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Under the Radar with Callie Crossley looks to alternative presses and community news for stories that are often overlooked by big media outlets. In our roundtable conversation, we aim to examine the small stories before they become the big headlines with contributors in Boston and New England. For more information, visit our website: wgbhnews.org/utr
 
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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 historica…
 
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 Storyvi…
 
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 U…
 
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. Ho…
 
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 munic…
 
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 e…
 
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 n…
 
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 …
 
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 doll…
 
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 Taylo…
 
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 setl…
 
This week on Under The Radar: Few would dispute that The New York Times has elevated the age-old tradition of the wedding announcement to an important status symbol. Why, in these times, when many other social traditions have gone the way of the polar ice cap, do the announcements still draw enthusiastic readers? Author Cate Doty shares her insider…
 
This week on Under The Radar: Pop the champagne! October is the most popular month to get married, according to The Knot, the nation’s leading wedding marketplace. And the wedding industry sure is on the rebound after more than a year of postponed pandemic weddings. That includes increased consumer demand for diamond engagement rings. Diamond sales…
 
When thinking about “fine art,” many minds immediately envision paintings by the likes of Monet or Van Gogh. But one artform – quilting – is finally being recognized as fine art, rather than just craft. African American quilters, in particular, are reclaiming the artform's history, after having been mischaracterized by scholars for decades. A new M…
 
The Tokyo Paralympics were held this summer and American elite athletes, who have physical and neurological disabilities, medaled in competitions from archery to swimming. Paralympians like Breanna Clark who is autistic, the first female U.S. athlete to win gold for 400m track in 2016 and who broke a world record this summer in Tokyo. But had Brean…
 
This week on Under the Radar: From the moment D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” became a film sensation, racist portrayals of African Americans have been embedded in film history. Author Wil Haygood begins his history of Black films with white filmmaker Griffith’s movie, documenting the setbacks and triumphs within the context of American Black h…
 
This week on Under The Radar: We kick off LGBTQ History Month with our LGBTQ News Roundtable. A local school committee member is under fire for her transphobic TikTok posts. Plus, is the state's child welfare system putting LGBTQ youth at risk? And, Rep. Liz Cheney admits she was "wrong" to oppose gay marriage. Guests: Grace Sterling Stowell is the…
 
This week on Under the Radar: If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that a lot of people love working remotely. Sure, many people might miss in-person meetings, and look forward to hallway chats again. But others who’ve experienced the flexibility that remote work provides don’t want to give it up. Major companies, like Facebook, Twitter and Spo…
 
This week on Under the Radar: Up until 18 months ago, "9 to 5," with its traditional customs, was how millions of Americans went to work. But COVID-19 upended tradition, forcing many of us out of the office and back home working remotely. That’s been enough time for companies to see the pros and cons of remote work, and to start crafting future-of-…
 
A humiliating breakup knocked Kate Campbell off her trajectory of a successful career and an enviable personal life. But it’s only after she returns to her hometown roots that she is able to find solace and a new direction for her life. "Rock the Boat" is author Beck Dorey-Stein’s first novel and our September selection for “Bookmarked: The Under t…
 
This week on Under the Radar: At-large city councilors Michelle Wu and Anissa Essaibi George topped the field in Tuesday's preliminary Boston mayoral race. How did Greater Boston's Latino voters impact the election results? And, as the COVID-19 delta variant spreads, so too does disinformation about COVID among Spanish-language sites. Plus, Nationa…
 
This is a special encore edition of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. This segment originally aired on May 2nd, 2021. New Orleans natives are typically thought of as descendents of the Africans, French and Spanish who arrived on the Gulf Coast in the 17th century. But for nearly 50 years, the city has also been home to a community of Vietnamese…
 
This is a special encore edition of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. This segment originally aired on May 2nd, 2021. First, it was the cable and satellite TV subscribers who started a movement by turning to the internet for entertainment. Streaming services got a big boost during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown as millions more Americans —…
 
Once it was clear that the 9/11 hijackers were Muslim, American Muslims became targets. The pain and anger of September 11th tragedy drove anti-American sentiment as well as ongoing suspicion and misconception of Islam. Has public perception towards Muslims shifted, as the 20-year marker of 9/11 approaches? We're examining the systemic and structur…
 
For some of us, September 11th, 2001 still rings clear in our minds, even 20 years now after the attacks. But newer generations have little to no memory of that tragic day – either having been too young to remember, or not yet born. We’re marking the upcoming 20th anniversary of 9/11 by reflecting on how Gen-Zers recognize an event that they learn …
 
“Code Red" -- that's the alarming state of our planet's health, according to a United Nations climate change report, published this month. Our catchy slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” doesn’t hold-up to such dire news. And it’s recently become clear that recycling is a glaringly broken system in our country. Only 8 percent of plastic waste gets recyc…
 
You might not think you have too much in common with Henry David Thoreau – an American naturalist, author, and philosopher from the 1800s. Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon his two-years living in the woods around Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Suddenly his experience as the original “social-distancer” seems quite…
 
Philadelphia International Records celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and the iconic "Phillysound" that it made famous. But the legacy of Philadelphia International Records is also its influence on other music genres and artists far beyond its birth city. As part of Under The Radar's ongoing summer series, we’re humming some of Philadelphia …
 
The pandemic sparked a return to cooking at home, and with that, sales of cookbooks spiked. As home cooks search for new ways to spice up everyday meals, what are the new trends emerging? Cookbook fans unite! In this segment from Under The Radar, Callie Crossley and our food contributor Amy Traverso each pick three of their current favorite cookboo…
 
