Maryland Morning

Maryland Morning

From WYPR - 88.1 FM Baltimore

From WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore. Hosted by Tom Hall, Maryland Morning is a lively mix of interviews about news, the arts, politics, science, history - all the topics and people that make Maryland such an interesting place to live and work. From 9 to 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday - we reach from the Chesapeake Bay to the mountains for compelling conversations with people who make the news, and with people who cover it - including WYPR's own reporters. Maryland Morning is produced by Rob Sivak, Bridget Armstrong, and Kathleen Cahill.More from Maryland Morning »

Most Recent Episodes

Dancer Liz Lerman Leaves Baltimore; Don Hicken Retires From BSA; Baltimore City Youth Go To Cuba

Liz Lerman, a MacArthur award winning dancer and choreographer joins Tom to discuss her new appointment as a Professor in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Then, Donald Hicken, who retired from the theater department at the Baltimore School of the Arts in June, joins Tom to share his reflections after three and a half decades of changing young lives. And, Sharayna Christmas is a dancer, writer and the executive director of Muse 360, an organization that works with youth to cultivate their interests in the arts. In July, Muse 360 took a group of young people from Baltimore City to Havana, Cuba where for two weeks they studied history, Spanish and dance. The trip was put together in conjunction with The African Diaspora Alliance and Frederick Douglass High School. This program originally aired on June 17, 2016.

Dancer Liz Lerman Leaves Baltimore; Don Hicken Retires From BSA; Baltimore City Youth Go To Cuba

Voices Of The Uprising; Living Questions: Justice In Baltimore; Bass Clarinetist Todd Marcus

Since April of 2015, the narrative of the Baltimore uprising has been inextricably woven into the fabric of a broader national conversation about how police relate to communities of color, tempered by more deaths of Black and Brown people at the hands of police, targeted murders of law enforcement officers, and an acrimonious Presidential campaign. This morning, reporter Mary Wiltenburg brings us a Sound Montage from Baltimore's West Side. Police and protesters: Voices from the Uprising. Then, our Living Questions Series continues with the Rev. Dr. Robert Franklin, the President Emeritus of Morehouse College and Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University. Followed by Baker Artist Award winner Todd Marcus on the joys of the bass clarinet.

Voices Of The Uprising; Living Questions: Justice In Baltimore; Bass Clarinetist Todd Marcus

"Brown Is The New White;" MICA President Sammy Hoi; Rousuck Reviews "Hand To God"

We'll start with a conversation with Steve Phillips, the co-founder of PowerPAC.ORG, which has worked to mobilize voters in under-represented communities. In his recent book, Brown is the New White, he argues that people of color and progressive whites constitute a new American majority, and that acting with an understanding of this new reality is key to the future success of the Democratic party. Then: Sammy Hoi has been at the helm of MICA for the past two years, and he has quickly established himself as one of the region's most imaginative arts leaders. How does an art school fit into the fabric of Baltimore, and how does the city inform the training of the next generation of artists and creators? And our theater Critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Hand to God at the Studio Theater in Washington.

"Brown Is The New White;" MICA President Sammy Hoi; Rousuck Reviews "Hand To God"

Ellicott City Begins Recovery Process; Culture Connections With Sheri Parks; Old Line Spirits

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman joins by phone to give an update on recovery efforts in Ellicott City after the devastating flash flood that left two people dead, 200 buildings damaged or destroyed, and hundreds of cars strewn about the historic streets or thrown into the Patapsco River. Then, Culture Connections with Dr. Sheri Parks. As the Olympics enter its final weekend, star gymnast Simone Biles and gold medal swimmer Simone Manuel are just two of several Black athletes who have become household names. Has Rio changed the narrative around race and sports? Then Old Line Spirits is one of the latest entries in the crowded field of craft distilling. We'll take a sip of this new single malt.

Ellicott City Begins Recovery Process; Culture Connections With Sheri Parks; Old Line Spirits

Min. Wage Bill Debate Continues; Port Covington Developments; Smart Nutrition: Meat Substitutes

On Monday night, the City Council voted to send a minimum wage bill back to committee. Luke Broadwater from the Baltimore Sun and WYPR's Metro Reporter Kenneth Burns were in the council chambers for the debate and vote, and they will walk-us through how and why the council took this step, and what it will mean for the city moving forward. Plus, Natalie Sherman of the Baltimore Sun and Melody Simmons of the Baltimore Business Journal have been covering the complexities of the proposed Port Covington development for many months. They're give a status update on the enormous project. Then, the Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel on meat substitutes. Are they healthier? And are they worth the trade-off in taste?

