The Callie Crossley Show

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Tue., 5/15/12
Tracking Stimulus Spending in Mass.

*Sue O'Connell guest hosts.

Tracking Stimulus Spending in Mass.

As the Great Recession hit the US, political leadership released trillions in funds in hopes of jump-starting the economy: they sent money to ailing banks, bailed out the auto industry, and infused states with waves of aid. Of the $840 billion sent directly to states, Massachusetts received $16.6 billion.

Tracking stimulus spending has been difficult. Money was plowed into existing programs, used to plug budget holes, and fast-tracked into construction projects, with priority given to anything that was "shovel-ready."

So far, we have only partial knowledge of what jobs were created from stimulus funds. What was spent in haste and maybe fear was also not well documented, in all cases. Today we take a preliminary look at what effect the stimulus may have had in Massachusetts.

GUESTS:
  Jack Sullivan, Senior Investigative Reporter for Commonwealth Magazine. He writes about the stimulus in Massachusetts for their spring issue.
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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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