The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., November 1
Reading the Obama Barometer

Reading the Pres. Obama Barometer

We'll look at how President Barack Obama is faring- from the Oval Office to the campaign trail. In his book The Audacity of Hope, then-Sen. Obama called for a new brand of politics. In 2008, his supporters expressed their audacity of hope, by voting for a new brand of leadership. Two years on, are voters getting what they had hoped for? Instead of hope and change, has the president served up decline and despair? Some supporters are wondering what happened to the man who offered change by way of a new kind of governing. We’ll discuss what voters want, and what it would take for President Obama to earn another term in the White House.

We'll be joined by political strategist Dorie Clark, Clark University political science professor and NAACP Worcester Branch president Ravi Perry, and Ted Widmer, the director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.
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*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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