The Callie Crossley Show

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Wed., 2/22/12
Shuttering Taunton State Hospital

Shuttering Taunton State Hospital

Earlier this month, the state announced the closure of Taunton State Hospital at the end of 2012. This will leave Southeastern Massachusetts with no inpatient beds for those who need mental health care, according to mental health advocates. Some of the patients at Taunton State will be moved to distant facilities in Worcester and Tewksbury, an hours-long drive for those who live on the Cape and Islands. Local politicians and mental health advocates who oppose the closing are lobbying Governor Patrick to keep the hospital open. We look at what the closure means for families and individuals in the southeastern Massachusetts who need access to mental health care.

GUESTS:
  Laurie Martinelli, executive director of the Massachusetts branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  Marcia Fowler, commisioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
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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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