Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins' first weeks on the job

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Rachael Rollins speaks in front of Boston City Hall in 2021. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Rachael Rollins speaks in front of Boston City Hall in 2021. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for Jan. 26. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Former Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins made history this month when she became the first Black woman to take over the position of U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. It's the state's top federal law enforcement post.Her swearing-in followed a contentious Senate confirmation process that included the first roll-call vote on a U.S. attorney nominee since the 1970s.Rollins joins us to discuss her first weeks on the job, and her focus on issues like sex and drug trafficking. We also explore areas where Massachusetts and federal law differ — including marijuana, which became legal in the state after voters passed a 2016 ballot question, but remains illegal nationally.
  • Imagine you’re taking a DNA test, like the ones from 23andMe. Maybe you’re hoping to learn a little more about your heritage, or perhaps uncover a famous relative. But instead, you find out the man who raised you isn’t your biological father. That’s what happened to two newly-united half-brothers, Adam Weisenberg and Michael Yaffe, who sat down to share their amazing story with us. Plus, we dive into some of the big questions behind Adam and Michael’s story with Dr. Françoise Baylis, professor of bioethics at Dalhousie University.

This program aired on January 26, 2022.


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