Today on Boston Public Radio:

Michael Curry talked about the rise in breakthrough COVID-19 cases among vaccinated Americans and shared his thoughts on how to persuade more people to get vaccinated. Curry is the president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and a member of Governor Charlie Baker’s COVID Vaccine Advisory Group. He’s also a Member of the National NAACP Board of Directors and the Chair of the Board’s Advocacy & Policy Committee.

Michael Curry on BPR | August 2, 2021

Next, we opened the phone lines, asking listeners whether their kids are using summer school to make up for a year of lost learning.

Shirley Leung updated us on the return of conferences and conventions to Boston and the increasing number of local businesses considering mandatory vaccines for employees. She also talked about the lack of entrepreneurs of color in the Seaport neighborhood. Leung is a business columnist for the Boston Globe.

Shirley Leung on BPR | August 2, 2021

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discussed the release of new information surrounding the FBI’s investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after allegations of sexual assault. He also shared his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s 6–3 ruling that California’s nonprofit donor disclosure requirement is unconstitutional, explaining how it could impact “dark money” in politics. Senator Whitehouse is a Democrat from Rhode Island.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on BPR | Aug. 2, 2021

We then played the season finale of the All Rev’d Up podcast, in which Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III talk about gratefulness during the pandemic.

Richard Blanco shared his poems on Cuba amid historic protests in the country. Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history. His new book, "How To Love A Country," deals with various socio-political issues that shadow America.

Richard Blanco on BPR | August 2, 2021

We wrapped up the show by talking with listeners about the “Sunday scaries.”