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Wednesday, Oct. 20
Should Doctors Accept Money from
Pharmaceutical Companies to Endorse Their Drugs?

According to a joint investigative report from the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, ProPublica, and other outlets, pharmaceutical companies are paying doctors millions of dollars to endorse their drugs, mainly through speaking engagements. Many hospitals and medical schools permit their doctors to participate in company speakers bureaus. But some, like Harvard, have clamped down, and others, like Brigham and Women’s and Mass General, have halted their doctors’ promotional speaking appearances. So is there a conflict of interest here? Well, we’re going to ask the doctor. Dr. Lawrence Cohn joins us.

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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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