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Local Made Good: ZUMIX

Local Made Good: ZUMIX

ZUMIX got its start in 1991 as a summer program where East Boston students would learn an instrument, play in a band, and chill with like-minded kids. The program was so successful it went from just a summer thing to a year-round destination for young East Boston artists to drop by on a daily basis. In 2001 ZUMIX expanded into its current home - a completely rehabbed fire station - and bolstered its offerings by including poetry, audio engineering, music videos, radio and anything else the kids came up with.

Earlier this month ZUMIX beat out 471 other youth programs around the country to win one of twelve National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards. Co-founder Madeleine Steczynski and Ixchel Garcia, a longtime ZUMIX student, traveled to the White House to meet First Lady Michelle Obama and accept the award on behalf of ZUMIX. They're here to talk to us about the program and their once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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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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