This week on Under The Radar: Booze-free beverages are having a moment — and no, we’re not talking about your grandfather’s O’Doul’s or sugary sweet mocktails. A wide variety of non-alcoholic craft beers are popping up on liquor store shelves near you, while bar menus are expanding to make space for spirit-free cocktails. Alcohol sales did spike la…
 
Rosé wine sales have been climbing year over year worldwide, as wine lovers and others discover that it’s delicious and versatile. Now rosé fans will have even more to sample as wine producers are introducing new styles of the pink wine. We are continuing our summer fun series by answering the age-old question, 'Why rosé all day?' Guest: Jonathon A…
 
This week on Under The Radar: While Massachusetts debates vaccine and mask mandates, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill into law last week that supporters say establishes "medical freedom." Residents in the state who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 can still access public facilities and services, under the new law. The law states tha…
 
On Under The Radar, we're diving into the popular genre of young adult (YA) fiction in this special August edition of “Bookmarked: The Under the Radar Book Club.” YA fiction and nonfiction is targeted at older teens, positioned in the editorial space between books for children and adults. But half of the readers are adults drawn to the common theme…
 
Climate deniers are on the hot seat, as temperatures soar and extreme weather blows through communities across the country. Plus, oil pipelines are on pause — or shut down completely — including the infamous Keystone XL pipeline. And a history-making appointment, as the first African American is named to lead the U.S. Forest Service. Those stories …
 
Students and teachers had their worlds flipped upside down last year when the pandemic forced most to swap chalkboards for Zoom screens. A large part of teaching online, for many, became visual. But what about the challenges of online learning for those who are visually impaired or blind? Our neighbors at Perkins School for the Blind, in Watertown,…
 
You may know Amelia Earhart as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. But it's likely you don't know that she lived and worked right here in Boston. Her time spent here was brief, yet critical: This was the place that kicked off her worldwide stardom when she became the first female passenger to fly across the Atlantic in 1928. To m…
 
What is the state of comedy like now in the state of Massachusetts as we emerge from the pandemic? In a year of such loss, increased violence against Asian Americans, and police brutality against Black lives, is it even okay to be funny? Well, if we ever needed a laugh it’s now, so we’re yukking it up with some local women comedians to kick off our…
 
Digging in the dirt and pulling up weeds is so last century. Whatever you thought about farming is being reimagined, with a new generation plowing the industry into the future. The tools and rural open spaces — which have so long defined traditional farming — are being left behind. More and more, today's farms are in urban areas — with vertical far…
 
At first it seems like a familiar story of office politics, but very soon “The Other Black Girl” unfolds into a tension-filled tale exploring performative diversity policies, unconscious bias, microaggressions and old-fashioned backstabbing. Author Zakiya Dalila Harris’ pitch perfect dialogue, pop culture witticisms, and sharp-edged satire frames t…
 
This is an encore edition of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. This segment originally aired June 19th, 2020. A bicycling boom that emerged during the height of pandemic is still going strong, as people search for a socially distanced outlet for recreation and a safer mode of transportation. Most bike stores are besieged by the demand from woul…
 
This is an encore edition of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. This segment originally aired November 20, 2020. Boston sure is known for its history – but the people most well known about the city are largely white and male - think Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and Henry David Thoreau. Some of that has changed during recent decades as Boston's all…
 
State lawmakers blocked Gov. Charlie Baker’s attempt to dole out billions in stimulus funds immediately, insisting the spending priorities should be determined jointly with legislative and community input. Sixteen candidates are eyeing one of four at-large seats for the Boston City Council — that's four candidates for each seat. And, state legislat…
 
Have you heard the buzz? It’s the start of Massachusetts Pollinator Week – a time when advocates seek to raise awareness about the vital role that bees and other pollinators play in our lives. Yet we're all feeling the sting as pollinators — and bees in particular — continue to rapidly decline. In Massachusetts alone, colonies of bees dropped by 47…
 
The Boston-based Roxbury International Film Festival, or RoxFilm, is back for its 23rd annual event. After last year's fully virtual festival, organizers are offering both outside and online screenings to make the films accessible to all attendees. The Roxbury Film Festival, New England’s biggest film fest dedicated to films by, for and about peopl…
 
Corporate logos turned rainbow during this year's Pride Month, even as some of those same companies made hefty donations to anti-LQBTQ politicians. Instagram and LinkedIn now offer a profile section displaying users’ pronouns — will other platforms soon follow? Those stories and more on today's LGBTQ Roundtable. Guests: Grace Sterling Stowell — exe…
 
On Saturday, millions of people across America, including right here in Boston, will celebrate Juneteenth, first celebrated on June 19th, 1865. 156 years ago, the enslaved people in Texas found out they were free — two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The event, which first had the most meaning for the people of Texas, has now become an o…
 
Flowers in full bloom, warm breezes, brilliant sunlight — nature offers us the flawless qualities of summer. And this summer, especially, we are eager to leave behind the ever-present blue light of our computer screens for the blue skies of New England’s shortest season. With vaccinations up and pandemic restrictions easing, we summer readers are r…
 
Hollywood celebrities are bouncing back from cancel culture with big film and TV offers. Plus, the plug is getting pulled on Internet Explorer, the internet browser we all loved to hate. And, teenage punk rock band The Linda Lindas hit back against anti-Asian racism with their viral song. Our experts discuss what’s happening in the world of pop cul…
 
Creamy, airy and aromatic — the $5 strawberry from Japan is doubly sweet. Home bakers made sourdough bread the "it" food during the pandemic. Now those homebound hobbyists have turned their doughy devotion into cupcakes for cash — with microbakeries popping up all over social media. And welcome to the world of wine proxies — beverages that look, fe…
 
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