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Tuesday, Feb. 22
Black History Month through Boston Arts

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions of African Americans who shaped U.S. history. But what about the artists who shape the beauty in our lives right now?

Guest host Alicia Anstead spoke with three major players in the visual and performing arts. First up: Elliot Bostwick Davis, chair of the Museum of Fine Art’s new Americas Wing. She told us about the African American artists whose works are part of the museum’s permanent collection. From there it was to actor and singer Kami Rushell Smith, who plays Our Lady of the Spa in the current production of NINE.

Finally, it was Thomas Wilkins, the new conductor of youth and family concerts at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He’s the first African American to hold a conducting position in the orchestra’s 130 year history.
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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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