The Callie Crossley Show

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Wed., 4/25/12
Young, Naïve, and Well-Connected: Kids & Cell Phones

Young, Naïve, and Well-Connected: Kids & Cell Phones

Nearly one in five Massachusetts third graders has a cell phone, according to a study by the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center. Kids aren't just using their cell phones to stay in touch with parents; they're also texting friends, browsing the web, playing games and buying apps. For young kids, having a phone opens the door to a new social life, but the door's also open for predation, bullying and harassment. It's an arena where almost anything goes, and it's 24/7, from the moment they wake up, till after the lights have been switched out.

We talk with the author of the study, Elizabeth Englander, about what it means to have everyone, especially kids, connected to the web all the time, and how parents can protect them.

We want to hear from you this hour. Did you buy your kid a cell phone? Did you get one when you were in middle school or high school? How dangerous are these uncharted waters? Tweet us or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

GUEST:
 Elizabeth Englander,  professor of psychology at Bridgewater State University, and the director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center
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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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