The Race To Succeed Representative Robert DeLeo

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A medic prepares to administer a dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Kyiv's City Hall Press Office via AP)
A medic prepares to administer a dose of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Kyiv's City Hall Press Office via AP)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for March 2. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Democrats go to the polls today in a primary for the state house seat formerly held by House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Normally, state house elections, especially off-cycle special elections, don't garner a lot of attention outside the district. But that is not the case for the 19th Suffolk. It's the first time in about three decades that the seat representing Winthrop and Revere is open, and some big names — from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to former presidential candidate Julian Castro — are weighing in. We talk to Stephanie Murray, author of the POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook.
  • As of yesterday, indoor performance venues and recreation centers in Massachusetts can open to 50 percent capacity, and restaurants no longer have capacity limits. There are a lot of mixed reactions to this: some see it as much-needed relief for local businesses who have been struggling for the past year. But others think we're moving too fast. We take listener questions with Dr. Shira Doron, infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center, and Dr. Mark Siedner, clinical epidemiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
  • For fans, sports are a joy and an escape. And in really tough times, they're a rallying point even for those who aren't locked into every game. That's been so true here in Boston, especially over the last 20 years, when our teams have been ascendant and we've had some deeply challenging times. But as we continue to trudge through the pandemic, are Boston teams still giving that to their fans? We 'Check the Score' with Radio Boston's Chris Citorik.

This program aired on March 2, 2021.


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