Mask rules ending on planes, a local leader in midwifery and growing your own food

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This is the Radio Boston rundown for April 12. Our host is Tiziana Dearing.

  • Last night, a Florida judge ruled the Centers for Disease Control can't mandate masks for transportation. That leaves mask requirements up to airlines. Same with Amtrak, Lyft and Uber. Cities and towns will decide independently about buses and subways. All this as cases swell in New England. We ask some doctors what to make of these changes.
  • Approximately 17% of births in Massachusetts were attended by a midwife. But midwives have a complicated history here. The practice itself is ancient, and in colonial Massachusetts, midwives were both revered and feared. In the modern era, medical midwifery didn't become legal in Massachusetts until 1977. The effort to legalize the practice was largely headed by Iris Mulholland, who died this past winter.
  • We talk to local author Tamar Haspel about her new book on growing your own food titled, "To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard."

This program aired on April 19, 2022.


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