The Callie Crossley Show

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Wed., 2/8/12
HelmetHub

HelmetHub

The Hubway bikeshare program was rolled out last summer in Boston to great fanfare. Now that ridership is up, there are plans to expand into other parts of the city. The only problem? Safety. Riders aren't likely to wear helmets when they grab a bike off the rack to go for a spin. So an MIT design course decided to change that. They planned, prototyped and revised until they came up with HelmetHub, a bike helmet vending machine. We talk with two of the students who worked on the project about creating it, and when their machines will be street-ready.

GUESTS:
 Dani Hicks and Chris Mills are students from David Wallace's Product Processes course at MIT. They are two members of the team that designed HelmetHub, a machine that dispenses helmets and would work in tandem with Boston's Hubway bike rental service.
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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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