Under the Radar with Callie Crossley


Under the Radar with Callie Crossley looks to alternative presses and community news for stories that are often overlooked by big media outlets. In our roundtable conversation, we aim to examine the small stories before they become the big headlines with contributors in Boston and New England.


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Under the Radar with Callie Crossley looks to alternative presses and community news for stories that are often overlooked by big media outlets. In our roundtable conversation, we aim to examine the small stories before they become the big headlines with contributors in Boston and New England.




Latinx News: The Latino Vote And Where Are Our Latino Landmarks?



Inside The New Massachusetts Law That Supports Alzheimer's Victims And Their Caregivers

When most people imagine Alzheimer’s disease, often what comes to mind are severe, heartbreaking cases like the one portrayed in the popular 2004 romantic drama, “The Notebook.” However, that’s just a small part of what the disease can look like. Nobody would expect ordinary people to know that, but everybody would expect medical professionals to recognize symptoms of dementia and know how to respond. Turns out, they don’t. That’s why earlier this year, the Massachusetts legislature...


Revisiting and Reliving The History Of The Massachusetts 54th Regiment



Mass Politics Profs: Primaries Far and Wide, The Difference a D.A. Makes and Ranked-Choice Voting

With the September 4th primaries less than a month away there’s lots to discuss. This week on "Under the Radar with Callie Crossley" we’ll be working through some of this year’s most compelling campaigns, including the battle for the Secretary of State and the hotly contested Suffolk County DA’s race. Also, women and candidates of color all over the country are throwing their hats in the ring this primary season. How is this pattern playing out here in Massachusetts? The Mass Politics...


Should There be a Legal Limit on Nurses Assigned to Patients? And Advocates Push for Hands Free to Stop Distracted Driving

Experts have long worried that patients’ quality of care can suffer depending on the number of nurses on the job. But, is it best to legally limit how many patients one nurse can care for or to allow nurse staffing assignments to adjust as need and circumstances arise? That’s what Massachusetts voters will decide when they cast a ballot for Ballot Question One-- Later in the show, advocates for a distracted driving bill make the case for hands free, and hoping to the state’s legislative...


Regional News: Dairy Farms Phasing Out and Other Regional News You May Have Missed. And a First of Its Kind Boston Conference Tackling Pregnancy and Women's Health

Regional News: Plans for a Cape Cod drug rehab facility next to a grade school stirs controversy, and worries that plummeting milk prices will drive up New England farmer suicides. Plus, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on a memoir tour in his homestate of Rhode Island. Later in the show, when Serena Williams spoke out about her life threatening childbirth, that was the first time many became aware of the rising number of childbirth and pregnancy complications. And...


Local News: Goodbye to Time-and-A-Half Pay? Plus, UMass Boston's Interim Chancellor Takes the Reins, and Expanding a Local Program to Put the Brakes on Dangerous Speeds. And , South Africa's Signature Wine is Made for American Burgers, and Trend Topping C

Could time-and-a-half pay be eliminated? Plus UMass Boston’s interim chancellor takes the reins, and expanding a local program to put the brakes on dangerous speeds. It's our local news roundtable. Later in the show, It’s grilling season, but there is a different kind of charcoal lighting up the trendy food scene, and Mexican style roasted corn is all the rage. Plus pink wine from red wine country, and recommendations of old favorites and new wines to drink all barbeque season. Our food...


A Visa Crisis Hits the Cape and Islands Bottom Line and Comedian Jimmy O. Yang's Funny Memoir

When the summer lush beauty of the Cape and the Islands and the Berkshires draw thousands of visitors. It’s prime time for the hotels, the gift shops, the ferries, and restaurants in the resort areas, which depend on seasonal profits for their year round livelihood. For years they’ve also depended on temporary foreign workers assigned H2B Visas. But now the specialized Visas are in short supply and small business owners are taking a hit to the wallet. Later in the show, Comedian Jimmy...


Pop Culture Roundtable: Beyonce and Jayz's New Album, Reboots are Hot, and Women Rule at the Box Office. And the Grace Trail That Helps Others Start Find Gratitude and Hope

Beyonce and Jayz's new album lights up the city of lights, Amazon, Apple, and Netflix sign celebrity production partners, plus Bill and Ted may have new excellent adventures. It’s our Pop Culture Roundtable. Later in the show, a Massachusetts woman found a pathway to grace on a Plymouth walking trail, turning her pain into purpose on the Grace Trail. Guests: Michael Jeffries, associate professor of American studies at Wellesley College. Rachel Rubin, professor of American...


LGBTQ Roundtable: Gay Boomers Face Their Future, Transgender Rights on the Line With he November Ballot, and Bay State Schools Try a New LGBTQ Themed History Curriculum. And We Celebrate Father's Day with Dads Who Do Their Daughters Hair

Gay boomers face the future as LGBTQ elders, transgender rights on the line with the November ballot question, and Bay State schools try a new history curriculum exploring themes about gender and sexual minorities. It’s our LGBTQ Roundtable! For the part of the show we call Lagniappe, that’s Creole for something extra, we celebrate Father's Day. Fathers and sons---that’s usually the first image which comes to mind when the conversation is about fathers and their children, and...


