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Wed., 2/15/12
The Contraception Rule

The Contraception Rule
Catholic ChurchLast month, President Obama announced that all employers must pay for contraception in their health plans, and that it must be free of charge. No co-pays. No deductibles. Catholic churches were exempt, but since Catholic hospitals and Catholic universities serve so many who aren't Catholic, the president said those institutions had to comply. The immediate fallout came from the Catholic Church, which argued this violates religious freedoms. Conservatives also pounced on the president. Feminist activists argued the uproar was a direct assault on women’s health rights.

With the nation’s feathers sufficiently ruffled, President Obama has tried to smooth things out, making an accommodation that gets employers with religious objections off the hook. This hour, we look at what this mandate means for the Presidential election, religious liberties, and women’s rights.

GUESTS:
  Michele Dillon: professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire
  E.J. Graff: daily columnist and contributing editor at the American Prospect, resident scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center
  Erin O'Brien: associate professor of political science at UMass Boston 
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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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