Today on Boston Public Radio:

We kicked things off by opening the lines to talk with listeners about the surging coronavirus cases in Massachusetts and whether the state ought to be imposing stricter lockdown measures to quell the spread of COVID-19.

Trenni Kusnierek discussed new charges in the prostitution cases involving Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who himself will not face charges. She also weighed in on the $1 million PPP loan for former Patriot Tom Brady and Sport Illustrated's list of five athlete activists it named “Sportspersons of the Year." Kusnierek is an anchor and reporter for NBC Sports Boston.

Trenni Kusnierek on BPR | Dec. 8, 2020

Jamarhl Crawford talked about his impressions of the Massachusetts police reform bill, the political limits of the “defund the police” slogan and the value in hiring police officers from within the communities they will be serving. Crawford is a Boston based-Boston community activist and the publisher of the Blackstonian. He also served on the Boston Police Reform Task Force.

Jamarhl Crawford on BPR | Dec. 8, 2020

Corby Kummer talked about Singapore becoming the first nation to approve lab-grown meat for human consumption and growing displeasure in the U.S. with foods that’re described as “moist." He also spoke about the pandemic’s impact on the already-miserable food served in prisons, along with other food headlines. Kummer is the executive director of the food and society policy program at the Aspen Institute, a senior editor at The Atlantic and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Corby Kummer on BPR | Dec. 8, 2020

Next, we opened lines to talk with listeners about lab-grown meat and whether they'd be open to making the switch from the real thing.

John King returned for his weekly breakdown of national political stories, including infighting in Washington, D.C., over further pandemic relief and the debate over whether to pursue potential legal charges against President Donald Trump and his allies once President-elect Joe Biden is in office. King is CNN's chief national correspondent and anchor of "Inside Politics,” which airs weekdays and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. Eastern.

John King on BPR | Dec. 8, 2020