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Wednesday, July 20
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
Tolstoy and the Purple ChairEach of us deals with the loss of a loved one in a unique way – for some channel grief into their work, others into exercise, or travel. My next guest, Nina Sankovich, lost her sister to cancer in 2008 and began a project to honor her sister’s memory as well as cope with her own sense of loss. Every day for one year Nina read an entire book. She flew through Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton and, of course, Tolstoy – a project she recounts in her new novel, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair. Nina Sankovich joins me.
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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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