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Boston’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tomorrow is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, which pays tribute to one of America’s favorite desserts­—the chocolate chip cookie. The beloved treat was created nearby in Whitman, Mass., in 1938, when local chefs Ruth Graves Wakefield and Sue Brides sprinkled chopped pieces of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bar into their vanilla cookies. At the time, Wakefield […]

Why Some Politicians Shun Promotions

“Proven employee with administrative experience and history of marketing well with the public. Promotion sought: Nah.” That would make an odd résumé line for most of us, but not for at least one group you’d expect to be more ambitious: big-city mayors. Fewer than one-fifth of them seek higher office, recent BU research found. Put off […]

Black Moms, in Their Own Words

As a graduate student studying public health at BU, Fatima Dainkeh (SPH’18) knew that the infant and maternal mortality rate among black mothers is higher than the rate for white women—no matter their income or education level. But as a young black woman herself, just knowing this fact wasn’t enough. And parsing the racial discrimination […]

A Q&A with WBUR’s New On Point Host Meghna Chakrabarti

Hours after WBUR announced yesterday that Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik would be the new hosts of its daily, live, call-in radio program On Point, starting on August 20, Chakrabarti wasn’t celebrating. She was on the air, hosting Radio Boston, as she’s been doing for eight years. After the show ended, we caught up with […]

BU Hosts The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children

On a recent summer morning, a roomful of preschool teachers from across Massachusetts are at tables, playing with makeshift items like popsicle sticks, colorful sponges, shiny metal gaskets, and recycled materials and using them to create cities, bridges, and whimsical sculptures. The brief exercise is part of a workshop at Boston University Wheelock College of […]

WBUR Names Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik as On Point Hosts

WBUR announced today that a pair of familiar voices to its radio listeners, Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik, will take over permanent hosting duties of the live call-in radio program On Point. “We’re excited for Meghna and David to carry on the tradition at On Point of inspired conversation and respect for a wide range […]

MBTA Unveils New Green Line Cars in September

The oldest subway in America is getting some shiny new cars. The MBTA is set to roll out the first of 24 new cars on the Green Line in September as part of its broader Green Line expansion project. The cars, designed over four years by the Spanish construction company CAF, are a little roomier—not […]

Extra! Extra! More Women Profs Will Be Quoted by Media!

Given her expertise in political campaign rhetoric, you’d expect that Tammy Vigil would be in the Rolodexes of reporters far and wide. Yet in the three years culminating in the 2008 presidential race, she logged just a dozen media appearances. Then in 2016, she agreed to be listed on WomenAlsoKnowStuff, a new online inventory of […]