Today on Boston Public Radio:

Art Caplan weighed in on New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio mandating proof of vaccination for people going to restaurants and gyms and Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s comparison of vaccination passports to birtherism. Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.

Art Caplan on BPR | August 4, 2021

Next, we asked listeners whether they think mayors and town managers across Massachusetts should require proof of vaccination in order for people to go to restaurants and gyms.

Juliette Kayyem discussed the fourth Capitol Police officer to have died by suicide after responding to the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She also called for more serious repercussions for people who choose to be unvaccinated. 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 | August 4, 2021

Ming Tsai shared how he created MingsBings, his plant-based iteration of the popular Chinese street food bing. Tsai is the Emmy award-winning host and executive producer of the cooking show, “Simply Ming,” which you can catch Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. on GBH2.

Ming Tsai on BPR | August 4, 2021

Jonathan Gruber explained why economists are increasingly looking at digital addiction and talked about methods to digitally detox. Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT. He was instrumental in creating both the Massachusetts health-care reform and the Affordable Care Act, and his latest book is "Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth And The American Dream."

Jonathan Gruber on BPR | August 4, 2021

Lyndia Downie talked about President Joe Biden’s extension of the eviction moratorium and vaccination rates among the homeless community. Lyndia Downie is president and executive director of the Pine Street Inn.

Lyndia Downie on BPR | Aug. 4, 2021

We ended the show by talking with listeners about their pandemic purchasing habits.