Today on Boston Public Radio:
Rep. Jim McGovern talked about the significance of Wednesday’s impeachment of President Donald Trump, where he played a key role, and reflected on what’s to come for American democracy. McGovern, D-Mass., chairs the House Rules Committee and represents the state's 2nd Congressional District.
Next, we opened the phone lines to talk about Wednesday’s impeachment and whether our listeners are worried about it backfiring on President-elect Joe Biden.
Andrea Cabral raised some legal questions about the Senate’s ability to conduct an impartial impeachment trial of Trump. She also talked about how U.S. Capitol Police failed to prevent last week’s riot and spoke on the death of Lisa Montgomery, the first woman to be federally executed in nearly 70 years. Cabral is the former Suffolk County sheriff and former Massachusetts secretary of public safety. She’s currently the CEO of Ascend.
Ali Noorani discussed the legacy of Trump’s immigration policy and what he hopes for from Biden on issues like refugee resettlement and Trump’s travel ban. He also talked about challenges with getting undocumented immigrants access to COVID-19 vaccines. Noorani is president and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. His latest book is "There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice And Meet The Challenge Of American Immigration.”
Paul Reville talked about the state of hybrid learning in Massachusetts and pressed for the reinstatement of standardized testing so officials can have a clearer understanding of the pandemic’s toll on statewide learning. Reville is the former Massachusetts secretary of education and a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where he also heads the Education Redesign Lab. His latest book, co-authored with Elaine Weiss, is: "Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools And Communities Help Students Overcome The Disadvantages Of Poverty.”
Next, we reopened our phone lines to check in with parents and teachers on how remote learning is impacting their lives and the lives of students in the commonwealth.
Jared Bowen talked about his impressions of Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall,” an in-depth documentary about the administration of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. He also reviewed the film “Sound Of Metal” and discussed an exhibit of works by photographer Robert Frank at the Addison Gallery. Bowen is GBH’s executive arts editor and the host of Open Studio, which airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on GBH 2.