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Wrongful Convictions

Hundreds of innocent people have spent years behind bars, only to be freed after DNA evidence proved they were not guilty. Despite the role DNA plays in determining who is and isn't innocent, Massachusetts remains one of only two states without a law allowing convicts access to DNA testing on evidence that could prove their innocence. Why is the Bay State falling behind when it comes to laws that could keep the innocent out of jail? We discussed with Gretchen Bennett, the executive director of the New England Innocence Project; Betty Anne Waters, who earned a law degree and worked for 18 years to free her brother who was wrongfully convicted of murder; and Brandon Garrett, law professor at the University of Virginia and author of "Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong".

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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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