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A pigeon explores an empty platform at Harvard MBTA Red Line station. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A pigeon explores an empty platform at Harvard MBTA Red Line station. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Here's the Radio Boston rundown for June 17. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • After police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Public School system moved to end its relationship with the city's police department. We speak with city councilor Andrea Campbell on a local push for similar action in Boston.
  • WBUR announced Wednesday that it will lay off more than 10% of the station's staff and stop producing the nationally syndicated sports program 'Only A Game' in a major restructuring. We hear from WBUR's CEO Margaret Low on the cuts.
  • The MBTA is facing down profound financial challenges and a 2022 budget shortfall that could present an "existential" threat for the agency, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayer's Foundation. We talk through what's at stake.
  • In ordinary times, many of us would be celebrating graduates of all kinds this time of year. But, this year has been anything but ordinary, especially for high school graduates who missed out on the traditional markers of their senior year. We hear from a few of them on how they marked the end of high school, instead.

This program aired on June 17, 2020.

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