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Thurs. 3/1/12
Mass. Alimony Reform Law Goes Into Effect Today

Mass. Alimony Reform Law Goes Into Effect Today
Alimony reformAfter years of legal wrangling, a new alimony reform bill signed into law last fall goes into effect today. The idea behind the law was to make alimony payments more equitable for both parties in a divorce. Once it gained traction in the media and with lawmakers, the bill had a relatively unobstructed path to the Governor’s desk. It passed both the House and the Senate with unanimous support. It’s chief advocate, Steve Hitner, even got a standing ovation in the bill signing ceremony at the State House last September. So then why do some family and probate court judges say they’re reluctant to start implementing the law? And why do some divorce attorneys call it “mean spirited and Draconian”? We’ll dig into all of that.

Guests:
 Jim O’Connell, partner at Boston law firm, Posternak Blankstein & Lund. He has more than 30 years of experience in probate and family law matters, has represented numerous individuals in complex divorce and post-divorce matters, and was instrumental in Massachusetts’ reform of the treatment of Social Security benefits during divorce.
 Steve Hitner, started Massachusetts Alimony Reform in 2006 and is a consultant to other state efforts

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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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