Here is the Radio Boston rundown for Feb. 25. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- After a bumpy rollout of the coronavirus vaccine here in Massachusetts, Gov. Baker was asked to testify before the COVID-19 and Emergency Management and Preparedness Committee. We get the latest on the hearing and Baker's testimony with WBUR's Steve Brown.
- Gov. Baker announced today that as of Monday, the state will enter Step 2 of Phase 3, and that Phase 4 is scheduled to begin on March 22. We get the latest, and break down what will be allowed to open and what will remain closed with WBUR's Quincy Walters.
- There's no question that our faith in our institutions has been tested in this past year. From the federal government's initial handling of the coronavirus pandemic, to rifts between police and communities of color, to former President Trump challenging the 2020 election results, his supporters storming the Capitol, and the Senate acquitting him in this month's impeachment trial. But how dangerous is the rising mistrust in our institutions? UMass Amherst professor Ethan Zuckerman joins us to explain how that mistrust can either lead to fundamental changes that help improve our institutions, or make fertile ground for authoritarianism.
- The new film, "Judas and the Black Messiah," retells the story of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party and its chairman, Fred Hampton. The film depicts the assassination of Hampton, orchestrated by the FBI, with the help of an informant, William O'Neal. We discuss why the film is resonating in this current moment, and also how the work of Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers is an example of what happens when people who feel defeated and ignored by their governmental institutions organize, and fight back. We're joined by Michael Jeffries, Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of American Studies at Wellesley College.
This program aired on February 25, 2021.