Today on Boston Public Radio:
We began the show by opening phone lines to talk with listeners about the day-to-day impact of Massachusetts ending its COVID-19 state of emergency.
Ali Noorani discussed the significance of the newly-released film adaptation of “In The Heights,” which highlights the value of Hispanic immigrant communities in the U.S. He also recapped Vice President Kamala Harris' recent trip to Guatemala and Mexico, and touched on President Biden’s plan to redirect $2 billion in funding for former President Trump's border wall to other national security issues. Noorani is president and chief executive officer of the National Immigration Forum. His latest book is "There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice And Meet The Challenge Of American Immigration.”
Dr. Andrew Budson talked about his experience working on clinical trials for Aduhelm, a controversial Alzheimer's drug that recently gained authorization from the FDA. He also spoke on whether he’d recommend it to his own patients. Budson is a professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, and chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Boston VA Healthcare System. His latest book is Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It.
Lisa Simmons previewed this year’s Roxbury International Film Festival, which runs from June 17th through the 26th. Simmons is the festival director of RoxFilm.
Trenni Kusnierek gave an update on the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics, and talked about her own experience preparing to cover the games for NBC. She also touched on recent dialogue around women coaches in the NBA. Kusnierek is a reporter and anchor for NBC Sports Boston, and a weekly Boston Public Radio contributor.
John King discussed President Biden’s forthcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the U.S. pivot to addressing domestic terrorism. He also discussed newly published emails showing former President Trump pressured the Department of Justice to challenge the 2020 election results. King is CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of "Inside Politics,” which airs weekdays and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.
We closed out Tuesday’s show by talking with listeners about the enormous backlog of Girl Scout cookies that piled up as a result of slow sales in 2020.