The Callie Crossley Show

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Thursday, Jan. 13
The Self-Service Revolution

In Boston the supermarkets, pharmacies, and even our public libraries are displacing manual labor with machines. This hour we explore the pros and cons of automating so many services that once provided not only a reliable job but an opportunity for human exchange. And we want to hear from you. Where do you come down on ATMs, pumping your own gas and scanning your own groceries? Joining us to talk through this do-it-yourself dilemma are Dipyan Biswas, an Associate Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and Robert Forrant, Professor of History and Labor Studies at UMass Lowell. He’s also the co-director of the Center for Family, Work and Community.
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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. 

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