Rising Sea Levels Threaten MBTA's Blue Line

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An MBTA Blue Line train at Orient Heights Station. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
An MBTA Blue Line train at Orient Heights Station. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for June 15. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Could it be the end of the Blue Line as we know it? The Blue Line, which features a mile-long tunnel that travels underwater, and connects the North Shore with Boston's downtown, is at risk as sea levels rise along Boston's coast. To understand the threat sea-level rise poses to the Blue Line, and what that means for the rest of the city, we're joined by WBUR reporter Simón Ríos and Julie Wormser, Deputy Director at the Mystic River Watershed Association.
  • As sea levels continue to rise, the Blue Line and the whole MBTA system face an existential threat. The MBTA is also facing a serious financial crunch, still reeling from the pandemic, as we attempt to fully reopen the city and the region. Joining us to discuss is MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak.
  • An antique, stained agricultural sack embroidered with the story of Ashley, an enslaved 9-year-old who was given the sack by her mother, Rose, has captured countless imaginations, including that of local scholar and historian Tiya Miles. In her new book, All That She Carried, Miles uses the sack to thread together Rose and Ashley's history, and that of other enslaved women, while underscoring how little of their history we can know. To discuss her new book, we're joined by Tiya Miles, a history professor and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

This program aired on June 15, 2021.


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