Here is the Radio Boston rundown for May 5. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has a lot of irons in the fire — from pushing for a vaccine mandate for public employees, to calling for new hate crime legislation. We take listener calls and discuss Healey's thoughts regarding mandating vaccines for employees in the public sector, the ongoing case of Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, and whether she's considering a change in title.
- Two weeks ago, 16-year-old Mikayla Miller was found dead in the woods. Local police originally suspected the death was a suicide, but her family and community members say there is more to the story: the Black teenager from Hopkinton was apparently involved in a fight with a group of white and Latinx teenagers hours before she died. Community members are demanding more information, communication, and transparency from law enforcement. WBUR senior reporter Ally Jarmanning debriefs us on the questions surrounding the circumstances of Miller's death and how it's been handled by the authorities.
- In this era of misinformation, and claims of "fake news," the truth is critical — and in question. Noted historian Jill Lepore joins us to talk about the second season of her podcast "The Last Archive." While the first season followed the search for truth, in this next season she tracks the rise of doubt through the last 100 years of American history. Lepore is also a Harvard professor, author, and staff writer at The New Yorker.
This program aired on May 5, 2021.