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Wednesday, April 13
Show & Tell – Baseball Music

Show & Tell – Baseball Music
Show and TellThere are a few things that make a baseball game a baseball game. The players. The fans. The hot dogs, peanuts, and beer. And of course... music. Think about it. Every single game begins with a song—the Star Spangled Banner. At ballparks large and small, the seventh inning stretch is marked with a sing-along of baseball’s unofficial anthem Take Me Out to the Ballgame. And in major league cities across America, unique music traditions of all kinds have sprung up over the years. In Pittsburgh, Pirates fans belt out "We Are Family"… while In Los Angeles, the Dodgers favor “Don’t Stop Believing” despite the fact that Journey’s lead singer Steve Perry is a die hard fan of the cross-state rival San Francisco Giants. Here in Boston the middle of the eighth-inning has become an occasion for 37-thousand strong to belt out a rousing rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” Well with me now to walk us through this indelible link between baseball and music, and to offer his own analysis of our home-team’s music traditions, is our favorite music geek, author Steve Almond.
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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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