Here is the Radio Boston rundown for March 16. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius joins us today, one day shy of a year after she first spoke with us about the struggle of shutting down schools in 2020. We also speak with WBUR education reporter Max Larkin about the broader reopening across the state.
- Who's still standing after all the shutdowns? And how did they, and will they, survive moving forward? We turn our attention to Black-owned businesses, which faced difficulty in accessing capital before the pandemic, and now have been particularly strained by lack of access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans given by the federal government for small business relief. We speak with Segun Idowu, executive director for the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts.
- Under stress from the ongoing pandemic, another Boston institution announced it would close for good: the Dorchester Youth Collaborative. For many who passed through the doors of its Fields Corner neighborhood center in the last 40 years, the pain from losing DYC is raw. We speak with Emmett Folgert, who co-founded the agency in 1981 and has served as its executive director since.
This program aired on March 16, 2021.