The Callie Crossley Show

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Boston’s not only the birthplace of American Liberty——the Hub is also home to another mode of freedom: the elevated train and subway system. Commissioned in 1892 by Governor Russell and Mayor Matthews, "the T", as we know it today, was the first of its kind—and its success set the standard for other cities across the country. But what a difference a century makes. Today, the T is literally and figuratively going off the rails. This hour, with writer Jason Schwartz as our guide, we’ll get the lowdown on what troubles the T today—from going broke to its breakdowns.

GUEST: Jason Schwartz is the Associate Editor of Boston Magazine. His extensive piece on the MBTA is in the February issue of Boston Magazine: The T is for Trouble. 
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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. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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