Mental health in the pandemic and weighing legacy in college admissions

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  • One in three Massachusetts adults reported needing behavioral healthcare for themselves or a close relative in the first year of the pandemic, according to a new survey commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. Dr. Carlos Cappas, Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Lynn Community Health Center joins us to discuss the survey’s findings and his observations on the ground during the pandemic.
  • It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s time for Ask the Docs. We discuss the state of hospitals two years into the pandemic, relaxing mask mandates in several Massachusetts communities and take listener questions on the COVID-19 with our expert panel: Dr. Helen Boucher, infectious disease physician at Tufts Medical Center and interim dean of Tufts University School of Medicine, and Dr. Cassandra Pierre, acting hospital epidemiologist and an infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center.
  • Oregon Senator Jeffrey A. Merkley, and New York Congressman Jamaal A. Bowman have filed legislation that would prevent any colleges or universities that accept federal student aid money from giving an advantage to legacy applicants (applicants who are related to alumni). We’re joined by Tufts professor of sociology Natasha Warikoo, author of The Diversity Bargain and Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities to take a look at the practice of legacy preference, why some schools weigh legacy status among applicants and why some are now saying they won’t.
  • There are lots of things that make Boston, Boston. From the Dunkin’ obsession to post-blizzard parking space savers, we talk about a few of the best - and most confusing - Bostonisms out there with Boston Globe correspondent Kara Baskin.

This program aired on February 8, 2022.


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