Today on Boston Public Radio:
We began the show by opening the phone lines, talking with listeners about gun violence in the United States in the wake of a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Art Caplan shared his thoughts on the moral apathy Congress seems to have in cases of gun violence, and cases of monkeypox in the U.S. Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine in New York City.
Juliette Kayyem explained how language is used to sanitize stories of gun violence, and updated us on the latest news out of Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers on Tuesday. Kayyem is former assistant secretary for homeland security under President Barack Obama, and the faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
We continued our discussion with listeners on the epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.
Paul Reville discussed the impact of school shootings on survivors. He also talked about the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) audit of Boston Public Schools. Reville is the former secretary of education and a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where he also runs 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.”
Sy Montgomery talked about dolphins using coral mucus to heal, and new research into how Asian elephants mourn the dead. Montgomery is a journalist, naturalist and BPR contributor. Her latest book is "The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty.”
We ended the show by revisiting our discussion with listeners on mass shootings.