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. For more information, visit our website: https://www.wgbh.org/news/under-the-radar-with-callie-crossley
Under the Radar with Callie Crossley

Under the Radar with Callie Crossley

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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. For more information, visit our website: https://www.wgbh.org/news/under-the-radar-with-callie-crossley

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How Juneteenth is commemorated across the Commonwealth

This week on Under the Radar: The country's recent racial reckoning has sparked a renewed interest in Juneteenth — nearly every state in the country recognizes the holiday, and this year many employers gave staffers the day off. But there is alarm that broader embrace of the holiday has sparked the worst kind of exploitive marketing and promotion. Local observances, however, are lifting up the meaning of Juneteenth and connecting the historic event to today's racial reckoning. GUESTS: Kahina Van Dyke owner of Narragansett House, Dunmere By The Sea, and Inkwell Beach House in Oak Bluffs and creator of the Martha's Vineyard Juneteenth Jubilee. Skip Finley, author, writer, and one of the organizers of Martha's Vineyard Juneteenth Jubilee. He is also director of sales and marketing for the Vineyard Gazette Media Group. Nicole McClain, founder and president of the Northshore Juneteenth Association.

The 24th Roxbury Film Festival celebrates films by, for and about people of color

This week on Under the Radar: The Boston-based Roxbury International Film Festival, or RoxFilm, is back for its 24th annual event. Festival organizers are once again offering a hybrid structure, allowing attendees to view screenings both online and in-person. All of the films spotlighted by the Roxbury Film Festival are curated to display the cinematic excellence of film professionals of color. This year's schedule is packed with 80 films showcasing everything from documentaries to animation, along with panel discussions and live Q&As. All the fun kicks off next week and will run through July 2nd. GUESTS: Lisa Simmons, executive director of the Roxbury International Film Festival. Soren Sorensen, associate teaching professor of screen studies at Clark University and award-winning filmmaker. His second feature-length documentary, Omar Sosa's 88 Well-Tuned Drums is showing at this year's RoxFilm.

The 24th Roxbury Film Festival celebrates films by, for and about people of color

Dishing with the author of Marvel's Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook

When authors and directors invite audiences into an imagined world, they know that food can't be left off the table. And fans are feasting on a delicious genre: pop culture cookbooks. Recipes and imaginary narratives combine to bring cuisines from fictional universes to real life. A sprinkling of books from this genre have been around for decades. But in the past few years, demand from fandoms has grown, and publishers are all too willing to satiate their hunger. As part of our Summer Fun Series, we're bringing you a show chock-full of fictional-turned-real recipes and the masterminds behind them. First up, the culinary delights of Marvel's Wakanda! Guest: Nyanyika Banda, Malawian-American chef, writer, entrepreneur, and author of the newly released Marvel's Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook. Nyanyika is based in Amherst, Mass.

Dishing with the author of Marvel's Black Panther: The Official Wakanda Cookbook

Pop Culture Cookbooks: Creating a career out of fantasy food

Ten years ago, we talked with fantasy food blogger Chelsea Monroe-Cassel about creating recipes inspired by the book and HBO series Game of Thrones. We'll listen back to our original conversation and then reconnect to hear about how she's turned her fantasy fandom into a full-time career. Guest: Chelsea Monroe-Cassel is the author of "A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook," "World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook," "Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook" and many more! Her latest, "The Star Trek Cookbook" will hit the shelves in September and is available for pre-order online.

Book Club: 2022 summer reading recommendations from three local librarians

It seems we're all ready for a full-on embrace of summer after two years of cautious living because of COVID-19. People are ready to enjoy all the wonders of the season: diving into the ocean, feeling sand under their toes at the beach, taking lazy naps in the hammock, and slowly swinging on the porch — not to mention long, uninterrupted hours of reading. Summer readers, grab your book bags! Three local librarians return with recommendations from 2022's best books from historical fiction and young adult stories to science fiction and romance. It's our annual summer reading special. Guests: Susannah Borysthen-Tkacz, senior librarian at the Cambridge Public Library. Robin Brenner, teen librarian at the Public Library of Brookline. Veronica Koven-Matasy, reader services specialist at the Boston Public Library.

Book Club: 2022 summer reading recommendations from three local librarians

Summer Food & Wine Trends: Flower syrups add a floral twist to baking and booze

We're kicking off the official start of summer savoring refreshing new food and wine trends. We're talking flower syrups galore: think violets, roses and lilacs that add a floral twist to drinks. Plus, wine made smoky by California wildfires has been tough to sell. But winemakers are embracing inventive ways to ensure nothing goes to waste. At the same time, wine lovers are drinking less red wine, sipping more white and rosé. And have you heard? Foodies are time-traveling back to the '80s. They can't seem to get enough of French onion soup mix, sun-dried tomatoes and other old-school ingredients. Guests: Amy Traverso, senior food editor at Yankee Magazine, co-host of GBH's "Weekends with Yankee," and author of "The Apple Lover's Cookbook." Jonathon Alsop, founder and executive director of the Boston Wine School, and author of "The Wine Lover's Devotional."

Summer Food & Wine Trends: Flower syrups add a floral twist to baking and booze

ICA Boston puts 'the beauty of Black culture' on full display

Roxbury artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson's life's work has been dedicated to ''the beauty of Black culture." More than 50 years ago, he joined with members of the Chicago art collective AfriCOBRA, committed to using their art to empower Black communities. But it was during his decades-long career in Boston where Jones-Henderson flourished, creating his African inspired mixed media pieces. Now his colorful and expressive work is on display at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art in a new exhibit: "I Am As I Am—A Man." Guests: Napoleon Jones-Henderson. Roxbury-based artist, educator, and mentor who creates works on pan-Africanism and racial justice. Jeffrey De Blois, assistant curator and publications manager for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston who organized the "I Am As I Am—A Man" exhibit.

Boston pediatrician Mark Vonnegut on the problems plaguing the healthcare industry

This week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley: Boston-based pediatrician Mark Vonnegut has seen a lot during his 40 years practicing medicine. His latest book, "The Heart of Caring: A Life in Pediatrics," is both a love letter to the profession and a critical look at the problems plaguing the healthcare industry. What's the state of healthcare in America today, and how can it improve?

Boston pediatrician Mark Vonnegut on the problems plaguing the healthcare industry

Older Americans Month: Local innovators seek to improve the elder care industry

This week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley: The pandemic has accelerated the systemic problems elders face, like caregiver burnout, nursing home shutdowns and worsening isolation. Not to mention the ever-increasing price tag that comes with such care. But inspired by global models and local successes, innovative solutions are on the rise. During May, Older Americans Month, we're giving an up-close look at specific ways to improve the systems and culture that support and sustain elders. GUESTS: Jessica Kim is cofounder of ianacare, a Boston-based startup that provides tech-enabled caregiver support through employers and health plans. Joe Carella is executive director of the Scandinavian Living Center, an assisted-living facility specializing in community-centered living in Newton, Mass. Marlena del Hierro is a gerontologist and VP of partnerships at Seniorly, an online platform providing access and insight to thousands of senior living communities across the country.

Older Americans Month: Local innovators seek to improve the elder care industry

'Too Good To Go' helps consumers in Boston reduce food waste

This week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley: Too Good To Go is an app that connects consumers with surplus food from local eateries that would otherwise be tossed, and sells it at a steeply discounted price. The app launched in Boston at the start of the pandemic, with a mission to reduce food waste and improve sustainability. GUESTS: Claire Oliverson, U.S. head of marketing for Too Good To Go. Ben Schafer, project manager of retail initiatives and operations at Peet's Coffee.