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Tue., April 26
Huntington Ave YMCA Update

The Central YMCA on Huntington Ave — the oldest one in the nation – looks like it will 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 mean that close to 3,000 of the YMCA’s members will be displaced, and the long tradition of community service would change irreparably. With a demolition delay imposed and community members fighting to save the Y, recent approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority means Northeastern University is getting closer to breaking ground on a new residence hall.

Joining us to talk about what’s at stake for the community is City Councilor Mike Ross; he represents District 8 (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, and Mission Hill). We're also joined by Calvin Arey. He’s been a member of the YMCA for 14 years, and he’s put together a petition against the proposed plans.
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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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