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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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"Max Brodel"

Apr 11, 2018

In 1894, Max Brodel came to Baltimore from Leipzig, Germany, and revolutionized the art of medical illustration at Johns Hopkins hospital. He also became friends with H. L. Mencken, and the two of them made music, brewed beer, and enjoyed legendary meals with members of the Saturday Night Club.

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, we review a pair of new novels that redefine the concept of a "quiet" retirement.


Apr 5, 2018

William and Lucy Carter were just two of the passengers on the ill-fated, maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" Titanic in the early hours of April 15, 1912. Traveling first class, they survived the disaster, though their marriage did not.

If the word “essay” doesn’t trigger panic attacks and terrible memories of high school or college exams, have we got a pair of books for you! On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature new work from Tim Kreider and Carina Chocano.

"She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." - This is the text of a Gestapo transmission regarding OSS agent Virginia Hall, a Baltimore native who fought with the Resistance in France during World War II. This is her remarkable story.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, two books that take us behind the scenes at a pair of workplaces that might make you want to keep your day job.

While he was imprisoned at Point Lookout in Southern Maryland during the Civil War, poet, musician, and Confederate soldier Sidney Lanier soothed himself and his fellow soldiers with music played on a flute he managed to slip past the guards.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature two very different novels that start the same way: with a funeral.


Mar 15, 2018

Between 1851 and 1860, Harriet Tubman freed a reported thousand slaves from the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Bad Mommies

Mar 15, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik reviews two new novels about women who seem to lack the maternal instinct.

"Ten Bears"

Mar 8, 2018

In 1975, The Morgan State University Lacrosse team defeated Washington " Lee in the biggest upset in NCAA Lacrosse history.

Today, our book critic Marion Winik shares two poetry collections that she says everyone needs to have around the house for moments that call for the perfect poem.

"Jacob Gruber"

Mar 1, 2018

In 1818, Jacob Gruber, a minister from Pennsylvania, was charged with inciting a slave revolt in Maryland when he preached about abolition in Hagerstown.

What makes a great dog book? Marion Winik shares a trio of classic dog tales and a new one to add to the canine canon. 

The Dover Eight

Feb 21, 2018

In March, 1857, a group of slaves from Dorchester County made their way to Dover, Delaware on the Underground Railroad. There, after being betrayed, they narrowly escaped from the Dover jail and continued on to freedom.

 Anyone who lists Dr. Seuss, Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman and Jimi Hendrix as their major influences is alright in my book. Today on The Weekly Reader, we talk about the late, great Denis Johnson.

During the War of 1812, Maryland militiamen, led by Joseph Stewart, captured the long boat belonging to the HMS Dauntless as it lay trapped in ice.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review three new books that explore the idea of immortality. Who doesn't want to live forever?

Before he made a name for himself in the vaudeville scene in New York, Eubie “Mouse” Blake got his start playing honkytonk music in the pool halls, saloons, and brothels of East Baltimore.

Alaska, Ho!

Feb 7, 2018

On today's episode, we review two new novels that put the "wild" in the Alaska wilderness.

After working together for 22 years, Matthew Henson and Robert E. Peary located the North Pole in April, 1909. History, however,  would record only Peary's name as having made the discovery.

With today's episode we start our second year of the Weekly Reader... which means there are now 52 shows archived on our website. Today, we add to those recommendations with a couple of fascinating new memoirs. 

Dashiell Hammett, born on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1894, worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency before turning to writing, creating such memorable characters as Sam Spade and The Thin Man.

On this episode, Marion reviews three new books that feature rather unstable female protagonists. 

Quick Reads

Jan 17, 2018

This week, a trio of books that feaure big stories in small packages. 

Quick Reads

Jan 17, 2018


Jan 17, 2018

This week, we take a break from reviewing the latest fiction releases and delve into the world of nonfiction.

Book suggestions include "4321","Fools" and "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl."

Today on The Weekly Reader, we unlock the mystery of what make a great audio book!

Out of India

Dec 27, 2017
Books include "The Windfall" , "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" and "Selection Day."

When you think about India, the word “boring” rarely comes to mind. Here are three new books that take you there.