This is the Radio Boston rundown for Jan. 19. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- Tomorrow is the two year anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States. So, after two years of masking, isolating, vaccinating, and anxiously wondering, have we finally reached a turning point in the way we should be thinking about and navigating through the pandemic? We ask Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health.
- When was the last time you went to the mall? If it feels like a long time ago, you're not alone. Malls are increasingly empty as the pandemic, e-commerce and even revitalized town centers move in on their territory. But what if malls could help solve our housing crunch? The Boston-based Metropolitan Area Planning Council says they could, in a new report called "Rethinking the Retail Strip." Chris Kuschel, who led the report and is a principal planner at the MAPC, joins us to discuss. We also hear from Tina Cassidy, planning board director for the city of Woburn — where the once-declining Woburn Mall is being transformed into a new mixed-use development.
- In his newest book, Yonder, Jabari Asim tells the stories of six men and women, five of them enslaved, and the plantation owners who "stole" them, in the words of the book. It is a brutal telling of struggle, love, toil, and freedom. We talk with author and Emerson College professor of writing Jabari Asim about the book.
This program aired on January 19, 2022.