Today on Boston Public Radio:

Dr. Katherine Gergen-Barnett discussed the end of the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and current trends in the coronavirus test positivity rate in Massachusetts. She also answered listeners’ questions during this month’s edition of “Ask the Doctor.” Gergen-Barnett is the vice chair of Primary Care Innovation and Transformation and residency director in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical School.

Dr. Katherine Gergen-Barnett on BPR | April 29, 2022

We then opened up the phone lines, talking with listeners about the potential for sports betting in the commonwealth.

Robert Baart and Peter Scott talked about the return of Fenway Studios’ two-day open studios event. They also shared their thoughts on whether there’s enough support for emerging artists in Boston. Baart and Scott are artists with Fenways Studios. Their co-op is hosting their annual open studio event this weekend — held indoors tomorrow, and both indoors and outdoors on Sunday — on Ipswich Street in Fenway.

Robert Baart and Peter Scott on BPR | April 29, 2022

Paul Reville discussed the investigation into Jamaica Plain’s Mission Hill K-8 School, and shared his thoughts on the textbooks recently rejected by the Florida Department of Education. Reville is the former secretary of education and a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where he also runs the Education Redesign Lab. His latest book, co-authored with Lynne Sacks, is “Collaborative Action for Equity and Opportunity: A Practical Guide for School and Community Leaders.”

Paul Reville on BPR | April 29, 2022

Sue O’Connell talked about the Oklahoma Legislature’s ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. She also weighed in on MIT’s Banana Lounge, a new student space with complimentary fruit. O’Connell is the co-publisher of Bay Windows and South End News, and contributor to Current, on NBC L-X and NECN.

Sue O'Connell on BPR | April 29, 2022

Harry Christophers discussed his upcoming departure from the Handel and Haydn Society after 13 years of leadership, and shared how the Handel and Haydn Society adapted during the pandemic. Christophers is the artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society.

Harry Christophers on BPR | April 29, 2022

We ended the show by asking listeners about the future of romance in the metaverse.