Today on Boston Public Radio:
Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden joined us to discuss the investigation into the fatal parking garage collapse downtown, and his new Firearm Rapid Indictment program focused on illegal gun seizures. He also shined light on his approach to cases by exiting former Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, and pushback from primary opponent Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo that he doesn’t support Rollins’s policies, such as not prosecuting lower-level offenses.
We asked listeners whether they agreed with a WalletHub study that found that Massachusetts is one of the least stressed states, ranking 43rd in the country.
Paul Reville discussed MIT being an outlier by bringing back the ACT and SAT standardized tests and the correlation between race, wealth and testing performance. Reville is the former Massachusetts secretary of education and a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where he also heads the Education Redesign Lab. His latest book, co-authored with Lynne Sacks, is “Collaborative Action for Equity and Opportunity: A Practical Guide for School and Community Leaders.”
We continued our conversation on WalletHub’s ranking of Massachusetts as one of the least stressed states.
Juliette Kayyem discussed President Joe Biden’s speech regarding Russian President Vladmir Putin’s ability to stay in power, as well as former President Donald Trump’s claim that Putin has damaging information on Hunter Biden. She also commented on how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should have handled the slapping incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock. Kayyem was formerly an assistant secretary for homeland security under President Barack Obama, and is now the faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Her new book is “The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disasters.”
We ended the show by talking with listeners about their drinking habits, following a JAMA Network study that claims moderate drinking is bad for your heart.