The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., September 27
Income and Wealth Gap

Minding the Wealth Gap

The latest poverty rates show that more Americans are poor than ever before. On top of this, we now have a racial wealth gap that’s the widest it’s ever been between whites, African Americans, and Latinos. Today, the median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households, according to a Pew study, and the pressures of this economic inequality are leading to debt. With the top one percent commanding one-third of all wealth, the bottom 99 percent are using credit cards to keep up with the proverbial Joneses. We’ll explore these issues- from the forces that are creating and sustaining economic inequities to a program in Boston that’s getting people out of debt.

GUEST: Tom Shapiro: Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. Author of: Black Wealth / White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality and The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality
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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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