The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., 5/3/12
The Improbably Intelligent Octopus

The Improbably Intelligent Octopus
Forget the myths of the man-eating octopus, the giant tentacled killer that wraps its arms around wayward ships and pulls them to the deep seabed. Those stories, told and retold by weather-hardened seafarers and pulp novelists, are more fiction than fact. The science on octopuses (not octopi) has revealed them as savvy, intelligent, and - yes - even affectionate tank-dwellers. Writer Sy Montgomery's recent article in Orion Magazine, "Deep Intellect", chronicles Sy's encounters with Athena, a giant Pacific octopus at the New England Aquarium. It inspired us to get inside the minds of these crafty, camouflaged cephalopods.

Guests:
   Sy Montgomery is the author of many books and essays about animals. She's written about birds, tarantulas, pigs, tigers and pink dolphins.
  Roger Hanlon is a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He researches the behaviors of octopuses, cuttlefish and squids. See his well-known video of a camouflaged squid emerging and "inking" here.
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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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