The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 3/27/12
Media and Medicine

Media and Medicine

As part of WGBH's focus week on health care, we're looking at media and medicine. Medicine and has long been a staple for film and TV. It comes with built-in drama. Issues of life and death, doctor-patient relationships, and doctor-nurse romances tap into the spectrum of our emotional range. They give us the juicy plots that pop culture consumers are accustomed to. But look a little closer and these medical dramas, from the television series "ER" and "Nurse Jackie", to the film "Philadelphia", tell us something about our healthcare system. We see the doctor as God, and flawed. We see the the debate over end of life issues made painfully real. We see what it means to not have access to health care. We'll examine our healthe care system through the lens of TV and film.

GUEST:
  Lester Friedman, Chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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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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