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Monday, Feb. 28
Are The Kennedy’s Still Untouchable?

Are The Kennedy’s Still Untouchable?
Kennedy Brothers For half a century, the Kennedy’s have been arguably the most beloved and most controversial family in America. But all these years later, are they untouchable? This perennial question resurfaced after an eight-part mini-series offering a less-than-flattering depiction of the family was abruptly yanked from the History Channel’s lineup in January. According to network reps, “The Kennedys” – which stars Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes as John and Jacqueline Kennedy – did not fit the “History brand.” Behind the scenes, the real-life Kennedy family and associates were said to be unhappy about the series, claiming its scripts were inaccurate and overly critical. Well, the series has since found a new home on cable’s ReelzChannel – and is set to begin its run on April 3rd. But using this and countless other instances as examples – the question remains – does the Kennedy family “get away” with things no one else could? Do journalists, foundations, networks and others make allowances they wouldn’t otherwise to avoid ruffling the influential family’s feathers? Or is it just the opposite? Does widespread fascination with the Kennedy’s make them a target of unparalleled media and public scrutiny? For some insight, we turn to Boston Globe columnist and long-time Kennedy watcher, Joan Vennochi and to Scott Ferson, the president of The Liberty Square Group, who also worked as a staff member in the office of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
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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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