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The History Of African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard: Martha's Vineyard was a vacation spot and a year-round home for African Americans long before President Obama vacationed there. We talk with two authors who have written about the epic history of African Americans on the Vineyard. Tom Dresser is the author of "African Americans on Martha's Vineyard: From Enslavement to Presidential Visit;" and Robert C. Hayden wrote “African Americans on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.”
Food Trucks: Gourmet food trucks serving everything from Japanese Hot Dogs to Duck Tacos are becoming a staple of street life in many cities. We'll ask two food truck experts whether the recession explains this trend, and how food trucks are inspiring innovations of all kinds. We're joined by Katie Robbins, a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who wrote a piece for The Atlantic, “The Food Truck Economy;" and Gina Stanley, chef/owner of ArtCliff Diner in Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard.

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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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