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Wed., 2/29/12
Homegrown Protest - Joey Quits

Homegrown Protest

Joey Quits
Providence resident Joey Defrancesco became an Internet sensation last fall after he posted a video ("Joey Quits", below) of himself quitting his job at the Marriott Rennaisance in Providence with some help from his band. Joey was featured on Good Morning America, CNN, TIME, and the Huffington Post- and to date, the video has more than 3 million hits. Joey has since been working to turn his popularity into a workers' rights campaign. DeFrancesco has teamed up with Rhode Island State Rep. Chris Blazejewski to create a bill that would prohibit tip theft in the state. The bill, which was entered into the legislature on Monday, will ban any employer, manager, or supervisor from demanding, requesting, or accepting tips from an employee.

Joey Quits from Jori Ketten on Vimeo.


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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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