Today on Boston Public Radio:
Jesse Mermell and Jennifer Nassour joined us for a political roundtable ahead of tomorrow’s midterm elections, giving us a look into Democrats’ and Republicans’ political strategies both state- and nationwide. Mermell is founder and president of deWit Impact Group, and a former candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District. Nassour is the founder of the Pocketbook Project, former chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party and a former candidate for Boston City Council.
Then, we opened the phone lines to talk with listeners about their expectations for Election Day.
Jim Aloisi and Stacy Thompson shared their thoughts on MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak’s upcoming departure, and other transit headlines. Aloisi is a former transportation secretary, a member of the Transit Matters Board, and contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. Thompson is executive director of Livable Streets Alliance.
David Cash discussed the move from diesel-powered school buses to electric, and a new report finding that Boston's 2030 climate goals are out of reach. Cash is the New England administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III talked about the Black Bostonians moving South, and the rise of Christian leaders in some GOP midterm races. Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist and the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail. Price is founding pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship in Allston, the inaugural dean of Africana studies at Berklee College of Music.
Corby Kummer weighed in on holiday dinners in times of inflation, and whether artificial intelligence has the potential to write recipes better than humans. Kummer is the executive director of the food and society policy program at the Aspen Institute, a senior editor at The Atlantic and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
We ended the show by talking with listeners about their climate concerns amid an autumn heatwave in Boston.