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StoryCorps utilizes new app for “The Great Thanksgiving Listen”

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WBUR is proud to be the Boston media partner for The Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorps’ groundbreaking oral history project and most ambitious initiative to date.

StoryCorps is working with high school teachers here in Massachusetts and across the country asking students to interview a grandparent or elder over Thanksgiving 2016 using the new free StoryCorps mobile app.  Participants will upload their recordings to the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

In one holiday weekend, StoryCorps hopes to gather more interviews than it has in the twelve years since its founding, and to capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences.

StoryCorps hopes to make the Great Thanksgiving Listen a national tradition, and to continue to foster meaningful connections within families, communities, and the classroom while also creating a singular and priceless archive of American history and wisdom.

And be sure to listen to StoryCorps every Friday during Morning Edition.

Raise a glass to WBUR at the Boston Wine Expo

pic-of-expoWBUR is proud to support The Boston Wine Expo- returning to the Seaport World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel this February, with hundreds of wines from around the world.  Foodies and friends will gather to sample from Boston’s best chefs and restaurants.  Participants can also enjoy informative and educational wine seminars.

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WBUR DEBUTS FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND MOBILE LISTENING APP

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90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, debuted an all-new listening app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It is a first-of-its-kind “listening app” that revolutionizes the live stream experience, delivering flawless audio anytime, anywhere.

The new app, WBUR Listen, features nearly 40 WBUR and NPR programs and podcasts, plus news stories on-demand, all of which can be saved and shared. Just like your DVR, the app remembers exactly where you were listening at any time, and iOS users can even rewind to the beginning of the live audio stream with just one tap, as well as scrub to a specific section.

This innovative mobile app, which is free, demonstrates WBUR’s commitment to make public radio more accessible to tech-savvy audiences, as well as to deliver WBUR’s content to radio listeners on-demand at their fingertips. The app also features “one-touch” donation capabilities, so users can tap the screen to pledge financial support, demonstrating they like what they hear.

“We wanted to create a new kind of app that’s like no other listening experience,” said WBUR general manager Charlie Kravetz. “The app combines the great content produced at WBUR with the highest quality streaming technology in the world with easy, intuitive controls and simple ways to stop, start, save, share and even support WBUR programming.”

To bring the app to market, WBUR worked with Intrepid, a Cambridge-based mobile products firm. In addition to honing the mobile strategy around audio rather than text, they built the app with a modern, modular look that matches the station’s website. Other features are a “history” section that archives the user’s time spent listening and a “saved” section for users to keep track of favorite episodes and save them for offline listening.

“WBUR is delivering a best-in-class listening experience, and we’re thrilled to be part of it,” said Matt Bridges, CTO of Intrepid. “We’re confident it will delight WBUR fans, and be a gateway product that attracts new listeners who’ll discover amazing content as they explore all the app’s offerings.” Users can discover stories from WBUR’s Boston newsroom and podcasts like Modern Love and Dear Sugar, plus international stories and programs from NPR like Fresh Air and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Listeners can stream WBUR live programming and listen on demand to hours of favorite programs such as On Point, Here & Now, Radio Boston and Only A Game.

“This has been an amazing year for WBUR’s digital team,” said WBUR managing director of digital John Davidow. “With our recently rebuilt website at wbur.org and now the release of this new listening application, we are able to provide our listeners with mobile-first products that allow us to serve our diverse audience on devices that are almost always at their fingertips. We also developed WBUR Listen with the intention of sharing the back-end technology with other public radio stations.”

WBUR and Intrepid will co-host an App Release launch party at Somerville’s Aeronaut Brewing Co. on October 14. Complimentary food and drink starts at 6 p.m., with live music performances by post-rock group I/O and soul-rock act Gretchen and the Pickpockets presented by local music site Sound of Boston. Guests can register to get in free by showing the WBUR App at the door.

Download the WBUR App for iOS and Android, and watch the demo on the WBUR FAQ page.

 

The Magic Pill Kick-off

MagicPillWBUR1000x1000WBUR’s newest podcast The Magic Pill kicked off with a great night focusing on fitness, health and wellness.

Motivational experts and health coaches gathered at WBUR to give their guidance — and demonstrate their techniques.

The pilot episode of The Magic Pill  has already debuted! It’s 10 punchy minutes of new science, big ideas, human stories, quick tips and a grand finale of some gotta-move music you might never have heard otherwise. The full treatment — a 21-day podcast challenge — begins September 1.

