Matthew Reed Baker


Is Legal Sea Foods Still Considered “Boston-Based?”

Even though they were recently acquired by international private equity firm Danu Partners.

City Life

How Can Massachusetts Become a Friendlier State?

Let’s start by ditching the rigid TV and comedy sketch stereotypes about Bay Staters.


What’s the Difference between a “Dixie Cup” and a “Hoodsie Cup?”

They might be the same childrens’ ice cream treat, but Van Halen never sang a song about Hoodsies.

Arts & Entertainment

How Can I Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home?

Skip out on the bar crowds this year for live-streamed music and heavy pours at home.

Arts & Entertainment

Am I the Only One Who Still Knows What GBH’s Zoom Was?

The nationally-syndicated children’s show, produced in Boston, arrived decades before today’s video-conferencing service of the same name.

Arts & Entertainment

How Did Boston’s Black Nativity Production Come to Be?

Now in its 50th year, the production is the longest-running of its kind.


How Did Cranberry Sauce Become a Staple Thanksgiving Food?

You can thank Ulysses S. Grant for the sweet November side dish.

City Life

Could There Be Buried Treasure underneath Boston?

As popular lore would have it, the Boston area may be home to the bounties of Captain Kidd and Thomas Veale.


Why Is Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy So Popular in Maine?

How a Boston-brewed liqueur became a cultural rite of passage in the Pine Tree State.


How Did the Shoe Industry Get to Be So Big in Massachusetts?

You can’t run away from the biggest names in sneakers.

Arts & Entertainment

What Aspects of a Normal New England Summer Will You Miss the Most?

And in the absence of normality, what do we have to look forward to this season?


Is There an Iconic New England Method of Grilling?

Andy Husbands, chef and owner of the Smoke Shop, weighs in.

City Life

How Did the PawSox End up in Pawtucket, RI, Anyway?

As the Red Sox prepare to move their top minor-league team from Pawtucket to Worcester, dive into the history behind Rhode Island’s McCoy Stadium.

City Life

What’s the Most “Boston” Thing That Happened This Decade?

As it turns out, Boston will not host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

"Blink" light show Quincy Market
Arts & Entertainment

How Does Quincy Market Put on the “Blink” Light Show?

It’s all thanks to the engineers in charge at the Dover-based firm DesignLight.