The latest announcements and updates from WBUR

Hoppy Fall Festival Comes to Heritage Museums & Gardens!

September 23– Experience an autumn biergarten at the largest public garden in southern New England! The full day of brew-related and family activities at Heritage Museums & Gardens features beer tastings from some of the best local Massachusetts breweries. When visitors aren’t saying Prost! (Cheers!), they can expand their knowledge at home brewing demos, craft beer workshops, and a talk and book signing with Lauren Clark, author of Crafty Bastards. Families will also enjoy a number of fun activities, including food trucks, games—including Cornhole, Kanjam, and other backyard favorites—crafts, and more.

“Not only is this a great way to celebrate autumn with family and friends, but it’s also a tribute to the centuries-old beer heritage in New England and the creative art of growing hops and craft brewing,” said Ellen Spear, Heritage President and CEO. “Our horticulture staff takes you to the beginning of the brewing process with hops that they’ve grown this season, through brewing and ultimately tasting. The family-friendly festive atmosphere includes great food and activities for children of all ages, and full access to all Heritage has to offer.”

Tickets, which are $30 for non-members and $15 for members, include admission to all gardens and exhibits; six, four-ounce beer tastings from Massachusetts breweries; home brewing demos and talks; and more.  Beer-friendly food is available for purchase. Massachusetts breweries featured include Cape Cod Beer, Cisco Brewers, Independent Fermentations Brewing, Castle Island Brewing Company, Devil’s Purse, Hog Island, and Mayflower Brewing Company.

The tasting happens rain or shine at a beer tent on the Parade Field. Visitors must be 21 years or older to participate in the beer tasting, and a valid ID is required. WBUR, Boston’s NPR Station on the Cape and Islands at 89.1 and 92.7 FM, is the Hoppy Fall Festival media sponsor.

Heritage is open through October 9, 10 am-5 pm daily.

Click here or information and tickets, or call 508-888-3300.

WBUR Opens Bureau Inside the Dorchester Reporter Newsroom

— A note from WBUR Executive News Director Tom Melville

WBUR has opened a news bureau inside the newsroom of the Dorchester Reporter in Boston’s largest and most populous neighborhood.  WBUR reporters will work in conjunction with Dorchester Reporter journalists to tell community-based stories of interest to all WBUR listeners and readers.

Dorchester on its own would be the fifth largest city in Massachusetts.  It is a diverse community and WBUR reporters will tell stories that explore its rich diversity – its people, its politics, its arts and culture, its businesses, its community life.

The new WBUR bureau includes a fully functioning radio studio to allow WBUR and Dorchester Reporter journalists to broadcast live.

WBUR and The New York Times Collaborate on "Dear Sugars" Podcast

Oprah Winfrey Joins Hosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond for First Episode of New Season.

The New York Times is bringing “Dear Sugar Radio,” the advice podcast from WBUR, hosted by best-selling authors Cheryl Strayed (“Wild” and “Tiny Beautiful Things”) and Steve Almond (“Against Football”), to a new audience of Times listeners with a refreshed name — “Dear Sugars” — and identity. This collaboration between The Times and WBUR follows the tremendous success of their producing partnership on “Modern Love: The Podcast.”

Known for offering “radical empathy,” “Dear Sugars” brings advice to the heartsick with answers to listeners’ most pressing and painful relationship dilemmas. The new season debuts Saturday, July 15, with new episodes coming out every Saturday of the season. On the first episode, listeners will hear from Oprah Winfrey, who responds to a letter-writer struggling with saying “no” to demanding family members.

“Dear Sugar” began as an advice column on the online literary community The Rumpus, written first by Almond under the pseudonym and imagined identity of “Sugar.” When he received a fan letter from Strayed, an acquaintance who didn’t realize that he was the one behind the column, he had a revelation: the voice he was channeling as Sugar was actually hers. He asked Strayed to take over the column, and she agreed. In December 2014, WBUR united the “Sugars,” Strayed and Almond, for the first time to develop “Dear Sugar Radio” as a podcast where it quickly established a large, loyal audience.

