Today on Boston Public Radio:
Stephen Fowler gave a primer on Tuesday's Senate runoff races in Georgia and discussed President Donald Trump's controversial call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over the weekend where he pressured Raffensperger to nullify his state's election tally. Fowler is a political reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting and host of the podcast “The Battleground: Ballot Box.”
Next, we opened our phone lines to talk with listeners about the latest effort by GOP lawmakers to call President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory into question.
Bill McKibben discussed Trump’s legacy of inaction on global warming and the potential impact that Biden's incoming environmental team could have on the future of the global climate crisis. McKibben is a contributing writer at The New Yorker, a founder of the advocacy group 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College. He also writes The Climate Crisis, The New Yorker’s environmental newsletter. His latest book is “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun To Play Itself Out?”
Anand Giridharadas weighed in on Congress' failure to approve $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks and discussed why he believes federal leaders are paving the way for future billionaire bailouts. Giridharadas is publisher of the newsletter The.Ink and author of "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade Of Changing The World."
The Rev. Irene Monroe and the Rev. Emmett Price reflected on Monroe’s recent commentary for GBH News, “Where Do We Go From Here, Redux,” about America’s ongoing struggle to address white supremacy. They also weighed in on reporting about the problematic legacy of Boston police sergeant Clifton McHale and the muted reaction it garnered from city leaders. 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 the Boston University School of Theology. Price is a 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 the "City Hall,” filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s in-depth documentary about Boston Mayer Marty Walsh’s administration. He also offered his takes on CNN’s new documentary “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President," as well as Netflix's “Bridgerton" and “History of Swear Words.” Thompson is the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a professor of television and popular culture at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
We closed out Monday’s show by talking with listeners about a new study published last month in Naturewhich found that man-made “stuff” outweighs all living biomass on Earth.