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Thursday, Dec. 9
Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder: Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder joins us. He has been lauded by critics as the “master of creative nonfiction”… repeatedly praised for his ability to “turn the small details of daily life into a sort of grand, universal poetry,” using “an anthropologist’s eye and a novelist’s pen.” In 1982, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Soul of a New Machine – about the burgeoning computer industry. In 1985 he brought us House – which chronicles the compelling, dramatic and fundamentally human experience of home construction. And in 2003 he profiled the prolific Doctor Paul Farmer – the tireless force behind Partners in Health – in Mountains Beyond Mountains. A 1967 graduate of Harvard University – Kidder has returned to Cambridge this semester as the (first ever) Rosenthal writer in residence at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, politics and public policy. It’s there that he is working on a book about writing non-fiction. 
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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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