Today on Boston Public Radio:

Jon Gruber discussed the latest on inflation, including the potential strategies of the Federal Reserve Bank and why the middle class is being left behind. He also explained the economic impacts of government failure and whether the United States is heading in that direction. Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT. His latest book is “Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream.”

Jon Gruber on BPR | July 14, 2022

Then, we asked listeners how they’re dealing with rising inflation.

Stephanie Leydon and Sarah Betancourt talked about GBH News’ reporting on housing inflation and scarcity in Massachusetts from their new series “Priced Out,” and shared about some of the stories they’ve looked into so far. Leydon is the Director of Special Projects at GBH News. Betancourt is a reporter for GBH News.

Stephanie Leydon and Sarah Betancourt on BPR | July 14, 2022

Then, we took listener calls about the housing crisis in Massachusetts.

Jared Bowen shared the latest in the Boston arts scene, including Neil Diamond's “Beautiful Noise” at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop,” which just premiered on Broadway this spring, the immersive show “Beyond King Tut” at the SoWa Power Station and ProBlak Gibbs’ new mural on the Greenway “Breathe Life Together.” Bowen is GBH’s executive arts editor and the host of Open Studio.

Jared Bowen on BPR | July 14, 2022

Matt Gertz talked about the link between right-wing media and today’s politics, including Fox News’ response to the Jan. 6 hearings, its relationship to former President Donald Trump and criticism of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s recent comments on Fox News defending protesters outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s dinner. Gertz is a senior fellow for Media Matters for America, which reports on news from the conservative media landscape.

Matt Gertz on BPR | July 14, 2022

Mitra Kaboli and Ben Riskin previewed their new podcast, “Welcome to Provincetown.” They shared their inspiration for creating the podcast, and reflected on the stories they tell in it and their own experiences in the town. Kaboli is an audio documentarian, sound designer and artist who hosts and co-created “Welcome to Provincetown.” Riskin is the principal of Room Tone, an audio advisory providing strategy consulting, business development and management services to enterprise and independent podcasters, and he co-created “Welcome to Provincetown.”

Mitra Kaboli and Ben Riskin on BPR | July 14, 2022

We ended the show by asking listeners what makes summer in New England great.