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Wednesday, Jan. 12
Haiti Earthquake Anniversary

Haiti Earthquake Anniversary: In Haiti today people are solemnly marking the anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. The government says the earthquake killed more than 230,000 people but the exact toll is unknown. One group that has been particularly involved in relief efforts is Partners in Health. My next guest, Dr. Evan Lyon – who has in Haiti with Partners for 13 years – arrived on the 4th day after the earthquake and worked in the capital for the next seven months. He says perhaps the most dramatic thing he’s seen since the earthquake is the remarkably little change in people's living conditions in Port-au-Prince. Very little rubble has been cleared – an estimated five percent according to various aide groups. Camps are largely as they were first constructed back in February and March, if not worse in some places after wear and tear and a few storms over the summer and fall. Some basic provisions are provided - but many needs remain unmet and the refugee communities look like they are becoming nearly permanent. Dr. Lyon, you say ‘by necessity (people) are settling in for a long haul.'
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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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