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Tuesday, Dec. 14
Politics Of Fed. Judge’s Health Care Ruling

Politics Of Fed. Judge’s Health Care Ruling: A federal judge in Virginia has declared the Obama administration's health care reform law unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule against the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan. What will ultimately happen remains to be seen – but some argue it’s plain to see how politics have and will continue to be a factor. It’s no big surprise that the three federal judges who have weighed in so far have all been appointees of the party they’ve sided with. And what about Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? The republican – and presumptive 2012 candidate for president – faces a formidable challenge in differentiating RomneyCare from ObamaCare. He’s playing up that in the tradition of US federalism, his version of universal health care is/was implemented at the state level – but will that argument be enough?
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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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