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Wednesday, August 24
Rethinking The Possibilities And Pitfalls Of Pot

Rethinking The Possibilities And Pitfalls Of Pot
marijuanaToday, we take a look at the many faces of marijuana. Some say it could be a multi-billion dollar boon for the economy, while others believe it’s a dangerous gateway drug. Some view it as a pain-easing medication that might even have real potential in the fight against diseases like cancer. We're joined by host of medical and political experts who have looked into the possibilities – and pitfalls – of pot. We’ll hear from Jeffrey Miron, a senior lecturer in economics at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, about what the legalization of drugs could mean financially and socially. We'll also be joined by Kevin McKernan, CEO of Medical Genomics, a Marblehead firm that has just finished sequencing the cannabis genome in an effort to find the parts of the plant that are medicinally valuable and – here’s the buzz-killing twist – make them into drugs that don't also get people stoned. We'll also check in with Dr. Jodi Gilman, a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital's Division of Psychiatric Neuroscience where she studies the neuroscience of drug abuse. She'll give us a sense of what science knows – and still doesn't know – about what's going on in the brains of marijuana users.
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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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