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Wed. 2/29/12
Tufts Launches New Center To Study Race, Democracy

Tufts Launches New Center To Study Race, Democracy
Peniel JosephFor the first time, Tufts University designing an Africana studies major and establishing a center devoted to “stimulat(ing) research and debate on race and democracy in the United States and around the world.” Founding director, professor Peniel Joseph joins us to discuss why, in a period in our history that many describe as "post-racial,” a center on race is important. We’ll also discuss Tufts' biennial, national conference "Barack Obama and American Democracy,” which runs March 1-3.

Guest:
  Peniel Joseph, Ph.D., professor of history at Tufts University; founding director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy; founding organizer, Barack Obama and American Democracy Conference
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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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