Majority Of Americans Still Concerned About Coronavirus As CDC Appears Increasingly Politicized
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday found that 78% of Americans remained “very” or “somewhat” concerned about coronavirus, as the United States nears a death toll of 185,000. Meanwhile, this week, a former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published an op-ed in The New York Times calling for states and individuals to ignore the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the wake of evidence of that institution’s politicization under President Donald Trump. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health.

New Poll Shows Biden Ahead Of Trump By 7 Points, Down From Double-Digit Lead In June
A new poll released Wednesday from Suffolk University and USA Today finds that former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by seven percentage points — down from a 12 percent lead in June. To discuss what this might mean for the campaigns and the race for not just the popular vote, but the electoral college, Jim Braude was joined by pollster David Paleologos.

Can Central Square Keep Its Cool?
The Central Square neighborhood in Cambridge has long been known for its character, with live music, dancing, and a range of small businesses. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, some of that local culture was under threat by increasing costs in the area — and now in the wake of COVID-19, the arts and small business there are just trying to survive. Liz Neisloss reports.