For the last 14 years, WXPN host and producer Robert Drake has programmed and hosted a 24-hour holiday-music marathon called The Night Before, aired from midnight to midnight on Dec. 24. We decided this year to put more jingle in the jangle and create Jingle Jams on XPN2, a 24/7 stream of holiday music.
Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 11:04 am
A young boy seeks justice. A young woman wants to stay alive. A friendship is tested. The child of a commune comes of age. A solitary man gives himself over to love. These are the bare actions underpinning the novels that I'm suggesting for book clubs this year. Some are first novels; others the work of well-known writers. Some might touch your heart; others might challenge the way you think. At least one will make you laugh — and a couple might make you cry. They are all good reads. And they are, above all, books you'll want to talk about with your friends.
StateImpact Florida Reporter Sarah Gonzalez is a lot like her mug of fancy island mango and peach tea. Looks all sweet and innocent on the outside, but the inside is complex and serious.
Senior Editor for Enterprise Alicia Zuckerman, a New Yorker and dedicated public transit user with the New York City Subway map on her coffee mug. The bag of tea in there has been soaking for hours, untouched. That's how busy she is.
Reporter/Blogger Rick Stone, with his plain white coffee mug, channeling The Beatles "White Album." This mug is actually super "Rick Stone."
Special Projects Editor Sammy Mack. She's the most awesome gal in the newsroom. Nerdy in the best way possible, spunky and in her 20s .... but secretly, she's a major, major grandma. And I think we've just exposed her.
Morning Anchor/Reporter Phil Latzman, with a thermos full of coffee every morning. No coffee mug needed. The man is prepared. When you start your shift this early, you have to be efficient.
Morning Producer/Anchor Marva Hinton. The woman doesn't drink coffee... not even on her 5:00 a.m. shift. She doesn't trust anyone who does. The rest of us? Well, we obviously have enough good sense not to trust a journalist who DOESN'T drink coffee.
Social Media Editor Danny Rivero. The only one in the newsroom with WLRN swag. Whether it's a cap, a backpack or a coffee cup. It's 'cause he splits his time between WLRN & WLRN-Miami Herald. The down side? No time to wash his cup.
Producer Elaine Chen. OK this is getting weird. Elaine borrowed this mug from Alicia a while back, just never gave it back. And it STILL tells us a lot about Elaine. Turns out she went to women's schools her whole life! You can't make this stuff up, guys.
Reporter/Anchor/Producer/Studio-fixer Arianna Prothero. Her many cups for many roles. This lady represents. Proud IU grad and Masterpiece Theater enthusiast... apparently.
Anchor Kelley Mitchell, she stole this cup from Arianna's desk. Sometimes she drinks coke zero out of it. She's kind of a honey badger. Right, Kell?
Reporter Christine DiMattei, the actress of the group, the comic relief -- best impersonations and greatest story-teller (particularly Greek mythology). Her hijinks are worthy of a Wallace and Gromit sketch.
Clearly a freelancer, Trina Sargalski. Her thermos and satchel tell us she's always on the go. Also, see how ergonomically pleasing that mug is? Don't you want to pick it up and drink from it? Yeah, Trina's got an eye for good design. And good stories.
Reporter Kenny Malone. Those look like tree-killing disposable cups, but look closer. They're environmentally friendly reusable mugs. Kenny cares a lot more than he lets on. Also, he brings us Dunkin' Donuts all the time.
Our News Director Dan Grech, ladies and gentlemen. With not one... but two WBUR Boston coffee mugs. Seriously? What's up what this, Dan?
Editor Terence Shepherd. He used to have a real coffee mug... we think it was a WBUR mug...
The most important person in the newsroom: Laura Coburn, Accounts Payable. "WHOOPEE."
Before we start the new year, we want you all to get to know us a little more intimately. Turns out our work coffee mugs say a lot about us!
We've psychoanalyzed each other's coffee mugs to bring you this audio postcard from us, your WLRN reporters, editors, anchors, bloggers, producers and social media gurus. I would say this is one of those posts you actually want to listen to.
Check out our slideshow and tell us which one of us is your work-coffee-mug-soul-mate.
Today is Nochebuena, Christmas Eve, and for many Hispanics, that means roasting a whole pig. This Christmas tradition scared journalist and author Carlos Frias as a boy. But he got through it with one piece of advice: “Never look a pig in the eye.”
Frias told a version of this story at a Lip Service event:
West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the union representing its stagehands have settled outstanding contract issues and ended a four-day strike that canceled four performances of the hit show "Jersey Boys."
A strike by stagehands at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has forced the cancelation of yet another performance of the hit show "Jersey Boys," the fourth since the union walk-out on Tuesday.
Kravis officials have stopped selling tickets for the production and they are now offering refunds to ticket holders.
Imaginarium Life is a complex, multi-media performance piece created by the brilliant dark angels at Bistoury Physical Theatre, Alexey Taran and Carla Forte.
The performance documents -- through dance theater, sound and gorgeous cinematography -- the spiraling, chaotic world of an artist whose obsession with himself and his own imaginary world of self-inflicted wounds destroys him and the person he loves.
It's Nutcracker time and few South Floridians will be farther than a few miles from a stage presenting Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, first staged in 1892.
The Nutcracker's score and imagery are the framework of Christmas memory for a lot of mostly older people. They were taken to see it as children and, remembering the experience, took their own children. That's how so many family holiday traditions were born in the story of a broken nutcracker and the fantastical dream of a troubled little girl.
More than a quarter of a century after Tom Wolfe's novel The Bonfire of the Vanities looked at race relations, class divisions, greed and ambition in New York City, the influential writer has shifted his focus to the Magic City.
On his recent trip to Miami, Wolfe sat down to chat with WLRN-Miami Herald News features editor Alicia Zuckerman about his new novel, Back to Blood.
Venus Rising performs “Rhythms of Diversity,” mixing in world fusion into its traditional West African dance and drum work, with an emphasis on the female role, form and movement; the Children of Kuumba join in for the South African boot dance.
If audiences feel empowered after a Venus Rising performance, then members of this globally-inspired group have accomplished their mission.
“We want to uplift and inspire,” says Founding Director Zeva Soroker, who started the all-female dance and drum group in 2003. “Music is an amazing thing,” she adds. “It helps with harmonizing and healing.”