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Year In Review

Year In Review
WIR Panel 12232011 will go down in history as the year the FBI’s two most wanted criminals were found. Whitey Bulger in custody, Osama bin Laden dead. Plus, protests from Tahrir Square to Dewey Square demonstrate the power of the people. And, from Anthony Weiner, to Penn State, to Arnold Schwarzenegger, to Sal DiMasi, scandal and disgrace went hand in hand. Locally, we saw the long awaited passage of the casino bill. Nationally, partisanship reached new heights, as congressional approval ratings sank to all-time lows. Red Sox aside, there was – of course – some good news too. The B’s bring home the Stanley Cup, the Pats are on a roll, and with the lockout over, the Celts kick off their season this weekend. This hour, we look back at the people and events that shaped the year that was.

Guests:
  Dave Wedge, The Boston Herald
  Shannon O’Brien, former state treasurer
  Kara Miller, WGBH contributor
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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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