Today on Boston Public Radio:
Art Caplan weighed in on Deborah Birx, who helped run the pandemic response under the Trump administration, testifying to Congress about how many lives could have been saved from COVID-19 had Donald Trump taken preventative measures. 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.
Then, we asked listeners about their experiences with the ongoing nor’easter — and worsening extreme weather across the world.
Juliette Kayyem gave an overview of the recently released Facebook documents and talked about what might happen if the Democrats cannot push through their spending bill. Kayyem is an analyst for CNN, former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu talked about her plan to improve housing, address the crisis at Mass and Cass, support the cannabis industry and her thoughts on proof of vaccination at restaurants and other indoor venues. Wu is a Boston City Councilor At-Large running for mayor of Boston.
Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George discussed her approach to housing, the crises at Mass and Cass and the MBTA, as well as her identity as Arab American. She also talked about her thoughts on cannabis and her husband’s work as a developer. Essaibi George is a Boston City Councilor At-Large and a candidate for Boston mayor.
Sy Montgomery gave the latest updates from the animal kingdom, including how squirrels store nuts, shark sightings along Cape Cod and why lemurs have rhythm. Montgomery is a journalist, naturalist and a BPR contributor.
We ended the show by talking with listeners whether or not they think jaywalking should be enforced and how, following propositions to raise fines for jaywalking.