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Mon. 10/17/11
Show And Tell: God Bless America

Show And Tell: God Bless America
Show and TellIt’s been a tough stretch for the American Dream. We are fighting two wars overseas, the job market is stagnant, thing seem intractable in Washington, protests are sprouting up in cities all across the country. Perhaps the best way to examine “the American dream” these days is through the eyes of the discontented. That is just what author and regular Emily Rooney Show contributor Steve Almond has done in his new book of short stories, God Bless America. Steve joins us to discuss the inveterate gamblers, thwarted dreamers, and children gone astray that populate his new book.
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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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