The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 2/21/12
The Onion's Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston

Comedian Baratunde Thurston was raised by a black activist mother across from the projects in Washington, D.C. He attended a largely white private high school, went on to earn a philosophy degree at Harvard College, and cofounded a politics website before ending up at the satirical news website, The Onion. Most importantly, along the way Baratunde Thurston accrued more than 32 years of experience of “being black.” These years of wisdom inspired him to write a new book that’s both a childhood reminiscence and a tongue-in-cheek guidebook. How to Be Black tackles satirical conundrums, from what it means to be someone’s “black friend” and “how to be the next black president,” to the right way to celebrate Black History Month. Thurston mines his own history for a fresh take on identity, race, and politics.



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  Baratunde Thurston, digital director at The Onion, author of How to Be Black
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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. 

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  Walter Mosley: writer

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