Chronicle the Podcast

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The nation’s longest-running, locally-produced magazine show is now a podcast. Discover where to go and what's interesting in New England!

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Being a kid again with Bicycle Playing Cards and Hollywood model making

When it comes to toys, Massachusetts doesn’t play games.  Nicole Estaphan recently had the opportunity to chat with Michael Slaughter of Bicycle Playing Cards. You likely have a deck of their cards at home or you certainly played with them. After all, they’ve bene around for more than 130 years.  Then, it's off to the Museum of Science where visitors will find a layout of several trains riding past recreations of Boston landmarks, this year the iconic Custom House joined the display. Nicole spoke with the model maker behind this year’s addition, Hollywood Model maker John Goodson, whose credits include blockbusters from Transformers to Disney’s Mandalorian.  

This episode was produced by Nicole Estaphan, Ramen Cromwell, and Ellen Fleming. Ellen also edits the podcast. Chronicle's managing editor is Julie Mehegan and our Executive Producer is Nneka Nwosu Faison. 

You can find us @Chronicle5 on all social media and of course nightly at 7:30 pm on WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston. 


Dec 17, 2020
U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, alopecia, and the politics of hair

U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley sits down with Shayna Seymour to discuss the congresswoman's hair journey: from natural hair styles that many saw as a political statement, to the viral video where Pressley revealed she is living with alopecia. Pressley also discusses her work on the CROWN Act and her efforts to make hair discrimination illegal. 

Oct 13, 2020
Jimmy Kimmel Interview

On her trip out to Los Angeles, Shayna Seymour had the opportunity to sit down with host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy Kimmel. They talk everything from the infamous Matt Damon feud to his new book.  

Feb 20, 2020
You're saying it wrong

No one likes a smarty pants. But we have to tell you – that five-dollar word you just dropped into the conversation? You’re saying it wrong. In fact, a lot of what we all say is just plain incorrect. For example, you might have grown up loving the work of Dr. Seuss – but you’ve probably never pronounced his name correctly. And if you say Trapelo the way the traffic reporters do – you’re saying it wrong. 

This show was originally produced by Senior Producer Clint Conley.

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Watch Chronicle live every night at 7:30 p.m. on WCVB-TV and on our website  

Nov 26, 2019
Haunted New England

It is almost All Hallows Eve and Chronicle the Podcast is taking you to some of New England’s best haunts: from Edgar Allen Poe’s Boston to cursed waters in Vermont and a haunted boat in Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport.

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Watch Chronicle live every night at 7:30 p.m. on WCVB-TV and on our website  


Oct 28, 2019
How do you get a job on TV? Ft. Erika Tarantal

Shayna Seymour sits down with WCVB TV Newscenter 5 anchor and Chronicle reporter Erika Tarantal. Erika discusses how she got into the TV business and how she never thought of it as a realistic career path.

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Oct 14, 2019
Get to know daytime talk show host Tamron Hall

Shayna Seymour sits down with veteran broadcast journalist Tamron Hall to discuss her new daytime talk show on ABC. Shayna and Tamron discuss what viewers can expect from the show, as well as Tamron’s public career challenges and triumphs.

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Sep 30, 2019
How do you get a job on TV? ft. Maria Stephanos

Shayna Seymour sits down with WCVB TV Newscenter 5 anchor Maria Stephanos. Maria discusses how she got into the TV business and you may be surprised to find out that she didn’t always want to be in front of the camera.

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Listen to our first “How did you get a job on TV?” episode with Shayna and Anthony:

Watch Chronicle live every night at 7:30 p.m. on WCVB-TV and on our website  

Sep 16, 2019
Citizen Army: The front lines of the fight against Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s Disease is a relentless force, stealing patients’ dignity and emotionally exhausting their family, caregivers, and friends. How do we fight back? With a citizen army, says one doctor in the field: men and women willing to volunteer for clinical trials that expand our knowledge of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Anthony Everett takes us inside Butler Hospital, one of the top research centers in the world, to meet some members of this citizen army. For Peter Bristol, the first person to sign up for one drug trial, the mission is rooted in family history: his mother, grandmother, uncle, and brother have all succumbed to dementia and Alzheimer’s. For Dave Kalberer, it’s very personal; a genetic test revealed he carries markers for the disease. Plus, Anthony reports on a billion-dollar effort underway to find breakthrough treatments in the next decade.

