Today on Boston Public Radio:

Sue O’Connell and Adam Reilly weighed in on the national political headlines of the day, including ongoing negotiations in Washington over additional COVID-19 stimulus funding. They also touched on a few statewide stories, from Gov. Charlie Baker’s formal announcement that he won’t be voting for President Donald Trump, to Saturday’s end of the Massachusetts eviction moratorium. O’Connell is NECN's Explainer-in-Chief and political commentator, and co-publisher of both Bay Windows and the South End News. Reilly is GBH’s reporter for radio and TV, and co-host of The Scrum politics podcast.

Sue O'Connell and Adam Reilly on BPR | Oct. 19, 2020

Next, we opened lines to talk with listeners about recent reporting in The Boston Globe on the dozens of Massachusetts State Troopers who have engaged in criminal behavior without facing repercussions on the force.

Charlie Sennott broke down the latest international headlines, discussing the steady reemergence of COVID-19 across Europe, the reelection of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and political unrest in Chile. Sennott is a news analyst for GBH, and CEO of The GroundTruth Project.

Charlie Sennott on BPR | Oct. 19, 2020

Shirley Leung talked about a pilot program offering no-strings-attached checks for low-income families in Chelsea, and recent reporting in The Boston Globe on economic revival in Brockton. She also gave us a glimpse into how her two kids are handling remote learning, a month into the school year. Leung is a business columnist for The Boston Globe and frequent GBH contributor.

Shirley Leung on BPR | Oct. 19, 2020

Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III weighed in on the spiritual leanings of Democrats and Republicans, and discussed what we understand about Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s attitudes towards racism in the criminal justice system. Price is a professor and executive director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist, the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail, and a visiting researcher in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology. Together, they host GBH’s All Rev’d Up podcast.

The Revs on BPR | Oct. 19, 2020

Closing out the show, we opened our lines to ask: Seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, how much are you missing hugs and physical contact?