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WBUR Launching New Education Vertical, Edify

Get Ready for Back to School with WBUR and Edify: Cutting-edge, Multi-Media Education Coverage from WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station

tile-edifyWBUR, has launched an innovative new education vertical named Edify. It is the multi-platform, multimedia home for all of WBUR’s coverage of education and learning at every stage of life, from preschool to grad school, in Boston and beyond. Edify’s audio, video and text coverage appears on the air as part of special reporting for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Radio Boston, as well as on WBUR’s website, across social media channels and through live events.

The Edify coverage includes compelling narratives, in-depth analysis and rich data-driven reporting, as well as inviting audience engagement both online and at live events. Edify is focused on human stories, not abstractions, and strives to tell local stories of national interest. As a leader in public education, a center for education schools and research and a hub of world-class universities, Boston is one of the best places in the country to examine education. And with a local team of two reporters and an editor, plus collaboration with NPR Ed, WBUR Newsroom journalists and other contributors, Edify seeks to advance the conversation both in Boston and on the national stage.

“With Boston’s great academic history and culture, we are thrilled to be bringing a new, cutting-edge approach to education reporting to our listeners,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “We hope to advance the discourse on education both locally and nationally with Edify’s multimedia platform, which includes audio, video and written storytelling. Our goal is to provide our listeners with the latest news, topics and trends in education and to give them a roadmap to navigating academic life from preschool through postgraduate degrees.”

Edify is led by Senior Editor Louise Kennedy and Senior Reporter Tonya Mosley. A third Edify journalist, a full-time multi-media reporter focused on digital production, will be announced shortly. Kennedy is a longtime Boston journalist who has served as an editor, arts reporter and critic at The Boston Globe and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Emerson College. She is the co-author, with Linda K. Rath, Ed.D., of “The ‘Between the Lions’ Book for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read.”

Mosley is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist. In 2015, she was named a 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where she created a curriculum for journalists on the impact of implicit bias. Previously, Mosley was a regular broadcast contributor to Al Jazeera America and created the nationally acclaimed public radio series “Black in Seattle.”

“For Edify, we look for human stories – stories about the real people whose lives are touched by education,” said Edify Senior Editor Louise Kennedy. “We aim to go deeper, with fresh perspectives on where, how and why we learn. We won’t just look at what’s happening in education – we’ll try to figure out why. We hope to help create a conversation about learning and to fuel it with great journalism.”

Edify is made possible with major funding from Bob Hildreth, founder of Inversant (formerly known as FUEL Education). Hildreth is a social entrepreneur and economist with a passion for financial empowerment and higher education who serves on the WBUR Board of Overseers. Edify represents an expansion to the WBUR Newsroom’s ongoing education coverage.

Edify officially launched on Aug. 10, 2016, with a report on chronic absenteeism among students in Boston’s public schools. The platform grew out of an earlier WBUR project, Learning Lab, and will continue to build on the education coverage started there. Upcoming stories will look at how schools are teaching racial history and talking about race, what parents should know about financing their children’s education and what teachers must do today to prepare the next generation of adults. Edify also welcomes proposals for guest commentaries on current topics in education.

Click here for more on Edify

Literary Pub Trivia at Trident Booksellers and Cafe

Pub QuizLovers of trivia and the written word gathered for the Boston Book Festival’s 5th annual literary pub trivia night at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston! WBUR Reporter and anchor Jack Lepiarz was the emcee for the night.

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3rd Annual Love Yoga Fest on the Cape

IMG_0437WBUR was proud to be the media sponsor of the  3rd Annual Love Yoga Fest Cape Cod, two transformative days of yoga, wellness, music and fun in gorgeous Hyannis Port.

IMG_0446Set along Hyannis Harbor in the heart of the Cape, Love Yoga Fest featured more than two dozen regional and national presenters and over 40 classes of 90 minutes to two hours each.  Participants enjoyed workshops in meditation, vinyasa, aerial, nutrition, acro, kundalini and everything in between.

"Don't Think Twice" Boston Premiere

dont-think-twiceFans of film and comedy were out at Kendall Square Cinema for the Boston premiere of “Don’t Think Twice.”

From Mike Birbiglia, the director of “Sleepwalk With Me,” and Ira Glass, the creator of  NPR’s This American Life, comes Don’t Think Twice, a critically acclaimed comedy packed with comic stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher that presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people.