Before joining The Times as executive producer for audio, Lisa Tobin was managing producer of program development at WBUR, where she helped develop and launch “Dear Sugar Radio” in 2014. “Cheryl and Steve are not typical advice columnists. They are beloved literary figures with incredible intelligence and life experience,” said Tobin. “As The Times continues to expand its role in people’s lives — to be vital not just as a source of news and information but in all aspects of life — they are the perfect addition to The Times family.”

New episodes of “Dear Sugars” will be released every Saturday, available on Apple Podcasts or the podcast app of your choice.

The Times will also introduce a new column inspired by “Dear Sugars” that will run in Thursday Styles. The weekly column, “The Sweet Spot,” will feature advice from both Strayed and Almond in response to letters from readers and listeners. The first column runs in print on Thursday, July 27.

In January 2016, The Times first collaborated with WBUR to launch “Modern Love: The Podcast,” which debuted at the top of the Apple Podcasts chart. Along with “Modern Love,” “Dear Sugars” joins a growing slate of New York Times podcasts, includingThe Daily,”Still Processing,”Popcast,” andThe Book Review.”

Live Conversations with Boston Candidates for Mayor – July 19 & July 20

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and challenger Tito Jackson will participate in hour-long conversations before a live audience at UMass Boston. The conversations will  be broadcast live on WBUR and live-streamed online at, The Boston Globe and UMass Boston before an audience in the school’s media auditorium.

Marty Walsh

Tito Jackson

Tito Jackson

The conversations will be conducted live on July 19 (Jackson) and July 20 (Walsh) as part of WBUR’s “Radio Boston” from 3 p.m. to 4 pm. The show’s host, Meghna Chakrabarti, will be joined as co-host by Meghan Irons, City Hall bureau chief of the Boston Globe.

The John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston, WBUR, the Globe, NBC Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston will co-sponsor the conversations.

Mayoral candidates were invited to participate based on specific criteria that included polling, fund-raising and demonstrated political support.

McCormack, WBUR, and the Globe collaborated last year in hosting debates on the four statewide ballot questions, also broadcast live on Radio Boston.

This year, they are joined by NBC Boston, necn, and Telemundo Boston in a proposal, being considered by the candidates, to host formal debates in the fall – one before the September 26 preliminary election and the other before the general election on November 7. These debates would be broadcast by WBUR,  WBTS, necn, and by Telemundo Boston with simultaneous translation in Spanish – a first for the city.

Dean David W. Cash said, “The McCormack Graduate School, in its continuing role as civics catalyst, is delighted to help provide the chance for the public to hear from the mayoral candidates in this unique setting.”

Upcoming events for July:

July 23, 4 p.m.     The Manchurian Candidate Screening And Discussion

The ARTery contributor Joyce Kulhawik will moderate a discussion following a screening of the 1962 classic, “The Manchurian Candidate.”

About The Manchurian Candidate
Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is a Staff Sergeant in the Korean war serving alongside Major Ben Marco (Frank Sinatra) when their patrol is ambushed by Communist soldiers. Having escaped, the squad returns to the U.S. where Raymond is to receive the Medal of Honor for single-handedly saving the lives of his squad. Marco, however, becomes suspicious of Shaw after his recurring nightmares lead him to believe there is more to the rescue than meets the eye, and launches himself into a world of corruption, politics, intrigue, and brainwashing. Tickets are $20, and include complimentary popcorn. 

July 27, 6 p.m.     Boston Book Festival’s Literary Trivia

WBUR reporter and anchor Jack Lepiarz will host the Boston Book Festival’s 6th annual literary pub trivia night at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston. Teams should include no more than 6 members. The teams with the top 3 scores will receive prizes donated by BBF and partners. There will also be a special prize for the best team name. Players without a team are free to join the existing Dickensian Orphans team.
Tickets are $15. Trident food and drinks will be available for purchase.

