One Maryland One Book, Teacher's Perspective

Oct 5, 2015

Each fall the Maryland Humanities Council’s One Maryland One Book program brings together diverse people in communities across Maryland through the shared reading of one book. What some may not realize is that this program also serves as a valuable tool for educators. Nicole Little-Cook, Library Media Specialist at Seneca Valley High School, shares why she uses One Maryland One Book with her students every year.

John Sarbanes

Our first guest this morning is Congressman John Sarbanes, a democrat who represents Maryland’s 3rd congressional district. Last year he introduced legislation that would change the way congressional campaigns are financed.

His bill is called the Government by the People Act, and he joins Tom on the phone to talk about it.

Penguin Books


The Baltimore writer Lia Purpura has published a new book. It’s a terrific collection of poems called It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful. Lia is the writer in residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has won Fulbright, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and three Pushcart Prizes among other awards. Her poems, including some of the ones in this new collection, have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and elsewhere.

She’ll be introducing her new book tomorrow night at the Ivy Bookshop in North Baltimore. Lia Purpura joins Tom in the studio. 

Britt Olsen-Ecker

Is war inevitable? That’s the central question raised by Jen Silverman’s raw, hard-hitting play, Phoebe in Winter. Granted, this is one of those immense philosophical questions that can make for a dull, didactic play.

But director Genevieve de Mahy’s exceptional production at Single Carrot Theatre is never less than fascinating – a first-rate contribution to the Washington-based Women’s Voices Theater Festival

U.S. Department of Defense

The top-level jobs Leon Panetta has held in government comprise a ridiculously long list. Most recently, from 2011 to early 2013, he was secretary of defense. That followed two years as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the mid-90s he was President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, following a stint as director of Clinton’s Office of Management and Budget, which was logical, because Panetta, who had represented Monterey, California in Congress for 8 terms, chaired the House Budget committee for four years.

Rather than guessing what part of all that experience will show through when Leon Panetta kicks off the Baltimore Speaker Series tomorrow night, Sheilah asks him. Leon Panetta is joined Sheilah on the phone last week.