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Thursday, Nov. 11
In An Effort To Curb Smoking, F.D.A. Proposes Graphic Labels For Cigarettes

Despite bans on smoking in restaurants and bars, heavy regulation of advertising, and the rising cost of cigarettes, one out of every five adults in the US still smokes. Each day, about 1,000 children become regular smokers. Public health officials say that those numbers are simply too high—so they are stepping up their anti-smoking efforts. Yesterday the FDA unveiled 36 proposed warning labels for cigarette packs---designed to cover half the surface area of a pack of cigarettes, and a fifth of any advertisements for them. The labels—which feature images like a corpse, rotted teeth, and a man smoking through a tracheotomy hole in his neck —are required under a new law that gave the FDA the power to regulate—but not ban—tobacco products. Does this overly demonize the 46-plus million smokers in the US? Will these kinds of labels —already adopted by dozens of other countries—really spur smokers to quit? And do these regulations infringe on cigarette manufacturer and tobacco retailer’s free speech rights? We’re joined by John Banzhaf, professor of public interest law at George Washington University, and the executive director of Action on Smoking and Health.
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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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