Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett discussed Friday’s news that President Trump has been diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as the concerning rise in coronavirus infections throughout Massachusetts. 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 | Oct. 2, 2020

Next, we opened lines to talk with listeners about news that Trump contracted coronavirus.

Juliette Kayyem weighed in on the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis, and the national security risks posed by a having physically-compromised leader. Kayyem is an analyst for CNN, former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and faculty chair of the Homeland Security Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Juliette Kayyem on BPR | Oct. 2, 2020

Natalie Jennings offered the latest news updates around Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, and what’s currently known about the health of those in the president's inner circle. Jennings is editor of The Fix, a political analysis blog at the Washington Post.

Natalie Jennings on BPR | Oct. 2, 2020

Emily Rooney discussed the media’s reaction to news of the president’s COVID diagnosis, and questions about the White House's transparency. She also previewed Friday’s episode of Beat the Press. Rooney is host GBH’s Beat the Press.

Emily Rooney on BPR | Oct. 1, 2020

Art Caplan talked about Trump’s poor track record of transparency on issues around his own health, and the public’s right to know about the wellbeing of politicians representing them. Caplan is the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Chair, and director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine.

Art Caplan on BPR | Oct. 2, 2020

Callie Crossley talked about her reaction to Friday’s news that the president and his wife have contracted COVID-19, what she thinks about speculation from callers that the president isn’t being truthful about his diagnosis, and news of rising rising coronavirus infections across the Commonwealth. Crossley is host of GBH’s Under the Radar and Basic Black.

Callie Crossley on BPR | Oct. 2, 2020

Closing out the show, we returned to listeners to hear your impressions of Trump’s COVID -19 diagnosis.