July 29, 2 p.m.     Woods Hole Film Festival 2017

WBUR is proud to sponsor the 26th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival from Saturday, July 29 through Saturday, August 5, 2017. The Festival is the oldest on Cape Cod and the Islands, and is dedicated to presenting the best independent films from emerging filmmakers. Each summer over 8 days, the Festival presents over 130 films from around the world in Woods Hole and Falmouth. Filmmakers and patrons alike travel to Woods Hole from across the globe to see great films, meet interesting filmmakers, and support the festival’s sponsors.
Ticket prices vary. Click here for more information.
For these and many other scheduled events, please refer to the WBUR calendar page for additional event and ticketing information.



A huge crew from WBUR headed to San Francisco for the PMDMC (Public Media Development and Marketing Conference), public media’s largest conference devoted to issues surrounding revenue generation, marketing, and management.


Our booth was hopping as guests of the conference were able to make GIF’s of themselves in front of an On Point background, complete with Tom Ashbrook’s famous introduction.



Speaking of Tom Ashbrook, he was the special guest at a luncheon in which he interviewed Chris Lehane from Air BnB, which was Facebook Live’d.  Catch the full interview here!


What would a luncheon be without swag?  Guests were treated to an On Point fidget spinner, which was a huge hit as folks were tweeting out pics!  For a full “behind the scenes” recap of the conference, check out our twitter page @WBURExtra!

WBUR Wins 2017 National Murrow Award

WBUR Senior Producer Karen Given of Only A Game has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for best sport story in the country this year.

The award-winning piece featured 100-meter hurdler Kendra Harrison. She won seven races…in a row in 2016. She posted the second fastest time in history, and came close to breaking a world record that had stood since 1998. She was a favorite to win the gold at the Rio Olympics.

But a bad race at the Olympic Trials meant that Kendra would be watching the Games on TV. In this story, Harrison explains how she was able to put her disappointment aside and come back just a few weeks later…to break that world record. Listen to the story at Only A Game’s website.


Heritage Museums & Gardens will be bursting with the aroma of mouth-watering food at the final Food Truck Friday, June 23, from 5-8 pm. A special discount price of $5 per person includes admission to the event, fun family activities, and exclusive access to Heritage exhibits and grounds.

“Food Truck Fridays were launched this season to make Heritage accessible to those who aren’t able to visit during the day,” said Ellen Spear, Heritage president and CEO. “Our first Food Truck Friday was such a great hit with families and our community that we decided to reduce the price of admission to the event to ensure cost would not be a barrier to anyone who wanted to enjoy great food, after-hours access to Heritage, and a fun and festive time.”

Featured food trucks include Cape Cod Cannoli, offering more than 170 flavors of cannoli; The Pineapple Caper Catering, specializing in grilled cheeses; Wolf Pizza, with a variety of homemade pizzas; and The Local Scoop, with homemade frozen yogurt and ice cream with a variety of toppings. The Magnolia Café, the outdoor eatery at Heritage, will have food, beer, and wine for sale, and The Casual Gourmet will offer gourmet-style cookout selection.

The event, which is held rain or shine, provides visitors with a chance to unwind with friends and family during an evening of fun, relaxation, music, tasty food from some of the area’s best trucks, and access to the auto gallery exhibit and this season’s special exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views. The event is sponsored by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and Media Sponsor WBUR.

WHAT:           Food Truck Friday

WHEN:           Friday: June 23, 5-8 pm

WHERE:         Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

COST:             $5 for non-members; free for members (admission does not include food/drinks.)

Coming Soon: “Freak Out and Carry On”

WBUR announces the launch of Freak Out and Carry On, a new politics and history podcast that addresses the urgent issues of our time through a historical lens. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind and noted Boston College historian Heather Cox Richardson, the podcast examines the national political landscape and explores the historical context for today’s events. New episodes are available every Thursday starting June 15.

Freak Out and Carry On is meant to address the incessant, and often unexpected news coming from the White House that has caused hand wringing and anxiety among both Democrats and Republicans.

“This podcast will elevate the current political discourse and provide context from some of the smartest observers of our politics,” said Iris Adler, Executive Director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects at WBUR. “Freak Out and Carry On will delve into what’s happening in the Trump administration and ask has this ever happened before? Ron and Heather have the intelligence, the gravitas and insight to help us all gain perspective.”

