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Tuesday, Dec. 7
Community College Graduation Rates

President Obama has made community colleges a priority, and has brought renewed focus to the educational institutions that pledge open access to higher education.  But although they may be accessible in terms of cost, flexibility, and location, their graduation rates are staggeringly low, hovering in most cases around the mid teens.  Even Quincy College, which boasts the highest graduation rate in the Massachusetts, presented diplomas to a mere 26 percent of its most recent cohort of students.  Many have pointed to these percentages as a cause for concern, but Massasoit Community College president Charles Wall says the data is leaving out a big part of the picture.  He argues that we should be fixing the way we measure success, rather than rates of graduation as they are currently calculated.  We're joined by President Wall, and by Richard Kazis, Senior Vice President of Jobs For The Future.
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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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