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Boston Behind the Scenes

Interviews with people who make the city tick

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Copyright: ©Adam Weiss

Volvo Ocean Race

Thu, 14 May 2009 02:06:38 +0000

Today I want to bring you down to Fan Pier to talk to the man in charge of Boston’s Volvo Ocean Race stopover. You’ve probably seen ads for the Volvo Ocean Race — or at least for the Puma boat or Puma City. Boston is the sixth stop of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, known […]

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Sidewalk Sam

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 19:00:00 +0000

This episode’s guest is a man who brings a lot of happiness to Boston: the artist known to everyone around here as Sidewalk Sam. “Sidewalk” — “Sam” seems to be his alter-ego’s last name — was trained as a fine artist at Boston College and Boston University. He then went to Paris to work at […]

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MIT Museum

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 05:00:35 +0000

Recently, I talked to a person whose job has him hanging out with robots, looking at holograms, and sifting through the “attic” of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. John Durrant is the director of the MIT Museum, a place tasked with taking all of MIT’s history and current research and boiling […]

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Christian Science Monitor

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 05:00:42 +0000

On this show I’ll take you to what may be the most respected newspaper in Boston. And no, it probably isn’t the one you just thought of. If someone asks you “Did you see the front page of the paper today?”, if you’re in Boston, your mind immediately goes to one of three places: the […]

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Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:10 +0000

This time, I’m going to introduce you to the creator of an art installation, a street festival, a musical event, a tourist attraction, and a giant party that all happen at the same time throughout the summer and fall in Providence, Rhode Island: Waterfire. Waterfire started as a one-time event in 1994, but the residents […]

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Boston Pedicab

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 00:00:38 +0000

On today’s show I’ll talk to a driver — or I guess I should say rider — for Boston’s most unusual taxicab company, Boston Pedicab. I found my guest at the AltWheels Festival last weekend, where he sat among million-dollar hydrogen-powered cars and hi-tech hybrids on the simplest (and probably the greenest) vehicle at the […]

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Spare Change News

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 00:00:15 +0000

For this episode, I took a good look at something many of us find ourselves pointedly avoiding: Spare Change News, a newspaper sold – and written – by Boston’s homeless. Of course, Spare Change News doesn’t just help the homeless; the vendors may have a place to live (and even a job). The paper is […]

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T.J. Scallywaggle’s

Tue, 11 Sep 2007 00:00:54 +0000

For this week’s show I went out for pizza — and came back with a meat-less, cheese-less pie that’s pretty close to the real thing. T.J. Scallywaggle’s Vegan House of Pizza & Subs sells all of the standard pizza-place “comfort foods” without many of the standard ingredients. I found the idea unusual (to say the […]

Swan Boats

Tue, 14 Aug 2007 00:00:59 +0000

For this episode, I took a stroll in the Public Garden – and a ride on the Swan Boats. The Swan Boats have been around almost as long as the Public Garden has, and through four generations, the Paget family and their crews have paddled around the lagoon pushing people from all over the world […]

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Street Performer

Tue, 31 Jul 2007 00:00:04 +0000

I’m back after a bout of laryngitis with a look at the life of a modern-day nomad: a Faneuil Hall street performer. Most of us have tried our hand at juggling, magic, or other such tricks at some point in our lives, but I bet very few of us have ever thought of making it […]

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Puzzle Store

Tue, 22 May 2007 00:00:11 +0000

This episode is a bit of an enigma: we’ll visit Eureka Puzzles in Coolidge Corner. I’ve always loved puzzles — particularly those little metal ones you have to take apart. The problem is that over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at them, and most of the new ones I find are pretty easy. That’s […]

Boston Athenaeum

Tue, 01 May 2007 00:00:33 +0000

This time we’ll visit the largest membership library in the country, the Boston Athenaeum. The Athenaeum is in the middle of celebrating its 200th year with an impressive exhibition covering their continuous collecting of books and art over the last two centuries. The building holds books, paintings, and sculptures from the libraries of John Quincy […]

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Boston Marathon

Mon, 09 Apr 2007 05:00:22 +0000

This show is an exciting look at Boston’s 500,000-spectator sporting event, the Boston Marathon. 2007 marks the 111th running of the oldest annual marathon in the world. Started just one year after the first modern Olympics revived the marathon in 1896, the Boston Marathon brings tens of thousands of runners to Hopkinton, Massachusetts, then quite […]

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Boston Accent

Tue, 27 Mar 2007 02:00:30 +0000

Today I talked to someone about talking — specifically, the way people talk in Boston. The Boston accent is famous for its misplaced Rs and strange vowels, as well as its well-known speakers. John F. Kennedy, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Click and Clack from Car Talk, the character Cliff Clavin on Cheers, and even […]

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Omni Parker House Hotel

Tue, 13 Mar 2007 01:00:24 +0000

I’m back after a break with another look behind the scenes in Boston. Thanks to all of you who emailed me suggestions and supportive comments (don’t worry — I’m not going away!). I took a short break, but I’m back now with a show that is just packed full of history. Boston’s Omni Parker House […]

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Santa Claus

Mon, 04 Dec 2006 22:00:00 +0000

With Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to pay a visit to someone who’s on everyone’s mind this time of year: Santa Claus. Now, I don’t have the resources to get to the north pole, so instead I tracked down one of Santa’s helpers here in Boston. Today’s guest has dressed in red to […]