Listeners will get a new understanding of Washington events beyond the current news cycle. By hearing analysts and historians, they’ll learn about the historical antecedents to current events in Washington, and better understand how we ended up here and where we are in the cycle of American history. Notable guests on the podcast so far include Matt Bai, Yahoo News; Rick Perlstein, historian; Yoni Appelbaum, The Atlantic; Matthew Dallek, historian, George Washington University; and McKay Coppins, The Atlantic.

“Our political culture of pitched combat and exploding news cycles has left much of America in a constant state of freak-out,” said Suskind. “In 20 years reporting from Washington about power and perfidy, you can’t help but develop context – context that allows us to exhale and carry on. That’s why I wanted to do this show: to deepen listeners understanding of events…and help them sleep at night!”

“In 1939, with the maelstrom of WWII on the horizon, the British government issued a poster reminding citizens that victory depended on their faith that the nation would endure. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ voices the quiet truth that principles survive catastrophe so long as people continue to believe in them. That message rings true in America today, hence the title of our podcast,” said Cox Richardson. “It’s easy to freak out about the relentless cascade of crises coming from Washington. But America’s long history has seen plenty of crises before this, and we too have always found a way to ‘carry on’. ”

Freak Out & Carry On is produced by WBUR. You can follow the program on Twitter and visit the website at Freak Out & Carry On is available on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.

Weekend Fun at Heritage Museum and Cambridge Arts River Festival!

Thank you to everyone — more than 600 of you — who came out to join WBUR at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich and more than 100,000 fans at The Cambridge Arts River Festival presented by Cambridge | Arts!  We loved sharing WBUR and our arts coverage from The ARTery with you at both events. We were thrilled to see so many people win great prizes just for showing us the WBUR LISTEN app on their phone — keep it up and keep winning. We had a blast and will see you out and about in the sunshine again soon.


Circle Round: WBUR's Storytelling Podcast for Kids

Caregivers and their children have always shared the rich experience of story time – whether it was around campfires, at libraries or in kids’ bedrooms. Now they have the opportunity to connect over timeless and beautifully narrated stories with Circle Round, a new storytelling podcast for youngsters ages 3-10 from WBUR, Boston’s NPR station.

Circle Round features carefully-selected folktales from around the world with an eye towards inclusivity. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 5- to 20-minute diverse episodes that delve into important and accessible topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity. A sneak-preview first episode starring Jason Alexander (of Seinfeld fame) is available now. The full podcast series will launch this fall with weekly episodes.

“Like so many parents, I’m always trying to find alternatives to screen time,” said Jessica Alpert, Managing Producer for program development at WBUR who’s overseeing the podcast. “And as we know, nothing grabs a child’s attention like a really great story — especially one you can listen to anywhere, anytime, like in a podcast. We’re hoping that Circle Round fills a void for parents while at the same time provides a thrilling experience for their kids.”

Circle Round casts some of today’s most exciting theater, film and TV talent to bring the story characters to life; original music and soundscaping draw the audience in further. The podcast will provide a diversity of storytelling experiences and a broad array of global and cultural perspectives. Each episode ends with prompts for discussion, giving children and their caregivers plenty of food for thought long after the story ends.

The podcast is being produced by WBUR in conjunction with Sheir & Shim founders Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis. Narrator Rebecca Sheir, a seasoned public radio host and reporter previously worked for NPR, Slate, WAMU, and WBUR’s Here & Now. She guides the listener through each story as Eric Shimelonis, an award-winning composer, creates the accompanying soundtrack and production. He has created music and sound design for more than 300 plays, films and documentaries and served as composer for podcasts and radio features at Slate and WAMU. Casting for Circle Round will be done by film and television casting veteran, Amy Lippens, CSA.


We will offer several quality live events throughout the Greater Boston area in the month of June. In partnership with various local organizations, WBUR is hosting a series of events to enrich the local community through programs that reflect its audiences’ values and diversity.

