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Innovation Hour: Rocking the Schoolhouse

Innovation Hour: Rocking the School House
Charles Grandson IV is 28 years old. As the freshly appointed principal of the High School of Commerce in Springfield, MA, he's using community building and positive thinking to turn around one of the state's worst performing schools.

  Charles Grandson, IV, age 28, is the newly appointed principal of the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Mass., one of the lowest performing schools in the state. With 65 percent of the student body at risk of dropping out before they even reach high school, Commerce has been identified as a turnaround school.
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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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  Walter Mosley: writer

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