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What’s going on in Boston today? Because Boston is a city comprised of 23 neighborhoods, news about it doesn’t just come from the business and government center downtown but from the North, South, and West Ends, Charleston, Back Bay, Roxbury, Dorchester, Beacon Hill, and more.

Podcasts That Cover the Boston News


In Boston, current affairs and politics are well covered by WBUR, an NPR news station. News is available live or in podcast form, whether you want to keep up on recent developments or hear analysis on weightier topics.

Some of WBURs diverse offering include:

Morning Edition, billed as “stories and commentaries that inform, challenge, and occasionally amuse.” presents the daily news. Current topics include protests and police brutality, COVID openings of the state, retail stores, schools, and restaurants, long-tern changes from COVID, and more. Here and Now offers the news at midday in the same format. The WBUR News Podcast, much like Morning Edition and Here and Now, repackages the news for any time listening,

Radio Boston

Radio Boston is a podcast that covers news topics from around the area in more depth. Going beyond the facts presented in Morning Edition and the other news podcasts, Radio Boston asks the deeper questions about defunding the police or about a national reckoning after losing 100,000 people after Covid-19, or the impact of police brutality on the law. While the examples are from happenings in Boston. Any listener could acquire useful approaches for thinking about big questions.

WBUR Boston segments

Aside from the news programs about, WBUR offers specialized podcasts about special interests users might have:

  • Special reports from the newsroomWBUR News – Local news coverage from WBUR
  • Investigations – in-depth investigations on topics of interest
  • Cognoscenti – Thoughtful considerations on weighty matters such as police brutality, the USPS, racial justice, and the post COVDI world
  • The ARTery – Art and culture in Boston
  • CommonHealth – Healthcare in Boston
  • Edify Education for preschool to grad school
  • Bostonomix – Boston’s innovative economy
  • Earthwhile – Environmental issues
  • Special Projects – Special reports from the newsroom

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Boston Public Radio

Boston news is also given a fresh twist by WGBH Boston Public Radio which has a series of exciting podcasts that provide news, analysis, and entertainment for all. Early Edition with Joe Mathieu offers the basic news, but a group of specialized podcasts offers a different take:

  • The Boston Public Radio Podcast with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan features “smart local conversation” with leaders and thinkers shaping Boston and New England. 
  • In It Together with host Arun Rath talks about how to respond to coronavirus, with perspectives from experts, doctors, and community leaders.
  • All Rev’d Up with hosts Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett G. Price III take about how faith intersects with politics and culture. Seh’s African-American lesbian feminist public theologian and he’s a leading expert on Music of the African Diaspora, Christian Worship. and the Black Christian Experience, so their perspectives are different and their conversation lively.
  • The Scrum with WGBH News reporter Adam Reilly and senior editor Peter Kadzis is self-described as an ongoing conversation about the politics and media from Boston to the Beltway. Policing, racism, COVID-19, and urban renewal are among the recent topics.
Opod podcast

O’Pod, hosted by Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, is a podcast devoted to everything about Boston, especially politics, government, and even pop culture. Guests who illuminate the issues include fellow elected officials, city workers, notable people, his staff, family, and friends

To find out what’s going on in Boston, tune in to these great podcasts. Watch for upcoming playlists on what makes Boston special.

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Carol loves to research and prepare content in a way that appeals to her audiences, When not working, she loves to read. Her current guilty pleasures are comic mysteries by Ben Rehder and chick lit by Jennifer Weiner.
A one-time doctoral student in American History, Carol discovered that her true love was marketing and spent much of her career in market research and marketing communications.
As a freelance copywriter, Carol has written content for blogs and websites in a variety of industries.