Today on the show:

  • With new road safety legislation, Gov. Charlie Baker is cracking down on distracted driving. This is the first time he’s put forward a hands-free driving bill since 2017. We opened the lines to ask what our listeners think — do you ever text and drive? Do you see other drivers doing it? If you object to this ban, why?
  • Medical ethicist Art Caplan joined us to discuss the implications of the government shutdown (now in its fifth week) on employees with special health needs and concerns.
  • WGBH Radio political reporter and Scrum Podcast host Adam Reilly is in Puerto Rico following Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s nascent presidential campaign — he called in to give an update on her speeches there and his predictions for 2020.
  • The team at America’s Test Kitchen, in collaboration with National Geographic, have brought Italy’s culture, landscapes and authentic cuisine together by way of 100 regional recipes in a new cookbook, "Tasting Italy: A Culinary Journey." Chef, food author and Chief Creative Officer of America’s Test Kitchen Jack Bishop joined us for that.
  • President Donald Trump declared, via Twitter, a ban on transgender people serving in the military, and on Tuesday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in favor of this ban. Security expert Juliette Kayyem broke down the legal battle over the policy.
  • Naturalist and author Sy Montgomery joined us for this month’s Afternoon Zoo.
  • WGBH Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen went over the latest arts and culture events in and around town, and the biggest snubs and surprises of this year’s Oscar nominations.