The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., 5/3/12
Homing Pigeon Racing

Homing Pigeon Racing
Americans have officially been racing homing pigeons in the U.S. since the late 1800s. With the ability to travel hundreds of miles with out rest, homing pigeons have been (and still are) used by the U.S. military to carry messages back and forth. Count Walt Disney, Mike Tyson, and the British Royal Family among the famous pigeon racing enthusiasts. Today, we talk with two of New England's best pigeon racers about the sport.

Guests:
  Bill and Paula Desmarais, of Fall River, MA, have been racing homing pigeons together since 1996. Bill is the director of the Northeast Zone American Racing Pigeon Union
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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. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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