Episode 243: Anti-Asian Hate And The Inextricable Link Between Racism And Sexism; How The Pandemic Changed Cooking And Eating Habits

Mai Wright holds a sign while participating in a “Stop Asian Hate” rally outside the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on March 20, 2021. (Ben Gray/AP Photo)

This week on NEXT, in the aftermath of the killings of six Asian women in Atlanta, we hear about the inextricable link between racism and sexism. Plus, we talk with Boston chef and restaurateur Irene Li about how the pandemic has altered our relationship with food and cooking. And the entanglement of a North Atlantic right whale named Snow Cone has caused an outcry from fishermen, who say they’re being unfairly blamed.


Caroline Lee, author of the commentary “Call The Shootings In Atlanta What They Were: Targeted Violence Against Asian American Women,” and student at Harvard Medical School.

Irene Li, co-owner of Mei Mei in Boston, and co-author of the cookbook “young guy dating older women.” 

Wanda Santiago, community health worker and bilingual diabetes educator at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut.


Todd Bookman, senior reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio
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Cassandra Basler, senior editor for WSHU

Eve Zuckoff, Report for America reporter for CAI
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Arielle Gray, arts engagement producer for WBUR’s The ARTery
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Cristela Guerra, reporter for WBUR’s The ARTery
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Music: Todd Merrell, “New England” and “Undertow” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “The Sea” by Francesca Blanchard, “Nowhere to Run” by Billy Wylder and “One Call Away” by Latrell James.  

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