Jessica Alpert is the managing producer for program development at WBUR. In this position, Jessica develops new podcasts and programs while also launching and nurturing WBUR’s newest projects. In addition, she oversees the role of WBUR’s iLab, an experimental unit that works to break new ground in the area of audio storytelling.
Jessica learned the most about program development from making radio, producing for five years on WBUR’s daily local program, Radio Boston. She then joined the team that launched WBUR and NPR’s new iteration of Here & Now, a daily two-hour news magazine. After this experience, there’s no deadline that will ever scare her!
Following seven great years in public media, Jessica took a break to explore content production in the startup scene. At Wizeo, an early-stage angel-funded interactive video company, Jessica was VP of content. After Wizeo, she honed her marketing skills as a consultant for various companies including Women Online, a boutique digital agency that helps nonprofits and brands move women to action.
But she couldn’t stay away from radio for too long.
Jessica’s freelance work and projects can be found on NPR, PRI, the BBC, The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review, Bust Magazine and The Washington Post. As a Fulbright Scholar, Jessica spent one year collecting the oral histories of the 60-family Jewish community of El Salvador (online library forthcoming).
Originally from Texas, Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her masters in Latin American and Jewish history from Indiana University-Bloomington. She launched her audio education at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine. Today, she lives with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats in Somerville.
Sarah Silverman brings us a story of unconditional love… with a few conditions.
Connie Britton narrates a story about a new mom and a tiny infant whose young life is checkered with mysteries both big and small.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson reads a story about a brother’s unique need and sister’s selfless gift.
Modern Love listeners share true stories of meeting their significant other.
Emmy Rossum reads a story about a 12-hour relationship. On an airplane.
Be careful what you wish for. That’s what Marc Jaffe learned when his lackluster sex life shifted into overdrive.
Tony-nominated actor Stephen Bogardus brings us a tale of two sex drives.
Amber Tamblyn brings us the story of a leap of faith so dramatic, it’s straight out of a movie.
Patina Miller narrates a story about one woman who has a seemingly average life and marriage — except for the fact that she’s slowly going blind.
This week Modern Love: The Podcast explores the story of one family whose lives were changed — for the better — by the disease.
Michael Shannon reads an essay that explores how Alzheimer’s put one family back together.
An audio valentine from Modern Love listeners — for Modern Love listeners.
A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) reports that for men over 40, aerobic exercise alone may not be enough to rid you of your middle.
A new study finds that pets of any kind in the home may help kids with autism develop social skills.
Recent analyses suggest that there are at least 1.5 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans over the age of 60. How is the senior health care industry preparing to support them?
Emile Ouamouno, the two-year-old Ebola victim believed to be the first case in the current outbreak, may have contracted the disease from bats.
Researchers believe that a little information goes a long way–resulting in significantly better follow-up on the part of parents.
Participants who read from iPads took nearly 10 minutes longer to fall asleep and their sleep had less rapid eye movement compared to those who read from an actual printed book.
Arm pit fat? Double chin? Flabby arms? There’s a YouTube fitness video for that. The site allowing people to exercise anything and everything–from their living rooms.
Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont announced on Wednesday that Vermont would not pursue single payer healthcare in this coming legislative session.
World-renowned conductor Benjamin Zander and the New England Conservatory abruptly ended an almost half-century long working relationship Thursday, when school officials discovered Zander had knowingly hired a registered sex-offender to videotape NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra over the past decade.
Actress and writer Mindy Kaling from NBC’s Emmy-award winning comedy series, “The Office,” joins Radio Boston in the studio.
The USDA has replaced the government’s so-called food pyramid with a new easy-to-follow guide to healthy eating that it says is convenient, and could actually save lives. But is the food pyramid’s replacement too simplistic?
For loop artist Julia Easterlin, it doesn’t take an entire band to put together great music. All it takes is her voice and a little black box.
Private rooms for all patients is the new trend in hospital care, especially among many of the top-tier hospitals in Massachusetts.
Some parents are asking physicians to administer vaccines one at a time — even if it takes extra visits. But that may not be such a good idea.
South African band Freshlyground has some infectiously upbeat music, but they don’t shy away from political themes.
A group of doctors and nurses from Children’s Hospital in Boston recently spent a week in Haiti assisting a pediatric unit at a hospital in Port au Prince. Two of them join us to talk about the scene in Haiti, the cholera epidemic, and what’s being done to keep children safe.
A new online literary magazine hopes to tap into growing demand for audio books and short-form content, perfect for commuting.
The MFA opens its new Art of the Americas wing to the press this week. Nearly 50,000 square feet and ten years in the making, the wing cost the museum around half a billion dollars.