Today on Boston Public Radio:
We began the show by talking with listeners about Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib coming out, and what this could mean for the world of professional sports.
Trenni Kusnierek talked about former journalist Kat O’Brien’s New York Times op-ed detailing her experiences with sexual assault and harassment while covering major-league baseball. She also updated us on how the Tokyo Olympics and International Olympic Committee are handling COVID-19 precautions. Kusnierek is a reporter and anchor for NBC Sports Boston, and a weekly Boston Public Radio contributor.
Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett discussed current vaccination rates in Massachusetts, and talked about the nationwide spread of the COVID-19 Delta Variant. She also answered listeners’ questions. Gergen Barnett teaches in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical School.
Elizabeth Hinton shared her research into the cycle of police and mob violence facing Black Americans, and how Black communities’ responses to brutality have been characterized throughout history. Hinton is an associate professor of history in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies at Yale. She’s also a professor of law at Yale Law School. Her latest book is “America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s.”
John King updated us on the upcoming Senate vote on whether to advance the For the People Act, and shared his thoughts on Arizona’s 2021 election audit. King is CNN’s Chief National Correspondent and anchor of “Inside Politics,” which airs weekdays and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.
We ended the show by talking with listeners about the fate of voting rights as the Senate considers advancing a sweeping voting rights package.