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New program helps Afghan refugees find jobs in Worcester

May 18th, 2022


A new program at the UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester helps resettled refugees from Afghanistan find jobs.

Jobs for Afghan refugees; Rev. Willie Bodrick II on leading with heart and soul

May 18th, 2022


Plus, are you stressed? It's a statistical probability. Today, we're going to try to de-stress.

Rev. Willie Bodrick II on leadership in moments of crisis, pain, and healing

May 18th, 2022


We continue our series of conversations on leadership and serving our communities. This week, we talk with Rev. Willie Bodrick II, the senior pastor at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury. 

The baby formula shortage in Massachusetts and a crash course on mass incarceration

May 17th, 2022


Plus, Kendall Square is considered to be the world's most innovative square kilometer. The history of the square and the companies that call it home are subject of a new book called "Where Futures Converge: Kendall …

New book explores the history of Kendall Square

May 17th, 2022


Kendall Square is considered by many to be the world's most innovative square kilometer. Places like MIT, NASA, Google and Biogen among many others have called the square home.

Teaching prison reform and abolition to future Mass. lawyers

May 17th, 2022


Suffolk professor Stephen Cody shares how he teaches the next generation of Massachusetts prosecutors, judges and public defenders.

How Massachusetts is coping with the baby formula shortage

May 17th, 2022


We speak with a Newton nonprofit about how it is providing donor human milk to hospitals and WBUR's Meghan Kelly on the impact of this shortage.

Brookline chocolatier retires after 33 years of sweetening community

May 16th, 2022


In 1987, Nur Kilic walked away from an engineering job to found Serenade Chocolatier.

Chelsea cools off one block at a time

May 16th, 2022


In this week's "From the Newsroom" segment, WBUR health reporter Martha Bebinger tells us about what she's learned reporting on ways Chelsea has tried to address its problems with heat.

How 40 Black and Latinx leaders from around the state hope to change health care for good

May 16th, 2022


The Health Equity Compact includes leaders from hospitals, businesses, public health, academic institutions, and more.

Addressing health disparities in Massachusetts, and efforts to keep cities cool in the summer

May 16th, 2022


Plus, we meet artist Wen-ti Tsen. He has been making art in Boston for decades, and at 86, is just now embarking on perhaps his most ambitious project yet: Four statues honoring the working people of Boston's Chinatown. …

New statues in Boston's Chinatown aims to draw attention to neighborhood gentrification

May 16th, 2022


Four bronze statues by local artist Wen-ti Tsen will honor the working-class and immigrant communities that call Boston's Chinatown home.

This week in transportation

May 13th, 2022


We'll take some time to break down and review the big story of the week: transportation. We're joined by Jim Aloisi, former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation, also a board member of the group TransitMatters, …

An MBTA check-in, the best spring hikes, and a growing black bear population

May 13th, 2022


Plus, a preview of interesting things to get up to around the state this weekend, from plays to fairs.

Your weekend plans, solved

May 13th, 2022


Free dancing in the park and a family-friendly festival in Medfield.

Here are the best spots for spring hikes

May 13th, 2022


We speak with two outdoor and hiking enthusiasts to hear about the best places to get our walk on this weekend.

A preview of Tanglewood's full summer season

May 12th, 2022


We look ahead to 12 weeks of music this summer at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Gail Samuel. 

Here are 4 weird things to check out in Massachusetts for Friday the 13th

May 12th, 2022


We discuss four weird places in Massachusetts that you can explore if you want to lean into the strange with Jeff Belanger, author of Weird Massachusetts and host of the podcast New England Legends.

Baker on 'welcome' federal MBTA inspection, abortion rights and pandemic leadership

May 12th, 2022


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker weighed in on a range of issues in an interview Thursday with WBUR's Radio Boston, including what's next for him …

Gov. Baker talks transit and budgets, and we get a preview of Tanglewood's summer lineup

May 12th, 2022


Plus, tomorrow is Friday the 13th, so we take a look at some strange and spooky things to do in Massachusetts.

