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Will Corporation for Public Broadcasting Be Defunded? WBUR GM Responds

A message from WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz:

Yesterday President Donald Trump submitted a budget to Congress that defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Here at WBUR, my focus is naturally on public radio but I’m concerned for all of public media. At stake is:

  • $90 million for public radio and $355 million for public television
  • $.28 per citizen per year for public radio
  • CPB funding is .01% of the federal budget

It is, in short, a small investment with big impact. More than 41 million Americans listen to public radio each week, including more than 500,000 WBUR listeners here in Boston.

Public radio was born of a belief 50 years ago that every citizen deserves access to independent, public service, non-commercial, non-profit news and programming that enriches the American experience. From the largest cities to the smallest towns, public radio and television started with public funds — now supported additionally with private philanthropy — and embraced the highest standards of quality broadcasting.

Will the CPB be defunded? It is hard to predict, and history can be only a partial guide. This is not the first effort to eliminate funding for public media and each time those efforts have failed. What we know for certain is that partisan rancor and Congressional gridlock are more intense today than at any time since the CPB was created. The effort to defund public media is real. It’s not driven by any meaningful effort to balance the budget. The amount of money at stake is simply too small to make a difference in federal spending, but it is large enough to strike a blow to universal access to non-partisan, fact-based journalism.

While WBUR would be significantly impacted by the elimination of CPB funds, we will survive with your help. But hundreds of smaller stations across the country will be forced to drastically reduce their staffs or even close their doors. This would be a tragedy for journalism in America and a tremendous loss for countless communities that rely on NPR.

As one of the largest public radio stations in the country, and one that provides more hours of national NPR programming than any other station, WBUR is committed to universal access to our programs across the country. We need your help in assuring that Boston and the nation continue to be served by WBUR.

So what can you do? First, go to Protect My Public Media and sign our petition to Congress.  Your voice will be joined by millions of others across the country in support of public radio and television. Second, tell your friends and family that public radio may lose its funding if they don’t speak up in support of it across America. And finally, monitor WBUR and, where we will keep you updated on efforts to defund the CPB.

From its inception, public radio has been a collaboration between NPR, public radio stations and our listeners. That partnership is more important now than ever before.

I’ll keep you updated in the coming weeks. Together we can fight this effort to defund public radio in America.

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WBUR On Tap: Taste of Iceland

WBUR joined Iceland’s First Lady Eliza Reid in celebrating the Nordic nation’s rich storytelling tradition as part of the 8th annual Taste of Iceland in Boston festival. Reid, a writer and editor who co-founded the Iceland Writers Retreat, led a lively discussion at WBUR about what makes Iceland inspirational for lovers of literature while guests sampled authentic Icelandic food and cocktails.

Salem Film Fest

We are looking forward to a fantastic week of documentaries at the Salem Film Fest.  Entering its 10th year, Salem Film Fest is one of New England’s largest documentary film festivals and presents a rich and diverse collection of the year’s best work from all over the world. For more information and tickets, visit their website. If you are looking to pick up some WBUR swag while seeing some amazing documentaries, come out and meet us in Salem.  We will be there all weekend long – follow us on Twitter @WBURExtra.


For the first time, leading podcast publishers including WBUR and NPR have joined forces to introduce new audiences to podcasts. All this month, the hosts of hundreds of shows including Modern Love, On Point, Stuff You Should Know, Planet Money, Missing Richard Simmons, and Crimetown, will encourage listeners to introduce a friend, relative or coworker to a new podcast, and, show them how to listen if they don’t know how. Listeners will be asked to share stories of why they listen and their favorite podcasts using the hashtag #trypod.

According to Edison Research, one in five Americans listened to podcasts every month as of early 2016 – a number that has grown by double-digits for five years. Even though podcasts are growing quickly and are available in more places than ever before, some people still don’t know how to listen or where to start. Informally led by NPR, industry leaders including ESPN, Pineapple Street Media, Midroll, WNYC Studios and WBUR are working together to show new audiences how easy it is to listen.

“People come to podcasts for information and analysis to make sense of the world around them, to be entertained by excellent storytelling, to laugh and experience wonder,” said Israel Smith, NPR’s Sr. Director of Promotion.

