Today on Boston Public Radio:
We began the show by asking listeners their experiences with student loans after the Biden administration announced plans to extend the pause on federal repayments through August.
Jon Gruber reflected on his experiences working on the Affordable Care Act 12 years ago, and what he thinks should be done to improve health coverage in the United States. Gruber was instrumental in creating both the Massachusetts healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act, and his latest book is “Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream.”
Andrea Cabral responded to the news of no criminal charges for the police officers who killed Amir Locke, and a Chicopee school superintendent arrested on charges of lying about alleged threats sent via anonymous text messages. Cabral is the former Suffolk County sheriff and Massachusetts secretary of public safety, and former CEO of the cannabis company Ascend.
Chuck Todd updated listeners on the latest political headlines, including his opinion on student loan forgiveness and Senate votes for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Todd is the moderator of “Meet The Press” on NBC, host of “Meet The Press Daily” on MSNBC and the political director for NBC News.
Gov. Charlie Baker and Juliette Kayyem discussed Kayyem’s latest book, “The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disasters,” and how to best prepare for disasters. Baker is governor of Massachusetts. Kayyem was formerly an assistant secretary for homeland security under President Barack Obama, now the faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Then, Baker answered questions from listeners, including on the state of COVID-19 vaccinations, how Massachusetts is supporting Ukraine and other refugees and the fate of sports betting legislation.