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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 strike comes to a head in Baltimore, with railroad workers and other citizens rioting and fighting with National Guard troops.

Trouble Ahead

Jul 11, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, two books about scary nightmares that may or may not be in our future. Dystopia, ho!

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In July, 1877, the overworked and underpaid railroad men of the B&O went on strike. The strike began in Western Maryland, and rolled east, picking up steam as it headed toward Baltimore.

Asia Food

Jul 4, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we feature two new novels that both have a distinctly Asian flavor.

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In the summer of 1925, H. L. Mencken traveled to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, to cover the trial of John Scopes, who challenged the law against teaching evolution in schools.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we bring you two additions to our growing list of summer reading recommendations.

"Hound Dog"

Jun 21, 2018

The story behind the hit song, first recorded by Willy May "Big Mama" Thornton, and then Elvis Presley, and written by Baltimore native Jerry Leiber and his partner Mike Stoller.

On June 17, 1905, a freight train collided with a passenger train near Ransom, a little village southeast of Patapsco, Maryland.

New Memoirs

Jun 12, 2018

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, Marion Winik shares two new memoirs about women leading unconventional lives and relishing the things that make them different.

"Omaha Beach"

Jun 7, 2018

On June 6th, 1944, soldiers from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, members of the 29th Division, were among the first soldiers to land at Omaha Beach on the coast of Normandy.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a look back at some of Roth's best work, plus a great biography about him and a book inspired by his novel, The Ghost Writer.

"Jimmie Foxx"

May 30, 2018

Baseball phenom Jimmie Foxx got his start playing with the Easton Farmers in Queen Anne's County before breaking into the big leagues in the late 1920s. 

The Aftermath

May 30, 2018

Today on The Weekly Reader we review two books that tackle a difficult subject - the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury - in very different ways. 

In the early days of the Maryland colony, John Dandy, the only gunsmith in town, got away with murder for years. This is his story.

Summer is right around the corner, and on this edition of The Weekly Reader, our book critic Marion Winik shares a pair of books that are not only great reads, but summer itself plays a starring role in both stories.

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After moving to New York in 1890, the Preakness Stakes made its triumphant return to Pimlico in 1909.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review two books that feature characters that break the mold of the typical leading lady, reminding us that interesting people come in a variety of styles.

In 1840, William Gilmor held a tournament, replete with jousting, a quintain, and gusts clad in Medieval garb, at his Vineyard estate in Baltimore.

On this edition of the Weekly Reader, book critic and long-time Texas cheerleader Marion Winik reviews a new book that captures the mystery and majesty of the Lone Star state.   

"The Maestro"

May 3, 2018

In May, 1891, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky visited Baltimore to give a concert at the Lyceum on Charles Street.

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a pair of books that look at the ways in which money, or a lack thereof, changes our lives and relationships in a wide variety of ways. 

"The Aviator"

Apr 26, 2018

At the beginning of the 20th century, young aviators like Hubert Latham awed spectators with their high-flying antics, including a thrilling Baltimore flyover on November 7, 1910.

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, two novels with fresh takes on classic tales.

In 1907, Ernest Wardwell wrote his account of the Pratt Street Riot, and how he , though not yet 16 years old, joined the ranks of the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia and went off to war.

On this episode of The Weekly Reader, two new coming of age stories that also happen to be great reads.

"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.