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.
Boston City Hall At 50. From World's Ugliest Building To Brutalist MasterpieceDecades after its heyday, the mid-20th century architectural style brutalism is getting a second look, and it ain't looking so bad.
Can The Psychology Of Sports Help Voters Deal With Election Day Defeat?If American politics in 2018 seem like a sport, maybe it's because they kind of are.
Salem Witches, Sure. What About The New England Vampire Panic?Over the course of a century, a wave of exhumations took place throughout New England. They were hunting vampires.
A Quest To Find The Last Two Active Voters In Boston's 'Phantom Electoral Precinct'0 Thompson Island is a real Boston address. It's home to a vibrant, active community, including two registered voters.
A Quest To Answer Listeners' Questions About Some Curious Road SignsThe Curiosity Desk goes sign hunting to answer a few listeners questions about some of the more curious placards on New England roads.
Why Do Mattresses And Pillows Have 'Do Not Remove' Labels?A listener from Gloucester asks, "Really? Under penalty of law?"