Edgar B. Herwick III
Edgar's radio features can be heard on WGBH's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and he can also be heard regularly with Jim and Margery on Boston Public Radio. His television features can be seen regularly on Greater Boston. Each Friday, he takes 89.7 listeners back in time with his feature, "This Week in Massachusetts History."
His radio debut came in second grade when he voiced a public service announcement urging drivers to watch out for "him and his friends" walking to and from school. Given the signal strength of WMBT radio in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and the population density of his native Schuylkill County, it's possible — though not particularly likely — that someone other than his parents heard it.
After stints as a bartender, photographer and actor — and a 5-year run at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — he joined the WGBH Radio family in 2007. Over the years at WGBH, Edgar has been something of a utility player — hosting live segments, producing features, specials and live music broadcasts; creating web features; and emceeing live events like the Boston Summer Arts Weekend.
He holds degrees in history and communications from Villanova University in Philadelphia and once lost big on an episode of the TV game show "Jeopardy!" Edgar prefers tea over coffee, late nights over early mornings and the Beatles over the Stones (though he's never understood why the Kinks aren't ever included in that conversation). When not at work, he can most likely be found playing, listening to, reading about or dancing to music.
Does Food Cool Faster When Cooked In The Microwave?A listener in Brookline wants to know why the food she cooks in the microwave doesn't seem to hold its heat.
A Look Ahead At The Year In SpaceWe survey a few local space scientists and experts about what they have their eyes on in the skies in 2019.
Merriam Webster's Top Words Of 2018A look back at 2018 through the words that captured the public's curiosity and imagination.
Top 5 Curiosity Desk Stories From 2018Curiosity Desk reporter Edgar B. Herwick III shares his picks for your top five questions of 2018.
Christmas In Boston: From Puritan To Presents Under Pine TreesChristmas is about traditions, but even seemingly timeless traditions started somewhere.
Massachusetts Has A Northborough, Southborough And Westborough. Why No Eastborough?The answer is a tale of colonial expansion and the division of large swaths of land into smaller ones. But there is also a more complicated side to the story.