The Callie Crossley Show

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Weds., April 20
Freedom Riders

Fifty years ago, black and white Americans risked being thrown in jail--risked their lives--because they traveled on buses and trains together through the Deep South. Known as the Freedom Riders, they deliberately violated Jim Crow laws. The America they discovered was a country fraught with racism. The violence they encountered challenged their own beliefs in nonviolence. Despite Supreme Court decisions mandating the desegregation of interstate travel-- black Americans still encountered racism. The Kennedy Administration was caught up in the Cold War; a global preoccupation that dwarfed domestic civil rights. The Freedom Riders took it upon themselves to make the change.

This moment in American history is the subject of a new American Experience documentary, Freedom Riders. This hour we’ll talk with some of the original riders. We’ll also meet a new generation of students who will take the ride afresh to compare race relations then and now.

Guests: Genevieve Hughes Houghton, Bernard Lafayette, Jr., Ernest "Rip" Patton, Jr., Peter D. Davis
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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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