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The Blind Advantage

The Blind Advantage

We meet a man whose disability transformed a Boston Public School. Retired Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School principal Bill Henderson's book, The Blind Advantage, describes how losing his sight helped him think about learning and teaching in a new way. In his 30's, fit and a father of three, he was going blind due to a degenerative disease. His doctor told him to stop teaching, and he qualified for disability. Instead, Henderson pursued a Doctorate in Education. He learned how to read Braille and use a cane. In knowing that a disability wouldn’t stop him, Henderson understood that all kids with disabilities could thrive in a rigorous academic setting. He went on to use this skills and insight to transform the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School in Dorchester.


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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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