up offers the opportunity to hear emerging new shows like It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders and fan favorites like The Daily from The New York Times, alongside WBUR powerhouse productions, Here & Now and the newly revamped On Point. Shows can be heard live on 90.9 FM, online at and on smart speakers. Episodes are available for listening anytime on the WBUR Listen app.

Notable updates to WBUR’s fall schedule include:


10 a.m. : The new On Point hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti has been transformed into one powerful hour. Sound rich elements matched with deep, heavily researched conversations. With fresh takes and a diversity of new voices, On Point will take you on a journey to help make complicated issues understandable.

11 a.m. : A perfect pairing with On Point, 1A (WAMU) convenes conversations about the most important issues of our time with a deep and unflinching look at America. 1A is led by Jenn White, whose voice podcast listeners may recognize from her past role hosting the hit shows, Making Oprah and Making Obama.

8 p.m.The Daily (NYT) delves into one top news story of the day. It is hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.

9 p.m. : WBUR brings back its checkerboard of fan favorites, with a different hit show each weeknight including:

  • Monday: Radio Lab (WNYC) a platform for long-form journalism and storytelling that challenges its listeners’ preconceived notions about how the world works. Radiolab provokes, it moves, it delights, and it asks its audience to see the world around them anew. Radiolab is co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser.
  • Tuesday: This American Life (WBEZ) is an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot. In other words, stories! Stories that have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio.
  • Wednesday: Hidden Brain (NPR) host Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
  • Thursday: Open Source an American conversation with global attitude hosted by Christopher Lydon.
  • Friday: The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes, celebrating the ability of true, personal storytelling to illuminate both the diversity and commonality of human experience.


6 a.m. : On Point, (rebroadcast) hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti.

7 a.m. : TED Radio Hour (NPR) investigates the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers. In each episode, new host Manoush Zomorodi explores a big idea through a series of TED Talks and original interviews, inspiring us to learn more about the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves.

4 p.m. : Reveal pours the necessary time and resources into unearthing original stories that hold people and institutions accountable for the problems they’ve caused or benefited from. Its investigative reporting consistently contributes to real-world impact, from civil and criminal investigations to new laws and policies, better-informed conversations and community-driven solutions.

6 p.m. : The Coronavirus Crisis (NPR) is a special series that provides listeners with everything they need to know about the global pandemic.

 7 p.m. : It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders (NPR) features interviews with people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus, weekly wraps of the news with other journalists.


1 p.m. : Hidden Brain (NPR) host Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.

 4 p.m. : BBC Newshour provides the latest news and interviews with newsmakers, eyewitnesses, correspondents and analysts.

 6 p.m. : Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (NPR) is a weekly hour-long quiz program that tests your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up.

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