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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Midnight Release Party

IMG_0393Hogwarts re-opened its doors with the debut of the new novel Harry Potter And The Cursed Child this last weekend. To celebrate, WBUR and Porter Square Books hosted a midnight release party!

The festivities included a fan fiction open mic, Harry Potter trivia contest, a Harry Potter photo booth, a costume competition and more.  Fun was had by all- wizards and muggles alike!

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Woods Hole Film Festival 2016

IMG_1533WBUR proudly sponsored the Woods Hole Film Festival, the oldest Festival on Cape Cod and the Islands now celebrating its 25th year!  WBUR’s own Lisa Mullins interviewed one of the directors of  “Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You” following its premiere at the festival.

The Woods Hole Film Festival is dedicated to presenting the best independent film from emerging filmmakers.  Each summer over 8 days, the Festival will present over 130 films from around the world in the quaint village of Woods Hole and Falmouth.  Filmmakers and patrons alike come to Woods Hole from around the world to see great films, meet interesting filmmakers, support the festival’s sponsors and bask in the best of summertime on Cape Cod.

Modern Love Live Presented By 90.9 Wbur & The New York Times

Modern Love ThumbnailModern Love Live! is a live recording of the hit podcast, Modern Love, based on the popular New York Times column by the same name.  The show will take place on Thursday, October 20th at the historic Town Hall in New York City.

This very special evening will include live music, comedy, Modern Love essay readings by noted actors, and interviews with the writers. Meghna Chakrabarti (host of Modern Love: The Podcast at 90.9 WBUR) and Daniel Jones (editor of Modern Love at The New York Times) will be joined onstage by various special guests.

Tickets are available here

Modern Love: The Podcast is a new audio experience produced by 90.9 WBUR (Boston’s NPR Station) in collaboration with The New York Times. Among the notables who’ve participated in the podcast are Sarah Silverman, Connie Britton, Colin Farrell, Emmy Rossum, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Judd Apatow, America Ferrera, and Sarah Paulson. Visit the Modern Love Podcast for more information. This live show is produced by Pretty Good Friends, in collaboration with 90.9 WBUR and The New York Times.

 

NPR’S ‘BEST OF CAR TALK’ TO END PRODUCTION IN 2017

Atile-car-talk-200x200July 27, 2016; Washington, D.C. – After September 30, 2017, weekly broadcast production of the Best of Car Talk programs will end. NPR and Car Talk came to this decision after consultation with key station personnel, programmers, researchers, listeners and Car Talk’s own staff. 

“We will make the 2016-2017 season of Car Talk the best of the best. We will edit, enhance and program the very best of the 30 year series,” said Doug Berman, Executive Producer of Car Talk. “In many ways, the Best of Car Talk is the best of public radio — honest, authentic, original, warm, interactive, broadly welcoming and unforgettable.” 

Car Talk has been an enormous part of public radio’s past and present. There is no other program quite like it. Thanks to Doug Berman and his team for their partnership, the research and deep thought they have put into choosing this path forward,” said Anya Grundmann, Vice President of Programing at NPR. “We are in a moment of transition for weekend programming across the public radio system. This coming year, one of the top priorities of the programming team at NPR will be to focus on creating new weekend programming to extend value of Only A Game, Weekend EditionWait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and Ask Me Another – all foundational to a strong weekend schedule.” 

Car Talk began as a local program on WBUR, its longtime home base in Boston, in 1977.  After developing an early loyal following among WBUR listeners, the show made its national debut with NPR in 1987.  Remarkably, Car Talk has been produced at WBUR for all of its 39 years, along the way becoming one of the icons that defines public radio.

Car Talk remains a favorite among more than 2.6 million loyal listeners every week. Research shows Car Talk is still a gateway for new listeners and it will continue to be programmed that way for the next 14 months. Stations interested in continuing to broadcast more traditional repeats of Car Talk after September 2017 will have the option to do so. Listeners will also be able to enjoy weekly podcasts of the 30-year series after September 30, 2017.  

The Car Talk web site, Facebook page, Twitter and other social media will continue, both to serve their existing audiences and to provide opportunities for engagement for all listeners, on podcast or radio. Car Talk will also continue its highly successful vehicle donation program that has donated millions of dollars to NPR Member stations.  

