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A demonstrator cries listening a national anthem as other rally with Ukrainian national flags in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Photo)
A demonstrator cries listening a national anthem as other rally with Ukrainian national flags in the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Photo)

This is the rundown for Radio Boston for February 14. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • The escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine has dominated world news for weeks. So, with Russia reportedly on the verge of an invasion, we wanted to discuss how the situation is resonating with Ukrainians living in and around the Boston area. First, we get a crash course on how we got here with Emily Channell Justice, director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Then, we talk with Olga Lisovska, a Ukrainian immigrant who came to the United States in the 1990s and now lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
  • Massachusetts is often referred to as a "progressive" state. But one area where it does not live up to that reputation is around public records. Massachusetts is actually one of the two least transparent states in the country. We talk about what that lack of transparency means for Massachusetts residents, and check in on efforts to address that issue with Todd Wallack, deputy managing editor at WBUR, who sued for records from the Governor's office while working as an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe, and Geoff Foster, executive director at Common Cause Massachusetts.
  • Justin Haynes spent 19 years working at the Gap before his fashion designs began to really take the world by storm. Fresh off a showing at New York Fashion Week, we talk with Justin about his unconventional journey from the Enfield Square Mall to the height of the fashion world, and whether Greater Boston deserves its reputation as a place where function trumps fashion.

This program aired on February 14, 2022.

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