The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., 5/31/12
Coriolanus and the Corner Office

Coriolanus and the Corner Office

We’re taking about Shakespeare’s political drama, Coriolanus. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is staging it for this season’s Shakespeare on the Common.

Last week, as a kind of preview, a handful of Boston’s CEOs gathered on stage for a reading of this work. Why Coriolanus? Why CEOs? Demonstrations in the street, politicians jockeying for the loyalty of the populace, consolidation of wealth, tension between the "have's" and the have not's"-- sounds like our times. But this was the world of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus". With our presidential election in full swing, with an incumbent facing a tough challenge from a former CEO, this play has particular resonance today. We’ll talk to some of the business leaders who participated in the reading of Coriolanus for their thoughts on leadership, the intersection of business and politics, and the lessons that Coriolanus has to offer.

GUEST:
  Alicia Anstead, editor of Inside Arts magazine and Harvard Arts Beat blog
  Steve Maler, founding artistic director at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
  Daniel Kelly, partner, McCarter and English, LLP
  Paul Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation
  James Roosevelt, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan
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*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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