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Friday, Sept. 9
Week In Review

Week In Review
Week in ReviewFormer House Speaker Sal DiMasi – who was found guilty on federal corruption charges earlier this year – has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Does the punishment fit the crime? Security has been stepped up in New York and Washington on word of a possible terror plot to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. On ABC this morning, Vice President Joe Biden had this to say, “there are specifics, so in that sense it was credible, but there is no certitude, we don’t have the smoking gun.” Hmmm. We’ll discuss the tricky task of trying to strike a balance between emphasizing caution and urging people not to panic. Economists are offering generally positive reviews of President Barack Obama’s $447 billion bill to stimulate jobs creation. Perhaps not surprisingly – fresh off their debate earlier this week – the field of republican presidential hopefuls are not particularly keen on the plan. And speaking of thumbs down... thumbs up, thumbs down on adult proms, banning the pledge of allegiance in classrooms and much more. We’re joined by attorney and political activist Cheryl Cronin; The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen; and The Boston Herald’s Dave Wedge.
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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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