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The latest on Mass and Cass, and reclaiming the word "witch"

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 47:44

Plus, we take listener calls and talk all things apples!

The view from Mass and Cass, the day after Janey orders tents to come down

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 14:33

In an executive order, Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey has declared a public health crisis, and that the city will use existing laws to remove people from their tents.

It's peak apple season in New England. What are you baking, pressing?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 19:09

We take listener calls on apples, loaded with flavor and meaning from at least biblical times, and perennial American classics. They're quintessentially fall (move over pumpkins), peak New England and right in season. 

New exhibit aims to reclaim the word 'witch'

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 13:50

A new exhibit at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum aims to introduce us to today's witches, sans broomsticks, while also confronting the dungeons and hanging trees of our our own storied past.

Business is back in Salem; We check in with Boston Mayoral candidate Michelle Wu

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 47:35

Plus, we take listener calls on COVID-19 in Ask The Doctors.

It's spooky season once more in Salem

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 9:47

We talk with Mayor Driscoll about how challenging it was to go without a celebration last year, and what folks can expect if they are headed to Salem over the next couple of weeks.

Michelle Wu opens up about family history at WBUR Town Hall

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 19:06

It was the first of two candidate town halls hosted by WBUR at CitySpace. The second will be with Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George this Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Ask the Doctors: Mix and match vaccine boosters, mandates

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 18:30

We take listener calls with Dr. Davidson Hamer, infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center, and Dr. Gabriela Andujar Vazquez, associate hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center.

Hundreds of state employees could be suspended following weekend vaccine deadline

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 6:45

The deadline for state employees to submit proof of vaccination was Sunday. WBUR's Callum Borchers brings us the latest on how many state workers could be affected, and what the impact could be if hundreds of public employees are suspended for failing to comply.

School lunch-shaming is now outlawed in Massachusetts

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 19:26

Plus, we breakdown the push for universal free school lunches in Massachusetts.

Hundreds of state workers face suspension for not being vaccinated

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 47:34

Plus Governor Charlie Baker recently signed a bill outlawing school 'lunch-shaming,' helping Massachusetts schools better feed all students regardless of a family's income level.

New book shines light on motherhood through the people, objects and experiences of birth

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 13:56

In "Designing Motherhood: Things That Make And Break Our Births" design historians Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick examine dozens of objects, people, and actions connected with birth and motherhood.

Boston Police arrested a man while he was having a stroke

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 7:24

The incident raises more questions about accountability within the Boston Police Department. WBUR's Ally Jarmanning first uncovered this incident last week, and joins us to bring us the latest.

Week in Review: Boston mayoral race, COVID and offshore wind

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 38:16

We debrief the week's headlines, and take your calls, on everything from the Boston mayoral race to COVID and vaccine mandates to offshore wind.

The latest on the mayoral race, vaccine mandates, and renewable energy

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 47:31

Plus, we check-in with WBUR's Chris Citorik ahead of the Red Sox v. Astros match-up tonight.

Checking the Score: Do the Red Sox have what it takes to beat the Astros and head to the World Series?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 8:51

The Red Sox are preparing to take on the Houston Astros tonight in Game 1 of the American League Champion Series. Do the Sox have what it takes to make it to the World Series? We talk with WBUR's Chris Citorik about their chances.

How voters feel about Boston Public Schools

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 12:03

We find out what voters think about the state of Boston Pubic Schools with WBUR's Max Larkin.

'It is our goal to fire no one': MGH president on looming employee vaccination deadline

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 14:49

About 800 employees — including a small number of physicians and nurses — still aren't vaccinated as of Thursday afternoon and are at risk of suspension or losing their jobs.

Travels with George

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 20:49

Historian Nathaniel Philbrick's new book, "Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy," chronicles two parallel journeys, more than two centuries apart. We talk with Philbrick about Washington's journey across the region, and what he learned on his own journey, following in Washington's footsteps.

Are enough Mass General employees vaccinated against COVID-19?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 47:41

Plus we talk to local historian Nathaniel Philbrick about his new book, "Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy."

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Marathon bomber case

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 9:24

The Supreme Court held oral arguments today involving the death sentence for convicted Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. We speak with Kimberly Atkins-Stohr, senior opinion writer for the Boston Globe, who has s covered the Supreme Court throughout her career, and followed today's arguments.

New self portrait exhibit aims to connect strangers from behind their masks

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 6:37

Grocery stores, restaurants - sometimes even street corners - remain full of masked faces. Gloucester's Cape Ann Museum to send out art supplies to residents of the region to make their own self-portraits.

Now do we have a race? Checking the latest polling numbers in Boston's mayoral election

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 47:13

Plus, we hear from the owner of Boston's first permitted in-home bakery.

Michelle Wu up by 32 points in Boston mayoral race

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 16:00

We break down the latest numbers from a poll by WBUR, the Dorchester Reporter, The Boston Foundation, and MassINC Polling Group.

Meet the cupcake baker running Boston's first residential kitchen

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 8:06

Lisa Mackin is the very first person with a permit to operate a residential kitchen in Boston, thanks to a new law approved by the city council earlier this year.

A four-star general on lessons from how Boston handled the pandemic

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 14:56

Retired Army four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal, now at Yale, joins us to talk about his new book, on lessons from Boston's early pandemic response, Afghanistan and 9/11 to better understand how we mitigate risk.

