Archive for February, 2009

Stimulation & Gas, the Podcast

Pardon the first few minutes of the show – Ryan was only blabbering because he was trying to get Lynne and Mike on through some technical difficulties. Doing two things at once is not easy, especially when one involves fixing computers and the other talking politics while introducing a show!

What’s up with the stimulus bill? How is it impacting Massachusetts? What about the gas tax? Mike’s thoughts, since he missed last week? The VMT chip? There was even some on casinos and the Academy Awards.

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Our Next Podcast

Due to Mike’s recovery, Lynne’s busy work schedule and my, well, whatever, Lynne and I decided to postpone today’s Tuesday’s show until next Tuesday, the 24th. What, you say? That’s the same thing as canceling this week’s show? Balderdash!

So, err.. yeah, join us next Tuesday for the full LeftAhead(!) lineup! It’ll be a bash! I promise!

Finally, one last note: our march toward 100 shows is rapidly approaching. By my count, only one more and then it’s the big centennial. We’ll finally be syndicated…


PS. Better yet maybe we’ll even be invited onto Emily Rooney’s show! Then, you really know you’ve finally hit the bit time.


Lotsa Gas Podcast

Today, Lynne and Ryan chat up Governor Patrick’s gas tax proposal – or lack thereof, according to the Globe’s latest. The original plan, leaked last night, called for a 27 cent gas tax increase, 11 cents of which would go toward the MBTA. It was unclear, however, what the impact would be on the tolls. This paragraph was especially frustrating:

The Highway Division would oversee all state-owned roads and bridges, except for Department of Conservation and Recreation parkways and bridges and the Tobin Bridge. It would continue to collect tolls at the Boston Harbor tunnel crossings, as well as the state borders with New York and Connecticut.

This may help explain why the Governor backtracked today, saying it was just one of many plans he’s currently contemplating, with gas tax increases ranging from 5 cents to 29. LeftAhead thinks a large gas tax is in order, but it must be smart and well done – and it’s got to get rid of the unfair tolls as well as increase transportation spending beyond the status quo.

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Behind Podcast

Hyperlocal, citizen’s journalism, blended links/pix/blogs/reviews/lots of comments…

uh-bigh.jpgAdam Gaffin, the founder and driving force behind UniversalHub joined us.  He talked about how he created and maintains his elaborate and constantly updated site covering events and ideas throughout Boston’s neighborhoods and surrounding towns.

Visit the site and be amazed at how much he digests and reveals that won’t be in local dailies or weeklies any time soon, if at all. Many locals are addicted to UH.

We asked him about what he saw as workable models for newspapers, hyperlocal sites and out news sources. Listen in for his take on the present and possible futures of news.

Plus, he answers the big question — how does he do all of that every day?

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Adam Talking Universal Hub

Listen in Tuesday for Adam Gaffin, founder and dynamo behind Universal Hub. All of us want to know how the devil he manages a full-time job, being hubby and dad, writing books, and running this complex, value-added aggregator.

Adam joins us at Left Ahead! for our weekly. You can listen live on Blog Talk Radio February 3rd at 2:30 p.m. Thereafter, you can hear or download the cast at either site.

UH has long been a must-read site for Boston area snoops and busybodies. More important, it has links to or reports on everything from breaking political news, complaints about bad neighbors, personal vignettes and photos, crime and fires… In short, events or commentary of solid interest to somebody is there. Much of it won’t appear in the contracting and understaffed local dailies or weeklies.

While he’s known to run what amuses him, Adam has a keen filter. He knows what’s worthy of UH.

UH covers all the neighborhoods in and near Boston, with occasional nods to the North or South Shore flashes. Many of us depend on Adam to point us to the right places for information, insight or inanity. Local publications and particularly bloggers know that a snippet with a link on UH means a lot of hits are sure to follow.

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