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Remembering Celtics legend Bill Russell, his NBA career and fight for racial justice48:17
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The late Bill Russell stands on stage during the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony. He died July 31, 2022. (Jessica Hill/AP)
The late Bill Russell stands on stage during the 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony. He died July 31, 2022. (Jessica Hill/AP)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for Aug. 1. Tiziana Dearing is our host:

  • Sports journalists Howard Bryant and Dan Shaughnessy talk about the legacy of Bill Russell, who led the Boston Celtics to 11 championships in 13 years and who helped other Black players break into the NBA.
  • Last week, the Massachusetts Senate and House were divided over whether to include college athletics in a sports betting bill. This morning, they reached a compromise. Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College economics professor, along with WBUR's Steve Brown tell us what's in the historic bill and what was left out. Plus, we learn more about what other bills made it through, or were left behind, as the legislative session wrapped up for the summer.
  • The U.S. is scrapping plans to administer boosters to those under 50 this summer until a vaccine more targeted to the omicron strain is developed. Dr. Mark Siedner, clinical epidemiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Cassandra Pierre, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University Medical School and associate hospital epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center, help us understand our risk. Plus, we talk about what's being done to contain the monkeypox outbreak.

This program aired on August 1, 2022.

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