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Mon., Nov. 7
Doing the Maps

Doing the Maps

We’re talking about redistricting today. Every 10 years lawmakers redraw the state’s districts. In theory it should benefit the people, but in practice it’s usually our politicians who reap the rewards. In Massachusetts, it conjures up some tainted associations --like Thomas Finneran, the former Speaker of House was tried for trying to weaken minority voting power. But this time around a statewide collaboration worked to make sure minorities got a fair shake. Now that the Bay State’s House and Senate redistricting maps have been delivered, signed, and sealed—advocates and activists are cautiously optimistic about the process and end results. We’ll look at what these redistricting maps mean for civil rights and our electoral process.

We’ll be joined by State Senator Sonia Chang-DiazNew Democracy Coalition at Boston University founder and director Kevin Peterson, and Oiste executive director Alejandra St. Guillen.
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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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