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Mon., June 6
AIDS: Thirty Years On

AIDS: Thirty Years On

Thirty years ago, the first reports of young gay men suffering from cancer and pneumonia were reported out of New York and California. We now know that those were the first documented cases of AIDS.

Now that AIDS has infected 60 million people worldwide, today we look at what we can learn from those early, dark days of profound paranoia and fear. What should we take away from the art, activists, and unexpected heroes the epidemic brought about? And amidst all the public health progress, who have we left behind?

Joining us to talk through 30 years of AIDS are Dr. Stephen Boswell, President and CEO of Fenway Health, Jeff Epperly, former editor of Bay Windows, and Mark Forry, Assistant Director of AIDS Action Committee’s MALE Center.
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*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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