The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 3/20/12
Community Policing: Redrawing the Thin Blue Line

Community Policing: Redrawing the Thin Blue Line

We'll talk about youth violence and what it would take to put an end to it. Within the span of one week in February, Boston saw an acute spike in violence that culminated in three deadly shootings. This happened against the backdrop of the Mattapan massacre trial, a bleak reminder of the kind of urban violence that has claimed so many young lives.

In an effort to change this culture of violence, Boston Ten Point Coalition founder Rev. Jeffrey Brown brought faith leaders, law enforcement officials, and policy makers together for a summit in Washington, D.C. The idea behind the conference was to discuss how clergy and police can work together to curb crime. This hour we’ll talk to Rev. Brown about the solutions that came out of this summit.

GUESTS
  Reverend Jeffrey Brown, executive director of RECAP, and the Boston Ten Point Coalition
  Christine Cole, executive director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School
  Randall Halstead, deputy superintendent of the Boston Police Department.
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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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