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Wednesday, Oct. 6
Success At Brockton High School

Call it a comeback. Ten years ago Brockton High School was one of the worst performing schools in Massachusetts. This year, it outperformed nearly 90 percent of Massachusetts schools on the MCAS. Brockton High School principal Susan Szachowicz joins us to talk about how she led the school from near failure, to bounding succes and defied the popular formula for effective education reform. The school was recently profiled in the New York Times after a new study highlighted Brockton High's amazing turnaround.

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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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