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Under the Radar with Callie Crossley
32 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
Young activists are the past, present and future of the racial justice movement
This week on Under the Radar: On this 39th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a look at the legacy and the future of the ongoing struggle for Black civil rights by the young people who’ve put it all on the line to lead it. Guests: Curtis Bunn, co-author of “Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America." Bunn is an award-winning journalist at NBC NEWS BLK and the bestselling author of 10 novels centering on Black life in America. Patrice Gaines, co-author of “Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America." Gaines is a former Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the author of a memoir. V.P. Franklin, author of “The Young Crusaders: The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.” He is distinguished professor emeritus of history and education at the University of California, Riverside.
27 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
What your history class didn't teach you about the civil rights movement
This week on Under the Radar: As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there's new evidence that the civil rights icon’s life and the civil rights movement have been willfully misinterpreted. This is part of what’s become a public battle over teaching the documented history of race in America. What is the impact of this campaign of disinformation on civil rights and race history in America? Guests: Jeanne Theoharris, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She has authored or co-authored eleven books, including the award-winning, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.” Her latest book is, “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” Diane McWhorter, 2002 Pulitzer Prizewinner for General Nonfiction for her book, “Carry Me Home, Birmingham Alabama, the Climatic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution.” A long-time contributor to the New York Times, she is also the author of the 2004 children’s book, “A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement From 1954-1965,” a young adult history of the civil rights movement.
26 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
Food and wine trends in 2022: vegan lobster rolls, Haitian hot chocolate, best budget wine
Ready to sip and savor? We hope you’ve brought your appetite! It’s a new year, and there’s an abundance of new food and wine trends that will be served up in 2022. It’s our food and wine roundtable! Guests: Jonathon Alsop, founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of “The Wine Lover’s Devotional.” Amy Traverso, food editor at Yankee Magazine, co-host of GBH’s “Weekends With Yankee” and author of “The Apple Lover’s Cookbook.” Products discussed during the show: Plant-based pastas: ZENB, chickpea pasta Winter Raclette Haitian hot chocolate made here in Boston Mochi donuts 2017 Fior di Vino Chianti Classico Riserva ($6.99 at Trader Joe’s)
33 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
The plant-based food movement is having a moment
A booming variety of plant-based options are now available at grocery stores, restaurants and even fast-food chains. Bloggers, celebrities and chefs are reinventing their menus and recipes to make veggies the delicious stars of the meal. And the plant-based movement is no longer just for the privileged as affordable products have helped attract people with modest incomes. What's more, ordinary Americans are also touting other reasons to go plant-based: health, animal welfare and sustainability. Guests: Bryan Timko, CEO of Life Alive Cafe, which have served organic and plant-based meals in the Boston area since the early 2000s. Alicia Romano, a registered dietitian at Tufts Medical Center, author, nutrition consultant and fitness instructor.
58 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
Sack O' Songs: Our annual review of quirky holiday songs
This week on Under the Radar: It’s our annual spinning of holiday tunes with our own Mike Wilkins, radio engineer for PRX and GBH’s The World. All this hour, GBH’s intrepid holiday music collector shares his new finds of old songs that are quirky, weird and sometimes way out there. These are not the traditional carols you'll hear from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or even new favorites like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Nope, for his annual collection of songs you never heard, Mike has once again rescued vinyl one-hit wonders from the forgotten bins of overlooked B-sides, and highlighted a few new tunes that might become classics. This season, for his 32nd year of jinglebell melodies, Mike’s collection goes back to basics — sort of. This is Mike’s musical holiday gift bag, “Sack O' Songs,” a Yuletopia recording. Stream the full "Sack O' Songs" playlist here: https://soundcloud.com/seenthat/sackosongs2021
35 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
With a business model centered on diversity, Boston’s biggest hotel in decades is now open
This week on Under The Radar: Seven years ago, the Massachusetts Port Authority shook up the local real estate world. Plans for a new hotel on public land, overseen by the agency, would be the biggest to open in Boston since the mid-80s. But the agency's thumbs up for developers hinged on the inclusion of companies owned by women and people of color working as leaders on the project. Dubbed the “Massport Model," the inclusion clause helped forge new relationships beyond the project. The Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport opened in September to rave reviews. The $550 million complex has 1,054 rooms, seven dining options and glorious views of the Boston city skyline. The gleaming luxury hotel marks something bigger than just a building: a lucrative business model that centers diversity. GUESTS: Duane Jackson, managing member of Alinea Capital Partners and former member of Massachusetts Port Authority’s Board of Directors, who pushed for the “Massport Model” policy. Richard Taylor, chairman of the Taylor-Smith Companies, where he manages multiple real estate business entities, and director of the Center for Real Estate at Suffolk University. Mikyoung Kim, landscape architect and owner of the firm Mikyoung Kim Design in Boston.
