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Tuesday, Jan. 25
Chuck Turner Sentencing

Chuck Turner Sentencing
Chuck TurnerFederal prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to sentence former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner to a minimum of nearly three years in prison on federal corruption changes. But attorneys for Turner say they plan to ask for probation at his sentencing set for this afternoon in Boston. Turner was convicted in October of taking a $1,000 bribe and then lying about it to FBI agents. Despite his conviction and ouster from the City Council, Turner still boasts a cadre of supporters like attorney Harvey Silverglate who say he was unfairly targeted and persecuted. Social critic and attorney Wendy Kaminer says while the response to Turner’s crime may have been disproportionate – he is still guilty of a crime. WGBH’s Adam Reilly who spent the morning in Turner’s former district also joins us with an update on what his former constituents are saying.
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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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