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African Drumming and Dance

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 01:00:00 +0000

This time I’ve got another truly behind-the-scenes look for you as I interview a famous African drummer and choreographer who I met at the Dance Complex in Central Square. Sidi Mohamed Camara, or “Joh,” is from Bamako, Mali. He’s been in in the US since 1995, teaching and performing all around the country. He now […]

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Running for Office

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 06:00:00 +0000

I’m putting the show out a few days early this time because I wanted to give you a look at what it takes to run for office — and and if I posted this on Monday as usual, it would only get to you a few hours before the polls open next week. So, in […]

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The Garment District (for Halloween)

Mon, 23 Oct 2006 20:00:00 +0000

We’ve reached the ominous-sounding episode 13 of the show just in time for Halloween! And to celebrate Halloween, I paid a visit to the Garment District: a huge clothing and costume store in Kendall Square. Every year right before Halloween, you start to see posters on the T for the Garment District. Then you start […]

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A Boston Astronaut

Mon, 09 Oct 2006 05:00:00 +0000

This time, I’ve got a different kind of behind the scenes interview for you: rather than visiting a place everyone knows about or talking to a famous Bostonian, every once in a while I’d like to introduce you to someone or something exciting who really is behind the scenes. So today, we’ll go inside MIT […]

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Samuel Adams Brewery Tour

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 00:00:00 +0000

We’ve got a new episode on tap that I just recorded this morning at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston’s Jamaica Plain. Boston is home what could be considered the Boston Beer Company’s “research lab” brewery, where they develop the new beers you see from the Samuel Adams Brand. Most of the large-scale brewing is […]

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North End Festival

Mon, 11 Sep 2006 05:00:00 +0000

Today we’ll hear from an organizer of one of the most famous festivals in Boston: the North End’s St. Anthony’s Feast. St. Anthony’s is one of the biggest of the dozen or so feasts in Boston’s Italian North End each summer. It is put on by the St. Anthony’s Society, an organization formed by immigrants […]

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Hahvahd Tour

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 05:00:00 +0000

On this episode, I’ll talk to two Harvard students who are stirring things up on campus this summer with their unauthorized Hahvahd Tour. That’s H-A-H-V-A-H-D. “Hahvahd.” Two weeks ago, I was walking through Harvard Square looking for topics for Boston Behind the Scenes when I came across a group gathering for a tour in “The […]

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Bob the Evangelist

Mon, 14 Aug 2006 05:00:00 +0000

This guest is a landmark all by himself: Bob Westin — AKA “That guy downtown with the sign about the end of the world.” I see him quite often during my day to day travel, and when I do, I always wonder who he is. Does he have a job? Does he have a home? […]

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Street Vendor

Mon, 31 Jul 2006 05:00:00 +0000

So, you’re walking around outside and you feel a little hungry. If you’re downtown, that certainly isn’t a problem. Hot dogs, roasted nuts, italian ice, lemonade, sausage and pretzels are for sale on almost every corner. If you’ve ever walked past the Park Street T station on Boston Common, you might have noticed the prominent […]

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Boston Common and the Visitors’ Center

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 05:00:00 +0000

On this episode, we’ll play tourist at the Boston Common Visitor’s Center. Boston Common is the nation’s oldest public park, and throughout the last 350 years, it has served many purposes. From grazing cows to civil rights marchers, the parks has seen visitors of all types. These days, many of those visitors head over to […]


Mon, 03 Jul 2006 06:00:00 +0000

Today we’re going to take a trip to Haymarket, Boston’s weekly outdoor market. Where do you go if you want ten oranges for a dollar? What about a case of strawberries for five dollars? Or maybe you’re looking for something more exotic, like 5 loquats for a dollar? You’ll find all of these things at […]

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Bonus: Haymarket Walkthrough

Mon, 03 Jul 2006 05:00:00 +0000

This is the first “Bonus Track” for Boston Behind the Scenes. I recorded this for those of you who have never experienced Boston’s Haymarket. You can listen to this short soundseeing tour however you’d like, but to get the full experience, you have to put your headphones on. This is because I used some special […]

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Mon, 19 Jun 2006 05:00:00 +0000

On this show, I’ll take you to what is probably America’s most famous pub: the Bull & Finch, also known as Cheers. I’d never been to Cheers, so I decided to head down there a few weeks ago and find out what it is like to work in part of TV history. After talking to […]

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Duck Tours

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 05:00:00 +0000

Today we’ll find out what it’s like to be the most conspicuous drivers in Boston with two of the Driver/Tour Guides from the amphibious Duck Tours.If you live in the area, you’ve certainly seen the Ducks. These brightly-colored military vehicles carry thousands of tourists through the streets of Boston, then plunge into the Charles River. […]

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Mike’s Pastry

Mon, 22 May 2006 05:00:00 +0000

On this episode, I’ll take you on a visit to one of the hotspots of Boston’s Italian North End: Mike’s Pastry. The North End is the place to go for food in Boston. With almost 90 restaurants packed into a neighborhood smaller than some parking lots, some may find the number of choices overwhelming. But […]

The Circus

Mon, 08 May 2006 18:30:00 +0000

At one point or another, many of us have wanted to run off and join the circus. So, to find out what it’s really like, I found someone who did. Ten years ago, Donald Covington joined the Big Apple Circus after retiring from the Navy. He is now the show’s Company Manger. I caught up […]

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