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Monday, April 4
Sex Offenders

The population of high risk sex offenders has spiked in parts of Boston. Now the city faces a dilemma about integrating sex offenders into the community without compromising the safety of local residents. Sex offenders freed from jail are not eligible for Section 8 housing. For many, the only destination is the homeless shelter. And with loopholes in the law allowing sex offenders to legally declare residency at homeless shelters without actually staying there-- an untold number of high risk sex offenders are roaming the city’s streets.

Carlos Cuevas, professor at the Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Lyndia Downie, President of the Pine Street Inn; State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz; and Kate Vander Wiede, managing editor of The South End News joined us.
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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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