Min. Wage Bill Debate Continues; Port Covington Developments; Smart Nutrition: Meat Substitutes

Carla Hayden On The LOC; "Now,That's Cool!"; BSF's "Julius Caesar;" Jackson's "The City That Bleeds"

Dr. Carla Hayden joins Tom for her first interview since being confirmed by the Senate July 13 as the next Librarian of Congress. After 23 years in what most people consider a transformative tenure as the CEO of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library, Dr. Hayden next month will become the first woman and the first African American to hold the most high-profile library post in the nation. Then, Producer Bridget Armstrong visits the Reginald F. Lewis Museum's latest exhibition, called Now, That's Cool! It features rare artifacts, like an original picture of Frederick Douglass, from a decidedly not-so-cool era of slavery. Plus, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's new production of Julius Caesar. And historian Lawrence Jackson on The City That Bleeds. He wrote a provocative essay in the July issue of Harper's on Freddie Gray and the legacy of inequality that seeded last year's uprising.

Carla Hayden On The LOC; "Now,That's Cool!"; BSF's "Julius Caesar;" Jackson's "The City That Bleeds"

Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen; Police Commissioner Davis on DOJ Report

Dr. Leana Wen joins us for this month's edition of Healthwatch. With an extended Code Red heat alert in effect for the Baltimore region, what precautions must we take to stay safe in 100-degree temperatures? The Zika virus. What have we learned as we watch the Greater Miami area struggle to contain this sometime fatal disease? And as opioid overdoses continue to spike, how is the city responding to help addicts find treatment? And how can the rest of us prepare to lend life-saving assistance when we encounter someone who's overdosing on heroin, fentanyl or other dangerous opioids? The Health Commissioner talks about efforts to put the overdose antidote drug, Nalaxone, into more people's hands. Then, unconstitutional conduct by the Baltimore Police Department: Commissioner Kevin Davis responds to the scathing Department of Justice report, Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun puts it in context, and Lynh Bui of the Washington Post describes how the Prince George's County Police Department

Focus On The Counties: Frederick County Exec Jan Gardner; Jeff Chappell On New Band "Otherworld"

We continue our Focus on the Counties Series with a conversation with first term Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner. Elected in 2014, Ms. Gardner is Frederick's first County Executive, as they've transitioned from a commissioner system to a charter system. A Democrat, Jan Gardner is overseeing one of the fastest growing counties in the state, which is wrestling with the impulse for development in an area with a longstanding agricultural tradition. I'll talk to County Executive Jan Gardner about what's ahead for Frederick County, Baltimore's neighbor to the west. Plus, the versatile jazz and classical pianist Jeffrey Chappell joins Tom to talk about his latest project, a new band called Otherworld, a jazz quartet that fuses middle eastern and western classical & jazz traditions. They have a concert in Kensington tomorrow night, and we'll have a preview.

Focus On The Counties: Frederick County Exec Jan Gardner; Jeff Chappell On New Band "Otherworld"

Helping Autistic Adults; Rousuck's Review: "Crash & Burn"; New Book "Absalom's Daughters"

Two decades ago, new research and new diagnostic tools led to a sharp rise in the numbers of children diagnosed with autism. The surprising prevalence of the developmental brain disorder – affecting an estimated 1 in 68 children born in the U.S. – sparked a wave of special programs designed to help autistic children achieve their full potential. Now, as these children have grown into adults, programs to help them live their lives with purpose and dignity are few and far between. Producer Rob Sivak reports on some local efforts to address the unique challenges of adults with autism. Then, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews the Baltimore Playwrights Festival production of Crash & Burn. And Tom talks with local author Suzanne Feldman about her new novel, Absalom's Daughters — a book that explores race and self-discovery in the American South.

Helping Autistic Adults; Rousuck's Review: "Crash & Burn"; New Book "Absalom's Daughters"

Olympics Kick Off In Rio; Movie Mayhem: Indy Films Overshadow Big Blockbusters

They started playing soccer on Wednesday. The opening ceremony is tonight. Ready or not, here comes Rio. Sports guru Mark Hyman joins Tom for an Olympic Preview. The build-up to the Rio games couldn't have been more unsettling: the Zika virus; concerns about rampant crime, political instability, filthy water. Are Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky ready for a repeat? Are Christina Epps and Matt Centrowitz ready for a breakout? Is Rio ready? Our movie mavens are always ready to recommend a good movie or two. Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival and Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post join me for Movie Mayhem. What's hot, what's not, and what's new in the world of cinema.

Olympics Kick Off In Rio; Movie Mayhem: Indy Films Overshadow Big Blockbusters

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