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Wed., July 6
Curbing the Crime Wave

Curbing the Crime Wave

Four people were fatally shot and 15 others seriously wounded after a series of shootings and stabbings in Boston over Fourth of July weekend. It’s a wave of violent crime that comes only one week after a 4-year-old boy was shot in the back at a public park- caught in gang related crossfire. Unfortunately, this tops the violence that marked 2010’s Fourth of July weekend, when one man was shot dead and six others were injured in shootings throughout Boston.

Last year, Rev. Bruce Wall, a Dorchester scholar, pastor, and former police officer; and Tina Chery, founder and president of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institutejoined us to discuss the dramatic spike in violence  in 2010 that stained the city. They return today to talk through what has -and hasn’t- happened in the past year to make true inroads in reducing crime.

What should the Mayor of Boston be doing to stem violence? As citizens, what is our responsibility to help end this violence? What is at the root of this recent crime wave? Should we legalize drugs? Is it the ailing economy? Is this about gun control? Poverty? Failed leadership in our homes? Classrooms? Community? Leave a message at our facebook page.

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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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