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Mon., 6/25/12
Dr. Tim Lepore: Doctor Without Boundaries

Dr. Tim Lepore: A Doctor Without Boundaries

As part of WGBH's focus week on health care, we're talking with New York Times health and science reporter Pam Belluck about her forthcoming book, Isand Practice. Belluck profiles Dr. Tim Lepore, who has been treating the people on Nantucket for nearly 30 years. Dr. Lepore is all things to all people: surgeon, tick expert, unofficial psychologist, accidental homicide detective and occasional veterinarian. From hedge fund mangers to the guy who trims hedges, he treats them all. If you can't pay your bills, cookies, yard work, and lobsters will do. For this island doctor, house calls often work in reverse, with the ill and ailing dropping by his home at all hours. This is a doctor who is essential to this community, particularly in a time when medical care is increasingly costly and impersonal. 

GUESTS:
  Pam Belluck, New York Times health and science reporter, author of Island Practice
  Dr. Tim Lepore, surgeon at Nantucket Cottage Hospital
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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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