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Wed. 6/6/12
The Art Of Changing Public Opinion

The Art Of Changing Public Opinion
Will Friedman, public agendaWhy do people change their mind about controversial subjects? Last week a federal appeals court in Boston ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. Polls have shown that — over time — the public has become more accepting about the idea of gay marriage. So how did it happen? What does it take to get people to change their opinions on topics like same sex marriage, abortion, desegregation, and more?

Guests:
  Will Friedman, Executive Director of Public Agenda
  Thomas Whalen, Boston University professor of social sciences
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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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