He is based in the WGBH newsroom and his time is divided between filing national stories for NPR and local stories for WGBH News. In this role, Rath's reporting beat covers the science of learning, exploring how the brain functions – how we experience emotions, making errors or boredom – and how we respond to different styles of learning. The beat dovetails well with several of WGBH News' core regional coverage areas, bolstering its reporting on higher education (On Campus), innovation (Innovation Hub) and science (Living Labfrom WGBH and WCAI in Woods Hole on Cape Cod).
Previously he served as weekend host of All Things Considered. In that role, every Saturday and Sunday, Rath and the All Things Considered team offered an hourlong exploration of compelling stories, along with indepth interviews, breaking news, cultural reviews and reports from NPR bureaus throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Over his career, Rath has distinguished himself in public media as a reporter, producer and editor, including time as a senior reporter for the PBS series Frontline and The World on WGBH Boston. He began his journalism career as an NPR intern at an NPR callin program called Talk of the Nation, eventually joining the staff and becoming the show's director after working on several NPR News programs during the 1990s. In 2000, he became senior producer for NPR's On the Media, produced by WNYC, where he was part of a team that tripled its audience and won a Peabody Award. He spent 2005 as senior editor at the culture and arts show Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC. Rath moved to television in 2005 to report and manage radio partnerships for Frontline; he also reports on culture and music for the
PBS series Sound Tracks. At Frontline and The World®, Rath specialized in national security and military justice. He reported and produced three films for Frontline, the latest being an investigation of alleged war crimes committed by U.S. Marines in Haditha, Iraq.
In Sickness And In HealthHow marriage affects our health.
Woodpecker Hammering On Your House? Here's How To Evict ItThe problem started last November. We woke up to a muffled, steady tapping noise on our bedroom wall. It had that weird, rhythmic but irregular quality, one of those mysterious kinds of patterns where you’re not sure if it’s just the radiator coming on, or someone trying to tap out a message from the other side of the wall. As our brains started to come online, it was clear it wasn’t the radiator, or one of the kids tapping — the sound was coming from the exterior of the house. I stuck my head out the window to see a downy woodpecker sticking his head out of the hole he’d just drilled in the side of our house.
A Different Kind Of Runner's High: Athletes Turn To Pot To Help With TrainingFor an increasing number of athletes, two of the commonwealth’s signature features — the Boston Marathon and legal marijuana — make for a brilliant combination. Athletics and pot might seem like an odd mix for the uninitiated, but it’s common enough to have generated a term, “cannathlete,” which you can find trending on twitter. And while it’s impossible to say just how common the practice is, high achieving cannathletes are coming out of the “cannabis closet.” MMA fighter Nate Diaz openly vaped a cannabis concentrate during a press conference right after a fight, and endorsed its benefits for recuperation. And in the ultramarathon world, the very pro-cannabis Avery Collins won the 100 mile “HURT” race in Hawaii, running over mountains and through a false missile threat alarm to finish more than two hours ahead of his nearest competitor.
How South Asians Won Big In Lexington ElectionsIndian Americans in Lexington pulled off a historic victory last week — something not to be said lightly in a town known for historic victories. People of South Asian origin accounted for about 5 percent of Lexington’s population in the last census, but now that local election results have been certified, they make up about 10 percent of the local government. Last week, 10 new Indian American candidates were elected members of the Lexington Town Meeting, which has met for more than 300 years to enact local laws and decide how the town spends its money.
Why We're Hard Wired for Denial When It Comes To Climate ChangeThis story is part four of our four-part series on the aftermath of the Jan. 4 "bomb cyclone." Part one can be found here, part two can be found here, part three can be found here.
Boston Takes Super Bowl Safety PrecautionsAs the Patriots face the Eagles Sunday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has temporarily renamed his conference space from “The Eagle Room” to “The Belichick Room.” Walsh and Police Commissioner Bill Evans met with reporters there today to discuss plans to ensure a safe, post-Super Bowl city.