Greater Boston Full Show: 2/17/21

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the Democrats’ ambitious agenda
Democrats aim to have President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package approved by the end of the month as the opening act for the implementation of an ambitious legislative agenda on topics ranging from health and student loans to racial justice and climate protection measures are enough. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was in discussion with Jim Braude.

Boston’s Black Restaurant Challenge is more important than ever in the pandemic
This February marks the fourth annual Black Restaurant Challenge in Boston, an initiative originally designed to encourage more people to dine in and support black restaurants. With the pandemic, the focus has shifted to takeaway and delivery, but the mission is more important than ever. Nia Grace, owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen, and Douglass Williams, owner of MIDA, discussed their efforts and fundraiser for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

The key to speeding up vaccine distribution: volunteers
One of the linchpins of President Joe Biden’s national strategy to fight COVID is vaccinating people faster. His legislative proposals include calls to expand local clinics and use more volunteers to help them with staff. Liz Neisloss takes a look at a key group of volunteers that every state already relies on.