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Lisa Morgan

Host, The Weekly Reader

Lisa Morgan covered the local arts community as co-creator and host of WYPR’s award-winning program “The Signal” from 2004 to 2015. She has created and produced many programs for WYPR, including news stories, features, commentaries, and audio documentaries.  She taught audio production at Goucher College from 2002 – 2004 and has done voice-over work for a variety of clients. “The Weekly Reader” is her latest project.

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"The Orator"

Nov 16, 2017

Though one of America's greatest orators of the time, Edward Everett, gave a grand speech at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, it was Abraham Lincoln's brief address, consisting of only 272 words, that will forever be remembered. 

Alice Hoffman’s "Practical Magic" is one of the most beloved depictions of modern-day witchcraft around. Fans will be delighted to learn about "The Rules of Magic," the just-released prequel to the tale of sisters Sally and Gillian Owens.  

"The Last Man"

Nov 8, 2017

On November 11, 1918, Henry Gunther, a young soldier from East Baltimore with German heritage, was the last man to die in "The War to End All Wars." 

On this edition of "The Weekly Reader," book critic Marion Winik takes us inside the world of small town politics, with Jonathan Dee’s new novel "The Locals" and J.K. Rowling’s "The Casual Vacancy." 

"War Admiral"

Nov 3, 2017

In 1938, an eager crowd at Pimlico Race Course witnessed an epic race between War Admiral, the 1937 Triple Crown Winner, and a little upstart horse named Sea Biscuit. 

There are a lot of great quotes out there about “writing what you know.” On the edition of "The Weekly Reader," our book critic Marion Winik reviews three novels about women writers. 

Accusations of witchcraft arrive in the Maryland colony along with English settlers. 

Accusations of witchcraft arrive in the Maryland colony along with English settlers. 

James McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird about the abolitionist John Brown. On this edition of "The Weekly Reader," we’ll talk about his latest release, Five Carat Soul, and we’ll revisit some of his earlier work, many of which are considered American classics.

"Joe Gans"

Oct 18, 2017

In 1902, Joe Gans, a black boxer from Baltimore, became Lightweight Champion of the World. 

If you have ever been to New Orleans, you know that there is something special, almost magical, about the city. On this edition of "The Weekly Reader," we feature two novels that capture the unique physical and emotional landscape of The Big Easy, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s "A Kind of Freedom" and C. Morgan's "The Floating World." 

"Hound Dog"

Oct 12, 2017

The story behind the hit song and its tie to Baltimore. 

Almost every Irish Catholic friend I can think of has a “crazy nun story.” On this edition of "The Weekly Reader," we feature books about nuns, including Alice McDermott’s latest, "The Ninth Hour" and "Saints for All Occasions," the fourth novel by J. Courtney Sullivan. 

Abolitionist "Captain" John Brown made quite an impression on Frederick Douglass when they met, but, while bound by the same passion, 

the two men went on to fight to end slavery by very different means. 

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Twisted Sisters

Sep 27, 2017

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"The Chasseur"

Sep 27, 2017

During the War of 1812, Privateer Captain Thomas Boyle and his ship the Chasseur harassed the British fleet and disrupted shipping in the Irish Sea. 

"Christiana"

Sep 21, 2017

In 1851, Maryland farmer Edward Gorsuch formed a posse and tried to retrieve some runaway slaves that had fled over the Pennsylvania border. It did not end well. 

HRC Tells All

Sep 20, 2017

What Happened, Hillary Clinton, Simon & Schuster

"The Defenders"

Sep 14, 2017

In September, 1814, Baltimore and Fort McHenry withstand bombardment from the British. 

House Afire

Sep 13, 2017

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On August 24, 1814, Joshua Barney and his troops fought the British at Bladensburg as they made their way to sack and burn Washington. 

Art and Death

Sep 6, 2017

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In late summer, 1897, using "unorthodox methods" and "inside baseball," the scrappy Baltimore Orioles battled the more refined Boston Bean Eaters for the National League pennant. 

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In August, 1776, 400 Marylander s of the “Dandy 5th” Regiment fought bravely to hold the American line in Brooklyn Heights, New York, while George Washington and his troops beat a hasty retreat after a disastrous encounter with the British. 

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"Despot's Heel"

Aug 17, 2017

The look at the daily lives of the young Union soldiers who occupied various forts around Baltimore during the Civil War. 

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