WGBH News and Media Relations


September 17, 2015

WGBH Creates a Smarter Happy Hour with Launch of “BostonTalks” Lecture Series This Fall

Local experts and innovators connect with audiences in monthly interactive events

(Boston, MA) – Beginning this month, WGBH will launch a unique local lecture series, BostonTalks, to give local residents a new way to interact with the leaders, stories and trends that shape the region we call home. As Boston’s leading public broadcaster and a long-time community convener, WGBH aims to directly connect residents with local innovators to offer a deeper understanding of Boston and the world around us. BostonTalks will make the issues that audiences engage with on WGBH’s TV, radio and online channels come to life in thought-provoking discussion.

Two formats of BostonTalks events will offer different perspectives on topical issues: BostonTalks: Happy Hour, a casual evening to learn and connect starting September 24, and BostonTalks: Investigates, an in-depth panel discussion of big ideas with movers and shakers beginning later this fall.

BostonTalks: Happy Hour will bring community members together with a diverse array of local experts for a “smarter happy hour” – a fun and informal evening of drinks and elevated conversation. Speakers ranging from scientists and inventors to artists and athletes will each deliver short presentations with a unique take on the night’s theme. Attendees will dissect the topics with both the speakers and each other for a 360-degree event experience that will leave them informed and entertained. Guests will participate in smarter conversations around new ways of doing old business, fresh faces shaping Massachusetts politics and the people shaking up design in Boston, among other topics.

BostonTalks: Happy Hour kicks off Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00PM. Discussion with revolve around new ways of doing everyday things with local innovators. Superpedestrian's Andrew Schmidt will highlight how The Copenhagen Wheel is revolutionizing bike riding; Groupmuse’s Sam Bodkin will talk about making classical music “cool” again; and Mei Mei co-owners Margaret Li and Irene Li will offer insights about food industry innovations.

The evening’s conversation will continue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #BostonTalks. To see the current lineup of presenters and to purchase tickets, visit wgbh.org/events.

“WGBH’s studios are constantly bustling with Boston’s movers and shakers – politicians, tech CEOs, world-class artists, academics, and volunteers who are making a difference in our neighborhoods,” said WGBH Executive Vice President and COO Ben Godley. “We have unprecedented access to the people who bring Boston to life, and we wanted to expand that access to the entire community in a fun and informative way. With BostonTalks we’re offering a face-to-face conversation with these innovators that you can’t find anywhere else in the city.”

BostonTalks will take place at WGBH’s studios located at 1 Guest St in Brighton. Directions and transit information can be found here.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston's Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org.  


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