Dr. Ken Duckworth talked about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health during the holiday season, fielding questions and comments from listeners. Duckworth is the senior medical director for behavioral health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and the national medical director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Next, we opened our lines up to ask: with winter encroaching, are you ready to answer the call of the great outdoors?
Chris Burrell discussed growing momentum in the State House around legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to register for drivers licenses. He also discussed the latest news around Massachusetts’ purported investments in minority-owned businesses. Burrell is an investigative reporter covering criminal justice, housing, immigration and other topics for The GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting.
Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett Price weighed in on President-elect Joe Biden’s Catholic faith, and debated the impact it might have on his presidency. They also discussed Wilton Gregory, who became the first-ever Black-American cardinal this past weekend. 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.
Bob Thompson reviewed NOVA’s “Saving Notre Dame,” and talked about the onslaught of welcome holiday content from country legend Dolly Parton. He also offered a belated review of Netflix’s hit show “The Queen’s Gambit." Thompson is the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a trustee professor of television and popular culture at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse.
We closed out Monday's show by reopening our lines to talk with listeners about “The Queen’s Gambit,” and ask: Have got you gotten swept up in this current chess craze?