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Aug 09, 2019
Our Future is Out of this World

Welcome to Chronicle the Podcast.  This bonus episode features an extended interview with astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman. She was one of many featured in our recent episode about the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

Coleman is a chemist, former United States Air Force officer, and retired NASA astronaut. She was inspired by Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to go to space.  Coleman discusses the importance of female representation, the unifying feeling of seeing the entire Earth, and excitement of playing her flute while in space.

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Jul 09, 2019
Where did American Independence Begin?

Welcome to Chronicle’s July 4th episode. We are celebrating America's Independence by featuring stories on the American Revolution. The start of the War for Independence was in Concord, Massachusetts, right? Well, some may say you were wrong....and that famous Hill, it actually isn’t named “Bunker”.

Discover local feuds and learn more about the historic Bay State in this episode as we explore the Colonial Inn and Minute Man National Park. Remember to subscribe, leave a rating and follow us @Chronicle5 on Instagram and Twitter. Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Jul 03, 2019
Discover Litchfield, Connecticut

Chronicle is off to the northwestern corner of Connecticut, a place of rolling hills and charming towns. There, Ted Reinstein finds contented cows at a dairy farm that’s run more like a guesthouse than a barn; visits a nature conservancy that gives a home to threatened or endangered species of swans, ducks and pheasants; and explores a destination getaway that features a collection of outlandish cottages you have to see to believe.


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May 22, 2019
Mothers are dying giving birth

It should have been the best of days for Kenny and Seveny Fuchu. After years of trying, Seveny got pregnant, and now she was in labor. Seveny gave birth to a healthy child that day. But she didn’t survive the birth – and father and son went home alone. The same tragedy strikes hundreds of American families every year. The rate of maternal mortality continues to rise in the US as outcomes improve in other advanced countries. Shayna Seymour sits down with the producer of the show, Nneka Faison, to discuss the alarming trend nationally and in Massachusetts. 


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May 07, 2019
Is College Worth it?

Since 2016, more than 20 New England colleges closed, consolidated, merged or were acquired by another institution. On this week's podcast, Anthony Everett sits down with the producer of 'Colleges' Kathleen Kiely and discusses how she came to this topic, the process of creating the show, and what information did not make it on air. Later Jon Marcus, the higher-education editor from The Hechinger Report, comes in to expand on the information he shared during the show. Topics discussed range from student debt, miss-management of funds, education disparity, and creative way to navigate the college system. Follow us at @Chronicle5 on Twitter and Instagram make sure to subscribe to never miss another episode

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Apr 25, 2019
How do you get a job on TV?

In our official launch of Chronicle the Podcast, anchors Shayna Seymour and Anthony Everett discuss how they got in to TV business. Then later, a behind the scenes look at our recent TV episode and the making of Chronicle the Podcast. 


Watch Chronicle live every night at 7:30pm on WCVB-TV and on our website 

Apr 09, 2019
UFO Sightings in New England

In 2004, Navy fighter pilot David Fravor encountered an unidentified flying object off the coast of San Diego. In late 2017, a UFO tore across our solar system and then disappeared. Eerie encounters not easily explained. But leading experts in the field say don’t discount the obvious: we are not alone. 

Mar 27, 2019

Brian McMasters is tethered to an oxygen tank … desperately hoping that doctors will find him new lungs before his breath gives out. In order for him to live … someone has to die. And it has to happen soon. Tonight, Nicole Estaphan takes us inside the emotional journey of Brian and his wife Jane as they wait for the phone call that could mean a future for both of them. And Nicole reports on how Boston has become a pioneer in research and procedures for a wide variety of transplants.

Feb 25, 2019
The Wreck of the El Faro

15-thousand feet below the sea, the container ship El Faro sits on the ocean floor, the result of the worst American shipping disaster in more than 30 years. Reporter Erika Tarantal talks to the families left behind, dives into the reasons for the tragedy, and reconstructs the chaos on board as the ship sailed directly into a tropical storm.

Feb 04, 2019
Hope in the face of Suicide

The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade shocked many Americans this year. But for too many, the story was already sadly familiar. More than 44,000 Americans take their own lives annually. And the holiday season is a particularly challenging time. But there is hope. In this episode, we profile people and organizations fighting to save lives.

Jan 14, 2019
Good pizza in Boston

Long before the Travel Channel and Food Network, there was Chronicle! 37 years on television, now we are also a podcast! In this episode, hear our very first food episode (all about pizza), produced by our longtime employee, Stan Leven, who retired at the end of 2018. 

Jan 04, 2019