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Deconstructing Obama, Part II

Deconstructing Obama, Part II 

We’re talking about President Obama and the criticism he’s been getting from his own base. Many supporters seem frustrated with the way he handled the debt ceiling debacle and the nation’s credit rating downgrade. Last week, we spoke with one of his critics, political consultant Drew Westen, whose op-ed in the New York Times called for the return of candidate Obama-- the man who used his rhetorical flair to engage voters. Today we get another take on Obama from James Kloppenberg.

James Kloppenberg is the author of Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition. He’s the Charles Warren Professor of American History; and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University.
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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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