Today on Boston Public Radio:

We began the show by asking listeners about the normalization of political violence in our culture.

Shirley Leung discussed her reporting on the humanitarian crisis stemming from a lack of affordable housing in Massachusetts, and shared her thoughts on Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s relationship with real estate developers. Leung is a business columnist for the Boston Globe.

Shirley Leung on BPR | Aug. 15, 2022

Arthur C. Brooks broke down his latest columns about happiness, including how to embrace doing nothing, how to be happy in a recession and how to get out of your head by getting outside. Brooks is the William Henry Bloomberg professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School, the happiness correspondent at The Atlantic and host of the podcast series “How to Build a Happy Life.”

Arthur Brooks on BPR | Aug. 15, 2022

Corby Kummer talked about the recent interest in Italian beef thanks to “The Bear,” calls for Congress to address meat’s large carbon footprint and unionization efforts at Trader Joe’s and Starbucks. 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.

Corby Kummer on BPR | Aug. 15, 2022

Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett Price III shared their thoughts on Pope Francis meeting with transgender guests of a Roman church, the Department of Justice investigating sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Church and prosecuting local white supremacist groups. 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.

All Rev'd Up on BPR | Aug. 15, 2022

Lewis Black talked about the ethos of his rant-comedy style, how the state of America has inspired his tour and what people are ranting about today. Black is a comedian who will perform at the Lowell Auditorium Sept. 16 as part of his “Off The Rails” tour.

Lewis Black on BPR | Aug. 15, 2022

We ended the show by asking listeners what they think about the five-second rule.