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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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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. 

During the Revolutionary War, Charles Wilson Peale served with, and painted portraits of, many great leaders fighting for independence from England, including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. 

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, some essential cookbooks for everyone, including kitchen novices as well as experts.  

In the 1890s, Mary Garrett used her influence and money to make Johns Hopkins medical school co-educational. 

Rafael Alvarez

Rafael Alvarez reads a work of fiction that’s become something of a holiday tradition here at WYPR. Alvarez' short story “Aunt Lola” is a tale about the power of memory in the kitchen of a Highlandtown rowhouse. It first aired on The Signal in 2005. 


Dec 13, 2017

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, a selection of great gift books for everyone on your holiday list.

"Diamond Jim"

Dec 7, 2017

In the early years of the 20th century, "Diamond Jim" Brady was a man of enormous appetites, for food, entertainment, and, of course, diamonds. 


Odd Couples

Dec 6, 2017

You may be familiar with the old saying, “There’s a lid for every pot.” On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we celebrate Odd Couples.

What does it mean when a book is a “best seller?” This week, we look behind the scenes at just how a title makes the cut. 

On December 2nd, 1859, abolitionist John Brown met his end at the gallows in Charlestown, Virginia. 

Great stories take place in great cities. On today’s edition of The Weekly Reader, we have two novels set in New York, perhaps one of the greatest cities of them all.

"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.