24 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
The Genius Next Door: Historian and professor Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on anti-racism
This week on Under The Radar: The MacArthur Foundation released the names of its Class of 2021 “Genius” Fellows this October. They join an exclusive group of previous Fellows who have demonstrated outstanding talent in their fields. American historian, professor and author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is one of three local awardees, part of our series, “The Genius Next Door.” Dr. Kendi is America’s leading anti-racist scholar. A best-selling author and founder of Boston University’s Center for Anti-Racist Research, Dr. Kendi has helped push forward discussion about anti-Black racism.
34 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
The legacy of Occupy Boston, ten years later
The 1% and a billionaire tax are mainstream concepts today — but they weren't always so well-known. Back in 2011, Occupy protesters promoted these fringe ideas. The populist socio-political movement sprang up from the streets in Boston and elsewhere before becoming a massive international happening. Occupy’s message about social and economic inequality changed how many Americans think and talk about economic inequality today. Ten years ago, the protestors who flocked to Occupy Boston were considered a threat when they took over Dewey Square. Hundreds gathered to become a part of the activist community which included functioning space with clothing and kitchen tents, media and even a library. But just two and half months later after it opened, it was gone. Still, many argue Occupy Boston’s short-lived existence has had long-term impact. On this tenth anniversary, local Occupy participants assess the movement’s successes and shortcomings. GUESTS: Jimi Two Feathers is a community organizer and founding member of Dance New England, Earth Drum Council and Concord Neighborhood Network. He was involved in the People of Color Working Group in Dewey Square. Myrna Morales is a librarian and director of leadership development and partnerships for the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers. She was involved in the Audre Lorde to Howard Zinn Library in Dewey Square.
25 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Under the Radar Book Club: Alex Bernstein's 'Miserable Holiday Stories'
“Bah humbug!” Scrooge’s familiar retort to Christmas enthusiasts doesn’t begin to describe Alex Bernstein’s take on the holidays. In his new book, “Miserable Holiday Stories: 20 Festive Failures That Are Worse than Yours!” the author and humorist envisions a fictional world of offbeat characters caught up in the hurly-burly of a holiday season gone off the rails. In Bernstein’s homage to the scrooges and grinches among us, all is not merry and bright. “Miserable Holiday Stories” is the latest in his series of 'Miserable' books. The series also includes "Miserable Adventure Stories," which won the 2018 Best Indie Book Award, and "Miserable Love Stories." His work has appeared in McSweeney’s NewPopLit, The Rumpus and numerous other publications.
26 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
The Genius Next Door: Physician-economist Marcella Alsan on racial discrimination in medicine
This week on Under the Radar: Harvard professor Dr. Marcella Alsan is a physician-economist and a member of the 2021 MacArthur “Genius Fellows” — one of three who are local. We talk with Dr. Alsan for our series, “The Genius Next Door.” She researches the effects of racial discrimination and the resulting mistrust of the medical field for historically marginalized populations. GUEST: Dr. Marcella Alsan is a member of the 2021 MacArthur Genius Fellows, and a professor of public policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Her research focuses on health disparities as a result of racial discrimination and mistrust.
