Today on Boston Public Radio:
Art Caplan weighed in on the recent firing of a Texas doctor after he distributed ten vaccines that were about to expire. Caplan also argued for moving elite athletes further ahead in the vaccination line. Caplan director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.
Carlo DeMaria responded to claims made by Everett City Councilor Gerly Adrien during her appearance on Monday's show of racist treatment from her colleagues. He also talked about Everett’s response to the pandemic and his decision to distribute masks to every city resident. DeMaria is the mayor of Everett, Massachusetts.
Juliette Kayyem talked about the internal disarray in the QAnon conspiracy community and the energy distribution issues facing Texas during their winter weather emergency. 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.
Next, we opened the phone lines to hear listeners’ thoughts on national vaccine rollouts.
Corby Kummer spoke about the lack of pandemic hazard pay for grocery store employees around the country and how restaurateurs are mobilizing to assist vulnerable workers. Kummer is the executive director of the Food and Society policy program at the Aspen Institute, a senior editor at The Atlantic and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Sy Montgomery explained how songbirds find mates for life in other birds who literally sing their tune and discussed vampire bats who adopt vampire bat pups. Montgomery is a journalist, naturalist and BPR contributor. Her latest book is "Becoming A Good Creature."
We wrapped up the show by asking listeners about what they’ve given up in a year already full of sacrifices.