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Wednesday, April 20
Does Recent Trouble On The Ground Point To Danger In The Skies?

Does Recent Trouble On The Ground Point To Danger In The Skies?
Air Traffic ControlTens of thousands of flights take off every single day in the United States. Nearly every single one of them lands safely, without incident. If it seems like a Herculean feet, that’s because it is. And it is one that relies heavily on a complex—and notoriously stress-inducing—air traffic control system that is presently under intense scrutiny. At least a half-dozen controllers have been reported nodding off in recent weeks. Then, a plane carrying first Lady Michelle Obama had to abort its landing for flying too close to another aircraft. So what is going on in the control towers at our airports these days? Are we seeing the first cracks in a system stretched to the breaking point? And more importantly, are these incidents a sign that flying the friendly skies is becoming more dangerous? Christine Negroni joins us to shed some light on this. She is the author of the book Deadly Departure: Why the Experts Failed to Prevent the TWA Flight 800 Disaster and she now covers aviation for the New York Times and on her blog, Flying Lessons.
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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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