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Maryland Morning

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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

Drama At RNC; Analyzing The Rice Verdict; Smart Nutrition: The Mind Diet

With two days down and two to go, Republicans in Cleveland are making the case for Donald Trump to a general election audience. With so many A-list Republican luminaries skipping the convention, and in the aftermath of a divisive and controversial primary campaign, has Trump begun to unify the party, and to bring the country together around his cause? Jenna Johnson has been covering Donald Trump for the Washington Post for most of the last year. She joins Tom by phone from Cleveland. Then, analysis of the verdict in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice, one of the six officers charged in connection to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, with our legal experts, attorney Edward Smith and University of Baltimore Law professor David Jaros. Plus, the Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel on "The Mind Diet;" foods that feed the brain, and may help ward-off Alzheimer's disease.

Drama At RNC; Analyzing The Rice Verdict; Smart Nutrition: The Mind Diet

Local Conservative Dissapointed In Party; Transitional Housing; Contemporary American Theater Review

The Republican convention gets underway today in Cleveland. Elizabeth Copeland, a Baltimore Republican who is the founder of the Urban Conservative Project, gives a preview. Then, what's the best way to end homelessness? Certain data suggest that providing homeless people permanent housing is the most effective strategy, but others argue that transitional housing, combined with counseling, treatment and training makes more sense. Jan Mitchell, a former resident of Marian House, which helped her achieve sobriety and success, and Katie Allston, Director of Marian House, one of 19 transitional housing programs in Baltimore that are facing big budget cuts, share what those cuts might portend for people facing housing insecurity. Theater critic J Wynn Rousuck reviews the Contemporary Theater Festival.

Local Conservative Dissapointed In Party; Transitional Housing; Contemporary American Theater Review

Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen; Sports With Mark Hyman; Wyclef Jean Performs At Artscape

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen joins for another installment of Healthwatch. It's one thing to call gun violence in America an epidemic. It's another to actually treat it like a public health crisis, and to employ scientific methods to shape policy and save lives. Leana Wen talks about efforts to combat gun violence in the city. Then, sports guru Mark Hyman talks about the Orioles best start in almost 20 years, and how Zika has impacted the upcoming Olympic games. Plus, Wyclef Jean talks about his new music and Black Lives Matter before kicking off Artscape tonight.

Healthwatch With Dr. Leana Wen; Sports With Mark Hyman; Wyclef Jean Performs At Artscape

Focus On The Counties: Anne Arundel County Exec Steve Schuh; Book: Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall

Tom speaks with Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh for the Focus on the Counties series. Schuh was one of three county executives elected in the Baltimore region in the Republican wave led by Governor Larry Hogan. When Steve Schuh took office in late 2014, he was the third person to head the county in two years, following the scandal-ridden administration of John Leopold, and the brief tenure of Laura Newman. His working relationship with the county council has not always been smooth; he talks about his plans to streamline government, reduce taxes, and build more schools. Then, Baltimore author James Magruder on his latest novel "Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall," a tale about the love lives of graduate students in the 1980s.

Focus On The Counties: Anne Arundel County Exec Steve Schuh; Book: Love Slaves Of Helen Hadley Hall

Do Cash Bails Punish The Poor? Making Sense Of Baton Rouge, St. Paul And Dallas Shootings

Three out of five people who are arrested are not able to post bail, which means they are incarcerated, sometime for months, until their cases come to trial or are resolved. What are the standards for setting the amount of bail, and do those standards disadvantage the poor? Cherise Fanno Burdeen, the executive director of the Pretrial Justice Institute, and Tara Huffman, the director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program join Tom to talk about making bail safer, fairer, and more effective. They also discuss #unconvicted, a photography exhibition organized by OSI-Baltimore the PreTrial Justice Institute that spotlights the plight of pretrial detainees. In the light of events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas how has the conversation about police misconduct changed? Dr. Lester Spence, from Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Eddie Glaude from Princeton discuss how we got this point and the way forward. Plus, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck on the

Do Cash Bails Punish The Poor? Making Sense Of Baton Rouge, St. Paul And Dallas Shootings

Focus On The Counties: Howard County Executive; Rousuck's Review: "Bridges Of Madison County"

We continue our Focus on the Counties series with Howard County executive Alan Kittleman, In 2014, he won election as a Republican in a place where Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly two to one. Howard County is diverse and multi-cultural, and it's one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the country. As the town of Columbia prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, will fewer people be able to afford to live there? Can Columbia continue to be a model for sustainable, diverse communities nationwide? Alan Kittleman on what's next for Baltimore's neighbor to the south. Then, from Howard County to The Bridges of Madison County. Theater Critic J.Wynn Rousuck joins Tom to talk about the musical production of the Kleenex classic at the Kennedy Center.

Focus On The Counties: Howard County Executive; Rousuck's Review: "Bridges Of Madison County"

City Council Members On Avoiding A City Shutdown; Movies To See This Summer

Today is the first day of the new fiscal year for the City of Baltimore. The City Council beat their deadline to approve a budget by 10 days this year, but not without considerable acrimony. City Council president Jack Young and Budget Committee Chairwoman Helen Holton threatened to shut down city government if Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake didn't restore funding for youth programs. Helen Holton (District 8) joins me, along with Councilman Brandon Scott (District 2) to talk about the Council, the Mayor and the budget. Plus, movie mavens, Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival and Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, offer some alternatives to the big Hollywood blockbusters that are unleashed every season around the fourth of July.

City Council Members On Avoiding A City Shutdown; Movies To See This Summer

"Undoing Racism" In Baltimore; New Book: "The Trouble With Lexie"

This week, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation has convened two groups of emerging arts leaders for workshops around the idea of Undoing Racism. Trainers from The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond explore how institutional racism has come to be so firmly ensconced in American culture, and what it will take to get rid of it. Tom speaks with Kimberley Richards and Rachael Ibrahim, trainers from The People's Institute, and A. Adar Ayira, a local artist and poet who is on the advisory board of Baltimore Racial Justice Action. Then, author Jessica Anya Blau joins Tom to discuss her new novel The Trouble with Lexie.

Living Questions Discusses Religion; Rousuck Review's Evita; African American Arts Festival

We begin this morning with another installment in our monthly series, Living Questions, in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. Retiring Executive Director Christopher Leighton, Catholic Scholar Heather Miller Rubens, Islamic Scholar Homayra Ziad, and Jewish Scholar Benjamin Sax from The Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies all join Tom in-studio to discuss leadership transition in the organization, as well as what it will take for the voices of tolerance to be heard in the din of bigotry that has taken over much of the public discourse in this unprecedented political year. J. Wynn Rousuck reviews EVITA, which is currently playing at Olney Theater through July 24.

Living Questions Discusses Religion; Rousuck Review's Evita; African American Arts Festival

Goodson Trial Verdict; United Kingdom Leaves The EU

Ramifications, repercussions and ruminations on two decisions: the acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson in Baltimore, and the exit from the European Union in Great Britain. Prosecutors have failed to get convictions in the first three trials of officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. What are their chances moving forward? How will the Goodson verdict affect the suits that five officers have filed against State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby? And what will the verdict mean for efforts to build trust between police and communities of color? Edward Smith, David Jaros, and WYPR's Kenneth Burns join me for MM on the Law. Plus, the stunning Brexit vote in the UK. Sydney van Morgan, who directs the International Studies Program at Johns Hopkins, on what the vote to leave the EU means for those of us on this side of the pond.

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