The Callie Crossley Show

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Wed., 12/21/11
It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like (Quirky) Christmas

It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like (Quirky) Christmas
We’re rocking around the Christmas tree today with an hour devoted to Christmas music. Songs like 'Silent Night' and 'Silver Bells' have long captured the Christmas spirit, but today we’re paying tribute to these treasured tunes with a twist. For more than 20 years, WGBH's Mike Wilkins has been curating an eclectic catalogue of Christmas songs. We’re not talking 'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer'. These are rarefied recordings, remakes, and remixes- from The Mexacali Brass Band’s re-jiggering of 'Jingle Bells' to the Klezmernauts kicking rendition of 'Good King Wenceslaus'. From marching bands, to the Moog Synthesizer, Tiny Tin to the Theremin, we’re decking the airwaves with cornball, oddball, crazy and zany tunes.

Guests:
   Mike Wilkins, WGBH sound engineer and Christmas music cataloguer
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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. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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