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Thursday, March 31
Boston Minstrels

Boston Minstrels
Boston MinstrelsBack in 1985, Tim McHale gathered up a few of his friends in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood and went caroling during the holidays at a local nursing home. What he didn’t know at the time, was that this would become his life’s work. The impact of Tim’s “song fests” as he called them, was undeniable. They began doing them year-round. Next,  they expanded beyond nursing homes, bringing the music to shelters and prisons. In 1991, Tim founded the Boston Minstrel Company and for 20 years now he’s been leading a vibrant troupe of volunteer singers and musicians that he says are music therapists at heart, if not by training, inspiring—and being inspired by—people who need music the most.
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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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