Community Colleges Balance Students' Needs, Resources As They Start Fall Semester

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Bunker Hill Community College (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
Bunker Hill Community College (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

Here's the Radio Boston rundown for Aug. 31. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is challenging incumbent Representative Richard Neal to represent Massachusetts' First District. We talk with Mayor Morse about why he's running, and why he feels he's the best choice for Massachusetts voters.
  • The Massachusetts primary will be held on Tuesday, though many voters have already cast their ballots during the early voting period. We get an overview of the most interesting races and what to expect with WBUR's Anthony Brooks.
  • Massachusetts retailers are still struggling to make a full recovery from the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. But Massachusetts Retail Association President Jon Hurst says the free tax holiday was "the best weekend since the pandemic started." We hear from Hurst and a local business.
  • We check in on how community colleges are preparing for an atypical fall — and all the challenges that come with an online-heavy education. Worries remain about how financial challenges will impact students — and the colleges themselves. So: how can community colleges rise to the occasion?

This program aired on August 31, 2020.


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