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Tue., May 3rd
Drip by Drip: Demystifying Water

Right now, as long as gallons of good water flow to thirsty customers, the sourcing and infrastructure of our water supply isn’t important. But all should change, says author Charles Fishman. In his new book, The Big Thirst, Fishman says it's high time we bring attention to the world's most precious resource: where it comes from, how much we use, how we can use less, where frailties and threats exist -- and how we can ensure that good clean water gets to taps in urban and rural communities worldwide.

Boston faced down its own water crisis in 2010, with two million residents boiling water after a pipe failure in Weston, Massachusetts. One year later, we’ll look at how far we've come in protecting and prolonging our own New England water supply, and how we can preserve access to the resource that’s used for everything from drinking, bathing, and power production, to swimming, manufacturing, and transportation.

We also hear from Ken Kellaway, Jr., founder and CEO of Pura Vida H2O. His Randolph company is producing vending machines that dispense chilled, filtered tap water to customers’ own water bottles — without using plastic bottles.
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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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