The Callie Crossley Show

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Wed., 5/2/12
North Bennet Street School

North Bennet Street School 

When students plot future careers, the list of possible jobs usually includes the most obvious professions: software engineer, IT specialist, intelligence analyst, registered nurse, civil engineer or dietitian. What's less likely to make the cut are things like violin maker, furniture maker and bookbinder. Conventional wisdom says these are jobs of a bygone era, the relics of outmoded craftsmanship, replaced by factory production, IKEA, and a proclivity for all-things-digital.

But the North Bennet Street School in Boston's North End isn't buying it. They've got programs in eight handcrafts including jewelry-making, preservation carpentry, piano tech, locksmithing and instrument-making, and the school has been a runaway success. It's now in its 127th year of operation and still going strong.

GUEST
  Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, president of the North Bennet St. School in Boston's North End.  
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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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