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Rebooting The Economy: Does the widening income gap between the rich and poor have any baring on our recovery from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression? In his new book, Aftershock: The Next Economy And America's Future author Robert Reich says we need to restructure the economy to prevent future crises. Reich is the former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, and a Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and he joins us.
Race Relations In America: In her new memoir, "The Grace of Silence," journalist and NPR host, Michele Norris writes about the hidden conversations about race that are happening around the country, and within her own home.
 

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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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