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Thursday, March 24
Diane Paulus’ Hair

Diane Paulus’ Hair
Hair With a score that includes such enduring musical numbers as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” and of course “Hair,” the musical of the same name depicts the birth of a cultural movement that changed America forever. The production follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited hippies during the Vietnam War who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love, but who live in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality. With all the political unrest going on around the globe, Diane Paulus’ revival of the play – which opened this week at Boston’s Colonial Theatre – feels strikingly relevant today, some 40 years after it first opened on Broadway. Diane Paulus – who we know around here as the artistic director at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge is also is the director of the 2009 Tony Award winning revival of Hair playing at the Colonial Theatre, through April 10 and she joins us.
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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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