Today on Boston Public Radio:
We opened Monday's show by opening lines, to talk with listeners about how you’re navigating your pandemic Thanksgiving.
Trenni Kusnierek discussed the passing of former Celtics player, coach and play-by-play announcer Tommy Heinsohn, who died this month. She also discussed the spread of COVID-19 in collegiate football, and a recent piece by Kurt Streeter in the New York Times about running while Black. Kusnierek is a reporter and anchor for NBC Sports Boston.
Shirley Leung discussed her latest writing about blowback to a string of worker layoffs at the Boston Marriott, whose let-go workers aren’t being paid full severance. She also discussed some anti-racist efforts by Boston businesses, and how her kids are handling the boredom of pandemic life. Leung is a business columnist for the Boston Globe.
Lauren Kennedy talked about broad inefficiencies with America's child care system, and what her nonprofit Neighborhood Villages is doing to support working mothers and families through the pandemic. Kennedy is the co-founder of Neighborhood Villages, which has created the Boston Children's Relief Initiative Program. In collaboration with AmeriCorps, they’re working to make sure that children get equal access to education and that parents have the resources they need to keep their families afloat.
Irene Monroe and Emmett Price talked about work being done in Dedham to honor the overlooked legacy of Black Civil War veteran (and church founder) William Benjamin Gould. They also talked about the right-wing campaign to smear Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock. 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 and executive director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Together, they host GBH’s All Rev’d Up podcast.
We returned to callers to hear about your experiences trying to juggle child care with everything else going on during the pandemic.
Sy Montgomery recounted the story of a Northern saw-whet owl who got trapped in the Rockefeller Christmas tree, and a Florida man who went viral after rescuing his puppy from an alligator. She also offered up details about her newly-released book: an illustrated children’s version of her memoir, “How to Be a Good Creature.” Montgomery is a naturalist, journalist and frequent Boston Public Radio contributor.