The latest announcements and updates from WBUR

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.


Media Contacts:


Karen Laverty

Phone: 617-275-6516

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+

© 2016 The Nielsen Company. May not be quoted or reproduced without the prior written permission of Nielsen.

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.


WBUR On Tap: Louie Cronin's Everyone Loves You Back

croninFormer Car Talk producer Louie Cronin, AKA Louie Cronin the Barbarian joined us for a live reading of her first novel, Everyone Loves You Back. Car Talk’s Ray Magliozzi introduced Louie, who also answered questions and signed books following the reading.

About Everyone Loves You Back

Sex. Wine. Jazz. Existential dread.

Meet Bob, a sarcastic radio technician who has enough on his plate trying to navigate his forties without his Cambridge neighborhood becoming overrun by urban treehuggers and uppity intellectuals in tracksuits. Between a love triangle, a rapidly shrinking job market, and the looming threat of finally growing up, Bob is forced to dig deep―man―and figure out not just what he wants, but who he is. Change hits hard when you live in the past.

Louie Cronin’s breakthrough novel is a coming-of-middle-age story that pays homage to the everyday.

WBUR On Tap Presents: Debate Night #WatchParty with Anthony Brooks


This month’s On Tap was all about the debate!  WBUR’s senior political reporter Anthony Brooks was joined by Ken Rudin, journalist and host of the podcast Ken Rudin’s Political Junkieand Steve Koczela, President of The MassINC Polling Group to discuss the state of the election and to answer the burning questions.  Following the discussion, guests watched the final debate live!

Click here to find out more about WBUR On Tap


barrWBUR, has received a $1,000,000 grant from the Barr Foundation, the largest private foundation in New England and a significant funder of arts and creative expression. The grant supports the enrichment of arts and culture vertical The ARTery over a three year period, enabling WBUR to bring The ARTery to scale with comprehensive coverage that reflects Boston’s diverse arts and culture community.

Under the leadership of editor and critic-at-large Ed Siegel, The ARTery has grown to become a destination for Boston arts and culture. The ARTery reaches hundreds of thousands of people each week on-air through regular reports and special series like “Arts Forward.” The ARTery online publishes 500 stories a year which generate 1.6 million page views. The grant from the Barr Foundation will ensure the ARTery can expand its coverage and reach by delivering on a variety of new platforms and formats.

“We are extremely grateful to the Barr Foundation for its support,” said WBUR general manager Charlie Kravetz. “It is incredibly meaningful that Barr has chosen to support The ARTery and WBUR’s commitment to coverage of the arts, while other media outlets have reduced their coverage. This grant will enable us to expand and inspire a more diverse audience with the richness and character of the changing and evolving arts and culture scene.”

“WBUR and The ARTery have their finger on the pulse of the dynamic, diverse range of fresh and compelling art and creativity in Greater Boston and beyond,” said San San Wong, Barr Foundation Senior Program Officer for Arts and Creativity. “Combined with the intelligence of their journalism, commitment to next generation journalists, and embrace of new technological platforms, WBUR and The ARTery are poised to deepen how we understand and debate the potential of this vital sector.”

In 2015, The ARTery received the Commonwealth Award, given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for “expanding quality coverage of arts and culture.” The ARTery site features many of the top regional arts writers and its posts often attract a viral audience that reaches well beyond Boston.

With the support of the Barr Foundation, The ARTery will expand its contributions to the strength of our region’s creative economy by driving greater participation in and support for local artists, organizations and institutions. The ARTery will increase its presence on the radio while adapting to meet shifting media consumption habits that rely more heavily on mobile devices and on-demand audio, and it will innovate to deliver quality content in new ways.

The grant will support:

  • Increased and Deliberate Focus on Community Arts: The ARTery’s multiplatform coverage will regularly extend to the community level, providing an opportunity to both reflect the diversity of Boston’s neighborhoods and expand its current audience.
  • Increased Audience Diversity: The ARTery aims to reach a younger and more ethnically and racially diverse audience through the content it covers and the platforms it shares it.
  • Cultivating and Mentoring the Next Generation of Arts Journalists: The ARTery will create a fellowship for future arts and culture journalists to support efforts to further diversify content and contributors.
  • Expanded On-Air and Online Content: The ARTery plans to invest in a second full-time arts reporter and increase its contributors in order to cover more arts and culture stories on-air and online.
  • Podcast and Video Development: The ARTery will go beyond the text-based model of online journalism by increasing video content and developing podcasts on arts and culture.
  • Greater Social Media Presence and Audience Engagement: The ARTery will increasingly use social media to broaden our online presence and engage in a dialogue with people about everything from our coverage to contributors’ arts and culture picks.
  • More Events and Enhanced Civic Discourse: The ARTery will coordinate more public events to highlight arts and culture issues and increase the dialogue across Boston’s artistic landscape.
  • Explore a Collaboration with an Arts Calendar and Convener: The ARTery will integrate a mobile-first arts and events solution in order to serve as a one-stop shop for artistic and cultural events and convenings throughout the city.

Patti Smith in Conversation with Michael Patrick MacDonald

patti-smithIt was an evening of lively conversation and Rock & Roll as WBUR took over the Berklee Performance Center to proudly welcome Patti Smith and Michael Patrick MacDonald.  The pair will discussed Smith’s latest release, “M Train.”

About Patti Smith

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. She has released twelve albums, including “Horses,” which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Her books include “Just Kids,” winner of the National Book Award in 2010, “Wītt,” “Babel,” “Woolgathering,” “The Coral Sea,” and “Auguries of Innocence.” In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor given to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

About Michael Patrick MacDonald 

Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in South Boston’s Old Colony housing project. After losing four siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, and addiction, he became a leading Boston activist, helping launch many anti-violence initiatives, including gun-buyback programs. He continues to work for social change nationally, collaborating with survivor families and young people. MacDonald won the American Book Award in 2000. His national bestseller, “All Souls,” and his follow-up, “Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion” have been adopted by university curriculums across the country. MacDonald has written numerous essays for The Boston Globe Op-Ed page and has completed the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. He is currently author-in-residence at Northeastern University.

About “M Train”

M Train is an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts Patti Smith has worked in around the world. It is a book Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; to the West 4th Street subway station, filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.

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Community and business leaders dedicated to supporting and advancing the mission of WBUR and its affiliated stations.
WBUR programs and journalists have won hundreds of awards for reporting, features and news series, documentaries, investigative reports and digital innovation.

Documents and information related to WBUR’s governance and finances.