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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Rousuck's Review: "Men On Boats" at Baltimore Center Stage

It's Thursday and time again for theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins us each week with her reviews of the Maryland stage. Today, we hear her take on Baltimore Center Stage's new production of Men On Boats. The 2015 play by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed at Center Stage by Jenny Koons, is based on the published journals of John Wesley Powell, who led an 1869 expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers into the then-unknown geological wonders of the Grand Canyon. In Backhaus' comedic retelling of the historic wild-water journey, Powell's all-white-male expeditionary team is played by a gender-nonconforming ensemble of color, featuring Ceci Fernandez as John Wesley Powell, Kai Heath as Hall, and Haruna Lee as Old Shady, among the cast of ten. Scenic design credits go to Stephanie Osin Cohen. Men On Boats continues at Baltimore Center Stage through Sunday, December 22. For location and ticket information, click here. The special Baltimore Center Stage benefit event discussed by Tom and Judy — a special celebrity reading/discussion of Thornton Wilder's revered but rarely produced classic, "The Long Christmas Dinner" — happens on Monday, December 16 at 7pm at Baltimore Center Stage. The cast and discussants will include R. Eric Thomas, the Barrymore Award-winning playwright, humorist and Elle Magazine contributor; Tracie Thoms, an acclaimed actor known for her performances in Rent, The Devil Wears Prada, and Cold Case; and Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of How I Learned to Drive and a Tony Award nominee for Indecent. For event & ticket information, click here. Because of NPR's special live coverage Thursday of the House Judiciary Committee's mark-up of the Articles of Impeachment, this week's theater review could not be broadcast live, so we are posting it as an online-only feature, available here and on Midday's regular podcast.

Kimberly Klacik: Candidate For Congress (MD 7th District)

Our Conversation with the Candidates series continues with Kimberly Klacik, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress. Klacik is a GOP strategist and activist who lives in Baltimore County. She is the Executive Director and Founder of "Potential Me," a nonprofit which provides works with disadvantaged women.

Liz Matory: Candidate For Congress (MD 7th District)

Republican candidate Liz Matory is an author and the CEO of a small publishing house called Liberty Lives Media. She holds a BA from Columbia University, a law degree from Howard University, and an MBA from the University of MD. Ms. Matory is mounting her third campaign for Congress after unsuccessful bids in two other districts. We livestreamed this conversation the WYPR Facebook page. Click here to watch the video.

Dr. Mark Gosnell: Candidate For Congress (MD 7th District)

It's another episode of Midday's Conversations With The Candidates series. Tom's next guest is Dr Mark Gosnell, a Democratic candidate in the 7th District — the seat made available by the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings. Dr. Gosnell is the Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Medstar Harbor Hospital and also the chief of pulmonary medicine there. This is his first run for public office. Healthcare is one of his chief policy concerns.

Pamela Newkirk - Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business

The business of diversity is booming. Corporations and cultural institutions spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on diversity training, yet despite the ubiquity and expense of these efforts, overall racial, gender and ethnic diversity remains an aspiration rather than a reality. Today on Midday: what's been tried, what has succeeded and what's flopped in efforts to achieve more inclusion in American life. Dr. Pamela Newkirk is an award-winning journalist, professor of Journalism at NYU and author of the book "Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business."

Pamela Newkirk - Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business

Midday on Theater: A Conversation With Playwright Ken Ludwig

Today, the multiple-Tony and Olivier-Award winning American playwright Ken Ludwig joins Tom and Midday theater critic J.Wynn Rousuck for a conversation about his life and work. Ludwig has written 28 plays and musicals, and has had six of them on Broadway. They've been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and are produced somewhere in the United States every night of the year. He talks about two works now running simultaneously in our area: his newest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, which opened this week at DC's Arena Stage, and his acclaimed adaptation of novelist Agathie Christie's classic who-done-it, Murder on the Orient Express, now in a new production at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre. Ken Ludwig speaks with us today from NPR studios in Washington, DC.

Midday News Wrap 12.6.19

On the Midday Newswrap: Will the House vote before Christmas to set-up a Senate Impeachment Trial in the New Year? And in Baltimore, outrage at the Department of Public Works. With Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist Will Bunch and Jayne Miller of WBAL TV .

Midday at the Movies: This Holiday, Some New Spins on Male Identity

It's the December edition of Midday at the Movies, our monthly feature about films and filmmaking, and joining Tom to consider the cascade of pre-Oscars holiday movies are two of our favorite film fans: here in the studio, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday, who is also the author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies; and on the line from Manhattan, Maryland Film Festival founder Jed Dietz. Today, Tom and the movie mavens talk about some interesting new angles on male identity being explored in new films such as Martin Scorsese's The Irishman; James Mangold's Ford v. Ferrari; Marielle Heller's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood; ​and Melina Matsoukas' Queen and Slim. And Tom asks listeners to share their favorite holiday movie; he votes, as always, for Love, Actually, the 2003 romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon (and many more...)

OSI's "Blueprint for Baltimore:" Ahead of 2020 City Elections, A Citizens' Survey

Now, a conversation about the Blueprint for Baltimore. It's a project supported by The Open Society Institute-Baltimore and the T.Rowe Price Foundation, in partnership with several community groups — including Black Leaders Organizing for Change (BLOC), CASA, Baltimore Votes, Black Girls Vote, and the No Boundaries Coalition. The goal of Blueprint for Baltimore is to survey as many as 12,000 Baltimore City residents – the largest issue-oriented survey in city history – about their priorities for the city on a range of public policy issues, including education, public safety, and housing, as the race for Mayor, City Council President and City Council move into high gear. Joining Tom in the studio is Evan Serpick. He's OSI's Director of Strategic Communications, and was closely involved in the development of the survey. Also joining us are project partners Tre Murphy, the co-founder and operations director for BLOC; and Lydia Walther-Rodriquez, Baltimore Regional Director for CASA of Maryland, a group that advocates for the state's Latino and immigrant communities. The Blueprint for Baltimore survey — which can also be taken online — concludes Sunday, December 8. This conversation was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page. Watch the video here.

OSI's "Blueprint for Baltimore:" Ahead of 2020 City Elections, A Citizens' Survey

F. Michael Higginbotham: Candidate For Congress (Md. 7th District)

Today, another in our series of Conversations with the Candidates. Tom's guest is University of Baltimore Law Professor Michael Higginbotham, who is running in the Democratic primary. He's had a long academic legal career. He's an expert in constitutional law, human rights and race relations. He has lived and worked in the 7th District for more than 30 years. Higginbotham is one of 32 candidates who will be on the Republican and Democratic special primary ballots in February.

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