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Monday, Jan. 31
Shift-Swapping In The Boston Fire Department

Shift-Swapping In The Boston Fire Department
Boston FiretruckFor most professional firefighters, fighting fires is their full-time occupation. But a few Boston firefighters have used the practice of shift-swapping to run personal businesses — almost to the point where firefighting has become their secondary occupation. That’s one element of The Boston Globe’s front page report yesterday about how some Boston firefighters are abusing shift-swapping —  and the added cost to taxpayers that comes with it. With me now on the phone to explain the details is Walter Robinson, the former Globe Spotlight editor, and now a journalism professor at Northeastern. Robinson oversaw the reporting for yesterday’s story, much of which was done by his students at Northeastern.
  Read Robinson and his students' Boston Globe report
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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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