In June, WBUR will offer the following events:

June 1, 6 p.m. -Cocktails with Clio

Here and Now host Robin Young will interview Jill Lepore, Professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer for The New Yorker and bestselling author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. The event is to honor and support the Center for the Teaching of History at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Guests will also experience a cocktail reception and a seated dinner.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $300.

June 1, 6:30 p.m.-BBF and Boston Literary District Present: Going to the Chapel and Staying Married

The Boston Book Festival and the Boston Literary District present a special discussion between writer Ada Calhoun and Boston Globe columnist and entertainment reporter Meredith Goldstein on what it takes to maintain a successful marriage. Calhoun offers a humorous collection of essays on the art of staying married called “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give,” inspired by her New York Times Modern Love essay. Meanwhile, Goldstein’s daily “Love Letters” advice column has provided insightful romantic wisdom for the last eight years. Alysia Abbot, director of the Boston Literary District will serve as moderator.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $15.

June 2, 5:30 p.m. -Food Truck Fridays at the Heritage Museums & Gardens

On June 2 and 23, WBUR and Heritage Museums & Gardens will host two evenings of music, fun activities and food offered by several of the city’s most popular local food trucks. Visitors to these events will also have exclusive access to the museum’s special spring exhibit, Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views, as well as enjoy the annual Rhododendron Festival. Featured food trucks include:

  • Cape Cod Cannoli
  • The Pineapple Caper Catering
  • Pizza Barbone
  • Foodzilla on Wheels
  • The Local Scoop

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $10 for non-members.

June 3, 11 a.m.-2017 Cambridge Arts River Festival

In celebration of arts and culture, the annual Cambridge Arts River Festival presents a series of high-quality, community-based arts programming for the benefits of artists, residents and visitors to Cambridge. Feature events include concerts by hundreds of local and nationally renowned musicians, unique public art installations, family entertainment, craft activities, specialty food purveyors and interactive dance, theater, storytelling and poetry performances.

The event is free and open to the public.

June 3, 8 p.m.-Israeli Stage’s Day of Atonement

Morning Edition host Bob Oakes has a vocal guest appearance in Days of Atonement, a dark comedy by playwright Hanna Azoulay Hasfari about the lives of four estranged sisters. The event features post-talkbacks  after each performance moderated by WBUR produceers, including:

  • Iris Adler, Executive Director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects at WBUR on June 3
  • Jessica Alpert, Managing Producer for Program Development on June 4
  • Amory Sivertson, Associate Producer for New Programming on June 8

Tickets for the performance are $43.50.

June 4, 2 p.m. -The Guys Next Door

Join Erin Trahan, a contributor to WBUR’s The ARTery, for a timely screening of the award-winning documentary “The Guys Next Door” in honor of National Pride Month. Erin will also moderate a post-screening panel discussion about the evolution of the American family in the era of LGBTQ rights.

Tickets for the performance are $10.25 for children and seniors, and $12.25 for adults.

June 6, 6 p.m. -Jessamyn Stanley In Conversation with Robin Young

Here and Now host Robin Young will interview Jessamyn Stanley to discuss her book, “Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body.” Jessamyn is an international renowned yoga teacher and award-winning social media influencer who offers an unprecedented new beginner’s guide to yoga for people who have felt their body was too “different” to start the practice.

The event is free and open to the public. 

June 8, 5:30 p.m.-BBF Presents: “It’s Alive!” Frankenstein’s Lessons for Scientists and Creators

The Boston Book Festival presents a panel discussion on the classic novel “Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” by Mary Shelly. This discussion is in conjunction with the release of a new critical essay anthology published by MIT Press, “Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds.” The panel discussion will feature:

  • Ed Finn, co-editor of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds
  • Donald Ingber, founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
  • Daniela Rus, director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT,
  • Charlotte Gordon, literary biographer
  • Steve Gullans, the managing director of Excel Venture Management and coauthor of “Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Shaping Life on Earth”

Guests will also experience a cocktail reception featuring complimentary appetizers designed by Café ArtScience.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $25, or $40 with additional purchase of “Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds.”

