Today on Boston Public Radio:
We began the show by talking with Shirley Leung about a survey from the group Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change which found that of 2,766 American adults who were asked to name a well-known Asian American, the most common answer was “I don’t know.” We then opened the phone lines to continue the conversation with listeners.
Trenni Kusnierek shared her thoughts on International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach’s cancellation of a trip to Japan due to a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country. She also talked about San Francisco Giants outfielder Drew Robinson’s return to baseball after a suicide attempt. Kusnierek is a reporter and anchor for NBC Sports Boston and a weekly Boston Public Radio contributor.
Michael Curry updated us on the current state of vaccine equity in Massachusetts, highlighting the lack of accessible vaccination sites in rural areas and the rise of mobile vaccine clinics. Curry is president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and a member of Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID Vaccine Advisory Group. He’s also a nember of the national NAACP Board of Directors, where he chairs the Advocacy and Policy Committee.
Akiba Solomon discussed The Marshall Project’s Language Project, which looks at how the media reports and writes about people who are incarcerated or were formerly incarcerated. Solomon is a senior editor at The Marshall Project.
Michael Moss previewed his new book and explained how some drug addiction experts are shifting their attention to food addiction. Moss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. His latest book is “Hooked: Food, Free Will And How The Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions.”
John King updated us on the latest political headlines, from Wyomin Republican Rep. Liz Cheney’s potential ouster from GOP leadership to Caitlyn Jenner’s campaign for California governor. King is CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of "Inside Politics,” which airs weekdays and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.
We wrapped up the show by asking listeners what comfort snacks they have been eating during the pandemic.