Today on Boston Public Radio:
We began the show by talking with listeners about President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office.
Art Caplan walked us through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidelines on wearing masks outdoors. He also shared his thoughts on Alaska Airlines’ decision to ban Republican Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold from all flights after she didn’t comply with mask requirements. Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.
Brian McGrory recapped The Boston Globe’s latest stories, from the release of redacted records detailing an internal affairs investigation into former Boston police officer Patrick Rose to Boston hospital CEOs moonlighting on corporate boards. McGrory is the editor-in-chief of The Boston Globe.
Jonathan Gruber shared his thoughts on what Amazon defeating workers’ efforts to unionize means for the future of labor. Gruber teaches 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."
Andy Ihnatko talked about Apple’s new iPhone OS update, which forces apps to notify users of data tracking. He also explained two class-action lawsuits brought against Apple over whether users actually own content they’ve bought on iTunes. Ihnatko is a tech writer and blogger posting at Ihnatko.com.
Dr. Abraar Karan updated us on India’s COVID-19 outbreak and talked about the lack of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies in the country. He also discussed the state of vaccine inequity around the world. Karan is an internal medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has worked in global health for the past 13 years in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
We wrapped up the show by asking listeners whether their houses were in dire need of fixing after a year spent at home.