Profiles

The Loop Lab to Open in Central Square This Fall

A music and podcast recording studio opening this fall will provide a space for underserved young people in the Port neighborhood to learn about sound engineering, music production, and workforce development. Christopher Hope started working with young people from the Port area while he was a student at Harvard’s divinity school, and soon discovered how […]



City Councilors Bring Local Government to the Podcast World

City Councilors Sumbul Siddiqui and Alanna Mallon forged a friendship on the campaign trail last year, bonding over the challenges of being first-time female candidates. Their friendship has continued over their first six months in office, and they’ve channeled their easy banter into a weekly podcast called “Women Are Here.” The podcast touches on everything from […]


Mother and Daughter Fight to Memorialize Local Suffragettes

As the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment approaches, a girl and her mother push for historical representation In 2015, 9-year-old Sofia Bernstein was invited to the White House after she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking him why there weren’t any women depicted on U.S. currency. Now, Sofia and her mother, Kim, […]


Connecting Through the Lens

Meet Mark Ostow, renowned photographer, teacher, and owner of Cafe Zing Mark Ostow has always felt comfortable connecting with people through a camera lens. “When I was a child I spent a lot of time by myself,” the renowned photographer and longtime Cambridge resident explains. Growing up in Long Beach, N.Y., 10-year-old Ostow found solace […]



Nadya Okamoto on Her City Council Campaign and Upcoming Book

Content warning: This article discusses physical abuse and sexual assault. Nadya Okamoto is a sophomore at Harvard, works full-time running two non-profits, recently wrapped up a City Council bid, and has two months to write her first book. Okamoto was spread thin but filled with excitement on an afternoon in late November. Her chapter deadlines […]




A-Listers: Bill Manley and Nephtaliem McCrary

If someone bequeathed to him a commercial space in Cambridge, he’d… It would be called Cassette Tapes and Milkshakes, and we would sell exactly that. And Walkmans, since no one has equipment to play cassette tapes anymore. And if you made a really good mix tape, you could sell it on consignment.


A-Listers: Ben Sacchetti and Chien-hwe Carol Hong

It’s 7 p.m. on a Friday and all of his friends have (non-lethal) bird flu. He would… Well, they already have it, so they can’t give it to each other, and it’s non-lethal, so I wouldn’t die. I’d just invite everybody over and have a bird flu party […] Heh, bird flu party. I’d serve […]


A-Listers: Katherine Burchman

Any good town is built by people who know how to work hard and play hard, too, and the People’s Republic of Cambridge is no exception. That’s why this year’s A-Listers are folks who have helped shape the city where they live – sometimes literally – to be a cornucopia of killer music, dance, food, […]