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Wednesday, March 2
Critics Say Insurance Chief’s $11M Departure Deal Erodes Confidence

Critics Say Insurance Chief’s $11M Departure Deal Erodes Confidence
Cleve Killingsworth The state's largest health insurer is under fire for a roughly $11 million compensation package given to its former chief executive. According to documents filed with the state, former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Cleve Killingsworth – who resigned last year – collected $1.4 million in severance and $7.4 million in additional compensation last year. He's scheduled to receive nearly $3 million more over the next two years. Critics like Dierdre Cummings, legislative director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, say this kind of action undermines the credibility of insurers who say they’re serious about bringing down costs – especially at a time when rising healthcare costs are one of the state’s most pressing issues. Cummings joins us to discuss.
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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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