The Callie Crossley Show

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Mon., 3/19/12
Is Lawrence "Damned?"

Is Lawrence, Massachusetts "Damned?"
Lawrence, Massachusetts is one of the state's most financially troubled cities. The city's controversial mayor, William Lantigua, failing schools, and widespread crime were recently chronicled in a Boston Magazine article entitled "Why Lawrence, Mass. is the City of the Damned". The article provoked a strong reaction from those who live in the city. Residents and city officials say it's time to push past these sensational characterizations. We'll explore Lawrence and all its parts: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Do you live in Lawrence? We want to hear from you. Tell us what Lawrence is like from your perspective; from your neighborhood, from your school, from the places where you worship and work. Tweet us or leave a comment on our Facebook page.  

GUESTS
  Jay Atkinson, journalist based in Methuen, Mass., author of City in Amber, lecturer in journalism at Boston University. His latest piece for Boston Magazine is Lawrence, Ma: City of the Damned 
  Daniel Rivera, Lawrence City Councilor, read his response to the article.
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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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