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Wednesday, Sept. 21
BoMag’s Best School Districts

BoMag’s Best School Districts
ClassroomEvery year, Boston Magazine gathers a host of information from area schools and from the state department of education. After comparing things like test scores, long term improvement, how many AP classes they offer or whether kids can play freshman sports - they crunch the data and put out a ranking of the region’s 50 best school districts. Critics abound, but many of us devour the list. Touting it when we make the top ten - chiding it as flawed when we don’t. Whatever your thoughts - it does make a difference. Countless people over the years have no doubt used the magazine’s ranking to decide where to move, make a home and send their children to school. Boston Magazine senior editor Janelle Nanos edited the piece and worked with a statistician to compile the list. She joins us.
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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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