Today on Boston Public Radio:

  • In today’s politics round up, we looked at how Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s refusal to resign could complicate things for the Democrats who will throw their hat in the 2020 ring. We previewed President Trump’s State of the Union address with guests Frank Phillips, statehouse bureau chief for the Boston Globe, and Boston Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis.
  • Charles Sennott, WGBH News analyst and CEO of the Groundtruth Project, discussed the implications of the U.S. and Russia pulling out of a nuclear arms treaty and other global headlines.
  • We got TV critic Bob Thompson's take on how Superbowl Sunday played out on television, from the ads to the halftime show to the coveted post game time slot. Thompson is the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture at the Newhouse School of Public communications at Syracuse.
  • Then we opened up the lines to ask you what you thought of last night's game. Were you bored? Thrilled? Relieved?
  • For this week's edition of All Revved Up, Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III delved into the ugly history of blackface in America. Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist, the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail and a visiting researcher in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology. Price is a Professor of Worship, Church & Culture and founding executive director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
  • In 2009 Jason Rezaian decided leave his life in California behind to be a journalist in Tehran. Five years later he ended up in solitary confinement in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons. We talked to him about his new book, "Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison — Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out," which talks about why he was arrested and what it took to be released.
  • And finally we closed the show with another edition of The Village Voice with poet Richard Blanco. Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history, His new book How To Love A Country — deals with various socio-political issues inw America. It will be released in March by Beacon Press but can be pre-ordered online.