The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 6/5/12
US: Land of Plenty, and Plenty of Nothing

US: The Land of Plenty, and Plenty of Nothing
We’re talking about the deepening class divide in America with Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman. Back in the sixties when he was an aid to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, he went to the deep South to see extreme poverty first hand. Fast forward to the 1990s, Edelman became a household name when he resigned from his position in the Clinton Administration in protest of the president’s welfare reform. Now Edelman is one of the most outspoken antipoverty advocates around. Today, the income-level disparity is wider than it’s been since the Great Depression. In his new book, So Rich, So Poor, Edelman looks at the forces that are driving this ever-growing wealth gap.

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  Peter Edelman, lawyer, policy maker, law professor at Georgetown University Law 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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