June 9, 7 p.m. -David Baron Discusses “American Eclipse”

Former WBUR and NPR science reporter David Baron will discuss his new book, “American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World.”

The event is free and open to the public.

June 14, 6 p.m.-A Conversation with Jasmine Baetz and Lisa Houck

WBUR Arts Engagement Producer Louise Kennedy will moderate a discussion with contemporary artists Jasmine Baertz and Lisa Houck, whose work has been showcased in two exhibitions at the Boston Athenaeum and the Nichols House Museum. The artists will discuss their careers, their studio practices and the development of the unique concepts and ideas in their work. Guests will also experience a reception after event.

Registration is required for this event.

June 18, 12 p.m.-How to Fix the World Festival

Greg Cook, a contributor to WBUR’s The ARTery, presents a community festival of dance, music and art. “How to Fix the World” will draw on diverse, local talent who use their art to address current social challenges and imagine new ways that people can improve the world. Guests will also have the opportunity to attend workshops and engage with various activist groups and non-profit organizations.

The event is free and open to the public. 

June 22, 6 p.m.-Ma Speaks Up: And A First Generation Daughter Talks Back

Michael Patrick MacDonald, a contributor to WBUR’s The ARTery and author of “All Souls: A Family Story from Southie” will join author Marianne Leone on her newly released novel, “Ma Speaks Up: And A First Generational Daughter Talks Back.” They will discuss the art of memoir-writing and the transformation of personal loss into a voice and platform of empathic civic discourse and grassroots activism. 

This event is free and open to the public.

June 22, 7 p.m.-Beth Macy In Conversation with Lisa Mullins

All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins will join bestselling author Beth Macy to discuss her latest novel, “Truvine,” about an instance of racism in the Jim Crow South that changed the lives of two brothers born to a sharecropper family.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $5.

June 23, 7:30 p.m.-Blood on the Snow

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty moderate a performance of “Blood on the Snow,” a historical play which reenacts one of the pivotal events of the American Revolution. Following the play, Jack will interview play director Courtney O’Connor on her work and career.

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $35.

June 26, 6 p.m.-Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson in Conversation with Tom Ashbrook

Join On Point host Tom Ashbrook as he interviews Andrew McAfee and Eric Brynjolfsson, co-founders of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and authors of The “Second Machine Age.” They will discuss their careers and their new book, “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future.”

Registration is required for this event. Tickets are $5.

For these and many other scheduled events, please refer to the WBUR calendar page for additional event and ticketing information.


WBUR Celebrates "100 Years of JFK in Massachusetts"

The 1967 oil on canvas portrait of John F. Kennedy by Jamie Wyeth. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

The 1967 oil on canvas portrait of John F. Kennedy by Jamie Wyeth. (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

In honor of John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, WBUR will explore the 35th President’s legacy in Massachusetts through a weeklong series of investigative stories from May 24 – 29, 2017. With a focus on his childhood development and early political life, WBUR reporters will present the following special reports and topics:

Monday, May 22, 2017: “Beals Street in Brookline” by Greg Wayland

On May 29, 1917, JFK was born at 83 Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts. What were the odds that a child born to a young Irish Catholic Brookline family in this small town would rise to become President of the United States? To calculate the odds, WBUR takes a closer look at the family and community that nurtured JFK as a child. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017: “Massachusetts Oratory” by Anthony Brooks

Well-known for being an articulate and persuasive speaker, we invite you to listen to some of JFK’s famous speeches conducted in the Boston Garden, the Massachusetts State House and the Alumni Stadium at Boston College. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017: “Kennedy’s Cape Cod” by Deborah Becker

We travel to Hyannisport, JFK’s beloved adulthood home. There, we explore numerous significant sites such as the Kennedy Compound, the Kennedy Museum, the Cape Cod National Seashore which JFK created and the Church where the former president worshiped with his family. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017: “Kennedy’s Harvard” by Fred Thys

In this special report, we explore the intense relationship between the first Irish Catholic President and the very non-Irish first American University. The Kennedy family’s relationship with Harvard began with JFK’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy, who broke early 20th century class and religious barriers when he attended the university despite his humble beginnings in East Boston as the son of a devout Irish Catholic saloon keeper. Following in his father’s footsteps, JFK thrived as a Harvard student during the 1930s, and his love for the school was a prominent facet of his budding political career. In return, the school that fostered his academic development still celebrates his legacy in many ways. 

