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Solar Decathalon

Since 2002, The US Department of Energy has put on an international competition it calls the Solar Decathlon. It pits the best designers and the brightest engineers from teams across the globe against each other. Their goal is to design a livable, off-the-grid house that uses only the sun's power to run everything from lamps and dishwashers, to washing machines, computers, and hair straighteners ... all of these using only light and heat from the sun.

Students from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and UMass-Lowell have painstakingly crafted a New England-style home on behalf of the Bay State. Designers and engineers from Team Massachusetts have built a 1,000-square-foot green home, and designed everything from the solar panels on top, on down to the silverware and chairs to use at dinner. Their hope, and the hope of the Solar Decathlon, is to push home design into the twenty-first century using bleeding edge technology, and figure out where, and how, we'll be living in the years ahead. Check out some photos of past designs here.
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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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