Today on Boston Public Radio:

We began the show by asking listeners about vaccine hesitancy among parents.

Sue O’Connell remembered the life of local trans activist Jahaira DeAlto. She also talked about the U.S. birth rate decline and an increase in “gray divorce.” O’Connell is the co-publisher of Bay Windows and the South End News, as well as NECN's political commentator and explainer-in-chief.

Sue O'Connell on BPR | May 7, 2021

Emily Rooney talked about South Carolina lawmakers voting to allow execution by firing squad as an alternative to the electric chair. She also shared what she has and hasn’t missed during the pandemic as part of her famous list. Rooney is host of Beat the Press, which you can watch Friday nights at 7 p.m.

Emily Rooney on BPR | May 7, 2021

Shirley Leung explained how local Indian American businesspeople are uniting to send personal protective equipment and other medical supplies to India. She also talked about continuing violence against Asian Americans across the U.S. Leung is a business columnist for The Boston Globe.

Shirley Leung on BPR | May 7, 2021

Andy Ihnatko shared his thoughts on Facebook's decision to uphold its ban on former President Donald Trump and privacy concerns over Apple’s AirTags. Ihnatko is a tech writer and blogger posting at

Andy Ihnatko on BPR | May 7, 2021

Callie Crossley discussed the death of Mikayla Miller and her family’s calls for transparency and justice. She also talked about the multiple state legislatures that are passing voting restriction bills. Crossley hosts GBH’s Under the Radar and Basic Black.

Callie Crossley on BPR | May 7, 2021

We ended the show by talking with listeners about the statewide reopening of ball pits.