Jordan Rich Fills In On Nightside with Dan Rea - Rundown for August 5, 2020

Reversing Course. This week, the state of Massachusetts has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Yesterday alone, the state saw an increase of 438 cases, which is the highest single day count in two months. Last week, Gov. Baker scolded various groups for disobeying the state’s guidelines when it comes to social and even recreational gatherings. Additionally, Rhode Island has experienced a high uptick in cases as well, so much so that they’ve been added to New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut’s list of states that residents are required to quarantine upon returning from. If people don’t cool it with the gatherings, will we be headed for another state lock-down?

Postal Problems. Over the last couple weeks, citizens have experienced slower mail service throughout the country, and it has some wondering if it’s intentional and whether that will affect mail in voting this Fall. This slower response from the USPS comes after leadership, under the direction of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, put new procedures in place. Many are worried that if the mail is slow, it will have an impact on the way ballots are handled by the Postal Service. Do you think this slowed down operation of mailing in the U.S. is intentional? Are you worried about the Postal Service’s ability to handle large amounts of mail-in ballots this Fall? John Flattery, the President of the American Postal Worker Union in Central MA joins Jordan to discuss.

Revising The Script. The Coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on almost all industries, and that includes the arts, an industry that thrives off of in person performances and displays. This pandemic has left the arts community scrambling to find new creative ways to entertain and bring their audiences the art where they are at; and that’s home! Luckily, you can count on the arts community to be creative, so they’ve thought outside the box when it comes to delivering to their patrons. After all, the show must go on! Here to discuss how the arts community has reinvented the way they operate is Jennifer Falk, Deputy Director of ArtsBoston and Michael Bobbitt, the Artistic Director of the New Repertory Theater.

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