The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., 2/9/12
The Yuck Factor

The Yuck Factor
We’re talking about disgust, about what grosses us out, and why this is a reflex that’s hardwired deep within the human psyche. Does the scent of spoiled milk make you wince? Does the sight of maggots and mold have your stomach doing summersaults?

In That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, psychologist Rachel Herz takes on the science behind the things that make as gag, grimace, and recoil. There’s a reason why the things that ooze and wriggle and reek creep us out. They signal decomposition, contamination, and disease. Disgust is a survival mechanism that tunes us in to the threats that can do us in.

GUEST
  Rachel Herz, psychologist, neuroscientist, author of That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion.
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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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