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Monday, Oct. 4
Everything Money – PACs

Everything Money – PACs: Are political action committees playing an increasingly central role in the election process. Special interest groups have already spent $80 million on midterm election campaigns this year. That is five times the amount spent at the same point in 2006. Where are the PACSs getting this money? Nobody really knows. Much of the giving is secretive and impossible to trace, as donors are not required to disclose their contributions to either the IRS or the Federal Election Commission. And by all accounts, the influence of PACs will continue to rise, thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling that that removed spending limitations on unions, corporations and other interest groups. Here to shine a light on this shadowy world is our “Everything Money” financial guru Sheryl Marshall.

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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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