Today on Boston Public Radio:

Adam Reilly discussed his reporting on scholastic sports during the era of COVID-19 and the pressure on local-level leaders around whether or not to postpone basketball and hockey seasons as Massachusetts returns to phase three, step one of Gov. Baker's reopening plan. Reilly is a reporter for GBH news and co-host of GBH’s politics podcast The Scrum.

Adam Reilly on BPR | Dec. 16, 2020

We opened lines to talk with listeners about your experiences with scholastic sports during the pandemic.

Ali Noorani discussed conclusions drawn Tuesday by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson violated the civil rights of immigrant detainees. He also weighed in on a recently-filed court case out of Texas that’s threatening the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy. Noorani is president and chief executive officer of the National Immigration Forum. His latest book is "There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice And Meet The Challenge Of American Immigration.”

Ali Noorani on BPR | Dec. 16, 2020

Art Caplan talked about the latest news on the COVID-19 vaccine front, reflecting on how the world’s richest nations have already bought up much the supply. He also offered his take on right-wing criticism of First Lady-elect Jill Biden using "Dr." in her title. Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the NYU School of Medicine.

Art Caplan on BPR | Dec. 16, 2020

Next, we returned to listeners, opening lines to talk about their feelings around the upcoming snowstorm.

Juliette Kayyem discussed the importance of setting up fair expectations for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, issues with vaccine skepticism and what's publicly known about a recent string of Russian hacks against several U.S. agencies. Kayyem is former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an analyst for CNN.

Juliette Kayyem on BPR | Dec. 16, 2020

Sy Montgomery closed out Wednesday’s show by talking about her work patrolling Cape Cod beaches to help protect cold-stunned sea turtles, recapping a dramatic swan rescue in New York City and explaining the bizarre ways that bees are protecting themselves against murder hornets. Montgomery is a journalist, naturalist and a BPR contributor. Her latest book is "Becoming A Good Creature."

Sy Montgomery on BPR | Dec. 16, 2020