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Week In Review: Tsarnaev, Opiates, Governor’s Race, Trigger Warnings

A fiberglass sculpture at Wellesley College, entitled "Sleepwalker," is surrounded by cones and yellow caution tape, Wednesday, May 22, 2014, after being defaced Tuesday night with yellow paint on its face, left arm, left leg, and a foot. It was one of several properties on campus vandalized, and campus police are investigating. The outdoor, lifelike sculpture of a man sleepwalking in his underpants had provoked some concern on the college campus in February. (AP)

A fiberglass sculpture at Wellesley College, entitled “Sleepwalker,” is surrounded by cones and yellow caution tape after being defaced with yellow paint. (AP)

A new WBUR poll finds Attorney General Martha Coakley well in front of her fellow Democrats in the race for governor though Republican hopeful Charlie Baker is catching up. Our poll also found broad concern across the Commonwealth for what many call an opiate addiction crisis.

Plus, government prosecutors release the text of a note allegedly written by the accused Boston Marathon bomber that revealed his motives. Also, beware: we might talk about issues that some of you find controversial or offensive. Trigger warnings and their place on college campuses. And, the latest in the Boston bombing case and Buddy Cianci might throw his hat back in the political ring.


Peter Canellos, editorial page editor of The Boston Globe.

Nancy Gertner, former federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and current Harvard Law School professor.

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  • Stephanie

    I’m not a rape victim, but I was distressed by the 2 reasons your guests gave for why colleges/universities should not be required to give trigger warnings. If I understood them correctly, they were (1) students will not get trigger warnings out in the “real world” and (2) anything could be triggering; how could we hold professors accountable for all of it? I would respond to the 1st reason by pointing out that this is the argument used against every social reform movement, from anti-bullying legislation to affirmative action: “we shouldn’t give them help now, because they need to learn to live without it, later.” However, the whole point of such reform movements is to make the world a better place, bit by bit. Perhaps this generation of college students will go out into the world and instill an ethos of trigger warnings at their homes/workplaces/recreation facilities. Then we -would- get trigger warnings in the “real world.” In response to the second reason, professors need not offer trigger warnings for -everything- that could -possibly- be triggering. But nonconsensual sex? That’s a no-brainer. Domestic abuse? Also a no-brainer. There are obvious things to warn people about, and it just makes the world an easier place for those with traumatic pasts.

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