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Monday, April 25
Somerville, Cambridge Smack-Down

Somerville, Cambridge Smack-Down
Cambridge Somerville SmackdownIt all started at a Cambridge City Council meeting two weeks ago. City Councilor Ken Reeves made an off-hand comment that neighboring Somerville has — quote -- “a very short list of not-that-interesting places” -- end quote. Well, upon hearing that ‘intolerable insult’, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone fired-off a feisty retort. Saying once-hip Harvard Square had as much charm as the Natick Mall, he dared Cambridge to an Interesting City Challenge. From there, it devolved into an all-out internet brawl — with Cambridge and Somerville residents trading barbs and insults on the message boards. The Twittosphere has dubbed the disagreement SomerBridgeSmackdown. In the interest of restoring inter-city harmony, we’ve invited both Mayor Curtatone and Councilor Reeves to join us.
  Who won the SomerBridge Smackdown? Vote now on WickedLocal.com
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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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