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Mon. 1/23/12
Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks, After All?

Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks, After All?
Gary MarcusDevelopmental psychologists have long supported the old adage that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but have they been mistaken? We’ll talk with a Gary Marcus (above), a psychology expert whose dreams of becoming a rock star at the age of 40 revealed some surprises about how the mind learns.

Guests:
  Gary Marcus, author of Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning and Professor of psychology at NYU
  Dr. Susan Parks-Cohen, a neuropsychologist at McLean Hospital

Link:
  Get information about Gary Marcus' appearance tonight at Harvard Book Store
  Read Gary Marcus' Wall Street Journal piece about his quest to learn the guitar
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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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