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Thurs., July 28
Boston Rolls Out Hubway Bikeshare

Boston Rolls Out Hubway Bike Share

Mayor Menino had his say, and Boston gets its Hubway.

Today marks the citywide rollout of the Hubway bike system. Residents, tourists, bicycle lovers, and bicycle haters alike now have the chance to pay up and cycle around town on the new, sleek bicycles docked at kiosks throughout the city.

Bicycles have taken a lot of heat in the press lately, with city cops cracking down on flagrant law breakers, sending a message prior to Hubway's start. In a city where cattle plowed the first roadways, where traffic gridlocks for hours a day, where roads narrow and twist without warning, and any biker that braves cobblestone streets, potholes and rotaries is taking life into her own hands, Hubway may raise the profile of two-wheelers and create some sort of traffic harmony.

For today's announcement, Olympic cyclist and Boston "bike czarina" Nicole Freedman joins us to talk about the ribbon-cutting. We're also joined by MIT professor, inventor, and biker, David Gordon Wilson; Boston Cyclist Union's Pete Stidman, and East Arlington Concerned Citizens' Committee chair, Eric Berger.

We want to hear from you this hour: Are you excited to use the Hubway? Or does this program spell disaster for bicyclers and drivers alike? Leave a comment on our Facebook page.
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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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