Today on Boston Public Radio:
Art Caplan shared his thoughts on DJ Ferguson, a 31-year-old man who was denied a heart transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after he refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He also talked about Neil Young urging Spotify to remove Joe Rogan from the platform — or face the removal of all of his music. Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.
We then asked listeners for their thoughts on refusing a heart transplant in order to remain unvaccinated.
Juliette Kayyem discussed Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement announcement, and concerns over potential cyberattacks from Russia. 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.
Ali Noorani weighed in on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attempt to effectively kick migrant children who arrived in the country without their parents out of the state’s shelters and transitional foster care. His tactics rely on refusing shelter and foster care license renewal applications. Noorani is president and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. His latest book is “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.”
Shirley Leung talked about the Massachusetts officials trying to take back unemployment money that the state overpaid to people, and a “millionaire’s tax” that Massachusetts voters will see on the ballot in November. Leung is a business columnist for the Boston Globe.
Sy Montgomery updated us on the latest stories from the animal kingdom, from her recent resuscitation of Monet, the wild painted turtle, to the scientists who taught goldfish to operate vehicles. Montgomery is a journalist, naturalist and a Boston Public Radio contributor. Her latest book is “The Hummingbirds’ Gift: Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings.”
We wrapped up the show by asking listeners if they keep a secret stash of cash away from their partners.