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Tuesday, Feb. 8
Unprotected Texts

The battle over how to interpret the Bible is as old as the Bible itself. In today’s culture wars, the Christian right can use it to oppose gay marriage. And on the left, the progressives can see the Good Book as a bad influence on gender equality and sexual freedom. We looked at the sacred texts with religion professor Jennifer Wright Knust. In her new book, “Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire,” she examines what The Bible really says about sex, and how modern day interpretations of the Bible can be misunderstood.
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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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