This is the Radio Boston rundown for April 4. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- It's a story straight out of the movies. In 2018, William Hubbard, a podiatrist from Fitchburg Massachusetts, sent his 16-year-old daughter Aislinn to live in Ukraine, so she could train at the prestigious Kyiv Choreographic College. Four years later, he found himself unable to get her and her infant son back out. So, he recently traveled to the war-torn country to help them escape to safety. Today, Hubbard joins us to share his harrowing experience.
- For turtles that grow up in the sea, or in our ponds and swamps, early childhood is often when they're the most vulnerable. They're small, inexperienced, and at the mercy of cars and animal predators. For turtles who are endangered, this is an especially scary time. Here in Massachusetts, a program called Hatchling and Turtle Conservation through Headstarting (HATCH) is trying to make this time easier for young turtles. They place hatchling turtles in classrooms around the state. School children take care of the turtles before releasing them. Turtles who grow up in HATCH have a 40% higher chance of surviving into adulthood than those who don't. We talk with Diana Renn, whose son's experience in the program inspired her to write a children's book, and Emilie Wilder, a field conservation program manager at Zoo New England, which runs the state's HATCH program.
- Michael Schur's work has been seen in living rooms across the country. From his time writing for "The Office," to show-running "Parks and Recreation," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and "The Good Place," Schur's comedic perspective is well-established. But after finishing his work on "The Good Place," he decided to further explore his perspective on morality. His new book, "How to be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question," continues that exploration. Schur joins us to talk about it, and how it connects to our current moment. Schur will also be appearing at WBUR CitySpace later tonight.
This program aired on April 4, 2022.