The disproportionate impacts of COVID

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A swab and specimen vial of COVID-19 at Boston University. (Charles Krupa/AP)
A swab and specimen vial of COVID-19 at Boston University. (Charles Krupa/AP)

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

  • Many warned before the pandemic even started that low-income and minority communities would be hardest hit by a natural disaster. Fast forward two years, and we see disproportionate rates of infection, rates of vaccination, economic impact from the pandemic, and now, recent data analysis by the Boston University School of Public Health and the Boston Globe find disproportionate fatality rates for Hispanic and Black residents in Massachusetts. We knew, and it still happened. Can we keep it from happening again? We discuss with Dr. Joseph Betancourt, senior vice president for equity and community health at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Seeing a family torn apart by the family-owned business is nothing new for New Englanders. Legal Sea Foods, L.L. Bean, and Market Basket have all seen family tensions spill into the public limelight. Now, we can add Kane's Donuts to the mix. The five Delios siblings are equal co-owners of Kane's Donuts. But President and CEO Paul Delios is suing his four siblings, saying that he has been the one responsible for the executive decisions at Kane’s Donuts. Those decisions, he claims, have increased annual sales from $500,000 to more than $8 million during his 15 years of leadership. And he says his siblings are trying to push him out. We talk about the challenges of owning a family business and how common these types of feuds are with Boston Business Journal reporter Grant Welker and Ted Clark, Director of the Northeastern University Center for Family Business.
  • Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is co-sponsoring legislation that would put the whole country on permanent Daylight Savings Time, which means "Fall back" and "spring ahead" would become a relic of the past. Do you agree we should end the practice of changing the clocks twice a year? We hear from Tom Emswiler, a Quincy-based health advocate who submitted state legislation on the subject in the past, and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey.

This program aired on March 14, 2022.


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