Today on Boston Public Radio:
Jonathan Gruber explained why he’s (mostly) optimistic about the prospect of a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, and discussed the complicated logistics involved in distributing it. He also touched on his views about a case involving the Affordable Care Act that’s currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Gruber is the Ford professor of economics at M.I.T. and was instrumental in Massachusetts health care reform and in creating the Affordable Care Act. His latest book is "Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream.”
Next, we opened our lines to hear your thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccine, and whether you’d feel confident enough to get vaccinated.
Juliette Kayyem weighed in on President Trump’s refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden and the support he’s getting from his staff and GOP congressional leaders. 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.
Rep. Seth Moulton talked about the national security risks created by President Trump’s refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, and his pride in helping to create recently-passed legislation to establish a three-digit mental health hotline. He also previewed a Veteran's Day virtual town hall that he'll be co-hosting Wednesday night. Moulton is a Democrat representing Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District.
Next, we opened lines to ask: With the Trump administration spreading misinformation about the election and refusing to accept the electoral math, are you worried about the possibility of a coup?
Art Caplan discussed news about a potential coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer, weighing the impact of President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed on the company’s breakthrough, and talking about the complicated logistics of distribution. Caplan is the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty chair and director of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine.
Jared Bowen discussed the MFA’s delay of a controversial exhibit presenting the works of painter Philip Guston, as well as its new Claude Monet exhibit. He also talked about a new work from playwright Andrei Kureichik about the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Belarus, called “Insulted. Belarus(Sia)." Bowen is GBH’s executive arts editor and host of Open Studio.