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Tue., 4/10/12
Maximizing the Minimum Wage

Maximizing the Minimum Wage
In 1912, Massachusts became the first state in the Union to set a minimum wage to protect women and children. Twenty years later, the Great Depression made this a national concern. In 1938, President Roosevelt pushed through minimum wage legislation as part of his New Deal reforms. Ever since, critics and supporters have been slugging it out over the minimum wage. Critics argue minimum wage destroys jobs by making it too expensive to employ workers. Supporters say a healthy wage is good for productivity and purchasing power. It’s a debate that’s playing out in Massachusetts as lawmakers aim to increase the minimum wage from $8 per hour, to $10 per hour.

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GUESTS:
  Marc Pacheco, state senator (D) Taunton
  Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts
  Kevin Lang, professor of economics at Boston University
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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. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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