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Thursday, Dec. 16
The Fighter with Bob Halloran

The Fighter: The Fighter—starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale—is the latest in the Boston-area’s growing pantheon of critically acclaimed films. The biopic tells the rags-to-riches story of “Irish” Mickey Ward, the hardscrabble Lowell native who overcame incredible odds to earn success—and respect—as a boxer on the national stage. Well Channel 5 sports anchor Bob Halloran wrote the book on Micky Ward...literally. His 2007 biography Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward was such a definitive account of the boxer that it earned Bob a role as technical consultant on the film. He 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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