The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 3/27/12
Anna Deavere Smith, Let Me Down Easy

Anna Deavere Smith, Let Me Down Easy

We talk with award-winning actor, playwright, and professor Anna Deavere Smith. In her one-woman show, "Let Me Down Easy", she takes on health care. After interviewing 300 people about health care- from celebrities, to caregivers- across three different continents, she whittled these conversations down to 20 characters, which she plays in her signature solo performance. It’s an examination of health, medicine, and the unstoppable, inescapable force of death.

You can watch "Let Me Down Easy" in its entirity on PBS' Great Performances

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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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