Today on Boston Public Radio:

We began the show by talking with listeners about a post-vaccine spending boom, and the fight to stay frugal this summer.

Steven Maler and John Douglas talked about Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s return to outdoor theater with their rendition of “The Tempest,” for the 25th anniversary of Free Shakespeare on the Common. John Douglas Thompson is the actor starring as Prospero, and Steven Maler is the Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Steven Maler and John Douglas Thompson on BPR | June 18, 2021

Kellie Carter Jackson discussed her latest piece for The Atlantic, “What the Push to Celebrate Juneteenth Conceals,” about the legacy of Juneteenth and right-wing outrage over so-called critical race theory. Carter Jackson is an assistant professor of Humanities and an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, and the author of “Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence.”

Kellie Carter Jackson on BPR | June 18, 2021

Sue O’Connell weighed in on the Supreme Court’s decision to side with a Catholic adoption agency refusing to work with same-sex couples, and controversy around kink at this year’s Pride parade. O’Connelly is 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 | June 18, 2021

Andy Ihnatko discussed some of the downsides for consumers in Congress’ latest effort to reign in big tech companies. He also talked about updates made to Google’s algorithm to help protect users from online slander. Ihnatko is a tech writer and blogger, posting at

Andy Ihnatko on BPR | June 17, 2021

Callie Crossley talked about the significance of Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, the series of more moderate voting rights proposals brought forward this week by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and her recent commentary celebrating “girl dads.” Crossley hosts GBH’s Under the Radar and Basic Black.

Callie Crossley on BPR | June 17, 2021

Josiah Mayo talked about his whirlwind week as the first mate of Michael Packard, the lobster fisherman who was nearly swallowed by a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod. Mayo is also the co-founder of Chequessett Chocolate.

Josiah Mayo on BPR | June 18, 2021