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The Emily Rooney Show 7/16/10

Week In Review: What summer doldrums? It’s mid-July, scores of Americans are on vacation, but that hasn’t stopped the busy news cycle from whirring away this week. British Petroleum managed to – at least temporarily – cap its hemorrhaging well, meaning for the first time in 86 days, oil is not gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. With the help of three GOP senators from New England – financial reform clears congress. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law next week. And speaking of Mr. Obama, a new poll by CBS news finds nearly three-quarters of Americans do not believe the president’s stimulus spending has improved the economy. Despite his legislative successes and broad voter support for financial regulation,is the president truly flirting with a failed presidency? We’ll also talk about the expanded gambling bill and other Beacon Hill business consuming state lawmakers in the last two weeks of this legislative session, the governor’s race and much more. Here to help me sort through this week’s top headlines are: WGBH’s Kara Miller, The Boston Phoenix’s David Bernstein, and The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen.  

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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