The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 5/29/12
Uptight Boston?

Uptight Boston?

A new video from the Future Boston Alliance takes shots at Boston's reputation for stodgy government and sleepy nightlife. The video has prompted support and skepticism, and It's put the city's entertainment options - everything from food trucks to T-accessible live music and art events - back under the microscope.

This is the time of year when newly-minted grads take a long, hard look at job prospects. When they choose to live depends on the vibrancy of city life, and it means the difference between retaining young minds eager for work and play, or in sustaining a mass exodus of some the city's home-grown talent. The debate has implications both for the young and those who have lived here much longer.

We want to hear from you. Leave a comment on our Facebook page or Tweet us. Does Boston deserve its reputation as a sleepy city? Has it gotten a bad rap? What can be changed – bar closing times, late-night T service, cheaper city events, more networking events, more city festivals, more food trucks? 


GUESTS:
  Colin Kingsbury, writer for Boston Magazine
  Malia Lazu, executive director for the Future Boston Alliance
  Jessica Martin, research manager for the Boston Indicators Project at the Boston Foundation
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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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