Today on Boston Public Radio:

  • Former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen stepped down — so what does this mean for the Trump administration overall? Jennifer Nassour, the former Chair of the Mass GOP and COO of ReflectUS, and Steve Kerrigan, the president and co-founder of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and former CEO of the National Democratic Convention, joined us for that and other politics headlines.
  • Then, does Brexit still mean Brexit? Charlie Sennott joined us for that and other international headlines. Sennott heads up The GroundTruth Project and is a WGBH News Analyst.
  • We then went over the latest on the Mueller report with legal analyst Michael Zeldin. Zeldin is a former colleague of Robert Mueller, a legal analyst for CNN and a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Quick to jump on the news that President Donald Trump was going to cut aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, Fox and Friends ran an onscreen banner last week that said: “Trump cuts aids to three Mexican countries.” It sounds like an April Fool’s Day joke — but it wasn’t. TV guru Bob Thompson joined us to discuss this and more. 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 University.
  • Is Trump giving white Americans insight into what it means to be black? Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III joined us for that and more. Reverend Irene Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist and the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail;a Visiting Researcher in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology. Price is the 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.
  • Earlier this year, Emily Dexter, a member of the Cambridge School Committee, said the N-word — in full— during a class discussion. We opened up the lines to ask our listeners: Is there any context in which the N-word is acceptable?
  • Then poet Richard Blanco joined us for another edition of Village Voice. 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 that shadow America and was published in March by Beacon Press.