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Monday, Feb. 7
Huntington Avenue YMCA

The YMCA on Huntington Avenue could be undergoing an extreme makeover. Last fall, Northeastern University announced that they had reached an agreement with the YMCA, and Phoenix property company to buy two wings of the Y. The plans are to convert them into student housing. This could relieve the burden that students are putting on residential housing. It could also meant that close to 3,000 of the YMCA’s members will be displaced. And if parts of the Y are taken over, it could bring an end to its long tradition of community service.

Guests: Boston City Councilor Mike Ross, YMCA member and petition organizer Calvin Arey, Huntington News reporter Todd Feathers, and Boston architect David Lee. 
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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