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 “Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen.” 

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
We Asked, You Answered: How N.H. Residents Plan To Spend Their Stimulus Payments

Cassandra Basler, senior editor for WSHU
Virus Of Hate: A Catalyst For Activism

Eve Zuckoff, Report for America reporter for CAI
Fishermen, Feeling Blamed for Right Whale Entanglements, Say #ShowUsTheRope

Arielle Gray, arts engagement producer for WBUR’s The ARTery
‘Damn, I Have No Money’: Musician Sonni Mai On A Year Without Her Music

Cristela Guerra, reporter for WBUR’s The ARTery
Painting Black Skin, An Artist Navigates Success And Loss In A Pandemic Year

About NEXT

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Host/Producer: Morgan Springer
Freelance Producer: Lily Tyson
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
Senior Director: Catie Talarski
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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