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Mon., 4/30/12
Who Cares About Kelsey?

Who Cares About Kelsey?

In her first two years of high school,  Kelsey Carroll struggled. Kelsey's home life was a wreck, she was failing classes, and got caught selling drugs at school. Most students in her situation would drop out of school, but instead, Kelsey improved. The difference was that her school, Somersworth High School in New Hampshire, tried something different and innovative. Teachers worked one-on-one with students. They developed plans, had regular check-ins, counseling, class help, life advice. Dropout rates went down, grades went up.

We talk about dramatic turnarounds with Kelsey Carroll, one of the teachers who helped her through it, and filmmaker Dan Habib, who chronicled her story in his new film, Who Cares About Kelsey? (Click for full screening schedule.)

GUESTS
  Kelsey Carroll, subject of Who Cares About Kelsey?
  Dan Habib, filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. His new documentary is called "Who Cares About Kelsey?" His previous documentary, Including Samuel, was nominated for an Emmy.
  Jonathon Drake, project training coordinator for RENEW - Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work - at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. He worked on Kelsey Carroll's team at Somersworth High School.
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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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