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As Phase 1 Of Vaccines Begins, Cities And Towns Roll Back Reopening47:12
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Boston Medical Center pharmacy technical worker William Senior removes two trays of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, each containing 975 doses, from the box it arrived in Monday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Medical Center pharmacy technical worker William Senior removes two trays of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, each containing 975 doses, from the box it arrived in Monday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for Dec. 15. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • It's a whiplash kind of day in this pandemic. The U.S. passed 300,000 dead. Boston, Somerville, Newton, Brockton and Winthrop prepare for a modified rollback. Simultaneously, Phase One of vaccinations started in earnest today, and the federal Food and Drug Administration is moving forward on emergency authorization for a second vaccine. We take listener questions and make sense of it all with two local health experts.
  • This holiday season, Massachusetts families are mourning the deaths of 11,000 loved ones due to the coronavirus. Siblings Jonathan and Hilary Krieger's father died in April, and they've embarked on a unique way to honor his life. They're trying to get a word he invented, "orbisculate," added to the dictionary.
  • With so many of us stuck at home and movie theaters closed, it's been a banner year for television. As Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr writes, that's a big problem for the movie industry. He joins us to discuss the future of the movies and the year's great films.

This program aired on December 15, 2020.

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