Research conducted by comScore and Wondery suggests that listeners turn to podcasts when they’re feeling curious and then as a result of listening they feel more connected, intelligent and energized!  So, give it a try.  #trypod




WBUR Hires Brian Hardzinski as Associate Producer for

WBUR announced today that Brian Hardzinski has been appointed associate producer of On Point with Tom Ashbrook. He will work closely with host Tom Ashbrook to research show topics, develop daily program segments and coordinate guest interviews.

“We are so pleased to have Brian join our team,” said On Point executive producer Karen Shiffman. “As On Point expands its coverage to audiences around the nation, we seek ways to effectively provide listeners with poignant discussions on topics that resonate with them. Brian brings several years of experience in broadcast and production from the middle of the country, and I am confident that he will support On Point’s mission to continue to deliver new perspectives and thorough investigations of what’s happening today.”

Brian joins WBUR after 11 years at KGOU Radio in Norman, Oklahoma where he worked in a number of roles including host of Morning Edition, digital news editor, operations and public service announcement director, producer and host of KGOU’s Assignment: Radio and substitute host for All Things Considered.

Brain earned his bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and history at the University of Oklahoma.

Modern Love: The Podcast’s Valentine’s Day Special

Lovers of love and lovers of podcasts, be ready for WBUR’s airing of Modern Love: The Podcast on Valentine’s Day!  To hear a clip of Modern Love: The Podcast as read by actor Colin Farrell click here.

Based on the New York Times Sunday Styles column, Modern Love: The Podcast features true stories read by top talent from the stage and screen.  An original soundscape and soundtrack brings the essays alive, exploring themes touching every element of the human condition.  The podcast has seen a tremendous audience response, passing the 20 million download mark and celebrating its one-year anniversary on January 21.

The radio special is hosted by WBUR’s own Meghna Chakrabarti (Radio Boston) and includes a trio of funny, romantic, and inspiring essays read by Colin Farrell (“The Lobster”) on a quadriplegic man who finds a love he thought he’d never have, Gillian Jacobs (“Love”) on falling in love with the help of a psychological experiment known as “36 Questions”; and Tony Hale (“Veep”) who wonders about breaking up and reading between the lines.  The radio special also features conversations with the essay’s original authors and The New York Times Modern Love Editor Daniel Jones.

WBUR will broadcast the Modern Love: The Podcast’s Valentine’s Day Special on Sat., 2/11 at 6 p.m., Sun. 2/12 at 8 p.m. and Tues., 2/14 at 9 p.m.

WBUR Appoints Yasmin Amer as Morning Edition Field Producer

WBUR announced today that Yasmin Amer has been appointed as WBUR’s Morning Edition field producer. She will work closely with WBUR Morning Edition Host Bob Oakes to produce and report daily news stories, interviews and special series.

“We are thrilled to have Yasmin join our team,” said WBUR director of news and programming Sam Fleming. “As we enter the new year, we are pleased to continue expanding our newsroom with members of the media who understand the essential role of high quality, substantive, nonpartisan journalism. With Yasmin’s experience, we know that she will be a great addition to our team who will help serve our local community by reporting on in depth stories that impact our lives.”

Yasmin joins WBUR after five years at CNN, where she has worked as an assignment editor on the international desk, as a news editor at CNN International NewSource, as a writer and producer on CNN domestic shows, and as a writer and producer for CNN NewSource.

Yasmin earned her master’s degree in human-computer interaction at the Georgia Institute of Technology and her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in broadcast journalism and Arabic studies with a minor in religious studies.

This Moment in Cancer- A CommonHealth Special Series

WBUR and CommonHealth proudly present “This Moment in Cancer”, a special news series exploring what’s different and what we can expect from the groundbreaking cancer research happening here in Boston.  Led by Carey Goldberg, editor of the WBUR CommonHealth blog and former Boston bureau chief of “The New York Times”, with reporting from a team of journalists including Lisa Mullins, Rachel Zimmerman, Martha Bebinger and more.  Explore all the stories here.

WBUR Honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with 14th Annual Concert

“How I Got Over” is the title of a song performed by legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson as part of the program at the march on Washington, D.C. where Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered.  It was Ms. Jackson who called out from her seat behind the podium to Dr. King: “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” which prompted King to go off script with his historic and inspirational words.

Reporter Delores Handy was on hand at Jordan Hall to introduce the Boston’s Children’s chorus at this uplifting, gospel-themed concert to honor Dr. King, the music associated with the civil rights movement and the spirit and passion of all those who marched with Dr. King on that monumental day in Washington.


