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Wed., Oct. 12
First Generation College Attendees

First Generation College Attendees

Only a few generations ago college was reserved for a select few - the brightest academic stars, monied families, and students carrying on the family legacy. The doors to higher learning open a little wider for baby boomers, when loans and government assistance flowed more freely, and young people scrambled to get a leg up on job competition through education.

Fast forward to present day- college seems like a rite of passage to many, but problems still persist. Higher education remains a largely white, middle-class-and-up rite of passage. Minorities, low income, and those whose parents never went to school lag behind in enrollment. There are programs and financial aid available, but this has only resulted in a trickle of new applicants. All the more important, then, are college graduates who beat the odds, who overcame financial hardship and community indifference and became the first person in their families, and on their blocks, to get a degree.

Today, we'll talk with three such people:
William "Mo" Cowan: Chief of Staff for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick;
Rev. Michael Melendez: Director of the Master of Social Work program at Simmons College; and,
Carmen Ortiz: the United States Attorney for Massachusetts.

All three are 2011 ACCESS First One Award winners.
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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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  Walter Mosley: writer

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