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Tues. 11/29/11
Rep. Barney Frank’s Legacy

Rep. Barney Frank’s Legacy
Barney FrankAfter 16 terms and more than 30 years in office, Rep. Barney Frank will not seek reelection. Frank, who has been called the “single most important liberal figure in Massachusetts in the past 40 years” other than Ted Kennedy, says he's retiring because his district has changed so much he'd have to spend too much time campaigning for reelection. In a press conference yesterday, when he was asked what sort of legacy he hoped to leave behind in Congress, Frank said, “people should leave their legacies to other people to describe.” Well, the congressman might not want to partake in the conversation - but we can. We turn now to someone uniquely qualified to assess not just Frank’s most memorable moments and his contributions to American political policy and discourse - but also to speak to the man behind the blustery lawmaker.

Guest:
  Stuart E. Weisberg, author of Barney Frank: The Story of America’s Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman
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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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