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Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion

Asian Longhorned Beetle Invasion

Recently, six trees in Jamaica Plain had to be removed because of Asian Longhorned Beetle  infestation. Over the next few weeks, the US Department of Agriculture will inoculate 3,200 trees in the Boston area. A 10 sq. mile quarantine has been put into effect in the area. This pales in comparison to the Worcester area, where 30,000 infested trees have been removed and 98 sq. miles are quarantined because of these pesky pests. The infestation has costed the government millions of dollars and is taking years to treat. 

Today, we look at why the Asian Longhorn Beetle is such a threat, why it continues to spread, what treatments are in place to rid our trees of the beetle once and for all, and what you can do if you find the beetle in your own back yard.

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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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