Friday, May 26, 2017: “JFK’s Changing Image” by David Boeri

Fifty-four years after JFK’s sudden death, there have been numerous waves of biographies that offer new perspectives on the late president. The latest example comes from former Boston Globe scribes Curtis Wilkie and Thomas Oliphant, who this month have released their unique take on Kennedy’s legacy in The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign. We delve into the book’s extensively researched analysis of JFK’s efforts to become president, starting with the argument that he had been earnestly planning his presidential campaign since 1955. 

Friday, May 26, 2017: “A Childhood Memory of a Massachusetts Journalist” by Delores Handy

In October 1963, President Kennedy visited Little Rock, Arkansas – one of his last presidential visits before his assassination a mere month later. Veteran Boston journalist Delores Handy was a high school journalist during this visit, and she reflects on the influence these events had on her childhood and her future successful journalism career. 

Monday, May 29, 2017: “Massachusetts Family Political Legacy” by Anthony Brooks

In the wake of JKF’s historical presidency, the Kennedys have remained a driving force in the national political landscape. Here, we turn to the next generation carrying on this political legacy: Newton resident, congressman and JFK’s great nephew Joseph Kennedy III.



The Muse & The Marketplace

WBUR was handing out swag and having a blast at The Muse and the Marketplace! The Muse and the Marketplace is a three-day literary conference that gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and nonfiction, prepares them for the ever-changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. Established and emerging authors led 100+ interactive sessions on the craft of writing – the “muse” side of things – while editors, literary agents and other industry professionals tackled the business side – the “marketplace.” Though 800+ presenters, participants, volunteers, and special guests attended, GrubStreet created a wonderfully intimate atmosphere designed to give everyone access to the wealth of talent on both sides of the classroom.

WBUR is all over the I.F.F

WBUR is a presenting sponsor of the Independent Film Festival Boston 2017, now in its 15th anniversary, taking place from April 26-May 3.

On April 26, Carey Goldberg, Editor of CommonHealth, will moderate a discussion following the film Stumped.

On April 29, reporter/anchor Jack Lepiarz will moderate a discussion following the documentary Dealt.

On April 30, Vicki Croke, host of WBUR’s The Wild Life, will moderate a discussion after the film Letting Go of Adele.

On April 30, Erin Trahan, Contributor for TheARTery, will moderate a discussion after the film Angelo Unwritten.

Tickets are on sale now, and the full festival lineup is at the IFFBoston website

Click here for more information.

WBUR named APPY Award Finalist in the Charity/Non Profits Category

The WBUR Listen app for iOS and Android has recently been nominated as a finalist in the 2017 APPY Awards in the Charity/Non Profit category. The APPY Awards were created by MediaPost to celebrate creativity and excellence in app design. WBUR launched the WBUR Listen app in September 2016 to provide our listeners with an excellent audio experience – it features a rock-solid live listening stream along with all your favority podcasts. Users on Apple devices can also pause and rewind live radio. Listeners can also enjoy commercial-free programs and podcasts on demand, including fan favorites like On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Here & Now and Modern Love. The app also provides users with a simplified interface with show icons, making it easy to select and download content for offline listening, as well as keep track of their overall listening history.

If you don’t have the free WBUR Listen app, download the iOS version here and the Android version here.

Development of the WBUR Listen app was provided by Intrepid in Cambridge, Mass. APPY Award winners will be announced Wednesday, May 17, with an awards ceremony in New York City.