New WBUR series examines potential impacts of growing offshore wind industry

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 12:04

In a new series called "Power Shift, the Promise of Offshore Wind," WBUR and E&E News look deeply at wind and what it means for us and the world.

The promise of off-shore wind energy in New England

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 47:54

Plus, we take listener COVID-19 questions in our Ask The Doctors. And we hear from a retired four-star general on how to understand and mitigate risk.

Ask The Doctors: Vaccine deadline enforcement kicks in for Boston city workers; A pill for COVID-19?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 20:32

Infectious disease experts Dr. Sabrina Assoumou with Boston Medical Center and Dr. Helen Boucher at Tufts Center join us to dig into the latest on the pandemic.

Reflecting on a different marathon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 6:49

We check-in with WBUR Reporter Yasmin Amer from Heartbreak Hill, on how spectators are experiencing the marathon differently this year.

Week in review: The Boston mayoral race, social media woes and state spending

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 40:38

This week, we're debriefing everything from the Boston mayoral race to social media woes to state spending.

Reflecting on the long-delayed, highly anticipated 125th Boston Marathon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 5:09

While each running of the marathon is special in its own way, will this year's have a particular place in history? And will there be lessons learned for the next marathon in just a few months' time?

Our evolving recognition of Indigenous history as a country, and a region

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 10:51

We speak with Paula Peters, or Sonk Waban, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and an independent scholar of Wampanoag history.

A special hour of Radio Boston marks the Boston Marathon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 48:16

Conversations with our reporters from along the course, but a lesson in the shared history of today with a scholar in indigenous history.

With elite races in the books, more Boston Marathon runners reach Copley Square

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 7:56

We check in with reporter Alex Ashlock, who's been out on the course all day covering the race for WBUR.

Remembering indigenous marathon runner Ellison 'Tarzan' Brown

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 11:28

We hear from Anna Brown-Jackson, Tarzan Brown's granddaughter. Anna tells us her grandfather ran his whole life, and though she was only seven or eight when he died and therefore never saw him run, she knew his legend, and to her, he was always both grandfather and Tarzan.

Dispatches from Hopkinton on Marathon Monday

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 5:41

We speak to Norman Khumalo, the town manger of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, about what it was like to prepare for today's historic race.

Checking in on Boston from the mayoral race to Marathon Monday

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 48:01

We dive into the latest endorsements for mayor, social spending in Boston and in Washington, D.C. and how city officials are preparing for the Boston Marathon.

Preparing for the Boston Marathon

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 7:14

After last year's historic postponement, we check-in with reporter Alex Ashlock about how runners and city officials are preparing for the big day.

How Massachusetts is welcoming families from Afghanistan

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 46:38

Plus, Brandeis Professor Anita Hill joins us to talk about her new book, "Believing: Our Thirty Year Journey To End Gender Violence."

Welcoming families from Afghanistan

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 7:33

We speak Emma Tobin, the Chief Programming Officer at the International Institute of New England, to hear how they're helping welcome Afghan families.

Checking in with Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 11:31

Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, joins us to talk about how the district is dealing with a host of challenges, including learning loss, food distribution challenges and getting students to school on time, one month into the new school year.

Anita Hill's mission to end gender-based violence

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 13:38

Professor Anita Hill on her new book, "Believing: Our 30-Year Journey to End Gender-Based Violence."

Preventing pandemics by stopping the spread of viruses from animals to people

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 9:42

When you think of pandemic prevention, I'm sure things like vaccination, healthcare system readiness, and acquiring adequate PPE come to mind. But what if pandemic prevention also means monitoring how and where trees get cut down to make room for housing - or ways to safely handle products at exotic animal markets throughout the world.

The newest developments in the Boston mayoral race

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 11:33

We unpack the latest news in the Boston mayoral race with Gin Dumcius, Managing Editor of the Dorchester Reporter, and Lisa Kashinsjy, author of the Massachusetts Playbook and reporter for Politico.

One big idea for how to spend Massachusetts' $5.2 billion in federal relief money

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 11:41

There's a proposal at the State House to use COVID relief money to right long-time systemic inequities laid bare by the pandemic. We speak with Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds, who's leading the charge, and WBUR Senior State House reporter Steve Brown.

The movement to clear an accused 'witch's' name more 300 years after she was convicted

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 9:25

Back in 1692, Johnson Jr. was one of hundreds accused of witchcraft. She was sentenced to death, but a day before she was set to be hanged, her death was stayed. She may have survived, but some 300 years later her conviction is still on the books in Massachusetts.

Will riders return to the MBTA?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 47:40

Plus, the Supreme Court is back in session, so we break down the docket with our legal expert, retired federal judge Nancy Gertner. And, we speak to State Senator Diana DiZoglio and Carrie LaPierre, a civics teacher at North Andover Middle School, about their quest to clear the name of a woman convicted of being a witch in 1693.

Checking in with MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 13:44

We take listener calls and talk with MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak about what it will take to get riders back, and the latest updates on a handful of recent incidents that may have shaken some potential riders' confidence in the system.

Two Mass. cases and a new Supreme Court term in Washington

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 9:27

The court is set to take up cases related to abortion, gun rights, and affirmative action.

Making sense of the pandemic in Massachusetts

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 10:22

We speak with Dr. Shira Doron, infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center.

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