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Callie talks with Howard Zinn, January 14, 2010

On January 14, 2010, author and historian Howard Zinn joined Callie Crossley in the 89.7 WGBH studios for a conversation about the power of people, Zinn's work and his latest project, The People Speak. Professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University an author of more than 20 books, including A People's History of the United States (1980), Zinn died on January 27, 2010, of a heart attack at the age of 87 while traveling in Santa Monica, California.

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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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