Listen Up: An Evening of Exceptional Audio

Friends and fans gathered to listen and share in a little kindness and conviviality at the ICA for our annual Listen Up event. Here & Now host Robin Young and Kind World producer Erika Lantz shared audio stories of kindness during this special evening of listening together–in the dark. The shared listening experience was followed by an insightful conversation with Richard Weissbourd, co-director of the Making Caring Common Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Special thanks to the ICA and Boston Medical Center for their support in making this event possible. And be sure to listen to the new season of Kind World.

Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize: Call for Entries

daniel-schorrWBUR, invites public radio journalists age 35 and under to submit entries for the annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Eligible works will have been broadcast or published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016. The $5,000 Schorr Prize – sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner – recognizes a rising star in public radio and seeks to inspire a new generation of journalists to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Submissions may focus on any local, national or international news issue significant to the listening public. The work may be presented in the form of a produced news story, podcast, news feature, documentary, series on a single topic or an investigative report. Complete guidelines are online at

The award is named after the late Daniel Schorr, who gave American journalism a lifetime of commitment through his insight, intelligence and integrity. Schorr believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio. The selected Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize winner will be honored at the annual WBUR Gala which takes place on May 15 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, Mass.

Past winners include WAMU Reporter Patrick Madden (2015); Reporter Devin Katayama, now a reporter for KQED, San Francisco (2014); WBEZ producer Becky Vevea (2013); KUNC reporter Grace Hood (2012); NPR host David Greene (2011); NPR reporter Ailsa Chang (2010); reporter Chana Joffe-Walt, who covers global economics for NPR’s multimedia project “Planet Money” (2009); former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, now the host of the “TED Radio Hour” (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).

All entries must be received at or before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3, 2017.


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Modern Love Live- A Special Valentine's Event in Boston

emmyrossumWBUR and The New York Times are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their collaboration on Modern Love: The Podcast with a special live event at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti (host of Modern Love: The Podcast) with Daniel Jones (editor of the NYT “Modern Love” column), the event will be a live recording of the hit podcast featuring Modern Love essays read by actors Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black).

Modern Love Live will take place on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at The Wilbur in Boston’s theater district. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Dec. 23.

Modern Love: The Podcast transforms the popular reader-submitted New York Times Modern Love essays into an immersive weekly podcast experience that takes listeners on an audio journey, bringing the poignant, honest and hopeful stories to life. Each episode features a reading performed by actors, combined with music and an intricately produced soundscape. Episodes conclude with an update and follow-up conversation with the story’s original author, provoking deeper conversation about love and relationships.

Exploring the joys and tribulations of love, Modern Love: The Podcast debuted at #1 on the iTunes chart. The podcast launched on Jan. 21, 2016 with two episodes, featuring actors Jason Alexander and Lauren Molina. Since then, nearly 50 talented actors have read for the podcast, including Colin Farrell, Angela Bassett, Tony Hale, Ruth Negga, John Cho, Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Silverman.

WBUR On Tap: Holiday Cooking With Kathy Gunst

img_2563Jeremy Hobson, co-host of Here & Now, moderated a discussion on holiday cooking with the show’s resident chef Kathy Gunst.

Guests drank wine, tasted some of Gunst’s favorite dishes and watched her prepare a recipe from her recently published book “Soup Swap.”

A book sale and signing followed the cooking demo and discussion.

img_2573Special thanks to the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts for hosting this event!

Kind World Returns to the Spotlight With A New Season

tile-kind-worldWBUR will launch a new season of the award-winning Kind World series beginning Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The three-part series will highlight stories of kindness and the profound impact a single act of kindness can have on an individual’s life. The series will air on Morning Edition (5 a.m. – 9 a.m.) on Tuesday, December 6, 13, and 20.

Kind World is part of WBUR’s commitment to telling stories across the human spectrum,” said WBUR Executive Director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects Iris Adler. “These stories reflect the good that lives within all of us and throughout our communities.”

The new season of Kind World on WBUR’s Morning Edition will spotlight extraordinary people who put the needs of others first, such as:

  • a grocery store worker with Down syndrome who goes above and beyond her job to help a mother and her daughter with Down syndrome;
  • a group of women who form the “Secret Sisters” society to help a friend through the death of her 6-year-old son;
  • a couple who, after seeing a cry for help on social media from a relative stranger, decide to help a woman struggling with a break up three days before Christmas.

