The Callie Crossley Show

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Wed., 5/23/12
The Cost of Democracy

The Cost of Democracy
Voting
We’re talking about the influence of money on politics. We’ve seen the mighty Super PAC at work in this presidential race, with millionaires heaping money on their candidate of choice. With all this money flying around, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig said the best chance for campaign finance reform was Americans Elect, a platform that promised to get a candidate on the ballot - a candidate with no ties to major money. Last week, Americans Elect failed to deliver a candidate. We’ll ask Lessig what this says about dollars and democracy.

GUESTS:
  Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a professor of law at Harvard Law 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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