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Monday, June 20
A Simple Act

A Simple Act
We often confuse simple with easy. And it’s true, sometimes simple tasks are easy to complete. Take, for example, climbing a staircase. At the Parker family house in Malden there are 14 steps that lead from the first floor to the second. For Rick and Patty Parker, climbing that staircase is easy. The same goes for their eight-year-old son Ben. But for Ben’s twin brother Sam, those 14 simple stairs are impossible to climb. Sam has Cerebral Palsy. He’s a quadriplegic, blind and cannot speak or swallow. To make matters worse, his father Rick has a serious heart disorder and cannot carry the 75-pound Sam up and down the stairs. That’s where a high school football player named named Rudy Favard comes into their lives. Each day Rudy carries Sam up those 14 stairs. In the process he has carried the entire Parker family to a better place. This heartwarming story was chronicled in a moving Boston Globe column by Yvonne Abraham and she joins us in studio along with Rick Parker and Rudy Favard.
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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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