Today on Boston Public Radio:
We started the show by talking with listeners about what economists are calling “The Great Pandemic Tipping Boom of 2020,” where restaurant-goers started tipping heavily.
Jonathan Gruber explained the economics behind the music industry as more music venues reopen for live shows. He also talked about the lack of revenue musicians gain from streaming services and album releases. Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT. He was instrumental in creating both the Massachusetts health-care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and his latest book is "Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth And The American Dream."
Juliette Kayyem updated us on the latest news from the partial condo building collapse near Miami and the possibility of a criminal indictment of the Trump Organization. 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 disclosing your vaccination status at work. He also weighed in on parents’ concerns over their children getting vaccinated. Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.
Shirley Leung talked about efforts to make the Seaport more equitable and explained Gov. Charlie Baker’s push for affordable homeownership as a way of decreasing the racial wealth gap. Leung is a business columnist for the Boston Globe.
Ali Noorani discussed Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to the U.S.-Mexico border and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plans to build a wall along the Texas-Mexico border. Noorani is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Immigration Forum. His latest book is "There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.”
We wrapped up the show by asking listeners whether the live music experience has changed for them due to the pandemic.