Today on Boston Public Radio:

We opened the show by talking with listeners about the worrying rise of coronavirus cases throughout the U.S.

Carol Rose discussed the impact Judge Amy Coney Barrett could have on future Supreme Court rulings around voter rights, and why voter suppression is a real threat, even in Massachusetts. She also talked about abortion rights in the state, and State House legislation that would expand abortion access in the Commonwealth. Rose is the executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Carol Rose on BPR | Oct. 20, 2020

Larry Calderone responded to a series of to city-wide police reforms being touted by Mayor Marty Walsh, from use of body cameras by officers working overtime, to the establishment of an external Office of Police Accountability and Transparency. Calderone is president of Boston’s Police Patrolmen’s Association, the city’s largest police union.

Larry Calderone on BPR | Oct. 20, 2020

We then reopened lines to discuss the new no-strings-attached stipend program for low-income residents in Chelsea, Mass., and hear how getting an extra $200-400 check would impact your life.

Jelani Cobb called in to talk about the latest FRONTLINE documentary on voter suppression, called “Whose Vote Counts.” Aside from being the correspondent on the documentary, Cobb is an award-winning journalist, staff writer for the New Yorker, and professor of journalism at Columbia School of Journalism.

Jelani Cobb on BPR | Oct. 20, 2020

John King offered a debrief on the latest national political headlines, two weeks away from the November presidential election. King is CNN's Chief National Correspondent and anchor of "Inside Politics,” which airs weekdays and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.

John King on BPR | Oct. 20, 2020