As Baker Looks To Move The State To Phase 4, Some Are Skeptical

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This is the Radio Boston rundown for March 1. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Indoor performance spaces and recreation centers in the Commonwealth can now open at 50% capacity. Restaurants no longer have a capacity limit — they must still enforce social distancing, but are also allowed to offer live music performances. Some communities, like the cities of Boston and Somerville, are holding back on some of these measures for at least a few more weeks. Because, the fact is, some see the state's loosening of restrictions as premature, even while others see it as much-needed relief. We take listener calls with Dr. Davidson Hamer, of the Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston University School of Public Health, and two local restaurant owners.
  • Progressive Democrats seemed poised to accomplish some significant goals with the party now controlling the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. But with an early priority of the party, raising the minimum wage, seemingly about to die on the vine, what does that mean for the future of the Biden administration and the Democratic Party moving forward? We discuss the party's legislative priorities and the prospects for bipartisanship cooperation with former 10-term Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano.
  • Maybe you've seen them: a series of bright, colorful, billboards with powerful messages of hope, in English and Spanish. The unsigned billboards have appeared in East Boston, Roslindale, Roxbury and Dorchester — Boston communities hit particularly hard by COVID-19. They're the work of Gabriel Sosa, who grew up in Miami, and is now a visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

This program aired on March 1, 2021.


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