Today on Boston Public Radio:
Dr. Elizabeth Pinsky talked about the mental and physical strain that remote learning has taken on the thousands of Mass. kids stuck at home through the pandemic, and offered her assessment of the state's pandemic response with respect to public education. Pinsky is a pediatrician and psychiatrist at Mass General Hospital.
We opened our lines to talk with listeners about Dr. Pinksy's comments about schooling in Massachusetts and asked: did we get it wrong?
Charlie Sennott talked about the potential problems with the U.K.’s fast-tracked approval of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. He also reflected on President-elect Joe Biden’s choices for secretary of state and director of national intelligence, and he weighed in on the future of “Trumpism” after President Donald Trump leaves office. Sennott is a GBH News analyst and CEO of The GroundTruth Project.
Bob Thompson discussed news that Warner Brothers is planning to release all of its 2021 films online at the same time they’ll be in theaters. He also reviewed Netflix’s “Mank,” Showtime’s “Your Honor” and HBO's new documentary about The Bee Gees, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart." Thompson is the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a professor of television and popular culture at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
The Rev. Irene Monroe and the Rev. Emmett Price III discussed last week’s Supreme Court ruling on COVID restrictions and religious liberty, reflecting on the impact of the court’s decision to side with religious organizations. 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 at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he directs the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience. Together, they host GBH’s All Rev’d Up podcast.
Shirley Leung explained the growing tension between Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and local leaders and public health officials over the spike in state residents who are testing positive for COVID-19. She also touched on Amazon’s expansion of distribution centers in Massachusetts and other business headlines. Leung is a business columnist for The Boston Globe.
Anthony Rudel talked about GBH’s upcoming collaboration with performance arts organization The Handel and Haydn Society for their annual holiday production of “Messiah.” Rudel is the general manager for music at GBH.