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Mon., Oct. 17
The Killing of Danroy Henry - One Year On

The Killing of Danroy Henry- One Year On

It’s been one year since Danroy Henry was killed. The college student was fatally shot by police officers in Mount Pleasant, New York. Danroy Henry was black. The police officers are white. Though he was killed by New York police, his story resonates here. He was from Easton, Massachusetts -- where his family lives, fighting to find justice for their son. His parents say this case isn’t about race, but this scenario has played out before. From Amadou Diallo, to Abner Luima, to the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, the story of white officers abusing and killing black men isn’t new.

Is it our duty to look at Danroy Henry’s death in the context of race? We’ll examine the case of Danroy Henry and what it says about racial profiling and discrimination in America today. We'll be joined by Pastor WIlliam Dickerson, of the Greater Love Tabernacle Church in Dorchester and president of the Massachusetts Statewide Black Clergy for Unity; Phillip Goff, social psychologist at UCLA and the executive director of research for the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity; and Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for WGBH Boston Public Radio.
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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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