Today on Boston Public Radio:
We started the show by opening the phone lines, asking listeners how they felt about the reopening of high schools across Massachusetts.
Trenni Kusnierek talked about the Yankees’ COVID-19 outbreak and the Red Sox’s decision to not require vaccines for players. She also discussed former NFL players Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport’s civil rights lawsuit against the NFL for alleged systematic discrimination in concussion settlement benchmarks. Kusnierek is a reporter and anchor for NBC Sports Boston and a weekly Boston Public Radio contributor.
Laura Sullivan previewed the latest Frontline and NPR collaboration, “The Health Divide,” and explained how safety-net hospitals were impacted by the pandemic. Sullivan is a correspondent for NPR.
Jill Shah spoke about the preliminary results from the universal basic income pilot program in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Shah is president of the Shah Family Foundation, which is supporting efforts between Chelsea and philanthropic partners for one of the largest universal basic income programs in the nation. She’s also host of the "Catalysts For Change" podcast.
Dr. Ken Duckworth discussed the pandemic’s impact on mental health, from the rise of Telehealth to developmental issues facing youth. Duckworth is senior medical director for behavioral health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the national medical director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
John King talked about how House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has opposed a bipartisan proposal for a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He also discussed the Supreme Court’s agreement to hear a Mississippi case that challenges Roe v. Wade. 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 talking with listeners about returning to air travel.