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Wednesday, June 8
Hodgson To Implement ‘Secure Communities’ With Or Without Gov.’s Support

Hodgson To Implement ‘Secure Communities’ With Or Without Gov.’s Support
FingerprintLaunched in 2008 – the Secure Communities program runs the names and fingerprints of everyone arrested through federal immigration and criminal databases. The purpose is to make sure that offenders who are in this country illegally, especially violent criminals, are detained and deported. But the program has been highly controversial. Critics argue that it discourages immigrants from reporting crimes, that it’s disproportionately being used against those whose offenses are minor, that most of the people being deported under the program are not criminals. This week, Gov. Deval Patrick learned the program was voluntary and announced Massachusetts would opt-out. The Obama Administration and Department of Homeland Security – which want to impose the program nationwide by 2013 – bit back – saying they would overrule Patrick’s decision. Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson – who wrote a letter to the Patrick administration yesterday explaining why he intends to implement Secure Communities – with or without the Governor’s approval – joins us. We’ll also hear from Richard Chacon, who is the director of the Massachusetts Office of Immigrants and Refugees.
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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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