“It’s wonderful to see how listeners react to this series. The moving conversations and comments show what an impact these personal stories can have,” said Erika Lantz, associate producer for the WBUR iLab who produces the Kind World series. “The stories coming up this season have each opened my eyes in a different way, and I can’t wait to share them.”

Kind World has won multiple awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for feature reporting. The series was founded by WBUR’s then digital producer Nate Goldman (now at Wired), who proposed the idea to explore people’s experiences with acts of kindness to WBUR’s iLab, the station’s incubator for new projects. In addition to Kind World’s radio run, it is a podcast on iTunes and online at the Kind World website. Listeners can share their own stories and thoughts on the series on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #kindworld. Listen Up, a special Kind World live event, is scheduled at Boston’s ICA on Thursday, January 12, 2017. 

Major funding for the new season of Kind World comes from Boston Medical Center, proudly caring for Boston’s most vulnerable populations. Explore more innovative projects on the WBUR iLab website.

A letter from WBUR’s General Manager

Dear Members of the WBUR Community,

It has been three weeks since the election, enough time, I think, to give us all some perspective. I’m writing to share some thoughts on the future we face and the work of WBUR.

It is not a particularly insightful observation that we live in a time when our country is as divided as it has been in many generations. Nevertheless, we must acknowledge those divisions in order to address them and to understand the collective destiny of all of us as citizens of the United States of America.

The role of journalism in the functioning of the world’s greatest democracy is laid out clearly in the First Amendment to the Constitution.  Our forefathers understood that a free and independent press was essential to the country, both as a check against abuse of power and as a source of invaluable information for a citizenry that is invested with the responsibility of choosing its leaders. Two hundred and forty years later, that essential role is challenged by forces, both economic and political, that affect us all.

Here are some observations:

  1. Journalism is struggling for survival in almost every city in America and that is true for Boston, too. The advent of the digital age has undermined the business model that has supported journalism for hundreds of years. Tens of thousands of journalists have lost their jobs nationally and we have all collectively lost something precious in our lives. We can only speculate on the impact of that loss on the recent election.
  1. Fake news, masquerading as legitimate journalism, has spread falsehoods across the internet on countless sites, both large and small. The capacity of many consumers to differentiate between real and false news has been deeply compromised, even to the point where foreign entities may have used this confusion to attempt to influence our electoral process.
  1. We are living in a world where facts, apparently, are fungible. The label “fact-based journalism” itself seems to suggest that there is a legitimate alternative, which there is not. Some partisan news outlets have undermined our collective agreement on the essential information that we need to function as informed citizens.

WBUR, NPR and all of Public Radio stand as bulwarks against the forces that are challenging the essential role of high quality, substantive, nonpartisan journalism in all our lives. Here are just some of the things WBUR is doing to serve Boston and the nation:

  1. WBUR is investing more every day in our local journalism because all of us need information that informs us as citizens of the commonwealth. Our newsroom is among the biggest in all of public radio, reporting in depth on stories that impact our lives. Radio Boston, with Meghna Chakrabarti, is listening to Boston and Massachusetts every weekday, digging into the essential issues that touch our friends and families at home, in school and at work. We are doubling down on our hometown, providing the most insightful and important reporting in all of public radio.
  1. WBUR is investing deeply in our national programming. On Point with Tom Ashbrook just announced a national tour, “Listening to America,” in which we will broadcast from coast to coast and north to south across America, conducting the essential conversations that we all need now to understand each other, listen to each other and secure our common bonds.
  1. Here & Now, THE Midday News Program of public radio carried on 450 stations across the country, is exploring this challenging moment for the nation in collaboration with more than 30 public radio stations, bringing deeper understanding to all of us as the Trump administration takes power.
  1. In the year ahead, you will hear new voices, new programs and new podcasts emerge from WBUR’s iLab, our deep commitment to creative development of new content for all of public radio.

The respected international journalist, Christiane Amanpour, gave a speech this week before the Committee to Protect Journalists. She was honored with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom.” Amanpour called on all journalists to commit themselves to the essential work of an independent press:

“I learned a long, long time ago … never to equate victim and aggressor. Never to create a false moral or factual equivalence. So I believe in being truthful, not neutral. And I believe we must stop banalizing the truth. We have to be prepared to fight especially hard right now for the truth.”

