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Occupation Nation: Occupy as a Movement

Occupation Nation- Occupy as a Movement

Now entering its second month, Occupy protests are popping up across America and across the Atlantic. It’s a leaderless force with no clear agenda. Everything seems to be up for grabs, from unemployment to education- housing to healthcare. Though critics say this public outcry is too amorphous to affect anything, everyone from top tier celebrities to presidential hopefuls is responding to this tug of war between Main Sreet and Wall Street. Though the jury is still out on what this consciousness raising outburst can accomplish- will history judge Occupy as a social movement? Or a mere moment?

We talk with University of Massachusetts Boston political science professor Erin O'Brien, and Marshall Ganz, one of America’s top organizers and trainers for political campaigns, unions, and nonprofits. He is a senior lecturer in public policy at Harvard University, teaching leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics.
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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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