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Michelle Pavlov holds a photo of her now 7-year-old son, Declan. Pavlov says she was fired from her job in 2015, because she was pregnant. (John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe)
Michelle Pavlov holds a photo of her now 7-year-old son, Declan. Pavlov says she was fired from her job in 2015, because she was pregnant. (John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for May 31. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • We talk with WBUR reporter Simón Rios about the huge delays affecting the cases before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Also, the state's unemployment insurance trust fund was overwhelmed by the surge of joblessness in the early months of the pandemic, but money woes for the system aren't new. A year ago, a commission was created to look into the unemployment funding gap, and the group remains gridlocked over what to recommend.
  • Researchers at MIT are working on developing a plastic made from modified plant genes, which biodegrades but raises ethical questions.
  • More than 50 Asian American cultural organizations received one-time grants through a pandemic recovery program led by the Massachusetts House Asian Caucus. We speak with a member of the caucus and one of the grant recipients, a community organization providing food assistance to Boston's Vietnamese community through gardening.

This program aired on May 31, 2022.

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