Managing your COVID risk this spring

May 12th, 2022


Plus, we kick off our new leadership series "Stepping Up" with a conversation with long-time Trader Joe's president and founder and president of Daily Table, Doug Rauch.

How to manage your COVID risk during confusing times

May 12th, 2022


Seven Massachusetts counties are now considered to have high levels of community COVID transmission.

Trader Joe's and Daily Table president Doug Rauch on serving our communities

May 12th, 2022


We begin a new series of conversations on leadership and serving our communities, called "Stepping Up." First up, we talk with long-time Trader Joe's president and founder and president of Daily Table, Doug Rauch.

Mass. brewers are building community with patrons, staff and each other

May 10th, 2022


In our first episode of the new series, "The Business of Boston," we learn about the growing community in brewing, from patrons to brewers themselves.

We talk sustainable eating; beer; and a Boston actor playing a Celtics legend

May 10th, 2022


This is the rundown for Radio Boston for May 9. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

Michael Chiklis on playing a childhood hero, but as the villain

May 10th, 2022


Andover native Michael Chiklis grew up watching Red Auerbach and the Boston Celtics win again and again. Decades later, he's been given the opportunity to portray Auerbach on screen, as part of the HBO series, "Winning …

Eat vegan? Hyperlocal? Plastic-free? Sustainable food habits have their own challenges

May 10th, 2022


WBUR's new newsletter, "Cooked: The search for sustainable eats," tackles the intersection of climate change and how we eat.

What is Tiffani Faison cooking up next?

May 9th, 2022


Boston restaurateur and culinary star Tiffani Faison joins us to talk about her big Food Network win, how Boston stacks up in terms of culinary …

Mayor Wu on DA endorsement, temporary closure of 'Mass. and Cass' center, school closure

May 9th, 2022


Boston Mayor Michelle Wu joins us to talk about her endorsement of Ricardo Arroyo for Suffolk County district attorney, the closure of Mission Hill …

Radio Boston now airs at 11 a.m. Here are highlights from the day's show

May 9th, 2022


For the first morning broadcast for Radio Boston, host Tiziana Dearing catches up with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on the district attorney's race and …

Catching up on the MBTA; satellite imagery; knitting for the Olympics

May 5th, 2022


Plus, legal analyst Nancy Gertner discusses the local ramifications of the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that threatens to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Tracking the T: From the deadly Red Line incident, to the future of the commuter rail

May 5th, 2022


We dig into this week's transit news, from the Red Line to the commuter rail, with WBUR reporter Darryl C. Murphy.

This Boston knitter went from college hobbyist to Olympics partner

May 5th, 2022


Christina Fagan Pardy started knitting as a college hobby. This year, her brand was officially licensed for a line of products in partnership with …

Ready for your close-up? How space satellites are changing life as we see it

May 5th, 2022


We explore how satellite imagery is changing the way we see our world as part of "Tech Talk," a new biweekly series with Boston Globe writer Hiawatha Bray.

What the end of Roe v. Wade could mean for Massachusetts

May 5th, 2022


Legal analyst Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge, breaks down what the possible end of Roe v. Wade might mean for Massachusetts.

'Born in Cambridge': A new book explores city's rich history of inventors and innovations

May 4th, 2022


We talk about four interesting and impactful characters from Cambridge's history, all featured in a new book called "Born in Cambridge: 400 Years of …

As rent prices rise in Boston, a writer explores offbeat shared housing options

May 4th, 2022


Sometimes desperate times call for paying $1,000 to sleep on a couch in someone's living room.

Exploring Cambridge's innovator history, and tips for folding exercise into your routines

May 4th, 2022


Plus, a look at the interesting and surprising things one apartment hunter found in her search for an affordable one-bedroom in Massachusetts.

The future of some auxiliary and reserve police is unclear with new state training guidelines

May 3rd, 2022


We look at the impacts of new training standards in the state's police reform law on auxiliary and reserve officers.

