Today on Boston Public Radio:
Rep. Jake Auchincloss discussed Wednesday’s impeachment vote in the House, which took place mere days after he was sworn into his first congressional term, and why he’s optimistic about America’s future. Auchincloss is the Democratic congressman representing Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District.
Brenda Cassellius talked about the current state of hybrid learning at Boston Public Schools and reflected on the lessons she and other education officials have learned in the first 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cassellius is the superintendent of Boston Public Schools.
Juliette Kayyem responded to last week’s insurrection and the resignation of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf one week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. She also talked about her recent piece for The Atlantic, “How MAGA Extremism Ends.” Kayyem is an analyst for CNN, former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
We opened our phone lines to talk with listeners about Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings and whether they believe Trump ought to be removed from office over his role in last week’s insurrection.
Art Caplan discussed COVID-19 vaccine refusals at U.S. nursing homes and the complicated logistics of establishing a vaccine mandate. He also offered his take on Biden’s strategy for COVID-19 vaccine rollout, releasing as many first doses to Americans as available. Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.
We returned to listeners to discuss Wednesday's impeachment proceedings and the likelihood of a second presidential impeachment in 13 months.
Jonathan Gruber put Wednesday’s impeachment proceedings into the context of economics, reflecting on the cost-benefit analysis of last week’s riot and a potential second impeachment of Trump. Gruber is a professor of economics at MIT. He was instrumental in creating both the Massachusetts health-care reform and the Affordable Care Act. His latest book is "Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth And The American Dream."