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From WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore. On Midday, Monday-Friday from noon-1:00, Tom Hall's talking about what's on your mind, and what matters most to Marylanders: the latest news, local and national politics, education and the environment, popular culture and the arts, sports and science, race and religion, movies and medicine. We welcome your questions and comments. E-mail us at midday@wypr.org, send us a tweet to @middaytomhallMore from Midday on WYPR »

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Obama's Legacy: Style And Impact In The Obama Presidency

Today, we continue our week-long look at the Obama years and consider the legacy of the 44 th president as he leaves office. Tom's guests in Studio A today are an historian and a journalist who have closely observed presidents for many years, and who can compare and contrast Mr. Obama's style and impact with some of his presidential predecessors. Historian Taylor Branch is perhaps best known for his landmark trilogy about the civil rights era, America in the King Years , the first volume of which , Parting the Waters, 1954-63 , won Branch the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1989. He is also the author of the 2009 memoir, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President , which chronicles his eight-year project to gather a sitting president's comprehensive oral history on tape. Journalist Michael Fletcher a lso joins Tom in Studio A. He is a senior writer at The Undefeated , ESPN's online platform that explores the intersection of race, culture and sports. Before joining The

Examining The President And First Lady's Legacy

In the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump we're discussing the legacy of President Barack Obama. Sheri Parks and E.R Shipp join Tom to review some of President Obama's most poignant moments. How has the president used empathy to shape conversations around contentious issues like gun control, race, and policing? Plus, an exploration of First Lady Michelle Obama's time in the White House. Dr. Sheri Parks is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and author of Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman. E.R. Shipp is a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator, columnist for the Baltimore Sun and Associate Professor and Journalist in Residence in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.

Consent Decree Update; What Ya Got Cookin'?: Chesapeake Cuisine

We begin today's show with an update on the Consent Decree , signed Thursday between Baltimore City and the U.S. Department of Justice, from WYPR Metro Reporter Kenny Burns , who tells us what the agreement to reform the Baltimore Police Department actually requires and what it will mean for policing policies and practices going forward.

Trump's Opposition Building A Grass-Roots Resistance

In the weeks since President-elect Donald Trump's electoral college victory, supporters of his Democratic rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton, have been wondering how they can leverage her historic, nearly 3-million vote plurality in the popular vote to resist the Trump Administration and the far-right agenda they believe Mr. Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress will pursue. For many liberals and progressives in America, the election outcome is sparking new interest in grass-roots organizing and political activism. Today we're going to explore the emerging anti-Trump movement with two activists who know a thing or two about harnessing citizen power: DeRay Mckesson , a Baltimore public school official who's been one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, and Ezra Levin , co-author of a new online "field guide" for anti-Trump activism called Indivisible . They also take your calls, emails and tweets during the segment.

Rousuck's Review: The Complete History of America (abridged)

Midday 's theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck returns for her weekly review of a local stage production. This week, she discusses the Vagabond Players' new rendition of The Complete History of America (abridged) , written by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor and directed by Howard Berkowitz. Starring Fred Fletcher-Jackson, Sean Kelly, and William B. Meister, The Complete History condenses 600 years of American history into 90 minutes of outrageous satire. The Complete History of America (abridged) runs through February 5 th at Vagabond Theatre in Fell's Point.

Reporters Weigh In On Alleged Trump-Russia Dossier

*Today's show was abbreviated to accommodate President-elect Donald Trump's press conference. Yesterday, CNN reported that President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama were given classified documents that show that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump. BuzzFeed is caught in a storm of controversy after publishing a 35-page document that contains the unverified allegations about ties between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia. The document also contains details about the alleged intelligence Russian operatives have about the President-elect.

Previewing the 2017 Maryland General Assembly

The 2017 Maryland General Assembly opens for business on Wednesday. During their annual 90-day legislative session, more than 180 lawmakers from across the state, in the Senate and the House of Delegates, will be drilling down into hundreds of pieces of legislation on issues affecting Marylanders in all walks of life – from business, schools and the environment, to transportation and criminal justice. They'll be wrestling with complex tax and budget challenges. And the 2017 session promises what most recent General Assemblies have provided: pitched partisan battles between the Democratically – controlled legislature and Maryland's Republican governor, Larry Hogan. Today on Midday, two intrepid State House reporters join Tom for a closer look at some of the key legislative issues before the General Assembly, and predict where Maryland lawmakers and the Governor are likely to clash, and where they might also find agreement. Erin Cox is The Baltimore Sun's State House bureau chief. Rachel

Men Without Work: America's Invisible Crisis

Unemployment is at its lowest in nearly 10 years. However, almost one in eight men is out of the labor force entirely, neither working nor even looking for work. So who are these men and what's keepi ng them out of the job market? Today, a conversation with Nicholas Eberstadt and Anirban Basu about the historically high number of men in their prime working years who are not in the workforce. Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). His latest book is Men Without Work: America's Invisible Crisis . Anirbahn Basu is the Chairman and CEO of the Sage Policy Group , an economic consulting firm and host of the Morning Economic Report on WYPR .

Movie Mayhem: 2017 Oscar Contenders

Today, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started voting on nominations for this year's Academy Awards. Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post and Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival weigh-in on some of the late Oscar contenders. Fences is a hit. Silence is making a lot of noise, and Moonlight , which has already won several pre-Oscar awards, is re-opening in Baltimore at the Charles Theatre . Plus, listeners call in to talk about their favorite flicks of 2016.

10 Years In, The Redevelopment of West Baltimore's State Center Is Stalled. Again.

Today, a conversation about State Center , the sprawling office complex in West Baltimore that stretches from Howard St. and Martin Luther King Blvd. in West Baltimore, across both sides of Eutaw St, and all the way north and west to Dolphin St. and Madison Ave. State Center houses various state agencies. It was built more than 50 years ago, and people who work in and manage the buildings agree that they are in serious disrepair. They've agreed about that for a long time. Ten years ago, developers were asked by the administration of Gov. Bob Ehrlich to suggest a plan to upgrade and revitalize the state offices in a way that would also revitalize the surrounding West Baltimore neighborhoods. Gov. Ehrlich got the ball rolling and his successor, Gov. Martin O'Malley, kept it spinning, but it's been rolling very slowly, and it has encountered more than a few bumps. Twenty-six million dollars later — after many public hearings and multiple approvals at various stages by various state

10 Years In, The Redevelopment of West Baltimore's State Center Is Stalled. Again.

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