Here is the Radio Boston rundown for April 15. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- On the heels of President Biden's announcement that the United States will withdraw all of its forces from Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021, we talk about what it means with Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton, who represents the 6th District. Rep. Moulton served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and did four tours of duty in Iraq.
- Last week, Northeastern University became the first college in Massachusetts to announce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all students, starting in the fall. Boston University has since followed suit, and other schools around the state are considering vaccine mandates of their own. We talk about the decision with Michael Armini, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Northeastern University, and co-chair of the school's COVID-19 Task Force.
- Tech giant Microsoft is joining the ongoing healthcare conversation by acquiring Burlington-based Nuance Communications, a software company focused on artificial-intelligence, for $19.7 billion. Microsoft plans to take advantage of Nuance’s AI software that can be used in the bolstering field of medical computing. We check in with Hiawatha Bray, tech reporter for the Boston Globe, about the implications of the acquisition and another interesting development in the local tech sector.
- We revisit a conversation from last October about the relationship between beauty and justice in design with Michael Murphy, founding principal and executive director of MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm focused on buildings for under-served populations.
This program aired on April 15, 2021.