Ukrainian family settles in western Mass. and the future of auxiliary police forces

May 3rd, 2022


Plus, it's "Ask the Docs" with listener questions about a new COVID-19 vaccine for children.

One family's journey from Ukraine to Westfield, Mass.

May 3rd, 2022


Lidiia Martynyuk, her husband and their six children made the harrowing journey from Ukraine to Massachusetts recently. We hear her story.

Ascentria works to settle Ukrainians in western Mass.

May 3rd, 2022


Ascentria Care Alliance, based in Worcester, has been helping families fleeing Ukraine and coming to western Massachusetts. Since welcoming the first family in April, the nonprofit has been inundated with what it calls …

A COVID vaccine for kids under 5 nears, and what to know if you're exposed

May 3rd, 2022


The CDC estimates 75% of children under age 11 have already been infected with COVID-19.

How one western Massachusetts college is taking on student loan debt

May 2nd, 2022


We talk about the impact of student loan debt and a new program at Williams College aimed at lessening that burden.

American student loan debt, and the 'Black Super Hero Magic Mama' play

May 2nd, 2022


Plus, the latest on efforts to divert people arrested near Boston's "Mass. and Cass" area to drug treatment.

'Black Super Hero Magic Mama,' the Afrocentric comic book origin story on stage and in schools

May 2nd, 2022


We speak with the team behind Company One's production of "Black Super Hero Magic Mama" and how the play is being brought to Boston classrooms.

Drug diversion program expands as anxieties rise around violence near Boston's 'Mass. and Cass'

May 2nd, 2022


In our first weekly "From the Newsroom" conversation, we check in with WBUR's Deborah Becker to hear updates on the latest happenings in and around the Mass & Cass neighborhood.

Independent Film Festival Boston returns

April 28th, 2022


Can you smell the popcorn? The Independent Film Festival Boston is back this year in person. Screenings started April 27 and go through Wednesday, May 4. We talk about how it's going, what's showing, and what it's like …

World's fair or bust: Pony-cart journey of two Needham boys documented in new film

April 29th, 2022


In the summer of 1967, two little boys, Jeff and Tony Whittemore, wanted nothing more than to go to the World's Fair in Montreal.

Tewksbury man talks about life with a traumatic brain injury in new film

April 29th, 2022


A new documentary called "The House We Lived In," explores the life and recovery of one man with a traumatic brain following a mysterious fall in …

Radio Boston goes to the Independent Film Festival Boston

April 29th, 2022


We hear about two films showing this weekend that have local ties, plus a conversation with the executive director of the festival about what it's like to be back at the theater.

New exhibit explores life of local bird conservationist William Brewster

April 27th, 2022


We hear from the curator at the Concord Museum about a new exhibit out now called "Alive With Birds" which examines the life and legacy of local …

Harvard attempts to grapple with its historic ties to slavery

April 27th, 2022


Plus, we visit the Cape Ann Museum for a special 400th anniversary celebration, and the Concord Museum, which is celebrating the life of local …

The Emancipator returns with a series on the racial wealth gap

April 27th, 2022


The original anti-slavery newspaper is re-imagined for the 21st century.

Harvard grapples with historical ties to slavery and eugenics in new report

April 27th, 2022


The school has promised $100 million to educational opportunities for communities descended from slaves and continued research on slavery's legacy in …

Cape Ann Museum celebrates Indigenous history

April 27th, 2022


Gloucester is celebrating what it considers its 400th anniversary next year.

Aspiring birders, here are the birds to spot in New England now

April 26th, 2022


Neil Hayward is a lifelong birder, serves on the board of the Brookline Bird Club and the American Birding Association, and is author of the book “Lost Among the Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year." …

Sen. Markey returns from Ukraine border, calls for U.S. to raise cap on refugees

April 26th, 2022


As Russia's invasion of Ukraine enters a third month, the Democratic senator is calling for the U.S. to open its doors to more Ukrainian refugees.

