The Callie Crossley Show

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Thu., 4/5/12
The Vinyl Revival

The Vinyl Revival
Vinyl recordsWe discuss the record resurgence. Over the decades, the venerable vinyl LP has been threatened by cassette and eight-track tapes. It was nearly killed off when compact discs crowded the music stores, and the mighty MP3 was supposed to deliver the definitive, digital blow. But, nothing has been able to stop this whirling wonder. Record sales have been going up over recent years, and it looks like the LP is here to stay. In this digital age, who can can resist the tactile pleasure of placing the needle on that first track? And the snap, crackle, and pop that comes with spinning a well-worn, deeply loved disc?

We want to hear from YOU, record lovers! Tweet us, or leave a comment on our Facebook page. What is your favorite record? Are you a member of the analog underground who prefers vinyl to digital recordings? Give a shout out to best and worst cover art.

GUESTS:
  Mike Wilkins, WGBH broadcast engineer, record aficionado
  John Damroth, owner of Planet Records in Cambridge
  Robert Hertig, senior at Northeastern University, winner of Northeastern's Prototype Grant for a low cost, high quality record player, founder of U-Turn Audio
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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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