The Crazy No Plastic Lady


The Crazy No Plastic Lady Julia Burell and the author of Free Impact blog Margaret Yoh joined What’s up Eastie? for a fun conversation discussing tips and tricks to reduce the use of plastic in our lives. On Instagram, you can reach Julia at @TheCrazyNoPlasticLady and Margaret at @DunkinGarbage.


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 (

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



East Boston Greenway

Chris Marchi and Gretchen Robinkin (Friends of the East Boston Greenway)

How can the East Boston Greenway make us a more cohesive community? How can it connect the inner harbor to bodies of water further north? Can it be a source of economic activity? How about connecting other municipalities in the region? What exciting activities are in store along the Greenway this Summer? Listen to Gretchen Robinkin, Chris Marchi, and Mary Ellen Welch from the Friends of the East Boston Greenway answer these and other questions on What’s up Eastie? 

Contact information for the Friends of East Boston Greenway:

Journalism + the Latino Community

Why is journalism ineffective today, at least the way it is being practiced? Why especially so in the Latino community? Listen to Luis Bravo (Editor, El Heraldo Latino), a thirty year veteran of journalism, along with Jordan Frias (President of the New England Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists), tackle these questions on What’s up Eastie?

Get in contact with Luis Bravo:

Thank you, Brittany Thomas, of Zumix Radio for translation support.