The Callie Crossley Show

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Tues., 1/3/12
The Filene's Pit

The Filene's Pit
Four years ago, the original Filene's Basement department store was closed and the building was demolished to make way for big-money development. Four years on, the location is still a gaping hole. We talk today about the history of the site, why progress has been slow and how life can be breathed back into Downtown Crossing.
GUESTS:
 Anthony Flint, 
fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  Thomas Grillo,  real estate editor for the Boston Business Journal
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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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