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Wed., May 18
Monks in the Digital Age

Monks in the Digital Age
 
Since 1918, Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island has been the home base for an order of Benedictine Roman Catholic monks. Bobby and Teddy Kennedy, Christopher Buckley, E.J. Dionne, future U.S. Congressmen, composers, writers, dignitaries and religious leaders have all passed through the Abbey's hallowed halls.

With tradition can come stagnation, though, and Portsmouth Abbey's monks - getting up in their years, but not insensitive to the wired world of their students - have embarked on new outreach through the Web. Using blogging, Youtube videos and Facebook they're spreading word about Portsmouth Abbey and school, using new tools to attract prospective students, and monks, into the Abbey's fold.

We'll talk with Abbot Caedmon Holmes, director of Portsmouth Abbey, and David Moran, the director of the Monastic Renewal Program.
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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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