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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.


WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook Expands to Philadelphia's WHYY and San Francisco's KALW

On Point Now Reaches 73% of the Country; National Listening Tour Continues to Connect with Listeners in their Communities

WBUR,  is pleased to announce that On Point with Tom Ashbrook has been picked up by NPR member stations WHYY in Philadelphia, PA and KALW in San Francisco, CA. These major market stations join WUSF, WFAE and GPB in recently adding On Point to their daily line-up, expanding the program’s broadcast penetration to 73 percent of the country.

“Expanding to these new markets enables us to engage in active discussions with even more listeners from coast to coast,” said host Tom Ashbrook. “It is imperative that we talk about issues that matter, especially as we see the divisions in our country continue to widen. Whether in a small rural community or at the heart of a major city, we invite listeners to speak their minds and listen to each other to bridge the gap between our political and social views.”

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 34%* and weekly cume up 29%* during the past year.

“At KALW, we’ve been thinking hard about how to best serve our listeners in this tumultuous time,” said KALW general manager Matt Martin. “On Point complements our local and global coverage with an American conversation that is truly national. Tom Ashbrook is interested in perspectives from across the country, and knows how to drive thoughtful, fact-based conversations about the most important issues that face us all. We’re very glad to bring On Point to public radio listeners in the Bay Area.”

“We are thrilled to bring On Point to our listeners,” said Naomi Starobin, radio general manager at WHYY. “We wanted to share On Point’s thoughtful reporting on a variety of topics that resonate with our audience. We feel it’s more important than ever to provide our listeners with the high-quality journalism and topics On Point delivers.”

In addition to reaching these new markets, On Point is conducting a national listening tour throughout 2017 called “Listening to America.” Host Tom Ashbrook will continue to broadcast from NPR member radio stations across the country to discuss today’s current events and  important local and national issues. The tour kicked off in Charlotte, North Carolina in January at NPR member station WFAE. Since then, On Point has visited Detroit, Michigan’s WDET and Tampa, Florida’s WUSF to engage in conversation with local communities..

Upcoming tour stops include:

  • April 20: WPR, Milwaukee, WI
  • May 12: KPBX, Spokane WA
  • June 9: IPR, Ames, IA
  • August 4: MPR, Portland, ME
  • September 29: GPR, Atlanta, GA

While “Listening to America” is the show’s first national tour, On Point has broadcast in cities across the United States such as Buffalo, Cleveland, Denver, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, St. Paul, Santa Barbara, Tampa as well as internationally in Shanghai, China and Berlin, Germany.

Sarah Gonzalez Honored with Schorr Prize

Sarah Aida Gonzalez, WNYC

WBUR has named Sarah Aida Gonzalez of public radio station WNYC in New York City the winner of this year’s Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. The prize is named for the late NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist Daniel Schorr who died in 2010. Schorr was a firm believer in supporting talented young journalists as they rose through the ranks of public radio.

The $5,000 Schorr Prize — sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner — salutes a new generation of public radio journalists under the age of 35, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Gonzalez’s winning entry, “Kids in Prison: Racial Disparities, Longer Sentences and a Better Way,” examines why black teenagers in New Jersey are tried as adults more than any other racial or ethnic group, resulting in harsher treatment and longer sentences.  Reporter Sarah Gonzalez embarked on the five-part series after anecdotally hearing that prosecutors chose to try black and Latino kids as adults, but rarely white kids who had committed the same kind of crimes. After months of being told the data did not exist at the state or local level, she obtained court data that conclusively showed racial disparities.

“Sarah took a timely and important subject — the practice of trying and incarcerating juveniles in the adult criminal justice system — and turned it into a gripping, revelatory and ambitious series,” said Bill Keller, Editor-in-Chief of The Marshall Project and former New York Times Executive Editor, who served as the prize’s finalist judge. “She combined original data reporting (unearthing the startling fact that 90 percent of the teenagers waived into the adult system in New Jersey are black or brown) with real-life stories and sophisticated analysis. To find a jurisdiction that does not imprison kids together with adult offenders, she traveled to Germany, where young people up to age 24 are confined in conditions designed to leave their humanity intact. The series was skillfully produced, and remarkably un-preachy.”

Gonzalez was a reporter with the WNYC Data News Team for the series. She is now the youth and families reporter for WNYC. Her investigative and feature reporting has been honored with national awards by the Education Writer’s Association, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi, the Online News Association and PRNDI, and several regional Edward R. Murrow awards. She will be honored at the 15th Annual WBUR Gala on Monday, May 15, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Gonzalez was selected the prize winner from nearly 40 submissions. The four finalists this year included Emily Guerin (Inside Energy, currently KPCC); Rebecca Hersher (NPR); Lulu Miller (NPR); and Lauren Rosenthal (NCPR).

In addition to Keller, the judging panel included Bruce Auster (NPR National Collaborations Editor); Michelle Johnson (Professor of Multi Media Journalism, Boston University); Rekha Murthy (Independent Media Consultant); David Brower (Program Director, North Carolina Public Radio); and Ben Calhoun (VP of Content & Programming, WBEZ).

Past Schorr Prize winners include WAMU Reporter Patrick Madden (2015); WFPL 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).

¡Cuba Con Salsa!

WBUR and Conexión are proud to announce a special evening celebrating the rich heritage of Cuban music on Wednesday, April 26 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

WBUR Host Jose Masso

Robin Young, co-host of Here & Now, and José Massó, host of ¡Con Salsa! will emcee the event., featuring multiple performances by the Grammy Award-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group.

