Does Boston Deserve Its Racist Reputation?

This week, Michele and Igor examine Boston's racist reputation and discuss the official presidential portraits unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.

Akilah Johnson, a reporter with The Boston Globe, joins to discuss the Spotlight series “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality,” which confronts the city’s racist reputation by examining its social life, academic institutions, health care systems, sports, and newly developed Seaport district. Also, Michele and Igor give their take on the official presidential portraits unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery this week of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, the first time two black artists have ever been commissioned for this job.

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Michele Jawando is a vice president at the Center for American Progress. Igor Volsky is a vice president at the Center. Sally Tucker is the radio coordinator for Communications at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center.

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Michele L. Jawando

Vice President

Igor Volsky

Vice President

Sally Tucker

Broadcast Coordinator

Rachel Rosen

Senior Director, Broadcast Communications