What’s up Eastie?

Welcome to What’s Up Eastie!!! a Zumix Radio show about local, East Boston issues. On this show we talk about the local context, then zoom out to take a big picture view. Local youth, residents, activists, and politicians stop by the show to break down the issues so please listen in…

Wednesdays Noon-1pm EST

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Mary Ellen

‘You can’t just dial the mayor, and ask for a park.’

When I started What’s up Eastie? my friend and neighbor Mary Ellen Welch was a regular. Long before the show was ever conceived, I interviewed her. Kate Telma, Sophie Kazis, and I produced the interview as part of a ‘Media for Movement’ course by MIT Colabs and Zumix.

Mary Ellen Welch in a protest. Photo source unknown.



Turning Outward: Community Conversations in East Boston, MA and Long Beach, CA

What kind of community do you want to live in? What would it take to build that?


Natalie Perez of The New England Aquarium and Emily Yam of Aquarium of the Pacific were on What’s up Eastie reporting on community conversations in two neighborhoods: East Boston (Natalie) and Long Beach (Emily). Community members Jane, Matt (on the phone), and Sebastian joined us to listen to the reports and respond.

To learn more about the New England Aquarium’s work in East Boston under the CASL (Community-Aided Science Literacy) program, you may contact Natalie Perez directly (nperez@neaq.org).

And you can learn more about community and resiliency work at The Aquarium of the Pacific here.



SHOW EXTRA: Notes from Congressional Candidate Ayanna Pressley’s Campaign


This is our first show extra!

It’s a quick little episode to spotlight material of immediate interest to listeners.

Listen to a spokesperson from Councilor Ayanna Pressley‘s campaign for US Congress, Alex Goldstein, as he talks about what sets this candidate apart from her incumbent competitor, Congressman Mike Capuano.

Stay tuned for more shorts and full episodes of WUE, broadcasting live every Wednesday (12pm-1pm EST) from Zumix Radio in East Boston.

East Boston from an Outsiders Perspective

38824942_239907729996578_4107517051843641344_nHey Listeners! It’s me, Morgan (pictures here 🙂 )! I had an incredible time working with Kannan and What’s Up Eastie?  this summer as a Zumix Intern. In this episode, Kannan interviews me about my time in East Boston, my thoughts as an outsider, and allows me to talk about all the ways East Boston is forever imprinted to on my heart. Can’t wait to come visit East Boston again soon.


Youth and Political Engagement

Jon Cohn (Managing Editor of the Great Transition Initiative, Tellus Institute) joins What’s Up Eastie? to discuss the current political scene locally, on the state level, and federally, particularly with the big primary election coming up September 4, 2018. Some youth crew members with The Trustees Youth Conversation Corp. (YCC), Gabriela, Julliet, and Carla, are also joining us to discuss the work they’ve done this summer, and to share their political perspectives as young people.

Listen here and get out and VOTE Sept 4th and in November!!


Youth Speak on Immigration

Valeria Do Vale (Lead Coordinator, Student Immigration Movement (SIM)) dropped by What’s Up Eastie? to discuss what it’s like to tackle the issue of immigration in this country as a student. Do undocumented students face different challenges from other undocumented folks? Listen to hear Valeria share her story, and the importance of the work SIM is doing to progress the movement.

Listen and Join the Movement:

Connect with Valeria and SIM through social media:

Also check out United We Dream for more information about the immigration fight and other ways to get involved as a student.

POC LGBTQ+ Identity and Community Issues

Wow! That’s a lot of acronyms! To break it down: today on the show we’re talking about People OColor in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer+ and discussing intersection identity life. Behind the mic, we have Saphire Broxton (Afro-Latina, Bi-sexual, Communications Intern, ZUMIX and freshman at Hamilton College), Noah Toledo (Latinx, transgender writer and recent graduate from Harvard with a Masters in creative writing), and What’s Up Eastie co-host, Morgan Augillard (black, queer, graduate student at MIT). This interview covers a lot of ground from coming out, identity, community, politics, to finding your tribe and resources for LGBTQ+ folks.

Give us a listen:

There’s a primary coming up September 4, 2018 where Boston residents can vote on a bill concerning protections for transgender folks. It’s important to VOTE YES on Ballot #3 if you’re in favor of protecting trans folks and their basic human rights. If you’re a U.S. citizen, over 18, and have a valid ID, get registered to vote here by August 15, 2018!!!

On today’s show Noah, Saphire, and Morgan mentioned some of the resources that helped (and to continue to help) them on their identity journey. Keep scrolling to see some of their favorites.

Noah’s Recommendations

Saphire’s Recommendations

Morgan’s Recommendations