They’ll be joined by Ned Sublette, author of “Cuba and its Music” and award-winning Cuban singer Gema Corredera will discuss the origins of Cuban music and its influences. Corredera will also join Pedrito Martinez for the final number.

The event will be recorded live with portions broadcast on WBUR programs and digital.

Click here to purchase tickets.

WBUR to launch investigative unit

This post is excerpted from Current in an article written by Associate Editor April Simpson. See the full article on their website.

WBUR will launch an investigative reporting unit with a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Barr Foundation. The funding, announced last week, will enable the station to dedicate a team of journalists to investigative coverage, said Sam Fleming, director of news and programming. Up until this point, the newsroom has conducted investigations periodically and in partnership with other news organizations.

Investigations are time intensive and often costly, factors that have been deterrents for public radio newsrooms, especially at the station level, Fleming said. “We haven’t always been afforded the opportunity to do the kind of investigative work that newspapers, especially in their heyday, have been able to do,” he said.

WBUR plans to hire three journalists to tackle stories such as opioid addiction, climate change and immigration. With Barr’s funding commitment, WBUR is pursuing more grants of similar size, Fleming said, aiming to raise $1 million to assure three years of startup and operations.  The first hire will be an editor-reporter, followed by another reporter and then a journalist with multimedia and data skills.

WBUR works with NECIR, a nonprofit investigative unit that shares content with multiple partners. Those collaborations will continue “as opportunities arise,” Fleming said. NECIR maintains a team of skilled reporters with a clear focus and experience on the print side, Fleming said. Over the years of working with the center, WBUR realized that its investigative work hasn’t always translated to radio.

“The craft of  … storytelling in our particular medium is a specialized craft and not everybody in print is always able to realize the specialty of public radio and storytelling for audio,” Fleming said. “That’s one of the reasons … we wanted to create our own unit and work in partnership with NECIR and organizations like that.” WBUR wants to have more control over its investigative coverage and “what we were doing ourselves to take advantage of whatever it is that we find out.”

WBUR received a three-year, $1 million grant from Barr last fall supporting arts coverage, Fleming said, and the work that went into securing that commitment led to a conversation about the newsroom’s ambitions for investigative coverage. “It was that opportunity and working relationship that made them realize that we also had a very strong relationship with investigative work,” Fleming said.

The Boston-based Barr Foundation backed the WBUR unit as part of a special initiative to strengthen journalism and protect freedom of the press.

“We are at a time in public radio’s evolution where the need to do investigative journalism is really becoming more apparent all the time,” Fleming said. “We are really grateful to Barr and we see this as an opportunity for us to get in that game in a serious way, in a manner that will help WBUR and our listeners, but also will help the public radio system.”

WBUR’s Marathon Triumphs at the Finish Line

Here & Now Co-Host Robin Young fundraising.

After an exhilarating 26.2 hours, WBUR reached its spring fundraising goal. Thank you to all of our dedicated members, listeners and volunteers for helping us to raise a record-breaking $1.2M in the WBUR Marathon, a 26.2 hour fundraiser to help keep democracy running. Among the highlights:

  • With just 26.2 hours of live fundraising, WBUR raised $1,227,997 from 9,644 donors.  This represents a 22% increase in revenue and an 8% increase in the number of gifts over last year.
  • With active presences on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube, the #teamWBUR hashtag generated 5,098,348 impressions that reached over 2M unique users (as of 1pm, April 6).   Our Facebook Live campaign generated 14.6K views.
  • See some behind-the-scenes photos taken by WBUR Photographer Jesse Costa in our WBUR Marathon album.

More than ever, WBUR would not be here without you and your support. Thank you.

Grant Award for Investigative Journalism

WBUR is proud to be named a $300,000 grant award recipient by The Barr Foundation as part of its 2017 Special Initiative to strengthen journalism and protect freedom of the press. The grant supports the creation of a new investigative reporting unit inside the local WBUR Newsroom. The full announcement from the Barr Foundation can be read on their blog.


In 2016, NPR Reached New Levels With Record-Breaking Weekly Listenership

Now, more than ever, NPR is critically important to the field of journalism.  Audiences are certainly feeling that way too.  With an increase of 13 percent year-over-year, NPR now reaches nearly 30 million weekly listeners across national programming — an all-time high, with Morning Edition reaching 14.65 million listeners.

NPR is now reaching younger and more diverse listeners as well.  NPR saw growth across all age groups, with listeners ages 25-44 gaining the most traction.


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.

Love, Modern Love

As a token of appreciation to our Modern Love: The Podcast celebrity readers, WBUR and The New York Times shared a little love in the form of a “thank you” care package featuring  Bonnie’s Jams,  Somerville Chocolate,  Barrington Coffee, Gamine Workwear, Westborough Wicks, Fat Toad Farm, OnHand, Fire Cider, Ursa Major, Marblehead Salt, McCrea’s Candies, Tonewood Maple products, Modern Moose Clocks, My Storytellers, and luxury knitwear from The Third Piece.  The Grommet—based in Somerville– helped us gather many of these New England vendors from their extensive network of makers.

We’re grateful to all of the immensely talented performers who’ve read Modern Love essays for our podcast including those who received this latest package: Rebecca Hall, Issa Rae, Ruth Negga, Mark Duplass, Megan Hilty, Kate Burton, David Harbour, Amy Landecker, Pamela Adlon, Sela Ward, Melanie Lynskey, Mykelti Williamson, Brian Tyree Henry, Emmy Rossum, Mireille Enos, David Oyelowo, Justina Machado, Ry Russo-Young, Paul Rust, and Malin Akerman,

Thank you to everyone involved — especially our devoted podcasts fans, for making Modern Love a top digital download. Listen today.

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




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