33 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
The Father of Music Festivals: The life and legacy of pioneer George Wein
This week on Under the Radar: George Wein, jazz promoter, musician and producer, died in September at the age of 95. The music impresario with local roots is best known for founding the annual summer Newport Jazz Festival. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Wein played piano and jazz as a child. Early on in his producer career, he opened the Storyville jazz club in Boston and in 1954 founded the Newport Jazz Festival, creating a blueprint for all subsequent music festivals around the world. Wein used the festival as a platform to boost careers and industry respect for musicians, such as Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, as well as a tool for social justice, promoting a diverse lineup of artists and appealing to racially mixed audiences. GUESTS: Eric Jackson, jazz radio personality and host of "Eric in the Evening" on GBH Radio. Jay Sweet, executive producer of the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Sue Auclair, president of Sue Auclair Promotions, a Boston-based PR and marketing firm servicing the arts, entertainment, and media industries.
31 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Environmental Roundtable: Mass. residents inhaled polluted air for 50 days in 2020
Today on Under The Radar: Breathe in… and out… Easy? Not so much for Massachusetts residents, who inhaled 50 days of polluted air in 2020. Plus, with fall foliage comes piles of dead leaves and the ubiquitous leaf-blowers — environmentally conscientious consumers may want to rethink their use. And, we’re zeroing in on important takeaways from the UN Climate Change Conference this month. It’s our Environmental Roundtable! GUESTS: Beth Daley, editor and general manager of The Conversation, U.S. Cabell Eames, political director of Better Future Project, a Massachusetts-based grassroots climate-action organization. Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Interim director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
28 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Under The Radar Book Club: Douglas Wolk's 'All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of The Biggest Story Ever Told'
This week on Under the Radar: Mutants, monsters, monarchs — and the beloved superheroes who battle them — populate the Marvel universe. These days, that fictional comic book universe draws fans beyond the faithful comic book nerds. Millions of enthusiasts eagerly follow the creative storytelling, which often inspires more questions than answers. How did it all come to be? In his new book, “All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of The Biggest Story Ever Told,” author Douglas Wolk unravels the hydra-headed history of the archival storylines and creator squabbles that have continued to shape the contemporary Marvel universe. GUEST: Douglas Wolk has written about comic books, graphic novels, pop music and technology for publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and Slate. He’s also the author of the Eisner Award-winning book, “Reading Comics.”
27 minutes | Nov 14, 2021
Transgender authors and allies are making children's literature more inclusive
This week on Under the Radar: It’s Transgender Awareness Week, which is a time to reflect on issues facing the trans community, including representation in media. One space that is becoming more inclusive? Children’s literature. There is a growing catalog of books that center trans kids as main characters, and more stories that portray a range of experiences. Advocates want more trans authors and characters to be seen and heard. Guests: Kyle Lukoff, Stonewall-winning author of “When Aidan Became a Brother” and 2021 National Book Award finalist for the novel “Too Bright To See.” Vanessa Ford, co-author of "CALVIN," a children's book centered around a transgender boy, inspired in part by Ford's child. Ford is also a nationally known advocate for transgender youth rights. Katy Kania, head of teen services at Robbins Library in Arlington, Massachusetts.
32 minutes | Nov 14, 2021
Will Maine's innovative packaging law help fix America's recycling problem?
This week on Under the Radar: America has a recycling problem. Ever since China banned the United States' recyclables back in 2018, recycling centers in American towns and cities have struggled to manage the massive amount of waste. Not to mention paying for the infrastructure and processing costs of recycling. But a new law in Maine relieves municipalities’ financial burden by shifting the responsibility for the recycling costs. The law requires that producers of packaging waste, like Amazon and Maine businesses, pick up the tab for recycling costs. The move could encourage more use of reusable materials and reduce waste overall. Maine is the first state in the nation to pass this kind of law, and advocates say it will likely be a model for the rest of the county. Guests: Maine state Rep. Nicole Grohoski, who sponsored the bill Sarah Nichols, sustainable Maine director at Natural Resources Council of Maine
58 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Mass Politics Profs: Candidates Of Color Made History In Elections Nationwide
This week on Under the Radar: Candidates of color made history nationwide this month, including right here in Boston where Michelle Wu became the first woman and person of color elected as the city's mayor. Voters also gave Boston City Council new powers to override some of the mayor’s decisions. Plus, Republicans took home some big election wins nationwide, including governor of Virginia; is that a bad omen for Democrats in 2022? Listen to a full hour with the Mass Politics Profs! Guests: Erin O’Brien, associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Luis Jimenez, associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Rob DeLeo, associate professor of public policy at Bentley University.
