Today on Boston Public Radio:
Chuck Todd discussed President Trump’s deluge of lawsuits attempting to delegitimize his election loss, and gave his take on President-elect Biden’s leveled reaction. Todd is the moderator of “Meet the Press” on NBC, host of “Meet the Press Daily" on MSNBC, and the political director for NBC News.
We opened lines to hear your take on what exactly President Trump is planning, as he spreads false claims about voter fraud and refuses to concede his loss to Present-elect Biden.
Andrea Cabral discussed members of the legal community who are actively distancing themselves from President Trump’s effort to litigate his way into a second term. She also reflected on why white American voters have so reliably swung Republican. Cabral is the former Suffolk County sheriff and secretary of public safety. She’s also the current CEO of Ascend.
Sen. Ed Markey talked about the surge of coronavirus throughout the U.S., and why he’s worried about it getting worse in the final months of the Trump administration. He also weighed in on Trump’s refusal to concede defeat, and the actions he hopes President-elect Biden will make to move the U.S. forward on the environment during in his first weeks in office.
Paul Reville explained why he believes Massachusetts should be prioritizing in-person learning, and discussed the moves President-elect Joe Biden can make to boost public education in a post-Betsy DeVos era. Reville is former Massachusetts Secretary of Education and a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where he also runs the Education Redesign Lab. His latest book is "Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty.”
Mike Astrue discussed President Trump’s unprecedented refusal to accept the results of the 2020 election and reflected on some past presidential transitions that he helped facilitate. He also read a Vietnam War-era poem by Richard Wilbur that's relevant to today, called "For the Student Strikers." Astrue served as counsel in both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, and as commissioner of the Social Security Administration in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. He also writes and translates poetry under the alias A.M. Juster. His latest book of poetry is "Wonder and Wrath.”
We closed out Thursday’s show by returning to listeners, to hear your thoughts and concerns about traveling college students and this year’s Thanksgiving.