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Boston's Mayoral Race Heats Up47:57
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The mayoral field in debate mode on Sept. 8, 2021. From left: John Barros, Andrea Campbell, Kim Janey, Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George. (Mark Garfinkle/NBC10 Boston via Dorchester Reporter)
The mayoral field in debate mode on Sept. 8, 2021. From left: John Barros, Andrea Campbell, Kim Janey, Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George. (Mark Garfinkle/NBC10 Boston via Dorchester Reporter)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for September 9, 2021. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • There are just five days to go until the preliminary election for Boston Mayor — but early voting is already underway. And tonight WBUR and Radio Boston will co-host the last candidate debate before election day next Tuesday. We review the candidate positions in this unprecedented race with WBUR Senior Political Correspondent Anthony Brooks, and Meghan Irons, reporter at the Boston Globe who's been covering the race.
  • Kids are back in Boston Public School classrooms today as COVID worries continue and five major mayoral candidates try to distinguish themselves on who's best for kids and schools. We hear how the first day went from WBUR education reporter Carrie Jung. Plus, there will undoubtedly be a heavy focus on the core subjects this year, including math. Helping kids through that can be complicated by the fact that kids learn math now, in a way often unrecognizable to their parents. We take your calls on this with Hilary Kreisberg director of the Center of Mathematical Achievement at Lesley University, and Matthew Beyranevand, the mathematics coordinator for Chelmsford Public Schools. They are authors most recently of the book Partnering with Parents in Elementary School Math.
  • Andrew Krivak's newest novel, "The Bear," is about a man and his daughter, nameless, the last two humans on Earth. The book takes place on the shore of a lake, at the foot of "the mountain that stands alone." Last summer, Radio Boston's Chris Citorik went to Krivak's home in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mount Monadnock, to talk about the themes in Krivak's novel and to hike up the mountain that inspired the setting. Today, we revisit that conversation.

This program aired on September 9, 2021.

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