Now, more than ever, we understand that you rely upon WBUR and NPR, that Boston and the nation need our work. Our commitment to journalism is rooted in seeking the truth wherever it takes us, whatever the consequences and whoever might object.

I want you to know how much we appreciate the very special bond between our listeners and WBUR. It gives us strength. Our mission is to serve you and to listen to you.

Without you, there is no WBUR. As we have often said, UR WBUR.


Charlie Kravetz
General Manager, WBUR




WBUR Presents: A Night Of Ferrante Fever- Her Novels. Her Letters. Her Legend

img_2478In celebration of Elena Ferrante’s first collection of nonfiction, Chris Lydon joined the author for an evening of conversation about the elusive creator of the Neapolitan quartet with best-selling novelist Claire Messud, Vogue book critic Megan O’Grady, Ferrante’s U.S. editor Michael Reynolds and her translator Ann Goldstein.

About “Frantumaglia”

frantu“Frantumaglia” invites readers into Elena Ferrante’s workshop. It offers a emerged her three early standalone novels and the four installments of My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Consisting of over 20 years of letters, essays, reflections, and interviews, it is a unique depiction of an author who embodies a consummate passion for writing.

On Point with Tom Ashbrook Announces National Tour

onpoint_nobackgroundWBUR is thrilled to announce that On Point with Tom Ashbrook will launch a national tour “Listening to America” in 2017. Host Tom Ashbrook will broadcast from a variety of stations across the country in markets coast to coast and north to south. The tour kicks off early next year and will include Charlotte, North Carolina, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Spokane, Washington, among others.

“Our country is divided and, post-election, we’ve simply got to talk things out,” said host Tom Ashbrook. “Every day on the show, we draw passionate listeners and live callers from across all ages and political categories. This first-ever national tour is a major initiative to do one thing: listen. To probe. To navigate the ground between left and right and look for what unites us all.”

On Point is a daily two-hour live program born in the aftermath of NPR’s 9/11 special coverage. As a veteran journalist, Ashbrook is known for his genuine curiosity, a deep understanding of what’s going on in the world, and a mental agility that allows him to speak eloquently on a range of topics. He’s had a remarkable journey from his childhood spent on a farm in Bloomington, Illinois, to his formative years at Yale and abroad in India, and then on to a career punctuated by years living in Asia and working for The Boston Globe.

On Point Tom Ashbrook outdoorAshbrook’s omnipresent inquisitiveness on behalf of listeners resonates with NPR audiences, who can be part of the discussion and hear differing perspectives from across the country in a respectful setting. On Point, carried by more than 250 NPR stations, is one of the fastest-growing programs on the air with the number of listeners nationwide tuning in at any given 15 minutes of a show (or AQH) up 95%* and weekly cume up 74%* over the last five years.

“NPR’s mission is to work with member stations to create a more informed public, and taking On Point on the road is a great way to accomplish this,” said NPR CEO Jarl Mohn.  “With Tom Ashbrook’s signature blend of engaging interviews and lively discussion, this tour will bring even more local voices into the important national conversations that take place in On Point every day.”

“Listening to America” marks the show’s first national tour. However, On Point has broadcast from other cities over its 15 years on the air including Buffalo, Cleveland, Denver, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, St. Paul, Santa Barbara, Tampa and Shanghai, China.

“Post-election, the country is struggling to come together and there’s no better voice to help tackle these issues than Tom Ashbrook,” says WBUR general manager Charlie Kravetz. “When it’s this important, where else would you turn besides On Point?”

*Source: ACT 1 based on Nielsen Audio Nationwide, Spring 2011- Spring 2016, Persons 12+

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WBUR is proudly partnering with Hearth Shares

Fundraising Initiative Provides Housing, Essential Services to Homeless

logoTurns out, a small gift can make a big difference during the holiday season. Even a $1.00 donation to Hearth Shares can provide healing, help and home to homeless men, women and children in and around Boston.

Launched in 2014, the Hearth Shares fundraising initiative is designed to provide housing and essential services to the homeless. Through this annual partnership, Hearth Shares joins with the restaurant community to raise much-needed funds for two nonprofit social service agencies, Hearth Inc. and Friends of Boston’s Homeless, which work on the front lines to prevent and end homelessness.

