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Wednesday, Jan. 26
Chuck Turner Conviction

On Jan. 25, former Boston City Councilor, Chuck Turner was slapped with a three-year sentence behind bars. The crime: pocketing a 1,000 dollar bribe and than lying about it under oath. Turner’s not backing down—he’s promising to appeal AND to return to politics. The drama is reverberating beyond the courtroom. Supporters are rallying around Turner—not questioning his guilt—but the harshness of his sentence. Meanwhile Attorney General Martha Coakley is using this as an opportunity to highlight public corruption. It’s a story of a fallen man whose years of dedication to the city have been subsumed by corruption charges—a tragedy tangled up in the threads of conspiracy and race.  We spoke with our political contributor, Marvin Venay, the director of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, and took calls during this hour.
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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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