Beneath the headlines on racist violence; the first female sexton of the Old North Church

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This is the Radio Boston rundown for May 20, 2022. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

    • We dive beneath the headlines on terrible stories this week about gun violence and white supremacy in Buffalo, and what it means for our community. We speak with Tito Jackson, former Boston City Councilor and one of the inaugural members of the new Boston Commission on Black Men & Boys. We also talk to associate editor and columnist for the Boston Globe, Joan Vennochi.
    • Children's mental health has been in and out of the spotlight for years now, but the pandemic put it in sharp focus. In a poll of Massachusetts parents by MassINC Polling Group this spring, 48% of the parents surveyed said they were either "very" or "somewhat" concerned with their children's mental and emotional health. Last year, that number was 60%. So, how do we help our kids? Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School may have a piece of the solution: video games.
    • For the first and only time in nearly three centuries, the Old North Church has hired a woman as its sexton — or the church's caretaker. We meet her to learn about the job, its history, and the next steps for the historic church.
    • Then, WBUR arts and culture reporter Cristela Guerra gives us some ideas to keep us busy on this scorcher of a weekend.

This program aired on May 20, 2022.


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