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Thursday, March 24
Sarah Vowell – Unfamiliar Fishes

Sarah Vowell – Unfamiliar Fishes
Sarah Vowell Many people think of 1776 – when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self-government – as the defining year in American history. But Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 may have been just has pivotal. It was in 1898, in what she calls “an orgy of imperialism,” that the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight. In her new book, Unfamiliar Fishes, Vowell – the best-selling author of the Wordy Shipmates and Assassination Vacation – examines Hawaii, the place she says “Manifest Destiny got a sunburn.” With her trademark dry humor, Vowell discovers the emblematic and exceptional history of the 50th state, and, in doing so, finds America, warts and all.
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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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