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Wednesday, Feb. 2
The State Of The Center

The State Of The Center
Republicans and DemocratsIn the wake of the Tucson shootings and the bipartisan seating at the State of the Union, where is bipartisanship? According to Thomas Frank, nowhere really. The best-selling political writer argues in a new piece in Harper's Magazine that playing to the center is not all it's cracked up to be - that moderation is dormant, if not dead. Where is the center? Are we headed towards the politics of the extreme? Thomas Frank most recent Harpers piece is entitled, ‘The Fatal Center’ and his latest book is, "The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule." Frank is the author of the 'Easy Chair' column in Harper's. Thomas Frank, thanks so much for joining 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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