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Thurs. 1/12/12
Innovating Incarceration

Innovating Incarceration
Prison barsThe United States has a higher percentage of incarcerated people than any nation in the world. Though Americans only make up about five-percent of the world's population - we have a quarter of those behind bars. How did we get here? How did we become a country that spends close to $70-billion a year on corrections? Sometimes at a cost of nearly $50,000 per prisoner, per year? We tackle the issue of prison reform and take a look at whether the controversial “three-strikes” bill should become law here in Massachusetts.

Guests:
  Nancy Gertner, retired judge from the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Visiting professor at Harvard Law School
  Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners' Legal Services
  Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, secretary of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

More on this topic from WGBH:
  In Defense Of Minimum-Security Incarceration (ERS, 12/5/11)
  Vipassana Meditation At A Maximum-Security Prison (ERS, 2/17/10)
  Nancy Gertner on WGBH's Forum Network
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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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