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(Un)affordable Housing

Over ten million cash-strapped renters are spending more than half their paycheck on rent and utilities, according to a new study from the Harvard University Joint Center For Housing Studies. At the same time that the housing market took a dive, construction on rental properties slowed, rentals became more scarce, and prices went way up. We discussed the study, the forces that brought us to this point, and what can be done to make housing more affordable with Chris Herbert, research director at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and John Taylor, president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
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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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