The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., Nov. 17
The Legacy of Jane Jacobs

The Legacy of Jane Jacobs
We wrap up WGBH's "Where We Live" series, with a look at urban planning wonder woman Jane Jacobs. This year marks the 50th anniversary of her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which revolutionized the way everyone- from city planners to citizens- thinks about what makes a city work, and what makes a city fail. 
Jacobs has made her mark everywhere, including Boston. She inspired activists to fight off big developers. We can credit her with the inspired city planning we see all around us, from Quincy Market to the Hubway. We'll look at how her legacy continues to define Boston. 

We'll be joined by Anthony Flint, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, and the author of Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City. If you'd like to learn more about Jane Jacobs, in addition to Flint's book we suggest Genius of Common Sense, by Glenna Lang and Marjory Wunsch.

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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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