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Thursday, August 25
From China To New England, Gender Selection Is A Slippery Slope

From China To New England, Gender Selection Is A Slippery Slope
Gender SelectionOurs is undeniably a culture of choice. We pick our careers and our partners. We decide which Twitter feeds to follow and what shampoo to use. And - increasingly - we even choose the sex of our children. Gender selection is becoming easier and more common. But what does it mean for the future face of our world? We’ll discuss the murky ethics of this “unnatural” selection, from China and India to right here in New England. We’re joined by Mara Hvistendahl, a correspondent with Science magazine and the author of Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men; Vanessa Fong, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and the author of Only Hope: Coming of Age Under China’s One-Child Policy; and by Dr. Joseph A. Hill, president and CEO of the Fertility Centers of New England

  Read an excerpt of Unnatural Selection
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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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