WBUR receives 10 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTDNA

Regional Edward R. Murrow Award

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recently announced the winners of its 2017 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. WBUR is the proud recipient of 10 regional awards, more than any other large-market radio station in the country. The awards celebrate WBUR’s diverse, groundbreaking programming on breaking news, investigative journalism and feature reporting. The full list of honored news stories includes:

The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize the highest quality broadcast journalism produced by regional, national and international radio, television and digital news organizations. The honored news stories are seen by the RTDNA as conduits for increased knowledge and facilitators of public discussion.

According to the official announcement from RTDNA, “WBUR in Boston topped the Large Market Radio division, winning 10 regional Murrow Awards this year, including breaking news, investigative reporting and feature reporting. WLRN in Miami won 9 and KERA in Dallas won 8.”

As a regional award winner, WBUR will advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition in May 2017.


Station Alert: WBUR Working To Solve On-Air Tech Issue

Thanks to many of our listeners for calling  and emailing today to alert us to an issue with our sound. We’re aware that we’ve got a technical problem, and we’re working as quickly as possible to rectify it. Our engineers have already made some changes that should prevent it from happening on-air again. We’re sorry for any inconvenience — and really appreciate everyone who has reached out to let us know.

WBUR’s Modern Love: The Podcast, nominated for a Webby Award

Modern Love: The Podcast

Modern Love: The Podcast

Modern Love: The Podcast “Not So Simple Math”, a collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times, is nominated for the 21st Annual Webby Awards in Podcasts & Digital Audio: Lifestyle. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. IADAS — which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners — is comprised of Internet industry experts, including Executive Creative Director at Refinery29 Piera Gelardi, musicians Questlove and Grimes, Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram Eva Chen, Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg, and Jimmy Kimmel.

The nominated podcast retells The New York Times essay “Open Adoption: Not So Simple Math,” written by Amy Seek and narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Sarah Paulson that explores the emotional terrain one young woman travels after she makes the decision to give up her son for adoption.

“Not So Simple Math” is also eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 20th, you can cast your vote here.

In addition, Modern Love’s “Just Friends? Let Me Read Between the Lines” is an official honoree in this year’s Webby Awards in Podcast & Digital Audio: Best Individual Episode. Steve Friedman‘s essay is a story about a particularly messy break-up. It became the very first Modern Love column ever published in 2004 and is read by Emmy award-winner Tony Hale for the podcast. You might know him as Gary Walsh on HBO’s “Veep,” or as Buster Bluth in “Arrested Development.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and honored on Monday, May 15, 2017 in New York City.  If Modern Love wins, the team will have the opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous 5-Word Speeches. Past 5-Word Speeches include Stephen Colbert’s “Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”


The Future of Nature: The Energy We Need

WBUR is proud to be a media sponsor for The Nature Conservancy Discussion on May 1 in Cambridge

As the essential push toward a lowcarbon future accelerates, how do we balance the benefits of clean energy production with the potential risks to nature?

With well-known sources like hydro, wind and solar at the forefront, many countries have made impressive strides transitioning to clean energy. Still, the challenges are immense: Consider that in 2015 only about 13 percent of the electricity produced in the United States came from renewable sources.

What are the tools—technology, policy, markets and beyond—that will help us produce the clean energy we need, while protecting the health of our rivers and minimizing energy sprawl and other impacts? What role can lesser known renewable sources like biomass and tidal power play?

On May 1 in Cambridge, an expert panel—Katherine Hamilton, of 38 North Solutions; Jessika Trancik, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Nels Johnson, of The Nature Conservancy—will discuss these questions and more. Dan Delurey, president of Wedgemere Group, will moderate.

The event will be the 13th in The Nature Conservancy’s Future of Nature Boston Speaker Series.

Tickets: $10, available at

Time: Special networking reception catered by Chive Events, 5:30 p.m. Panel discussion including audience questions, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Location: The Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD); 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

The series features leaders in their fields discussing some of our most critical conservation challenges and opportunities. Visit for more. Follow @Nature_NE for ongoing discussion on energy and other topics that affect nature in New England and beyond. Join the conversation by tweeting your hopes and concerns, using the hashtag #futureofnature.


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