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Defense of Marriage Act: Last month, a Massachusetts judge struck down the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The decision might be the first to invoke state rights to support a liberal ruling, and it has some liberals worried. Elizabeth Spahn, constitutional law professor at New England Law Boston, joins us to discuss.
Schools and Property Values: Massachusetts cities and towns considering an override of proposition 2 1/2 - the law that caps property taxes at 2.5% - should take note. Barry Bluestone, Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern, analyzed data from all over the state and found that increasing property taxes to invest more money in schools leads to higher property values. He joins us.
Boston's Funniest Minute: Local comedians have submitted one minute clips of their acts to The Boston Herald's website, and they're asking you to vote for the comics you think are the funniest! The competition is coming to a close, and film critic Garen Daley joins us in-studio to review the comedians' shticks.

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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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