Today on Boston Public Radio:

We began the show by asking listeners whether Gov. Charlie Baker should reinstate a statewide mask mandate.

Trenni Kusnierek talked about long-distance runner Molly Seidel’s run in the Falmouth Road Race and shared her thoughts on Naomi Osaka’s press conference walkout. Kusnierek is a reporter and anchor for NBC Sports Boston, and a weekly Boston Public Radio contributor.

Trenni Kusnierek on BPR | Aug. 17, 2021

Jelani Cobb explained how he positioned the Kerner Commission Report in today’s political context for his book, “The Essential Kerner Commission Report.” Cobb is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School.

Jelani Cobb on BPR | Aug. 17, 2021

Rachel Miller shared her experiences from working in the restaurant industry and how she kept her business afloat during the pandemic. She also talks about the decision to create a mask and vaccine plan for her restaurant. Miller is the chef and owner of Nightshade Noodle Bar in Lynn.

Rachel Miller on BPR | Aug. 17, 2021

Michael Curry and Derrick Johnson discussed the current state of voting rights, and weighed in on whether the White House is doing enough to protect them. Curry is the president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and a member of Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID Vaccine Advisory Group. He’s also a member of the National NAACP Board of Directors and the Chair of the Board’s Advocacy & Policy Committee. Johnson is the president of the NAACP.

Michael Curry and Derrick Johnson on BPR | Aug. 17, 2021

John King updated us on the latest political headlines, from President Joe Biden’s response as the Taliban toppled the Afghan government to the state of the filibuster. King is CNN's Chief National Correspondent and anchor of "Inside Politics,” which airs weekdays and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.

John King on BPR | Aug. 17, 2021

We wrapped up the show by asking listeners if they’re solely patronizing businesses that mandate masks or proof of vaccination.