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Tues. 3/27/12
Through Amicus Briefs, Local ‘Friends’ Weigh In On Affordable Care Act

Through Amicus Briefs, Local ‘Friends’ Weigh In On Affordable Care Act
As the high court weighs health care this week, the stakes are high and the political wrangling is great. A record number of outside groups – including many from Massachusetts – have filed “friend of the court” briefs urging the court to uphold or strike down the law. The dense documents – chock full of historical citations and legal arguments costs tens of thousands of dollars to prepare and there’s no guarantee that anyone even reads them. We’ll take a look at what's involved in preparing an amicus brief and what impact they have.

Guests:
  Brian Rosman, research director at Boston nonprofit Health Care For All, which signed an amicus brief in support of the law
  Jim Stergios, executive director at the Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Research in Boston, which signed onto a brief written by economists opposing the law

Links:
  READ Health Care For All’s amicus brief (48 pages)
  READ amicus brief signed by Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Research (72 pages)
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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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