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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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"Clara's Boys"

Apr 26, 2017

After the Pratt Street Riot in Baltimore, Clara Barton attended to the Massachusetts volunteers after their train arrived in Washington, DC, and went on to found the American Red Cross. 

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"Monty R"

Apr 19, 2017

On April 13, 1940, Monty R, a "family pet" born and raised in Maryland horse country, defeated the favored thoroughbred Blockade at My Lady's Manor in a shocking upset. 

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During the War of 1812, American sailors and soldiers were held in England's Dartmoor Prison, where they endured harsh conditions, meager rations, and cruel treatment. 

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"Avalon"

Mar 29, 2017

The story of the founding of the Maryland colony in 1632 by Cecil Calvert, which followed a failed attempt by his father, George Calvert, to start another colony in 1620 called Avalon. 

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On February 19, 1951, Joseph "Tunnel Joe" Holmes escaped from the Maryland State Penitentiary via a 70 foot long tunnel under the jail. 

"Mary Clocker"

Mar 9, 2017

In 1638, fourteen year old Mary Lawn sailed to America in search of a better life, beating the odds time and again in the rough and tumble world of colonial Maryland.  

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"The Iron Duke"

Feb 15, 2017

In 1816, Marianne Patterson, while married to Robert Patterson of Baltimore, captures the heart of the Duke of Wellington. 

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If you visit the fourth floor of the Baltimore City Chief Medical Examiner’s office, you’ll see a series of what appear to be dollhouses. They feature fully furnished scenes complete with antique fixtures and everyday household items. They're inhabited by what, at first glance, appear to be regular dolls. At least, until you notice the dolls are laid out like dead bodies. 

"Lefty"

Jul 7, 2016

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John Waters celebrated his 70th birthday in April. From his early days as an enfant terrible film maker and the King of Sleaze, he has sustained a remarkable career as an author, a stand-up comedian, a visual artist, and one of America’s most thoughtful observers on the cultural landscape. He is the master of re-invention, and no work is more emblematic of that than Hairspray, which was a movie, a musical, and then a movie of a musical. This weekend, he’ll narrate Hairspray in yet another iteration: a Symphonic Production with the BSO. John Waters joins me this morning to talk about art, politics, and how to keep looking ahead.

Then, WYPR’s Lisa Morgan talks to Andrew Och, who goes on the road with America's First Ladies,and J. Wynn Rousuck previews the Baltimore Playwright’s Festival.

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Andrew Och is the author of a new book about America’s First Ladies,  “Unusual For Their Time: On the Road With America’s First Ladies: Volume I.” He joins WYPR’s Lisa Morgan to tell the stories behind the women behind the men in the White House.

Och is an award-winning TV producer who began traversing the United States in 2012 for the C-SPAN Series “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” which aired in aired 2013 and 2014. For the TV series and the book, Och journeyed across the United States to research every first lady.

As he puts it, “I have traveled to nearly every city, town, village, home, school, church, birthplace, cemetery, train station, farm, plantation, library, museum, general store, town center and cottage that relates to these women, these ladies. I wanted to find out what type of woman grows up to become married to a president of the United States. What I discovered was that many of our presidents married up. Most of these men would not have made it to the White House without the help, influence, and support of their wives. Nearly all of our presidents married a woman who was unusual for her time.”

Early settlers of Maryland were wary of those they suspected of practicing witchcraft. 

In July, 1864, Union General Wallace and Confederate General Jubal Early meet at the Battle of Monacacy, and the two have a lasting impact on popular culture after the war.

Andrew Reiner recounts his road trip to the secret stomping grounds of E B White; Atomic Books' Benn Ray recommends books; and Betsy Boyd's continuing baby-making adventures

A radio adaptation of Ron Tanner’s short story, “Rosemary’s Rabbit”; Elissa Brent Weissman’s book, Nerd Camp 2.0; and a visit with the Free State Theatre Organ Society

Charm City old-time band The Manly Deeds; Lalita Noronha's poetry collection, Her Skin Phyllo-thin; and Evodie Ngoy’s documentary film, The Paradise that Wasn’t

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