Today on Boston Public Radio:

Art Caplan shared his thoughts on vaccine mandates, calling on schools and workplaces to penalize those who refuse to get vaccinated. Caplan is director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.

Art Caplan on BPR | August 11, 2021

Then, we talked with listeners about the patchwork of vaccine and mask mandates across Massachusetts.

Juliette Kayyem discussed college officials’ concerns over falsified vaccine cards, and the upcoming 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. She also offered tips on hurricane preparedness. 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 11, 2021

Lynn Mayor Thomas McGee highlighted the city’s new unarmed crisis response team that will be dispatched in lieu of police to some 911 calls, sharing his hopes for the pilot program. McGee is the mayor of Lynn, Mass.

Mayor Thomas McGee on BPR | August 11, 2021

Liz Kowalczyk talked about the physicians and medical students calling for stronger ethics rules to prohibit hospital executives from serving on for-profit boards. Kowalczyk is the healthcare and medical reporter for the Boston Globe.

Liz Kowalczyk on BPR | August 11, 2021

Richard Blanco discussed poetry as political satire, focusing on John Lithgow’s poetry. Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history. His new book, "How To Love A Country," deals with various socio-political issues that shadow America.

Richard Blanco on BPR | August 11, 2021

We ended the show by asking listeners about the work-from-home office politics they’re encountering, from fighting roommates for a coveted Zoom background to WiFi bandwidth issues.