Today on Boston Public Radio:
We started the show off by talking with listeners about how they’re filling their kids’ summers.
Tracy Chang talked about the logistics behind operating a restaurant and two nonprofits during the pandemic, and how measures to “recession-proof” her business helped her to weather COVID-19. Chang is the chef and owner behind PAGU, a Japanese tapas restaurant in Cambridge. She also created Project Restore Us and Off Their Plate, two nonprofits dedicated to establishing food security.
Charlie Sennott updated us on President Joe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin and weighed in on former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s critique of the meeting. He also talked about Israel’s new leadership. Sennott is a GBH News analyst and the founder and CEO of The GroundTruth Project.
Richard Blanco marked Pride month by reading two of his poems, “One Pulse—One Poem,” which is about the Pulse nightclub massacre, and “Until We Could,” which was developed into a short film. Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history. His new book of poems, “How To Love A Country,” deals with various socio-political issues that shadow America.
Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III shared their thoughts on Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, arguing that the commercialization of the holiday leads to the erasure of its history. They also talked about Roman Catholic bishops moving to ban President Joe Biden from receiving communion over his stance on abortion. Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist, the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail, and a visiting researcher in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at the Boston University School of Theology. Price is an executive director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Together, they host GBH’s All Rev’d Up podcast.
We wrapped up the show by asking listeners if they participate in bedtime revenge procrastination.