Today on Boston Public Radio:

– Medical ethicist Art Caplan talked about the problem with politicians relying on a quick COVID-19 vaccine, and his worries about this year’s flu season.

– MIT economist Jon Gruber discussed health care options for people who’ve lost coverage after losing their jobs, and responded to questions from callers.

– Ahead of Gov. Charlie Baker’s press conference, we opened lines to talk with listeners about Tuesday's decision by the Boston Art Commission to remove the Park Square statue depicting Abraham Lincoln with a formerly enslaved man at his feet.

– We aired live audio from Gov. Charlie Baker’s Wednesday press conference.

– CNN analyst and national security expert Juliette Kayyem discussed ramifications of rising COVID-19 rates across the U.S., and news about the Trump administration’s handling of intel that Russia offered bounties on the lives of U.S. troops.

– Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen discussed his latest writing in the New York Times, about what director Spike Lee got wrong in his new Vietnam War film “Da 5 Bloods.”

– Tech writer Andy Ihnatko talked about companies banding together to boycott Facebook over hate speech concerns, and a marketing firm compiling information on Black Lives Matter protesters from smartphone data.