Tom Hall

Host - Maryland Morning, Choral Arts Classics, In The Bromo and What Are You Reading

Tom has been a dynamic force in Maryland since 1982, as a broadcaster, performer, lecturer, writer, and educator. Tom was named "Best Radio Personality" by the City Paper in 2009, and in 2006, he was named "Best New Journalist" by the Maryland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  Tom began his WYPR career as a co-host of Dupont-Columbia University award-winning Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast from 2006 - October 2015.  Also in 2006, he won an Emmy Award for his television broadcast of Christmas with Choral Arts on WMAR Television.  As the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, he has collaborated with many of Maryland's leading arts organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. For many years, he appeared regularly as a guest conductor throughout the U.S and in Europe, and he has been invited frequently to speak to professional and community organizations in Maryland and throughout the United States.

Tom has published articles in the Baltimore Sun, Style Magazine, and many professional music journals; he has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts, and he has lectured and taught courses at the Peabody Conservatory, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, and Morgan State University. He is a former board member and former chair of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Tom lives in Baltimore with his wife, Linell Smith.

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Are the calls for unity at the Democratic National Convention working? Baltimore Sun reporter John Fritze joins Tom by phone from the convention for an update. 

Then, co-host Nathan Sterner speaks with John Racanelli, host of A Blue View on WYPR, about why the National Aquarium has decided to relocate its dolphins to a marine sanctuary. 

Plus, resident foodie Sascha Wolhandler stops by to share some international salad ideas that will spice up your summer. 

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It’s Day 3 of what has been a contentious Democratic National Convention. After Wikileaks published emails from Democratic National Committee staffers, including DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, showing clear bias for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Wasserman Shultz announced that she would step down as chair at the end of the week. However, after Rep. Wasserman-Shultz was booed at a delegate breakfast on Monday, she relinquished her opening and closing gavel duties to Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who serves as the secretary of the committee. 

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Resident foodie Sascha Wolhandler, owner of Sascha's 527 Restaurant & Catering, is back for another installment of What Ya Got Cookin. This morning, Sascha joins Tom in-studio to share salad recipes from around the world.  Popular international salads, she believes, mirror the diversity of America's immigrant communities. 

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The Democratic National Convention kicks off today. Sheri Parks from the University of Maryland and Michael Higginbotham from the University of Baltimore School of law join Tom for a DNC preview. 

Then, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck reviews Spamalot on at Cockpit in Court.   Then, Living Questions continues with Rabbi Jessy Gross, who’s recently been named one of America’s most inspiring Rabbis. She’ll introduce us to the Charm City Tribe, a group of millennials who are practicing religion in a different way.   

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The Republican National Convention has come to a close and now it's the Democrats' turn. The Democratic National Convention begins today in Philadelphia and will continue until Thursday. 

After much speculation, Hillary Clinton on Friday evening officially announced that her vice-presidential running mate will be Virginia Senator and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine.

Sheri Parks is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies and Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming at the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland College Park. Michael Higginbotham is a professor of law at University of Baltimore School of Law. They both join Tom in the studio to discuss what issues -- and controversies -- we can expect to play out at this year's convention.

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Once a week, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio to review some of the best local and regional theater productions. This morning, she's talking Spamalot, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The satirical and unrepentantly silly tale, based loosely on the King Arthur legend, is directed by Laurie Starkey, with book and lyrics by legendary Python co-founder Eric Idle, and music by John Du Prez. 

Spamalot is on stage now through July 31st at the College Community Center Mainstage Theater, at Cockpit in Court Summer Theater, 7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237.  For ticket information, click here.

Jessy Gross

It’s time for another installment of Living Questions, a monthly series in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. This series is being produced in partnership with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Jessy Gross is the Senior Director of Jewish Life at the Baltimore Jewish Community Center, and the founder of the Charm City Tribe, a group of Jewish millennials. She joins Tom in-studio to talk about the way millennials are exercising their faith. Rabbi Gross was recently named one of "America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward Magazine.  

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Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, after a solid majority of delegates from around the country cast their votes for him earlier in the week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

It was a roller-coaster convention. On Monday, party leaders blocked a noisy anti-Trump delegate challenge to the rules binding them to vote for Mr. Trump.  Later that evening,  Mr. Trump's wife, Melania, gave the keynote address. News media were soon abuzz with reports that her address had plagiarized two passages from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. The Trump Organization released an official statement on Wednesday explaining that speech writer Meredith McIver accidentally incorporated excerpts from Obama's speech into Mrs. Trump's address.

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Tomorrow, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture will be hosting Fades and Fellowship. The space has been re-imagined to look like a traditional African-American barbershop where twelve barbers, including Dr. Martin Luther King's barber Nelson Malden, will share the stories and insights they've gleaned from their years working in barbershops.

A longtime staple of the black community, barbershops are places where black men come together to discuss and debate complex issues from racism to relationships.  

Mr. Malden joins Tom in-studio along with Fades and Fellowship co-creator, Darius Wilmore. Darius is the co-creator and creative director of Taharka Brothers Ice Cream. Taharka is releasing a new flavor, "Fly, Fly, Blackbird" in celebration of the event. 

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With two days down and two to go, Republicans in Cleveland are making the case for Donald Trump to a general election audience.  With so many A-list Republican luminaries skipping the convention, and in the aftermath of a divisive and controversial primary campaign, has Trump begun to unify the party, and to bring the country together around his cause? Jenna Johnson has been covering Donald Trump for the Washington Post for most of the last year.  She joins Tom by phone from Cleveland. 

Then, analysis of the verdict in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice, one of the six officers charged in connection to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, with our legal experts, attorney Edward Smith and University of Baltimore Law professor David Jaros. Plus, the Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel on “The Mind Diet;” foods that feed the brain, and may help ward-off Alzheimer’s disease.  

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