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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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Can one Facebook group make a difference in supporting quality music by Christians? We say "YES!" Plus Garret shares the latest crowdfunding campaigns. -------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN --------- * Zach Winters - new album https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zachwinters/other-side-by-zach-winters -------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS --------- * Swingin Hammers - Be…
 
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…
 
Are your notes and letters meaningful to artists? YES! Garret shares why... and also updates us on the latest crowdfunding campaigns. -------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN ------- * David Keener - Debut Studio EP https://funding.plaiddogrecording.com/david-keeners-studio-album -------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS -------- * Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love - Mother-Lo…
 
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…
 
From its basketball team to its signature sunshine, Miami always brings the heat. But now that extreme heat is the norm, the city has hired a first of its kind, a 'Chief Heat Officer.' Millions rely on air conditioners to help beat the heat, but both air conditioners and refrigerators chill with the use of a super pollutant. Plus, will rising tides…
 
This week will mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder by the recently convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. And, Floyd’s death was followed by several high-profile acts of racism linked to trauma and measurable PTSD in communities of color. What role has the seemingly never-ending racial trauma played in the upt…
 
Critics complain about Gov. Baker’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, but the Biden administration gives him high marks. Boston’s mayor’s race — the most diverse field ever — guarantees the city’s first nonwhite mayor. And Republican governors slash unemployment benefits, saying forcing people off the rolls will combat a labor shortage. We’re spendi…
 
We share about the making of UTR's all-new White Owl Music Fest 2021, and hear music from several artists on the roster. Listen for a money-saving promo code on tickets at the end of the show! ---------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.62 ---------- * A Hero Song - Royce Lovett * Set Me Free - Andrew Osenga * Thirst No More - Sandra McCracken * Free At Last - No…
 
This Mother's Day, Americans are predicted to spend about $28 billion to celebrate their mothers. But for those who've lost their mothers, this is a tough time emotionally, made worse by a season of grief from COVID-19 deaths. This is the second Mother's Day during the pandemic, but the first time many will be without Mom. In a year of so much loss…
 
It's our Season Finale of our 4th season of GRD! We're talking with Aedan, Asher, & Skye Peterson (aka, the band Wake Low), plus a 10-year rewind interview with Sara Groves. -------- TRACK LISTS FOR EP.38 --------- * Autumntide - Wake Low * Curtains - Wake Low * Roll To The Middle [LIVE] - Sara Groves ---------- CREDITS ------------ * Host/Producer…
 
We have an exclusive interview with the artist in the spotlight campaign, Stephen McNeill. Plus the latest in crowdfunding campaigns. ---------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN --------- * Stephen McNeill - The Art of Repair https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stephenmcneill/the-art-of-repair-a-new-album-by-stephen-mcneill ----------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS ---------…
 
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 — desperate for distraction — willingly ponied up for paid subscriptions. Now, cable cord cutters find the streaming cord w…
 
More than a dozen Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed or are promoting bills targeting transgender youth, a new poll reveals that 75 percent of people of faith support protections against LGBTQ discrimination, and President Biden nominates the first openly-gay head of Customs and Border Protection. Those stories and more, on our LG…
 
It’s too soon to know all the ways the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped our decisions about life and family, but, during the year of uncertainty, many women decided to protect their reproductive future by freezing their eggs. Just a little over a decade ago, egg freezing was considered an experimental procedure. Today, it's a common procedure millions of…
 
In January 2021, we released an online concert *exclusively* to our UTR Support team. The live music on the episode is fabulous, and so you get to hear the audio version of that concert. ------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.61 ------- * I Believe in You [LIVE] - JJ Heller * All Saints Day [LIVE] - Phil Madeira * Walk [LIVE] - Joy Ike * What Susan Said [LIVE] …
 
The advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate had already documented more than 3,000 anti-Asian incidents of racism before the Atlanta murders. Worse, the March 16 murders of eight spa workers - six of them Asian women - did not stem the tide of anti-Asian racist animus. Instead, the reported episodes of physical and verbal assaults spiked. Now, Asian American…
 
Get introduced to the kind-hearted, talented singer-songwriter Anthony Quails.... a podcast over a year in the making. ----------- TRACKS ON EP.37 ----------- * Life Is A Sea * I Wish I Was Him * It's Okay to Have Nothing to Say * As Long As I'm With You (All songs written and performed by Anthony Quails) ----------- CREDITS ------------ * Host/Pro…
 
When is the last time you prayed for the artists who are most meaningful to you? Garret gives us some practical things to pray over - and shares updated crowdfunding campaigns. ------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN ------- Jen Miller Music Collective - The Architect https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jenmillermusic/the-architect-album --------- OTHER CAMPAI…
 
This week, on our regional roundtable: In Rhode Island, public outrage over Blue Cross Blue Shield’s plan to charge patients for COVID-19 treatment; New Hampshire boots out of state college students from its vaccine program; and lead contamination revealed at the historic East Chop Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard stirs debate about clean up and pol…
 
All of the songs focus on the cross and the empty tomb in this Easter celebration. --------- TRACK LIST ----------- * Psalm 31 (Into Your Hands) - Greg LaFollette (ft. Sarah Kroger) * Resurrection Day - Rend Collective * The Lamb Has Overcome - Luke Morton * I Will Never Be The Same - Ellie Holcomb * Remember What It Cost - JUDAH (ft. Aodhan King) …
 
The situation at the southern border worsens, but the Biden administration resists calling it a crisis; Chelsea — one of the Massachusetts communities hit hardest by COVID — gets short-changed in the new COVID relief bill; and Latino entertainers are overlooked in this year’s Oscar nominations, again. It's our Latinx roundtable. Guests: Marcela Gar…
 
The COVID-19 Pandemic pulled an estimated 8 million Americans into poverty. Millions lost jobs that kept them one paycheck away from becoming destitute, and many, like those who were formerly considered middle income, now patronize the food banks where they used to donate. There have always been poor people, but the pandemic has exposed some of the…
 
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