A Second Heat Wave Hits Boston

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Tracy Thibodeaux, 5, cools off in the fountain at the Christian Science Plaza on a hot 94º day. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Tracy Thibodeaux, 5, cools off in the fountain at the Christian Science Plaza on a hot 94º day. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for June 29. Chris Citorik is our host.

  • Today is the second day of a heat wave currently scorching New England, and it's proving to be even hotter as we flirt with 100 degrees. The last time we hit that temperature was in July 2011. The heat and humidity is forecasted to stick around through tomorrow before a cold front is expected to sweep in, right before the Fourth of July weekend. This is the second heat wave to hit the region this month, with much of Massachusetts under heat advisories and Boston under a heat emergency. We discuss with WBUR's Quincy Walters.
  • With the heat and the holiday weekend coming up, many people are heading to their nearest beach to keep cool. But here in New England, the return to beaches also means the return of shark season, with shark sightings increasing around the Cape in recent years. To discuss shark season, we're joined by John Chisholm, an adjunct shark scientist at the New England Aquarium. 
  • One of the biggest issues facing the next mayor of Boston is how to fix the city's police department. The agency has several problems right now, is without a permanent leader, embroiled in multiple scandals, and officers are facing criticism for not doing more to reduce crime. First, we hear a report from WBUR's Ally Jarmanning, on whether a new mayor will make a difference at the BPD. Then, we're joined by Reverend Ray Hammond, pastor of the Bethel AME Church and a member of the Black Ministerial Alliance Ten Point Coalition.
  • The Delta variant is driving lockdowns in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and now the World Health Organization is recommending that fully vaccinated people wear masks, splitting off from current CDC guidance. How is the Delta variant impacting us here at home, and how do we protect ourselves and others as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day? Joining us to answer our questions on vaccines and variants are Dr. Philip Landrigan, Director of the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College, and Dr. Sabrina Assoumou, an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University's School of Medicine and infectious disease specialist at Boston Medical Center.

This program aired on June 29, 2021.


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