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.
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.
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.
“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.