The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 5/8/12
The State of the Black Bay State

The State of the Black Bay State
Deval Patrick
We’re looking at Governor Deval Patrick’s career through the lens of blacks in the Bay State. Gov. Patrick has successfully represented black interests on Beacon Hill without compromising his broad support across the state, a new report finds. From executive orders, to legislative initiatives, to appointing hundreds of blacks to high positions, the report says Patrick successfully governs by using a universal approach to frame black interests as interests that matter to all citizens. We’ll look at the specific initiatives that support this study. We’ll also ask how State House decisions like casinos, MBTA fare hikes, and sevice cuts square with this sunny scenario.

GUESTS:
  Ravi Perry, assistant professor of political science at Clark University, author of the report: Governor Deval Patrick and the Representation of Black Interests in Massachusetts
  Kelly Bates, executive director of the Access Strategies Fund
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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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