The Callie Crossley Show

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Tues., 6/19/12
Innovation: the Buzzword

We’re talking about innovation- looking at what it means and how the word is being used. Once reserved for the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Ford, today innovation is up for grabs. Proctor & Gamble deploys it to promote a new line of toothpaste. Campbell’s uses it describe new, bold soup flavors. The Wall Street Journal reports that more than 250 books with "innovation" in the title have been published in the last three months. In being so un-innovative with how we use this word, are we losing sight of what innovation is? Are we fooling ourselves that improvements, makeovers, and an entrepreneurial spirit are synonymous with life changing inventions?
Guests: 
Scott Berkun, author The Myths of Innovation and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds
Kevin Bolen, partner at Innosight- a Lexington based innovation consulting company co-founded by Clay Christensen
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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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