Today on Boston Public Radio:
Chuck Todd began the show by talking about the possible effect of supply chain shortages on President Joe Biden’s approval ratings as the holidays near. He also discussed what programs might have to be cut in order to pass Biden’s spending plan. Todd is the moderator of “Meet the Press,” host of “Meet the Press Daily” on MSNBC and the political director for NBC News.
Then, we asked listeners what they think Democrats should get rid of in order to pass Biden’s infrastructure bill.
Andrea Cabral updated listeners on the latest in the conviction of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombing. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week as to whether Tsarnaev was properly sentenced to death — and whether he had a fair trial. Cabral also discussed a Boston Police officer who is back on duty after being suspended for bragging about hitting those protesting in the wake of George Floyd’s death with his car. Cabral is the former Suffolk County sheriff and the former Massachusetts secretary of public safety. She is currently the CEO of the cannabis company Ascend.
Then, we talked with listeners about their thoughts on police reform, and why they think efforts to change policing have faltered in the months since protests in the summer of 2020.
Fiona Hill previewed her memoir that came out this month, “There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century,” and weighed in on the similarities and differences between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Hill served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs in the Trump administration from 2017 to 2019, and was a witness in Donald Trump’s first impeachment hearing.
Jared Bowen rounded up the latest arts and culture happenings in the city, including the Museum of Fine Arts’ “Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories” exhibit, and Gregory Maguire’s latest novel, “The Brides of Maracoor.” Bowen is GBH’s executive arts editor and the host of Open Studio.