The Callie Crossley Show

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Gossip and the Brain

Gossip and the Brain

We know the quickest way to change a person's feelings about someone is to gossip about them, but what if gossip could effect the way you actually see a person? A new study says gossip can do just that. We talk with the study's author, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, a distinguished professor of psychology at Northeastern Unviersity. Nicholas DiFonzo, a rumor expert and social psychologist based out of the Rochester Institute of Technology, also joins us to discuss what he calls the gossip paradox.


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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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