Today on Boston Public Radio:

Shirley Leung weighed in on clashes between activists and the government over clearing tents at Mass. and Cass, and debates over sports betting and a proposed footbridge between Somerville and the Encore Casino in Everett. Leung is a business columnist for The Boston Globe and a Boston Public Radio contributor.

Shirley Leung on BPR | Oct. 28, 2021

Then, we asked listeners about whether President Joe Biden should compromise or call Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema’s bluffs in negotiations over the spending bill.

Dr. Trisha Pasricha told stories of the sexism she has faced in the field of medicine, and emphasized the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people. Pasricha is a gastroenterologist at Mass General Hospital, a physician at Harvard Medical School and a health contributor at the Washington Post.

Dr. Trisha Pasricha on BPR | Oct. 28, 2021

Andy Ihnatko talked about how to protect technology from storms, in the wake of this week’s nor’easter. Ihnatko is a tech writer and blogger, posting at

Andy Ihnatko on BPR | Oct. 28, 2021

Arthur Brooks discussed the key to happiness, drawing from his social science work and latest podcast, “How to Build a Happy Life.” He’s the William Henry Bloomberg professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School, the happiness correspondent at The Atlantic and host of the podcast series How to Build a Happy Life.

Arthur Brooks on BPR | Oct. 28, 2021

Jon Gruber talked through proposals to tax billionaires and corporations, and the likelihood that they would pass in Congress. Gruber teaches 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.”

Jon Gruber on BPR | Oct. 28, 2021

We ended the show by asking listeners about times they have dropped the ball at crucial moments, after a Massachusetts doctor was fined for falling asleep in his car and missing a surgery.