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Thursday, Dec. 23
Congressional Round-up & Dismantling The Filibuster

Congressional Round-up & Dismantling The Filibuster: Congress wrapped up a busy and thus not quite fittingly titled “lame duck” session yesterday. From tax cuts to a nuclear arms treaty and the repeal of the ban on openly serving gay soldiers, Congress and the Obama White House closed up their respective shops and headed out for the holidays with an uncommonly full bag of accomplishments. But as democrats and republicans alike pat themselves on the back in the spirit of bipartisanship – a trio of young democratic senators is working to combat an age old congressional tradition they say is plain dysfunctional. Joshua Green, senior editor of The Atlantic and a weekly political columnist for the Boston Globe, joins me now to discuss the efforts underway to ‘dismantle the filibuster.’
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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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