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Fri. 7/6/12
Summer Reads

Fri. 7/6/12
Summer Reads

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We hear from area authors and literary insiders who reveal what’s on their summer reading lists. Plus we open up the phone lines and take your recommendations.

Thurs. 7/5/12
White House Burning

Thurs. 7/5/12
White House Burning

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We're joined by the authors of White House Burning, which argues that the national debt is eating away at America's future and that the consequences will be dire.

Wed. 7/4/12
Elizabeth The Queen: The Life Of A Modern Monarch

Wed. 7/4/12
Elizabeth The Queen: The Life Of A Modern Monarch

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In honor of Independence Day, we aired a special rewind episode about Elizabeth the Queen.

Wed. 7/4/12
Rebecca Eaton's 'Masterpiece'

Wed. 7/4/12
Rebecca Eaton's 'Masterpiece'

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A special rewind episode featuring Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton in the studio to discuss Downton Abbey's success and how she plans to stay on top.

Tues. 7/3/12
In The Studio With Dan Bern

Tues. 7/3/12
In The Studio With Dan Bern

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Our resident provocateur Steve Almond returns with an in-studio performance by Dan Bern and his backing band, Common Rotation.

Tues. 7/3/12
One On One With Tom Hamilton

Tues. 7/3/12
One On One With Tom Hamilton

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Tom Hamilton joins us – ahead of Aerosmith’s North American Tour – to explain what keeps him, Steven Tyler and the rest of the “Bad Boys From Boston” going after 40 years.


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Rising Sea Levels Threaten Massachusetts Coast, Sea Walls
Scituate FloodThere’s no question about it. Sea levels are rising. 65 acres of Massachusetts coastline is taken back by the sea each year. Over the last century, ocean waters have crept up a full foot along the New England coast and new research shows that rate will only increase, with some estimates predicting an additional 3-foot rise by the end of this century. Our defense against the rising tide are sea walls. A 2009 state-commissioned report found that overall, 92 percent of Massachusetts’ more than 1,300 seawalls were considered stable, with 8 percent needed repair. But it also warned that most sea walls were older than 50 years — a sea wall’s expected life. In Scituate, 400 homes were damaged when one of those seawalls failed dramatically during a storm last December. Is that incident a harbinger of things to come? We discuss that with State Rep. James Cantwell, from the 4th Plymouth District (Marshfield & Scituate)—He filed legislation for the state to create a low-interest loan program to help communities offset the estimated $1 billion price tag to repair sea walls and fortify them against rising sea levels—and Heather Goldstone, WCAI science editor and author of the blog Climatide.
  Read recent coverage about New England sea level rise in the Boston Globe

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