From November 17th through December 25th, diners are invited to support Hearth Shares by adding a dollar or more to their bills at a growing list of the Boston area’s best restaurants including Aquitaine, Blue Ginger, 80 Thoreau, L’Andana and Sorellina.

According to Mark Hinderlie, President and CEO of Hearth Inc., the generosity of local restaurants and businesses has made a difference in the lives of the homeless that is real and measurable. “Our friends in the restaurant industry are always willing to contribute to this important campaign. And because our sponsor, Citizens Bank, underwrites all of Hearth Shares’ administrative costs, every dollar raised helps individuals and families move from shelters and the street into permanent housing.”

To date, Hearth Shares has generated almost $140,000 which has helped to fund new staff positions including full-time social workers who provide mental health services that keep formerly homeless elders safely housed and active in their communities; case managers who oversee prevention programs and personnel who collect and analyze data and advocate for public support.

Chef Ming Tsai— who serves as an honorary co-chair of Hearth Shares with Jeff Gates, restaurateur and partner in the Aquitaine Group— encourages the restaurant community and the dining public to show their support. “Having a safe place to live is something most of us take for granted. I urge my friends, colleagues and customers to contribute to Hearth Shares. Together we can work to end homelessness in the place we call home.” 

ABOUT HEARTH SHARES: Hearth Shares is an initiative of Hearth, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to the elimination of homelessness among the elderly, and Friends of Boston’s Homeless, a non-profit that supports innovative, solution-oriented programs to help the homeless move beyond shelter to lead independent lives. This initiative aims to provide comfort and hope to people who live on the streets, often near restaurants where others dine in style. Donations to the Hearth Shares campaign enable the homeless and vulnerable to rebuild their lives and to maintain their dignity.

Pop-Up Magazine At The Wilbur Theatre

pop-up-mag1For the first time on the East Coast- WBUR is proud to have brought west coast phenomenon Pop-Up Magazine to The Wilbur Theatre for a “live magazine,” evening of true stories, photography, documentary film and radio!

Some of the country’s most interesting writers, filmmakers, photographers, radio producers, and illustrators shared new, true stories onstage.

Stories came to life on a giant screen filled with photographs, films, illustrations and animations. All brand new, nothing published or aired before.

The theme was no theme. Science, music, art, business, food, literature, design and nature – all in one show.

Story soundtracks were composed and performed live onstage by Magik*Magik Orchestra and special guests.

Fans joined the performers and audience members at the W Boston to swap stories over drinks after the show.

Past shows have included best-selling authors like Susan Orlean, Michael Pollan and Alice Walker; Oscar-winning filmmakers; public radio personalities from shows like NPR’s This American Life and Radio Lab; famed photographers like Larry Sultan, Richard Misrach and Autumn de Wilde; and artists and actors from Beck to John C. Reilly.

Election Day at WBUR

Democracy In Action:

polling-placeWBUR  collaborated with nonprofit journalism outlet ProPublica for its ElectionLand project.  Click on the link to find out more.

Live Coverage Throughout Election Day & Night

hillaryanddonaldWBUR had reporters across Massachusetts and New Hampshire reporting live all day and night as the results came in on the presidential race. Listeners tuned in on-air at 90.9 FM and online at, our Politicker website, WBUR’s Facebook and Twitter.

  • Election Day started with WBUR host Bob Oakes on Morning Edition.
  • On Point host Tom Ashbrook joined at 10 a.m. for an historic look at elections with Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham and Yale professor Beverly Gage.
  • Here & Now came on at noon, with co-hosts Robin Young at WBUR and Jeremy Hobson reporting live from NPR headquarters in Washington D.C.
  • Host Meghna Chakrabarti provided updates on the local ballot questions and the NH senate race on Radio Boston at 3 p.m. and Lisa Mullins on All Things Considered from 4-6:30 p.m.

Facebook Live

On Point Tom Ashbrook outdoor

Coverage on Facebook Live starting at 7 p.m. as the country braced for first voting results in the presidential contest. On Point reached out for reports from the polls and key battleground states, and talked with Americans about their hopes and fears as the 2016 race reaches its climax.

Make WBUR Your Second Screen

votestickersHow did your town or state vote? Our town-by-town and state-by-state maps debuted on election night at, allowing listeners to view real-time results on the local ballot questions and the Presidential campaign.


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