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Thursday, July 21
The Bottle Bill

The Bottle Bill
It's hard to believe, but it’s been 30 years since Massachusetts passed its groundbreaking bottle bill – the law that made it mandatory to put a 5-cent deposit on soda cans and bottles of beer. But that was before the prevalence of bottled water and other new market beverages – in fact, the deposit law now only covers about 40 percent of beverage containers. Some lawmakers want to change that by extending the 5-cent deposit to virtually all beverages including water bottles, wine and hard liquor – it’s an idea being met with resistance in some quarters and here to unpack the issue are Christopher Flynn of the Massachusetts Food Association and Janet Domenitz of MassPIRG.
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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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