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Wednesday, Dec. 8
30th Anniversary Of John Lennon’s Death

30th Anniversary Of John Lennon’s Death: 30 years ago today, John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment building on the Upper West side of Manhattan. He was just 40 years old. From humble beginning in the working class city of Liverpool, England, Lennon would rise to become one of the world’s most recognizable figures. His impact on music and popular culture—first with the Beatles and then as a solo artist—simply cannot be overstated. But Lennon was determined to be more than just a pop musician. In the years following the Beatles break up, Lennon used his celebrity to advance causes both social and personal. He was an outspoken war critic and civil rights activist. He spend half-a-decade in “retirement”” as a stay-at-home dad. Provocative, charismatic, imaginative, and complicated, Lennon was —by many’s estimation—the voice of the baby boom generation. And here to talk about Lennon’s music and his legacy is Steve Almond, author of Rock-n-Roll Will Save Your Life.
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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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