Full Boston Public Radio broadcast: April 29, 2022

Today on Boston Public Radio:

Dr. Katherine Gergen-Barnett discussed the end of the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and current trends in the coronavirus test positivity rate in Massachusetts. She also answered questions from listeners on this month’s edition of “Ask the Doctor.” Gergen-Barnett is Vice President of Primary Care Innovation and Transformation and Director of Residency in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical School.

We then hit the phone lines, talking to listeners about the potential of sports betting in the Commonwealth.

Robert Baart and Peter Scott talked about the return of Fenway Studios’ two-day Open Studios event. They also shared their thoughts on whether there is enough support for emerging artists in Boston. Baart and Scott are artists with Fenways Studios. Their co-op is hosting its annual open studio event this weekend – which will be held indoors tomorrow, and indoors and outdoors on Sunday – on Ipswich Street in Fenway.

Paul Reville discussed the Mission Hill K-8 school in Jamaica Plain investigation and shared his thoughts on textbooks recently rejected by the Florida Department of Education. Reville is the former secretary of education and professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where he also directs the Education Redesign Lab. Her latest book, co-authored with Lynne Sacks, is “Collaborative Action for Equity and Opportunity: A Practical Guide for School and Community Leaders”.

Sue O’Connell talked about the Oklahoma Legislature’s ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. She also weighed in on MIT’s Banana Lounge, a new student space with free fruit. O’Connell is co-editor of Bay Windows and South End News, and contributor to Current, on NBC LX and NECN.

Harry Christopher discussed his upcoming departure from the Handel and Haydn Society after 13 years of leadership, and explained how the Handel and Haydn Society has adapted during the pandemic. Christophers is the artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society.

We ended the show by asking listeners about the future of romance in the metaverse.

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