Lawmakers could have egg on their faces if they don't get cracking on animal welfare law

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A consumer looks over Whole Foods's eggs selection in 2016. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)
A consumer looks over Whole Foods's eggs selection in 2016. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for Dec. 16. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • One of the ballot questions that Massachusetts voters weighed in on in 2016 is about to come home to roost. The ballot question, which voters passed, specified the amount of space per hen in chicken enclosures. The goal was to make the entire process more humane. But now, five years later, the situation has changed. Animal rights activists and farm owners have reached a compromise that would allow farms to maximize space and efficiency, while still addressing the concerns over animal treatment. And yet, without action from the state Legislature, the state will still be bound by the original ballot question, which means the price of eggs could skyrocket come January. We check in with Bill Bell, general manager of the New England Brown Egg Council, and John Pregantis, owner and chef at Party Favors, a bakery and party supply store in Brookline.
  • The pandemic has made the last year and a half really challenging for all of us. But with many college students set to head home for winter break, we wanted to talk about some of the unique challenges they have faced, and the impact that has had on their mental health. First, we check in with Farrin Khan, a senior and the outgoing Speaker of the Student Senate at UMass Boston. Later, we take listener calls and discuss the issue with Dr. Carrie Landa, the new executive director of Student Wellbeing at Boston University, and Dr. Caitlin Nevins, director of Psychological Services in the College Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital.
  • "A Christmas Carol" is one of the all-time classic Christmas stories. But did you know that more than 150 years ago, British author Charles Dickens actually came to Boston to read his story out loud for a captivated audience? We hear that story from Susan Wilson, official house historian of the Omni Parker House in Boston.

This program aired on December 16, 2021.


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