Addressing racism in school sports, and a spring bird-spotting preview

April 26th, 2022


Plus, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey says the country's promise to accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees isn't enough.

Mass. attorney general launches initiative to address racism and hate in school sports

April 26th, 2022


Attorney General Maura Healey discusses a new initiative in partnership with the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to address …

A Mass. superintendent who used to play for the NFL tackles racism in school sports

April 26th, 2022


Wayland Public Schools canceled school sports games with Westford Academy for the rest of the season after a Wayland player was subjected to racist …

Boston burn doctor treats two Ukrainian children

April 25th, 2022


We speak with a trauma surgeon at Shriners Children's Boston, who is treating two pediatric burn patients from Ukraine.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu on the city budget, COVID and policing

April 25th, 2022


Boston Mayor Michelle Wu joins us to talk budgeting, housing, mask mandates and policing. She also answers listener questions from social media.

Local chef cooks for refugees on Polish border with Ukraine

April 25th, 2022


Steve "Nookie" Postal, chef and founder of Commonwealth and Rival Cafe and Kitchen, wanted to help so he went to the Polish border with Ukraine and …

Mondays with the Mayor, and local efforts to help Ukrainians

April 25th, 2022


Plus, chef Steve "Nookie" Postal tells us about his time cooking for Ukrainian refugees in Poland with World Central Kitchen.

Real estate love letters and a shake-up to veterans' health care in Mass.

April 22nd, 2022


Plus, we talk to a member of Massashusetts' thriving metal detector enthusiast community.

Northhampton VA medical center faces uncertain future

April 21st, 2022


The federal Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended closing the Central Western Massachusetts Veterans Administration Medical Center in …

Exploring the art of the metal detector

April 21st, 2022


New England is rife with history right under your feet that's ready to be found.

Exploring the role of 'love letters' in buying and selling homes in Massachusetts

April 21st, 2022


We dive into the successes and pitfalls of writing and receiving so-called "love letters" when buying or selling a home in Massachusetts.

Equal Pay Day and 'greening' Massachusetts' electrical grid

April 20th, 2022


Plus, we preview Wednesday night's Celtics game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Greening the grid: The hurdles to becoming carbon neutral by 2050

April 20th, 2022


How we generate and transmit energy is about to radically change, but our electrical grid might not be up to the task.

Fresh off a buzzer-beater win, Celtics prepare for Game 2 against the Brooklyn Nets

April 20th, 2022


The Boston Celtics prepare to host Game 2 against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night at the Garden. The Celtics won Game 1 of their first round series on a buzzer beater from Jayson Tatum last Sunday.

Boston's Equal Pay Day

April 20th, 2022


The U.S. reached Equal Pay Day on March 15, but a group in Greater Boston says our pay equity day should really be more than a month later on April …

One Massachusetts woman's quest to live — and eat — off the land and write about it

April 19th, 2022


Fourteen years ago, a Washington Post food columnist set out to eat one thing she grew, foraged or hunted for herself at every meal.

Mask rules ending on planes, a local leader in midwifery and growing your own food

April 19th, 2022


Last night, a Florida judge ruled the Centers for Disease Control can't mandate masks for transportation, even as COVID-19 cases swell in New …

How one woman helped restore midwifery to Massachusetts

April 19th, 2022


Iris Mulholland passed away this winter at the age of 93. Her life is the subject of our new Radio Boston series Hidden History, where we dive into …

Ask the Docs: COVID variants and mask mandates

April 19th, 2022


We discuss new COVID variants and the federal battle over mask mandates, plus take your COVID-19 related questions with two doctors.

Highlights from the first edition of a new WBUR CitySpace series, "Phenomenal Women"

April 15th, 2022


First up is Katie Rae, CEO and managing partner of The Engine, a venture capital fund built by MIT, that invests in early-stage companies solving the …

Astronauts test their blood in space and your guide to upcoming celestial events

April 14th, 2022


Plus, we preview the next four days in Boston sports with Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy and WBUR’s Alex Ashlock.

