After Crowded Memorial Day Celebrations, Mass General Vaccine Chief Warns Coronavirus Is Still ‘Highly Infectious and Transmissible’
States are now are in various stages of ‘reopening’ — or relaxing social distancing policies — amid the coronavirus pandemic, as case numbers trend in different directions depending on the state. What does this mean for the United States as a vaccine remains elusive and epidemiologists warn of a second wave to come? To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Dr. Mark Poznansky, director of the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Rev. Irene Monroe and Dr. Thea James On Re-Opening Churches And Socially Distancing At Home
As public officials craft policies to enforce social distancing in the age of coronavirus, one of the contentious matters at hand has been whether to categorize houses of worship as ‘essential.’ In Massachusetts, churches, synagogues, and mosques have now been allowed to host limited gatherings for a week under Gov. Charlie Baker’s phased re-opening plan — but many worship communities are choosing not to exercise that right so far. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Rev. Irene Monroe, a syndicated religion columnist and co-host of WGBH’s ‘All Rev’d Up’ podcast; and Dr. Thea James, associate chief medical officer and vice president of mission at Boston Medical Center. The married couple was recently profiled in a Boston Globe column for their measures to safely practice social distancing due to their professions while living together at home: Monroe in the basement and James upstairs.

An Asian American Healthcare Worker Talks Dealing With Racism While Treating COVID-19
As the coronavirus pandemic has taken over headlines, there have been increases in reported incidents of harassment and sometimes violence against Asian American, sometimes against those working in the healthcare field. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Dr. Lucy Li, an anesthesiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.