90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
February 25, 2015 Comment

Instead Of Snow Days, Time Off For Sandstorms, Volcanoes And More

What do children in other countries get days off for? Kavitha Cardoza brings stories from Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Ecuador and India.

February 24, 2015 4 Comments

View From The Top: A Wisconsin Student Council President

As part of our series of conversations with leaders, we speak with Sabrina Brasier, a senior at Oconto Falls High School.

February 20, 2015 6 Comments

Should Iranian Students Be Banned From Some Science Programs?

At least two U.S. universities have official policies about not admitting Iranian international students to certain programs.

February 18, 2015 Comment

Uncertain Future For Petroleum Engineers

Six months ago, joining a petroleum engineering program seemed like a good investment. With oil prices slumping, some are reevaluating.

February 16, 2015 4 Comments

From Tragedy At Chapel Hill, A Call For Tolerance

The shooting struck a chord with many young Muslims – especially the friends of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu Salha.

February 9, 2015 8 Comments

University Suspends Confidential Informant Program

The decision by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, came after the overdose death of a student informant.

February 4, 2015 3 Comments

Virginia Education Reform Works Against Teaching To The Test

Virginia lawmakers are proposing dramatic changes to the state’s outdated system of standardized learning.

January 29, 2015 Comment

Ski Jumping Is A High School Sport In N.H.

When it comes to winter sports in high school, New Hampshire athletes stand alone — in some high places.

January 22, 2015 31 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.

January 20, 2015 Comment

New NCAA Policy Hands Over Some Power

Brad Wolverton of the Chronicle of Higher Education calls the shift a “new era in college sports.”

January 16, 2015 5 Comments

The Guidance Counselor Crisis

The average American school now has one guidance counselor for every 500 students.

January 15, 2015 72 Comments

Duke University Cancels Plans For Muslim Call To Prayer

In the face of opposition, the university canceled plans to start doing a Muslim call to prayer from the chapel bell tower on Fridays.

January 14, 2015 16 Comments

The Real People Who Inspired The Film ‘Spare Parts’

In 2004, a team of high school students defeated college teams, including MIT, in an underwater robotic competition.

January 14, 2015 2 Comments

Military Children Serve Too

Kavitha Cardoza of WAMU brings us the story of a Maryland child whose family has been forever changed by suicide.

January 12, 2015 6 Comments

Obama Pushes Plan For Free Community College

Slate’s Jordan Weissman discusses reaction to the president’s plan, whether it’s needed and what it might cost.

January 7, 2015 Comment

Subzero Cold Closes Schools In Minneapolis, But Not St. Paul

The superintendent of St. Paul public schools explains just how cold it would have to be for the school district to close.

January 2, 2015 Comment

Creating Sports Programs For Urban School Students

As more sports programs are cut from public schools, WBUR’s Karen Given has the story on Up2Us, an organization that is filling the gap.

December 29, 2014 140 Comments

Retired Professor To Her Colleagues: Retire Already!

Retired Hofstra professor Laurie Fendrich argues college professors remaining on faculty indefinitely is bad for students and universities.

December 18, 2014 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 17, 2014 Comment

School Tries To Help Students By Coaching Parents

Pasadena schools are hosting “charlas” or chats where parents can learn tips on how to prepare their children for college.


We now have a digital bookshelf! Explore all our books coverage or browse by genre.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

February 26 32 Comments

That Political Bumper Sticker Could Cost You Your Job

In most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you from getting fired over a political bumper sticker.

February 26 2 Comments

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.

February 25 Comment

DJ Sessions: New Music From Nashville

For this week's DJ Session, Marcia Campbell shares songs from Teea Goans, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton and Earls of Leicester.

February 25 97 Comments

Feminist Gamer Withdraws From PAX East, Citing Safety Concerns

Video game developer Brianna Wu discusses the threats against her and her role as a feminist leader amid the Gamergate controversy.