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Week In Review: Shutdown, Mayor Walsh's Vision, Purdue Pharma

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Another week of the government shutdown has come to a close and 800,00 federal workers are still without pay. Around 8,200 of them are in Massachusetts and many are struggling personally with the ramifications.

After 28 days, we're asking: when do we get our government back? When will the shutdown end? How will it end?

Plus, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivered his annual State Of the City speech outlining his vision for Boston this week.

He said the state of the city is "stronger than ever," but in the coming years he wants to work on more job growth, economic opportunity, and more affordable housing. Walsh also presented Boston as a city that stands in contrast to the divisions in Washington.

Also, state Attorney General Maura Healey is taking on OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and its owners for their alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

On Tuesday, she filed a complaint against Purdue alleging the company and its owners continued to aggressively market OxyContin to Massachusetts doctors and patients even though they knew it was dangerous.


Tiziana Dearing, co-director of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College, former president of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston, and a member of WBUR's executive advisory board. She tweets @tiziana_dearing.

Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute. He tweets @jimstergios.

This segment aired on January 18, 2019.


Anthony Brooks Senior Political Reporter
Anthony Brooks is WBUR's senior political reporter.


Jamie Bologna Senior Producer/Director, Radio Boston
Jamie Bologna was senior producer and director of Radio Boston.



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