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Monday, Feb. 7
Scientology

Scientology
Scientology The Church of Scientology is no stranger to controversy and now the FBI is reportedly investigating the church on suspicions of human trafficking and allegations of “abusive behavior and gross misconduct.” Details about the probe are unveiled in this week’s New Yorker Magazine. Staff writer Lawrence Wright has the story of Hollywood writer/director and ex-scientologist Paul Haggis’ high-profile defection from the church and the reasons behind it. Haggis tells Wright, “I was in a cult for 34 years. Everyone else could see it, I don’t know why I couldn’t.” The church in response has called Haggis an “apostate” and say they know nothing about an FBI investigation. We’re joined by Russ Baker, an investigative journalist who has covered Scientology and is the editor of the news website WhoWhatWhy.com.
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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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