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Wed., July 6
Gaming and the System

Gaming and the System

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that communities can not prevent retailers from selling violent, graphic, or indecent video games to minors. Though First Amendment advocates cheered the ruling, there was instant recoil from parents and parenting groups. 

Policing what video games kids play, what they watch on television, and how soon they see it takes a Herculean effort. Violent and lewd content is now available on any smartphone. We beam images of war in real-time to TV viewers, and watch simulations of the Osama bin Laden raid for weeks afterward. We have 3-D violence and gore on the silver screen, and every edgy crime show under the sun on demand. But how do we teach our kids to wade through all of this? After a holiday weekend that saw stabbings and shoot-outs all across Boston, how can we educate children about non-violence and conflict resolution? And what can we do after they've seen or lived through violence?


Guests: 

Jean Kilbourne: author, speaker and media analyst. She's the creator of the film series "Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women,"
and is the author of Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel.

Betsy McAlister Groves
: co-director of Boston Medical Center's Child Protection Team, and the founder of the Child Witness to Violence Project.

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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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