Get Ready to Feast on a Virtual Book Smorgasboard. It's Our Annual Summer Reading Special

In this full-hour special, we talk graphic novels, non-fiction, sci fi, young adult novels pageturners we want you to know about. It’s our annual Summer Reading Special! This summer --Get ready to feast on a virtual smorgasboard of books— old favorites and new finds. A panel of librarians join our discussion at the WGBH studio at the Boston Public Library for our annual summer book show. More UTR: news.wgbh.org/UTR Follow Callie on Twitter: @CallieCrossley Like UTR on Facebook:...


Latinx Roundtable: Harvard's Study on Puerto Rico's Death Count and the Alarming Rise in Overdoses Among Latinos. Plus Our Book Club June Selection "The Garden Party."

A new Harvard study confirms Puerto Rico’s official government death count from Hurricane Maria is off by thousands, the alarming rise in overdoses among Latinos, and a new app offers interpreter services in real time. It’s our Latinx roundtable. Plus, two families who have never met join for dinner in a garden as their offspring are engaged to be married, and there’s a lot that happens at the table and behind the scenes. Grace Dane Mazur talks about her fourth book, “The Garden Party.”...


Local News: Remembering Boston's Beloved Haitian Pioneer, Parents Worried About Deportation, and More. Plus, The Latest Trends on Food and Wine

No more fighting about the South End’s Landwave sculptures---they’re gone, parents worried about being deported planning for how to leave their children behind, and one of Boston’s beloved Haitian pioneers is dead. It’s our local news roundtable. Guests: Jennifer Smith, staff reporter for the Dorchester Reporter, Beth Treffeisen, reporter for The Boston Sun, and Akilah Johnson, reporter for The Boston Globe. This week on Lagniappe segment: Pucker up —sour foods, like fermented kimchee, are...


Zakim Says Electronic Voter Files Need To Be Backed Up. Plus, A Talk With Harvard's First Native American Tenured Professor on Political Sovereignty

William Galvin will not celebrate his 25th anniversary in the role of Secretary of State if Anthony Amore, Head of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim have anything to do with it. In this week's Lagniappe segment: Native American issues are at the center of local and national debate. We get historic and cultural context from Professor Philip Deloria, Harvard’s new tenured professor in Native American history. More UTR: news.wgbh.org/UTR...


Regional News: A Controversial School Voucher Bill in N.H., Ferries Keep Breaking Down on The Cape, Cash to Woo New Residents in R.I. Plus, We Celebrate Mother's Day with Boston Mommy Bloggers

New Hampshire revives a controversial school voucher bill, Martha’s Vineyard ferries out of the water—again, and a Rhode Island plan to woo new residents with cold cash. It’s our regional roundtable. In this week's Lagniappe segment: In celebration of Mother’s Day, Callie sits down with Boston mommybloggers to talk about how modern moms are pushing aside society’s expectations and reframing their roles for these turbulent times. Guests: Alexandra Elizabeth blogs at “Making Motherhood...


Fighting Hunger In New England. Plus, An Education From The Dean Of Boston Jazz Radio!

Massachusetts is one of the most prosperous states in the nation, and yet, one in 10 Massachusetts residents is hungry or doesn't know where their next meal is coming from. We examine the state of hunger and food insecurity in New England, plus mark 50 years of Project Bread's Walk For Hunger. Guests: Erin McAleer, Project Bread; Andrew Schiff, Rhode Island Community Food Bank; and Julie LaFontaine, The Open Door. In this week's Lagniappe segment: Callie sits down with Eric Jackson, who...


Latinx News: Latina Wins Boston Marathon, ICE Alerts In Somerville. Plus, 'Wig Out!' Explores Competitive Drag Ball Culture

It's Latinx roundtable! For the first time in more than 30 years, an American woman won the Boston Marathon! But here's a detail that has been rarely discussed: She's Hispanic. Why is this important to the overall conversation? We also discuss the latest news from Puerto Rico, Latinxs in politics, immigration enforcement and a controversial move by Heinz: "Mayochup." Guests: Julio Ricardo Varela, Cristela Guerra. On this week's Lagniappe segment: Drag culture is beginning to catwalk its way...


Local News: Narcan Price Increase, Moving A UFO Monument And More! Plus, The Intersection Of Art And The Internet

A state subsidy for the anti-overdose drug Narcan has run out. How will the price increase affect Massachusetts municipalities grappling with the opioid epidemic? Plus, good news for Chelsea commuters, politicians push for more trees in Boston and moving a Sheffield monument that commemorates a UFO sighting. All that and more on this week's local news roundtable! Guests: Lauren Dezenski, Seth Daniel and Sue O'Connell. On this week's Lagniappe segment: An exhibit at the Institute of...


Working Toward Equality For Women In The Economy. Plus, Our April Book-Club Pick!

Equal Pay Day 2018 is Tuesday, April 10. It's the day we reflect on the gap between men and women's salaries. The pay gap is still present and significant, and conversations about how to close the gap are now front and center nationwide. So what is the overall economic impact of this ongoing inequity? And are there ways for individual companies and government to work toward equality for women? Guests: Rosanna Hertz, professor at Wellesley College; Megan Costello, executive director of the...


The New Poor People's Campaign And Disparity In Memphis: Economic Justice 50 Years After MLK's Death

It’s our second hour-long special dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! This year marks the 50 anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. In this year-long series, we’ll be discussing how scholars, admirers and activists around the country and the world are reflecting and acting on the legacy of Reverend King five decades after this death. This episode, we will focus on economic justice. First, we discuss the new Poor People’s Campaign. A national effort is reigniting King’s moral...