This is the Radio Boston rundown for March 22. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- The newspaper chain Gannett is ending the printing of at least 19 weekly newspapers in Eastern Massachusetts. Those paper serve at least 26 communities. In addition, nine weeklies are being merged into just four. Gannett says the move is needed to maintain the "sustainable future of local news." Others argue it's a further hollowing out of community journalism in Massachusetts and across the country. We talk about the move and its potential impact with Dan Kennedy, professor in the school of journalism at Northeastern and blogger at Media Nation, and Barbara Roessner, editor of the New Bedford Light.
- As cases begin to tick back up, even as offices are returning workers and many businesses are no longer requiring masks, we answer your coronavirus questions with our expert panel. We take listener calls with Dr. Shira Doron, attending physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center, and Dr. Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha, chief of infectious diseases at Cambridge Health Alliance, which has locations in Cambridge, Somerville and Everett.
- Sophia Sarigianides, Westfield State University professor and co-author of "Letting Go of Literary Whiteness," talks with us about her groundbreaking book, and her strategies for using classic literature as a way to talk about race in the classroom. We also hear from Erin Slayton, a high school English teacher at Abington High School and a former student of Sophia's who was a part of the research that helped shape the book and the techniques in it.
This program aired on March 22, 2022.