Call Record Shows Trump Pressed Ukrainian President For Political Favor
The memo describing President Donald Trump’s call in July with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky was published Wednesday, showing Trump asking a foreign leader to investigate the family of a potential political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, among other things. Trump and his allies in Congress have continued to say that the call shows nothing damning, as it does not include an explicit quid pro quo. However, the record shows Trump making his request, and telling Zelensky to speak about it with Attorney General William Barr and his own personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, at the same time that American funding for the Ukraine hung in the balance.

Jim Braude was joined by his Boston Public Radio co-host Margery Eagan and former State Treasurer and current Trump supporter Joe Malone.

The Divide Between Access To Opioids & Access To Opioid Treatment
It’s now common knowledge that a large part of the opioid public health crisis stemmed from doctors overprescribing painkillers — a problem that the Department of Justice is increasingly cracking down on through prosecution of ‘pill mills.’ But as such legal cases play out, another policy debate continues about why it’s seemingly much more difficult to get opioid dependent patients access to medication-assisted treatment like buprenorphine. Stephanie Leydon reports.

Health Secretary Maryloud Sudders On Baker’s Vaping Ban
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency Tuesday and imposed a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products — reportedly the first of its kind in the nation. The move brought criticism from Cannabis Control Commissioners Shaleen Title, who said the change would just push more people to the dangerous illicit market, as well as from some entrepreneurs within the fledgling marijuana industry.

Jim Braude was joined by Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.

Note: Jim Braude starts the interview by first asking Secretary Sudders about a piece played earlierin the show about proposed legislation that would make it easier for doctors to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid dependence. The interview then moves to the topic of vaping.

IMHO: Freedom Of The Press
Jim Braude shares his thoughts on President Trump’s threat to the freedom of the press.