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Wednesday, Oct. 20
Ballot Question #1

With the Governor’s race so close, it’s easy to forget that there will be a few questions on the ballot on November 2 as well. We’ve talked here on this show about Question 2—which deals with state’s affordable housing law. And Question 3—which seeks to reduce the state sales tax to 3%. But there is also—of course—Question 1. A Yes on 1 would eliminate the sales tax on alcohol and alcoholic beverages completely in the state of Massachusetts. Liquor retailers in the state say the 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol—enacted last year—is hurting sales and will cost jobs. State legislators say the sales tax on alcohol sold in liquor stores will generate tens of millions of needed dollars. We discuss with Steven Rubin – owner of Huntington wine and Spirits in Boston.

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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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