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Mei Elensary and her 4-year-old daughter Mimi look at ornaments on their Christmas tree on a day Mimi will not attend school after an announcement was made one of her classmates tested positive with the COVID-19 virus. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Mei Elensary and her 4-year-old daughter Mimi look at ornaments on their Christmas tree on a day Mimi will not attend school after an announcement was made one of her classmates tested positive with the COVID-19 virus. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for Dec. 23. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Annissa Essaibi George has had one wild year. The at-large Boston city councilor jumped into the wide open mayoral race in March, and steadily rose to the top of the pack, drawing the second-highest vote count in September's preliminary election. She spent the fall campaigning all over the city — at one point for 24 hours straight without sleep — before falling short to Michelle Wu. Essaibi George is now serving her final days on the Boston City Council, and joins us to reflect and and assess her next steps.
  • Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and for some of us, it ushers in a period of time away from work. Couple that with omicron forcing many of us inside and away from our plans this year, and you may be looking at more free time than you expected as 2021 wraps. So why not fill that time with some reading? We take listener calls with Jennifer De Leon, author and editor of Wise Latinas, and Katherine Nazzarro, bookseller and manager at Porter Square Books in Cambridge.
  • We end today with food for the soul. You might recall, during Hanukkah, we talked to a local rabbi about what the Hanukkah story — one of light in darkness — offers all of us in these times that can, indeed, feel dark. Today, two days before Christmas, we turn to Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, founding-pastor at New Roots AME church in Dorchester, and Father John Unni, Catholic pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Back Bay, to reflect during a rapidly changing and stressful Christmas holiday.

This program aired on December 23, 2021.

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