BPR Full Show 1/19/21: Closing Thoughts
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Today on Boston Public Radio:

We first open lines to talk with listeners about your thoughts on the final day of President Donald Trump’s presidency.

NBC Sports Boston reporter and anchor Trenni Kusnierek talks about Tom Brady's success beyond the Patriots, frustration with a lack of Black coaches in the NFL, and the scheduled appearance of Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play and score in a Power Five college football game, at Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Dr. Jon Santiago, a Mass. State Rep. and ER doctor at Boston Medical Center, provides an update on COVID-19 in Mass., from the local emergence of the new, more transmissible variant of the virus, to issues with vaccine rollout in the Commonwealth. He also responds to the question of whether he plans to run for city mayor.

Chris Dempsey and Jim Aloisi offer their thoughts on the handful of vetos from Gov. Charlie Baker, of proposed elements within the Mass. Transportation Bond Bill. They also discuss the current state of the Transportation Climate Initiative. Aloisi is former Mass. transportation secretary, a member of the Transit Matters board, and contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. Dempsey is the Mass. Director of Transportation and former assistant secretary of transportation.

Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate Andrea Campbell talks about her campaign for city mayor, and whether the race is shifting with current Mayor Walsh leaving to become President-elect Biden’s labor secretary. She also reflects on how she’d handle the pandemic differently than Walsh, and speaks to debate within City Council around whether to skip a possible special mayoral election.

CNN’s John King discusses the open question of whether Sen. Mitch McConnell will support impeaching President Trump in the Senate, and what he’s expecting from a forthcoming list of pardons by President Trump in his final hours in office.

We end Monday’s show by opening lines, talking with listeners about hopes for political bipartisanship in 2021.

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