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Monday, April 4
Rising Sea Levels Threaten Massachusetts Coast, Sea Walls

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Massachusetts Coast, Sea Walls
Scituate FloodThere’s no question about it. Sea levels are rising. 65 acres of Massachusetts coastline is taken back by the sea each year. Over the last century, ocean waters have crept up a full foot along the New England coast and new research shows that rate will only increase, with some estimates predicting an additional 3-foot rise by the end of this century. Our defense against the rising tide are sea walls. A 2009 state-commissioned report found that overall, 92 percent of Massachusetts’ more than 1,300 seawalls were considered stable, with 8 percent needed repair. But it also warned that most sea walls were older than 50 years — a sea wall’s expected life. In Scituate, 400 homes were damaged when one of those seawalls failed dramatically during a storm last December. Is that incident a harbinger of things to come? We discuss that with State Rep. James Cantwell, from the 4th Plymouth District (Marshfield & Scituate)—He filed legislation for the state to create a low-interest loan program to help communities offset the estimated $1 billion price tag to repair sea walls and fortify them against rising sea levels—and Heather Goldstone, WCAI science editor and author of the blog Climatide.
  Read recent coverage about New England sea level rise in the Boston Globe
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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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