The Callie Crossley Show

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Mon., 3/5/12
Affirmative Action in the High Court

Affirmative Action in the High Court
This fall, the Supreme Court will hear a landmark case that could ban affirmative action in higher education, once and for all. Affirmative action was hatched half a century ago to reverse decades of institutionalized racism. In its current incarnation it's seen as a way to bolster the numbers of underrepresented minorities in higher education.

Proponents say affirmative action needs more time to undo centuries of discrimination. Opponents say that, in 2012, it's time to push past policies based on the color of someone's skin. In a time of extreme economic disparities should schools toss out racial quotas and reach out to low-income students of all races? If the Court repeals Affirmative Action, how do you think this will play out in Massachusetts - where colleges and universities currently draw from a diverse pool of applicants?

Let us know what you think: Tweet us or leave a comment at our Facebook page.

GUESTS
  Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspndent, The Wall Street Journal.
  Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law.
  Alane Shanks, President, Pine Manor College.
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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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