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Thurs. 3/15/12
Paid Sick Leave: Basic Labor Right? Or, Bad For Small Business?

Paid Sick Leave: Basic Labor Right? Or, Bad For Small Business?
Sick At WorkAfter languishing for years, a bill that would require Bay State businesses to offer employees paid sick days is getting afresh look on Beacon Hill. Supporters say the new bill reduces the negativeimpact on small businesses and ensures that no Massachusetts worker is fired for getting sick. But critics disagree, warning that the costly mandate could force employers to slash jobs and other benefits.

Guests:
  Bill Vernon, president of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
  State Senator Dan Wolf, (D-Harwich) Labor and Workforce Development Committee co-chair
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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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