This is the Radio Boston rundown for Dec. 14. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- Mail-in Voting: In the depths of the pandemic, the Legislature enacted a series of reforms to help make it easier — and safer — for people to vote. Things like no-excuse mail-in voting and expanded early voting hours and locations. Many municipalities benefited from these reforms, but still, they're set to expire tomorrow. There was talk of extending them while lawmakers on Beacon Hill hashed out a more permanent solution. But with the Legislature not in formal session, it appears highly unlikely they will act to do so. The state's top elections official, Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin, speaks with us about the reforms, and their expected expiration. Then, we get analysis from Lisa Kashinsky, reporter for POLITICO, and author of the Massachusetts Playbook.
- COVID and the Future: Cases and hospitalizations are up in Massachusetts, and efforts are continuing to vaccinate the community. First, we hear from Dr. Daniel Barouch, director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His lab helped design the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Then, we take your calls for this week's Ask the Docs with Dr. Cassandra Pierre, an infectious disease physician, assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, Medical Director of Public Health programs, and associate health epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center, and Dr. Philip Landrigan, a pediatrician, public health physician, epidemiologist, and Director of the Program for Global Public Health and Common Good at Boston College.
This program aired on December 14, 2021.