Today on Boston Public Radio:
Tina Opie discussed the rise of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) trainings in the corporate world, and explained how companies can foster more inclusive work environments. She also shared her thoughts on whether it’s time to retire dress codes mandating strict business attire. Opie is an associate professor in the Management Division at Babson and the founder of Opie Consulting Group.
Next, we talked with listeners about the return to office dress codes, post-pandemic.
Juliette Kayyem updated us on the release of a Senate report on the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, explaining how threats were not taken seriously by law enforcement agencies. She also talked about the ransomware attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and the Steamship Authority. 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.
Art Caplan shared his thoughts on the potential for herd immunity in the U.S., and vaccine hesitancy among 18-24 year-olds. He also discussed the FDA’s approval of Aducanumab, a treatment for Alzheimer’s. Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.
Shirley Leung talked about her recent column on disparities among Asian Americans, and grocery chain Roche Bros. outsourcing delivery drivers. She also discussed Roger Lau’s appointment as deputy executive director of the Democratic National Committee. Leung is a business columnist for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Gruber weighed in on the GOP governors cutting unemployment aid, and whether unemployment benefits are causing a labor shortage. Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT. He was instrumental in creating both 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."
We wrapped up the show by asking listeners about unemployment benefits, and Republican politicians’ claims that these benefits disincentivize work.