Matthew Reed Baker, Boston Magazine

Matthew Reed Baker

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Past articles by Matthew:

The Best Events, Shows, and Things to Do in Boston All Fall

Everything you need to do and see this fall around Boston, from museum exhibits to concerts to film festivals. → Read More

In Boston, Is It Polite To Wave at People You Don’t Know?

At least part of our aversion to ingratiating behavior can be attributed to regional identity. → Read More

What Is the Greatest Boston Summer Jam of All Time?

It has to be by a musical goddess with summer in her name. → Read More

Do Famous People Really Give the Best Commencement Speeches?

'Tis the season for A-list lectern bloviation, and all the joy and yawning that comes with it. → Read More

What’s the Best April Fools’ Day Joke in Local History?

The best pranks balance boldness and harmlessness— like MIT's stunt in 1998. → Read More

Is Mud Season Really a Thing in New England?

Mud season is a way of life that starts every March, after the snow retreats, and when certain New England fashions actually come into use. → Read More

Why Are So Many Mass. Towns Pronounced Differently than They’re Spelled?

Many of the pronunciations of these Massachusetts place names come from their older English counterparts across the pound. → Read More

How Did Roast Beef Sandwiches Become a North Shore Icon?

The Bay State has a penchant for clinging to history, and we’ve never let go of this seminal sandwich. → Read More

What’s a Massachusetts-Style Hot Dog, and Why Haven’t We Heard of It?

Every seasoned grill professional knows about Chicago and New York dogs. → Read More

Is Legal Sea Foods Still Considered "Boston-Based?"

Even though Legal Sea Foods was recently acquired by international private equity firm Danu Partners, is it still considered Boston-based? → Read More

How Can Massachusetts Become a Friendlier State?

Let's start by ditching the rigid TV and comedy sketch stereotypes about Bay Staters, like the awkward tech whiz or pompous Ph.D. → Read More

31 Things To See, Do, and Hear This Spring

Eager to get your fill of Boston arts and culture this spring? Here's 31 things to do. (And no, they’re not all virtual—hooray!) → Read More

How Can I Safely Celebrate St. Patrick's Day This Year?

Skip out on the downtown Boston bar crowds this year for live-streamed music and heavy pours of Jameson and Guiness at home. → Read More

Am I the Only One Who Still Knows What GBH's <em>Zoom</em> Was?

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

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

Now in its 50th year, Boston's Black Nativity production is the longest-running of its kind. Catch it this year in a COVID-friendly virtual format. → Read More

How Did Cranberry Sauce Become a Staple Thanksgiving Food?

You can thank Ulysses S. Grant for the sweet November side dish. The Union General fed cranberries to his soldiers during the Civil War. → Read More

Could There Be Buried Treasure underneath Boston?

As popular lore would have it, the Boston area may be home to the buried treasures of Captain Kidd in Boston Harbor and Thomas Veale in Lynn. → Read More

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

In Massachusetts, you can't run away from the biggest names in sneakers—from Converse at Lovejoy Wharf all the way to Clarks in Waltham. → Read More

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? How about classic New England literature, Red Sox radio and fresh produce? → Read More

Is There an Iconic New England Method of Grilling?

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