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Wednesday, May 11
Secrecy In Severance And Settlement Pacts

Secrecy In Severance And Settlement Pacts
Steve PoftakWhen Dan Grabauskas agreed to resign as the general manager of the MBTA in August of 2009, he was offered a generous severance package of more than $300,000. But there was a catch. The transit authority wanted him to keep the six-figure payment a secret. Grabauskas pushed back, eventually signing a revised agreement that did not include a confidentiality clause. But this incident raises a serious question: why are some agencies trying to keep the use of public dollars a secret despite the fact that the attorney general’s office has advised them for years to avoid confidentiality clauses in settlement pacts? Steve Poftak, research director at The Pioneer Institute, joins us to discuss.
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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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