Banned in Boston

After spending eight months living in New York, the last thing Stephen Furda wants to do is live in Boston again. To make the city more bearable, he visits Boston landmarks with his friends in an attempt to find some upsides in a city seemingly founded on downsides. New episodes released every other Monday

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Banned in Boston Episode 14 - Public Garden with Nils Berglund

This week, Stephen celebrates Boston one final time by visiting the Public Garden with his friend Nils Berglund. They talk about Nils' plan to host tours of the Public Garden, the "European charm" of Boston's haphazard layout, and what it means to be good at Boston. Plus, Stephen talks about how many subscribers he has!

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Banned in Boston Episode 13 - Newbury Street with Karin Yehoudian

This week, Stephen takes a stroll down Newbury Street with his friend Karin Yehoudian. They talk about the mixture of high fashion and oddball specificity that makes up the street. They also reminisce about the first times they hung out, compare Boston to Long Island, and celebrate the joys of a single room. Plus, Stephen complains about the T! 

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Banned in Boston Episode 11 - Yume Wo Katare with Alyssa Geissler

This week, Stephen joins his friend Alyssa Geissler for ramen at Porter Square's Yume Wo Katare. They also talk about Alyssa's appendicitis-related brush with death, how Alyssa used to vomit every time she got anxious, and their first impressions of each other. Plus, Stephen calls his friend Davis Wong to chat about music and shenanigans! Check out Davis' album at!

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Banned in Boston Episode 10 - Harvard University with Jack McElfresh

This week, Stephen welcomes back his friend Jack McElfresh to talk about another important educational institution, Harvard University! They discuss what Harvard looks like on the inside and outside, compare The Social Network to the real thing, and figure out why Jack is scared of bananas but perfectly okay with plantains. Plus, Stephen reenacts a scene from Lawrence of Arabia! 

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Banned in Boston Episode 9 - House of Blues with Sydney Sagman

This week, Stephen talks about the necessary evil of Boston's House of Blues with his friend Sydney Sagman. They also discuss Syd's travels in Mexico and Australia, where she may actually be a fugitive, and describe some of their worst concert experiences. Plus, Stephen and Syd reminisce about Williamsburg!

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Banned in Boston Episode 8 - Art Houses with George Geanopulos

This week, Stephen goes to the movies with his friend George Geanopulos. They discuss their experiences at the art house theaters in Boston, carefully chronicling the pros and cons of each. Along the way, they compare their theatergoing preferences, explain the horrors of the Emerson media room, and dig into the details of George's upbringing. Plus, George shares his Oscar nomination predictions from 4 weeks ago!

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Banned in Boston Episode 7 – TD Garden with Matt Jepsky

 This week, Stephen returns to discuss the oft-renamed Boston sports arena TD Garden with his friend Matt Jepsky. They also talk about what it was like to move back to Boston after living in the Netherlands, the importance of holding onto your receipts, and the art of everyday confrontation. Plus, Stephen tells stories from the Kanye West performances he’s seen!

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Banned in Boston Episode 5 - Chinatown with Zaji Zabalerio

This week, Stephen tackles one of Boston's most authentic neighborhoods, Chinatown, with his friend, fellow New York ex-pat and 21st century raconteur Zaji Zabalerio. They share their coping mechanisms for living in Boston, argue the merits of fish sauce on banh mi, and talk about the eventual gentrification of Chinatown. Plus, Zaji lists his top five favorite restaurants in the neighborhood!

Banned in Boston Episode 2 - MIT with Jack McElfresh

This week, Stephen prowls the hallowed halls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his friend Jack McElfresh. Along the way, they search for Jack's fascist ex-crush, and eat some mediocre falafel at the Central Square Dumpling Festival. Then, Stephen calls his friend and former broadcasting partner Patrick Keenan to get a New York perspective on MIT, Big Papi and the weather.