About Car Talk

Car Talk is a hilarious, fast paced call-in show (tangentially) about cars, featuring Tom and Ray Magliozzi, two MIT educated brothers who began as owners of a repair shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The program was originally developed at Boston’s WBUR beginning in 1977.  After being nurtured there as a local program for ten years, Car Talk went national on NPR in 1987.  The uninhibited Boston brothers were an instant nationwide hit, dispensing automotive first aid and roadside philosophy to millions of listeners on more than 600 public radio stations.  Winner of the Peabody Award, Car Talk has been lauded by the media since its national premiere in 1987.  In addition to NPR, it’s heard all over the globe via satellite, on commercial stations, and via the stations of Armed Forces Radio. Car Talk’s podcast consistently ranks as one of iTunes’ most popular, with over 2,300,000 downloads a month. Car Talk is produced for NPR by Dewey, Cheetham & Howe and WBUR in Boston.  

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WBUR/BBF Summer Book Club

Shrill picLast night WBUR kicked off the WBUR/BBF Summer Book Club series with Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman on the WBUR patio. A great discussion and evening was had by all.

WBUR and the Boston Book Festival will host three book discussions leading up to the 8th Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 15. All three authors will be participating in the festival.

About Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman: Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm.

Next up in the BBF Summer Book Club discussion series:

9/8 – The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood

the book that matters mostAn enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle.

Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

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Martha's Vineyard Author Series

mvas-300x300WBUR proudly sponsors the Martha’s Vineyard Author Series, which features nationally acclaimed authors speaking about their newly published books.  Focusing on leading authors and the important issues of the day, the series brings some of the country’s biggest thought leaders to the island.

This weekend the series welcomed Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius”.  His most recent work Evicted is a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America.  EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a brilliant, heartbreaking book. Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.  He moved into a trailer park and then to a rooming house and diligently took notes on the lives of people who pay 70 to 80 percent of their incomes for homes that, objectively speaking, are unfit for human habitation. It is an astonishing book.  A special thanks to Bob Vila for providing the introduction.

Click here for more information on the Martha’s Vineyard Author Series & Book Festival

 

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Beer and Ballots: A Special Edition Of WBUR's On Tap Series

UntitledIt was a night of convention fever as WBUR welcomed Mark Singer, author of Trump and Me, and Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency for a discussion.  The conversation and Q & A was moderated by WBUR Executive Director of News Content Richard Chacón.  Drinks were served and fun was had as guests gathered to discuss the convention, the candidates and the state of our union. Book sale and signing followed the discussion.

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"Life, Animated" Boston Premiere

life-animated-posterWBUR proudly sponsored the Boston premiere of “Life, Animated” at the Kendall Square Cinema.

Based on the book by Ron Suskind, “Life, Animated” tells the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

A Q+A with the Suskind family followed the premiere!

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WBUR’s own Zeninjor Enwemeka to appear on CityLine

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Tune in this Sunday July 17 at noon to WCVB Channel 5’s CityLine.

WBUR Digital Reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka will join Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and UMass Boston Associate Professor of Political Science Paul Watanabe for a discussion about community, policing, as well as the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

WBUR Digital Live!

John Davidow1Tech savvy, news junkies and audiophiles gathered for WBUR Digital Live to discuss and celebrate the launch of WBUR’s new responsive, mobile-first website at District Hall, Boston’s new home for innovation.

WBUR’s Managing Director of Digital John Davidow and team took guests on a tour of the new website and app, which was built to reinvent online listening with a faster, more streamlined, mobile-friendly approach for the station’s main website and all of the programs produced by WBUR, including Radio Boston and NPR shows, Here & NowOn Point and Only A Game.

Guests explored the site and enjoyed delicious food and cocktails from Gather + Brew.

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Fresh from the Farm!

KimballIt was a berry delicious day here at WBUR!  Thanks to Kimball Fruit Farm Stand for the ripe and ready goodness they brought to the station!

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WBUR Community Conversation

RoxburyIn the wake of last week’s shootings, WBUR convened civic, political and community leaders for a conversation about gun violence, police-community relations, and race at the Roxbury Innovation Center. José Massó, host of ¡Con Salsa! moderated the panel which included:

  • Richard Claytor – Board Member,  Fathers and Families Coalition
  • Shekia Scott & Segun Idowu – Boston Police Camera Action Team
  • William Gross – Boston Police Department Superintendent in Chief
  • Paula Lima-Jones – Racial Justice Program Manager, YW Boston
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