Checking in with Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey

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U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for November 4. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • After getting the final approval from the CDC earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced today that parents of children ages 5-11 are now able to make appointments to get their kids vaccinated. So what does this mean for COVID restrictions like mask mandates in schools? And will parents even want to get their young children vaccinated? We get the latest from WBUR's Gabrielle Emanuel.
  • For the first time in nearly 20 years, Somerville has a new mayor. Katjana Ballantyne will take over the office vacated by her predecessor Joe Curtatone as one of the 34 mayors elected in Massachusetts this week. Ballantyne is also one of eleven newly-elected mayors. We talk with Mayor-elect Ballantyne about what her approach will be as she takes over the helm of one of Massachusetts' most densely populated cities.
  • Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is about to head to Scotland to join in with leaders from around the world, as part of the United Nations' climate change conference. We talk with Senator Markey about that conference, as well as Democrats' struggles to pass President Biden's Build Back Better plan, and this week's election results in Boston and across Massachusetts.
  • You may not realize it, but horseshoe crabs actually play a pivotal role in the creation of medicines for humans. Ipswich-based science writer Bill Sargent, author of 27 books, including, "Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Ecology, and Human Health," joins us to talk about what makes their blue blood so valuable, and how even the coronavirus vaccine fits into a story that seems more like a science fiction novel than one about medical research.

This program aired on November 4, 2021.


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