Boston sports fans, rejoice! We've got a real big week for local athletes ahead of us

April 14th, 2022


Between the Red Sox home opener, the Celtics starting a playoff run and the Boston Marathon returning to its regular springtime date, this week is …

Your guide to stars and planets to scan the skies for in April

April 14th, 2022


There are some exciting celestial events happening in our solar system over the next two weeks, and Bostonians interested in a little "eyeball …

Bedford doctor makes sci-fi a reality, with device NASA hopes can diagnose diseases in space

April 14th, 2022


The rHEALTH ONE is a real-life version of the "tricorder," a fictional medical tool of Star Trek fame. It is currently being tested by NASA at the …

Learning to live with COVID and continued calls for accountability over Holyoke Soldier's Home outbreak

April 13th, 2022


A new film by Massachusetts musician Laura Wetzler follows three women — Gwen, her mother, and a certified nursing assistant — as COVID-19 hits and …

Ask the doctor: Evaluating your own COVID risk

April 13th, 2022


COVID-19 is here to stay, and from now on, it's up to each individual person to determine what risks they're willing to take. But how does someone figure that out for themselves? 

Award-winning indie film echoes events of Holyoke Soldiers' Home

April 13th, 2022


The film, "What Happened at the Veteran's Home?" was produced locally and has been an official selection at 25 international film festivals so far.

Reflecting on the tragedy at the Holyoke Soliders' Home, two years later

April 13th, 2022


Two years after the tragic COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soliders' Home, Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi says we have yet to see appropriate …

Somerville swimming legend honored with pool in her name 70 years later

April 12th, 2022


Born in 1937, she became the youngest swimmer to ever win the 1500-meter New England Championship. She had 80 gold medals by age 15.

Wild turkeys ruffle some feathers in search for a mate

April 12th, 2022


Spring fever is in full swing, and it comes with an uptick in turkey sightings.

How the effort to create social equity in the state's recreational marijuana industry is going

April 12th, 2022


We talk about equity in the state's marijuana industry with the owner of Cambridge's first recreational dispensary, which opened its doors this week.

Mating season emboldens wild turkeys and a cannabis dispensary opens in Cambridge

April 12th, 2022


Plus, Virginia "Ginny" Smithers-Sanders first made waves as a middle-school swimmer roughly 70 years ago. Now, the city of Somerville is naming the …

Congresswoman Trahan discusses U.S. response to Russian invasion of Ukraine

April 11th, 2022


Last month, U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan joined a bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers touring the Ukrainian border. Since returning, Trahan has rattled cages about the response, including pressing oil executives …

Boston city councilors push to add hundreds of new liquor licenses

April 11th, 2022


Several Boston city councilors are pushing to add 200 new liquor licenses with the hope most will go to underserved neighborhoods like Mattapan, Hyde Park and Roxbury.

It's time to wake up your garden and grow your groundskeeping skills

April 11th, 2022


We get gardening and lawn care tips and answer listener questions with our gardening expert.

Globe investigation examines why some men serving life sentences under defunct law should be freed

April 12th, 2022


Plus, a look at a decision from the Boston Athletic Association to not allow runners under Russian or Belarusian flags to participate in this year's race.

The Boston Marathon is back, but runners from Russia and Belarus won't be there

April 12th, 2022


The Boston Athletic Association announced on Wednesday that runners who live in Russia and Belarus are banned from competing in this year's Boston Marathon.

'Unfinished justice:' Globe Spotlight team identifies men serving life sentences for murders they did not commit

April 12th, 2022


The Boston Globe Spotlight team found at least 23 men -- all but one Black or Hispanic -- are still serving life in prison without parole because …

Massachusetts Senate staffers push to unionize

April 12th, 2022


Staffers in the Massachusetts Senate want to unionize for better pay, benefits and workplace protections. But, it's unclear whether state law even …

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