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Teaching HBO's The Wire

The acclaimed series brings us into the world of the urban poor, exposing the interweaving dynamics between drug dealers and cops, politicians fighting the war on drugs, and journalists who report on those events. Sociologist and Harvard Professor William Julius Wilson hailed The Wire's portrayal of the truth of urban poverty as doing more to “enhance our understanding of the challenges of inner-city life and the problems of urban inequality than any other media event or scholarly publication.’’ It is with that sentiment that Professor Wilson developed a course with The Wire as it's central teaching tool. We're also joined by Sonja Sohn, a star in The Wire who founded "ReWired For Change" to bring the insights from the series to urban youth facing similar dilemmas and hardships.

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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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