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Thurs. 11/03/11
Filene's Announces It’s Closing Shop For Good

Filene's Announces It’s Closing Shop For Good
Its been a tough few weeks for good old New England institutions. Necco Wafers sales are in the tank after an ill-fated experiment with natural flavoring. Two-scoop sundaes are a little harder tocome by with Friendly's restaurants closing left and right following the company's bankruptcy filing. And now this. After a run of more than a century, legendary discount retailer Filene's Basement announced yesterday its closing its 21 remaining stores for good. Retail Concepts founding partner Michael Tesler joins us to discuss the Boston institution’s century-long run and whether it’s end was inevitable. We’ll also hear a personal anecdote from Courtney Hollands, who is senior lifestyle editor at Boston Magazine.
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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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