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Wednesday, Dec. 15
Plan To Shutter Nine Area Schools Likely To Pass

Plan To Shutter Nine Area Schools Likely To Pass: The Boston Public School Committee is scheduled to vote this evening on a plan that would close nine schools, while merging and expanding others.  Faced with a budget deficit for the upcoming year; the closures proposed by Superintendent Carol Johnson are projected to save the district more than $10 million dollars.  But parents and teachers argue that the disruption will not be worth the savings. WGBH’s Andrea Smardon, who has been covering the story, joins us with more.
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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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