The Callie Crossley Show

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Wed., 3/14/12
It's an Ad, Ad, Ad World

It's an Ad, Ad, Ad World
Today’s kids are bombarded with advertisements. With kids' ability to nag their parents into submission, marketers are taking advantage of kids' purchasing power. From the cereal box, to Xbox, kids are taking in ads around the clock. These ads are telling them what eat, how to dress, and how to be. From childhood obesitiy, to ADD, researchers are trying to figure out how ads are affecting our kids. This hour we look at the amount of time kids are spending in front of the screen and the messages that marketers are feeding them.

Parents: we’d like to hear from you. Do you find yourself at the hands of marketers? Are you resisting them? Are you giving in to your kids purchasing power? Tweet us, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

GUESTS
  Susan Linn, psychologist, director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a national advocacy group; instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; author of The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World and Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood
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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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