If someone asks you “Did you see the front page of the paper today?”, if you’re in Boston, your mind immediately goes to one of three places: the Globe, the Herald, and the Metro. But those three aren’t the only games in town. Right beside the beautiful reflecting pool next to the Prudential Center is another paper — one that reaches millions of people every day: The Christian Science Monitor.
If you’ve never read the Monitor, you’re missing out. Their stories are a great way to get a well-rounded idea of what’s going in in the world without reading a full-page article in the Globe or the New York Times. I visited the Monitor’s Offices recently and talked to their Managing Editor about this giant of the news business that’s right in the middle of Boston.
This time, I’m going to introduce you to the creator of an art installation, a street festival, a musical event, a tourist attraction, and a giant party that all happen at the same time throughout the summer and fall in Providence, Rhode Island: Waterfire.
Waterfire started as a one-time event in 1994, but the residents of the city liked it so much that they begged for another lighting of the fires. That led to another, and another, and another, and eventually it expanded to a huge summer tradition.
That tradition was started by a man named Barnaby Evans, and I talked to Barnaby after a lecture he gave here in Boston recently.
On today’s show I’ll talk to a driver — or I guess I should say rider — for Boston’s most unusual taxicab company, Boston Pedicab. I found my guest at the AltWheels Festival last weekend, where he sat among million-dollar hydrogen-powered cars and hi-tech hybrids on the simplest (and probably the greenest) vehicle at the show: a giant tricycle with a 3-person seat on the back.
Brogan Graham was one of the first riders for Boston Pedicab, a human-powered cab company that opened in 2005. His job is all about being anywhere on a moment’s notice, but he sat still for a few minutes at the festival to talk about what it’s like to pedal hundreds of pounds through Boston traffic for nothing but tips.