Andrea Shea started listening to NPR on WEOS, her college radio station, during the Gulf War. She didn’t have a TV, so it was her primary broadcast news source. Her attraction to public radio and the human voice continued into grad school. Andrea got a MA in media studies at the New School in New York with a focus in audio production. Her first sound piece was about America’s fear and fascination with tattoos.
Following graduation, Andrea moved to Washington, D.C., and was lucky enough to get an internship on NPR’s national desk. After a few months, Andrea switched over Weekend Edition Sunday after being hired as the editorial assistant. Waking up on Sunday mornings at 4 a.m. as a twenty-something was not easy, but she did it for more than two years and learned a ton from the generous and talented producers and host Liane Hansen.
Then Andrea left NPR to brew beer professionally. She did that in Arlington, Virginia, and Key West, Florida. Soon enough the public radio siren beckoned Andrea back north, where she edited interviews for The World, an international daily news show produced by WGBH and the BBC.
In 1997, WBUR started developing the program Here & Now and Andrea was a founding producer. Over time she evolved into the show’s arts producer. The WBUR newsroom created an arts and culture reporter position in 2007. Andrea has been following the explosively vibrant scene in Boston and beyond to the best of her abilities ever since.
Her work has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award for audio feature reporting, the Public Radio News Directors Award for use of sound, the Associated Press for use of sound, and a media award from Arts Learning, a group dedicated to arts education.
“There is a lot of trouble out there, MIT, but there’s a lot of beauty too, and I hope you see both,” the “Good Will Hunting” actor told MIT graduates.
While music is the main attraction at Boston Calling, food and drink have become increasingly important. Much of the fare is local — but this year the organizers have something special on tap: a beer custom-made by a legendary European brewer.
This weekend’s Boston Calling will be the last at City Hall Plaza.
Boston Calling — the twice-a-year music festival apparently at the center of a federal indictment in Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration — returns to City Hall Plaza this weekend.
“Meow” explores our age-old fascination with these furry creatures using a trove of works from the museum’s collection. And, this project is even playing a role in finding homes for rescue cats.
The new exhibition — which runs through Sept. 5 — features more than 160 sculptures by Rodin, including a monumental version of his most famous work that’s usually on display at the Musée Rodin in Paris.
Some say if copies of the First Folio didn’t survive, classic plays such as “Macbeth” could’ve been lost.
The goal is to bring van Gogh’s “Houses at Auvers” and “Enclosed Field with Ploughman” closer to how the artist saw the paintings when he first rendered them to life more than a century ago.
The new CD, featuring Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 5, 8 and 9, goes on sale internationally in May.
The new MFA exhibition, Megacities Asia, explores how 11 artists process and express their feelings about living in rapidly expanding, densely-populated metropolises.
Chief curator Lynda Roscoe Hartigan moves up to deputy director at PEM.
With 250 pounds of cabbage waiting to be chopped, massaged, salted, squished into jars, Jeremy Ogusky is ready to expose newbies to the world of fermented foods at Sunday’s Boston Fermentation Festival.
From the depths of a cheese cave, some local cheese mongers — like Formaggio Kitchen’s Ihsan Gurdal — are waging a campaign to raise awareness about cheese origins, cheese integrity and cheese abuse.
The World Health Organization predicts 1 billion young people could develop hearing loss due to poor listening habits. While all of our ears are at stake, the prognosis is worse for musicians. So Berklee College of Music and Spotify are teaming up to raise awareness about threats to our hearing.
The Bloods (yes, that’s their real name) have been running Blood Farm in Groton for seven generations.
When a fire threatened to shut them down for good, the family was surprised by the outpouring of support urging them to rebuild.
The cut would pay for Baker’s proposed increase in the state’s earned income tax credit for low-income working families.
Boston-area charcutiere Julie Biggs is up for a Good Food Award Thursday night in San Francisco.
A Harvard scientist and her African colleagues create an uplifting song about Ebola that both helps heal their grief over fallen colleagues and serves to educate the public.
We profile costumer Jill Thibeau, whose job is to age and destroy clothing to fit the needs of a particular a character or scene in film and television.
Food has always been a big part of the Tanglewood experience. But a larger effort is under way this summer to use more locally-sourced products at all events on the Lenox campus.
Eating ramen at Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge is seen as a path to personal fulfillment — if you can finish their giant bowl of ramen, you can do anything in life. That’s the concept. Some customers even write their dreams down and hang them on the restaurant’s walls.
A Harvard University professor and inventor is behind the world’s first transatlantic scent message that was successfully transmitted Tuesday.
Four members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section are taking their beloved instruments into the spotlight with a group they’re calling the Boston Cello Quartet.
We visit Benoit Rolland in his Watertown studio, after he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.”