Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey Calls For Student Debt Relief, Vaccine Equity

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey during a news conference in 2019. (Steven Senne/AP)
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey during a news conference in 2019. (Steven Senne/AP)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for February 22. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined sixteen other state attorneys general in calling on the federal government to forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt. In a letter sent to the top lawmakers of both parties, the group is urging President Biden to use executive action to cancel the debt in an effort to provide relief and boost the economy. AG Healey joins us to discuss that, as well as her concerns about vaccine equity.
  • The Lone Star state is a long way from here, but as with so much in this pandemic, we recognize that others' experiences can easily be our own, and maybe have a little more empathy and solidarity as a result. We size up what happened in Texas, and take listener calls about our own energy grid with an Dolan, President of the New England Power Grid Association, and Robert Stoner, Deputy Director of the MIT Energy Initiative.
  • As we kick off the last week of Black History Month, we continue to highlight conversations on Radio Boston that explore elements of the Black Boston experience. Today, we revisit parts of a conversation we first had last summer. It was the day after Father's Day, and about a month after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers, sparking protests across the nation. Radio Boston's Chris Citorik sat down with two fathers to discuss the realities of Black fatherhood in a nearly unbelievably tumultuous world. We hear from Charles Daniels, a therapist and CEO of Fathers' Uplift in Dorchester, and Joel Christian Gill, cartoonist, historian, associate professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

This program aired on February 22, 2021.


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