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Midterm Election Mythology 8/17/10

Midterm Election Mythology: This November, 435 House seats and 37 Senate seats will be up for grabs in the general election. While there’s a lot of talk about changing political tides and anti-incumbent fever… there’s some debate over how much of that conventional wisdom is actually valid. Emory University Professor Alan Abramowitz joins us to help debunk the five most common midterm election myths.  

Five myths:
1. Midterm votes foretell future election results.
2. The president's message is crucial.
3. It's always about the economy.
4. Midterms provide mandates.
5. It's an anti-incumbent year.
 

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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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