Today on Boston Public Radio:

We kicked off Monday’s show by talking with listeners about the coronavirus surge throughout the U.S., and new developments in the race for a vaccine.

James Pindell discussed GOP efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, and weighed in on the slew of issues facing Democrats in the wake of underwhelming election day results. Pindell is a political reporter for The Boston Globe.

James Pindell on BPR | Nov. 16, 2020

Emily Oster made her case for why the benefits of moving forward with in-person learning outweigh the risks, and discussed the economic divide between pandemic-era education for wealthy kids versus their less well-off peers. Oster is an economist at Brown University. She has written bestselling books on pregnancy and parenting from a database perspective, and she also co-authors the website

Emily Oster on BPR | Nov. 16, 2020

Bob Thompson reviewed the latest episodes of “The Crown” and “SNL,” and talked about the known details of a forthcoming show from Jon Stewart on Apple TV Plus. Thompson is the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture at the Newhouse School of Public communications at Syracuse.

Bob Thompson on BPR | Nov. 16, 2020

Irene Monroe and Emmett Price debated the impact of evangelical voters on the 2020 election, and weighed in on the newly-emerged child sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, involving ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. They also discussed the role of white supremacy in the 2020 election. Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist, the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail, and a visiting researcher in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology. Price is a professor and executive director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Together, they host GBH's All Rev'd Up podcast.

Bob Thompson on BPR | Nov. 16, 2020

In light of HBO’s “The Undoing” returning to the format of one episode per week, we opened lines to talk with listeners about your feelings on T.V. binging.

Richard Blanco recited some poems about American hope in the face of turmoil. Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history. His new book “How to Love a Country” deals with the sociopolitical issues that shadow America.

Richard Blanco on BPR | Nov. 16, 2020