25 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
Is Digital Art A New Frontier For Underrepresented Artists?
This week on Under the Radar: The art world has been turned on its head this year. Visitor numbers to galleries plummeted as the pandemic forced shops to close their doors. The art world had to shift, kicking off a digital art craze. Back in March, a new record was set when a piece of digital artwork, by the artist Beeple, sold for $69 million dollars. The art was sold as a digital file, called an NFT, which stands for “nonfungible token” — a term that can apply to any digital collectible. Many underrepresented artists who haven’t been given broad access to mainstream galleries think that crypto-traded art could be a viable avenue to sell their work. But will this new frontier offer more opportunities than obstacles? Guest: Nettrice Gaskins, Afrofuturist digital artist, assistant director of the Lesley University STEAM Learning Lab, and the author of “Techno-Vernacular Creativity and Innovation: Culturally Relevant Making Inside and Outside of the Classroom.” Her artwork is part of the forthcoming “FUTURES” exhibit at the Smithsonian in November.
34 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
Local TikTokers Find Fame By Posting About All-Things Massachusetts
This week on Under the Radar: TikTok, the Chinese-owned app known for popular dance videos and creative tips for everyday tasks, has changed the way people go viral on social media. The video-sharing platform exploded in popularity during COVID becoming the world’s most downloaded app in 2020. With school buildings shut down, a generation of young people looking for connection and entertainment found it on TikTok, as did others captivated by the clever and amusing short films. Just this month, TikTok announced that more than one billion people use the app globally. TikTok has produced thousands of social media influencers — content creators who attract large numbers of followers and views. Some of them have now joined forces to establish TikTok Houses with members living and posting content together full time. And one local Tik Tok House is getting a taste of fame by posting about all-things Massachusetts. The ultimate goal: lucrative brand deals and celebrity. Is this trend the next wave of social media? And what does it mean to be TikTok famous? Kyle Gove, the owner and manager of “The Mass House” says his collaboration started a year ago and has grown to almost 100,000 followers in just one year. "We just enjoyed making content with each other under one collective page, it’s bigger than us individually," he says. "It represents something more than our individual selves, we want to represent the state on that platform." Guests: Rebecca Jennings, senior reporter covering internet culture at The Goods by Vox. Kyle Gove, owner and manager of local TikTok group “The Mass House.” Kyle is a freshman at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
33 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
Pop Culture Roundtable: Protest Over Comedian Dave Chappelle's 'Transphobic' Netflix Special
This week on Under the Radar: Netflix is reeling from backlash against comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest special, which critics say contains transphobic material. Plus, Hollywood celebrities from Adele to Jonah Hill speak up against fan obsession over their weight loss. And The Rolling Stones remove one of the most popular songs from their tour setlist over lyrics referencing slavery. Those stories and more on our Pop Culture Roundtable! GUESTS: Michael Jeffries is the dean of academic affairs and professor of American studies at Wellesley College. Rachel Rubin is a professor of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
26 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
The Genius Next Door: MIT Geomorphologist Taylor Perron Discusses Landscape Evolution
This week on Under the Radar: The MacArthur Foundation named its Class of 2021 “Genius Fellows" earlier this month. The recipients join an exclusive group of previous Fellows who have demonstrated outstanding talent in their fields. The award acknowledges the Fellows’ demonstrated talent and potential as leaders in their fields. MIT professor Taylor Perron is a geomorphologist who studies the evolution of landscapes on Earth and other planets. He is one of the 2021 MacArthur Fellows, and one of three based in the Boston area. We talk with professor Perron for our series, “The Genius Next Door.”
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