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Tues. 2/28/12
Ask the Professor - Fracking And The Shale Gas Revolution

Ask the Professor - Fracking And The Shale Gas Revolution
Earnest MonizIt’s a mining-industry breakthrough that has already created half a million new jobs and unlocked a 100-year supply of natural gas – the cleanest fossil fuel –inside our own borders. So what’s the problem with “fracking?” Today, we discuss the controversy surrounding hydraulic fracturing. What is it? Why do advocates say it promises to transform the energy marketplace? And why do critics warn that it poses a major threat to communities across the nation?

Guest:
  Ernest J. Moniz, Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at MIT and the Director of the MIT Energy Initiative

Links:
  MIT Report - The Future of Natural Gas
  WATCH 60 Minutes' 2010 coverage of fracking
  READ David Brooks' Op-Ed on fracking (NY Times)
  READ Joe Nocera's Op-Ed about fracking responsibly (NY Times)
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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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