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Christmas Eve At Radio Boston: Exploring Charity48:56
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A Chelsea resident carries a box of food supplies during a pop-up food pantry at Washington Park in April. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A Chelsea resident carries a box of food supplies during a pop-up food pantry at Washington Park in April. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This hour on Radio Boston, we revisit some of our favorite conversations on one theme: charity.

  • The pandemic has disrupted our economy, and left millions of Americans without work. Many are struggling to put food on the table for themselves and their families. Even in good economic times, budgets can be tight and so many of our neighbors go without. We revisit a conversation with Vicky Negus, a policy advocate with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and Shannon Yaremchak, who once relied on SNAP to feed her family, about food assistance.
  • Boston has a long history with charity, going all the way back to at least the 1840s, when a ship loaded with food left Boston Harbor and sailed to Ireland. The U.S.S. Jamestown set sail to help with the great famine, in what became the first example of American humanitarian aid abroad. Boston historian Steven Puleo tells the story of how our city led the way in humanitarian aid then, and mapped a blueprint for America to lead on global aid.
  • Mimi Bull gives charity a whole new meaning in her memoir "Celibacy, A Love Story:" generosity of spirit, kindness and goodwill. We revisit our March conversation with Bull.
  • Emerson College creative writing professor Jerald Walker's charity comes from his ability to find kind judgment where so many might have found anger. He spoke with us in 2016 when his memoir "The World In Flames" was first released.

This program aired on December 24, 2020.

Tiziana Dearing Twitter Host, Radio Boston
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