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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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It's our favorite podcast episode to produce each year. Our UTR Critics Panel has weighed in, and now it's time for an audio countdown of the Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2021. ------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.70 ------- * Let Your Heart Sing - Young Oceans (from "You Are Fullness) * No Resurrection - Andy Squyers (from "Poet Priest") * Who Else - Bethany Bar…
 
45: Liv Douglas, Ronnie Martin, RoundtableA New Year's edition of Good Patron looks back at much of the crowdfunding goodness from 2021, including a roundtable discussion. -------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN -------- * Liv Douglas - Good Grief https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/livdouglasmusic/good-grief-by-liv-douglas -------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS -------- *…
 
Today on Under The Radar: A special exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston showcases the work of three local artists. They are the 2021 winners of the James and Audrey Foster Prize. The biennial exhibition is key to the ICA’s efforts to support local artists. The Foster Prize, which has been around for more than two decades, helps hig…
 
This week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley: Voters will elect at least three new district attorneys in Massachusetts this year. Whoever wins will determine how nonviolent crimes are handled, and influence long-term criminal justice reform. Plus, the doomed voting rights bills have sunk on President Biden’s watch. Does this set the tone for h…
 
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-winnin…
 
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…
 
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 peo…
 
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…
 
We share selections from the 6 Honorable Mention albums that almost made our Top 11 list. Plus we introduce you to a North Carolina native making his UTR debut. --------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.69 -------- * Never Be Another One (from "Skin and Wind") - Charlie Peacock * Milk & Honey (from "Milk & Honey") - Crowder * All Flame (from "Recognition") - Car…
 
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 Ta…
 
Merry Christmas! Today we are excited to talk to 2 artists who just released fantastic Advent albums. ------- SONG TRACKS ON EP.42 ------- * The Coming King - Graham Jones * Son of David - Graham Jones * The Unexpected Ones - Jonathan and Emily Martin * Oh How We've Longed - Jonathan and Emily Martin ------- CREDITS ------ * Host/Producer - Dave Tr…
 
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 colo…
 
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 …
 
Get info on the latest crowdfunding campaigns including The Choir. And Garret interviews writers Maria Baer and Chase Tremaine about being a good patron. --------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN --------- * The Choir (with Various Artists) - At The Foot Of The Cross vol 1: Clouds, Rain Fire (vinyl/CD remaster/reissue) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thech…
 
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 inequa…
 
“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…
 
There's such a small window to enjoy Christmas music each year, that we typically return to our favorites or nostalgic standards. But a lot of NEW Christmas music gets released every year - and we want to help you discover it. Dave does a countdown of UTR's picks of the 6 Best Christmas Albums released in 2021. ------------ TRACK LIST FOR EP.68 ---…
 
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…
 
We welcome two of the most thoughtful, articulate, and respected singer-songwriters of our generation into one epic episode. ---------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.41 --------- * Remains of the Day - Sara Groves * Cheshire Cat - Sara Groves * God Speed - Carolyn Arends * Without Music - Carolyn Arends (ft. Amy Grant) * Becoming Human - Carolyn Arends (ft. Th…
 
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: 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: 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…
 
Get to know the inspiration and stories behind songs by Charlie Peacock, Jess Ray, Eric Peters, Psallos, and more - plus some brand new releases and even a world premiere track by Geryah Dingle! ----------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.67 ---------- * Everything I Need - Make Sure * I Will Praise You - Natalie Bergman * The Captain - Charlie Peacock * How To …
 
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…
 
There are a lot of new music campaigns and pre-orders that Garret will cover for you - and a full-length interview with spotlight campaign artist, Candace Coker. ---------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN ---------- * Candace Coker's debut full-length studio album: "Bare and Bones" https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/candace-coker-the-bare-and-bones-album/ -----…
 
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: 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 …
 
Do you think God can rescue a crystal meth addict and help him become a worship leader? You will be amazed by the life story and passionate new music by the dynamic duo Stephen McWhirter and Jason Clayborn. ------------ SONG TRACKS ON EP.40 ------------- * Make it Work * Highest Praise * God Be Yourself [LIVE] (all songs performed by Stephen McWhir…
 
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…
 
Not many albums have had the buzz, acclaim, industry impact, and cultural inspiration that Josh Garrel's 2011 album has achieved. Dave Trout is joined by a roundtable of music aficionados to discuss the 10-year anniversary of "Love and War and the Sea In Between." ---------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.66 ---------- * Flood Waters - Josh Garrels * The Resist…
 
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…
 
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…
 
There are a lot of new crowdfunding campaigns to introduce to you, and Garret has a new monthly challenge for you. -------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN ------- * Hannah Hubin - All The Wrecked Light (Psalm 90) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hannahhubin/all-the-wrecked-light --------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS ---------- * Jon Corbin - Protest songs on vinyl - h…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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: 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…
 
It's our season debut for Green Room Door's 5th season. Today we have an extended conversation with Ross King - talking about his approach to songwriting, a unique blind spot in the CCM industry, and the inspiration behind his new album "Unfinished". -------- TRACK LIST FOR EP.39 -------- * Clear The Stage - Jimmy Needham * The Things That I'm Afra…
 
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-…
 
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…
 
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…
 
We are putting YOU in charge of the music on today's show, including our first audio requests. --------TRACK LIST FOR EP.65------- * God the Fool - Andy Squyres * One Way Road - Scott Mulvahill * If I'm Being Honest - Gable Price and Friends * The Bridge - Taylor Leonhardt * Let Us Know You - Andrew Osenga * Sunday - Joy Oladokun * Here We Are - Ar…
 
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 —…
 
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…
 
We are excited to feature an interview with Tom Gulotta, executive producer of the upcoming Randy Stonehill tribute album. Plus the latest and greatest crowdfunding campaigns. -------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN -------- * Randy Stonehill Tribute Album https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/songsofstonehill/the-friends-of-randy-stonehill-a-celebration-of-son…
 
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