Today on Boston Public Radio:
EJ Dionne talked about Democrats’ recent legislative struggles in Congress, including Sen. Joe Manchin’s refusal to support climate change plans, codifying Roe v. Wade, the plausibility of removing the filibuster and the upcoming Jan. 6 hearings. Dionne is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. His latest book is “Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country.”
Then, we asked listeners how they’re feeling about the state of climate inaction.
Michael Curry shared dispatches from the NAACP annual convention, including the way that communities of color are responding to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ performances so far. He also shared his thoughts on Boston’s response to the new COVID-19 variant. Curry is chair of the NAACP Advocacy and Policy Committee, and is president and CEO of the Mass League of Community Health Centers.
Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III discussed the Pope Francis’ recent visit to Canada to apologize for abuse against Indigenous people in residential schools, the general opinions of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision in church communities of color and the histroy of Negro Election Day, which may soon become a state holiday in Massachusetts. Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist and the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail. Price is founding pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship in Allston, and the Inaugural Dean of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music. Together, they host GBH's All Rev’d Up podcast.
Christopher Wilkins talked about the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s upcoming summer series, as well as the importance of accessibility in their performances and diversity in their composers. Wilkins is the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s music director.
Corby Kummer discussed Belmont’s Cafe Vanak being named one of the premier cafes in the world, the closure of Rep. Lauren Boebert’s gun-themed restaurant, a movie theater coming to Boston that serves full meals to its patrons and the difficulties of patronizing Russian-themed restaurants. Kummer is executive director of the food and society policy program at the Aspen Institute, a senior editor at The Atlantic and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
We ended the show by talking about the heat wave coming to Boston.