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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Baltimore is home to more than 600,000 people, and while there are many restaurants and grocery stores and food markets across this city, there are also places where poverty and geography and a history of racism have combined to create so-called “food deserts” – neighborhoods where it’s difficult for residents to find any fresh, wholesome food. Tom's first guest this morning is the Reverend Dr. Heber Brown

He’s the senior pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in North Baltimore. He decided to address the problem of food deserts by creating the Black Church Food Security Network. His work to bring food from local farmers to city neighborhoods by way of a network of churches has earned Heber Brown numerous accolades, including being named one of the 50 best and brightest people working to save the planet, by the online environmental journal, GRIST. And he's won kudos as well for his many other initiatives, including a residential solar project, an orchard program, and a freedom school that teaches youth about growing and cooking their own food.  

As the cliché goes, we can choose our friends, but we can’t choose our families.  Whatever the status of our relationships with our parents and/or our children may be, most of the time, it’s our relationships with our siblings that are, at the very least, the longest relationships in our lives.  The bond between brothers and sisters is unique, and it’s those bonds that Geoffrey Greif and Michael Woolley - both faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work- have explored in a new book, Adult Sibling Relationships. The book is about how those relationships are strengthened or frayed as we get older. 

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Dr. Skipp Sanders took over the helm of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture four years ago. He retired from that position last week, and this morning he joins Tom in Studio A to talk about the role the museum has played in Baltimore's cultural life, and what lies ahead for this unique and important institution. 

The current special exhibition at the Lewis Museum is a collection of paintings by Ruth Starr Rose. It’s called Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World. It will be there until April. And you have about 6 more weeks to see the exhibition of photographs by Devin Allen, called Awakenings: In a New Light.   It's a collection of compelling images of the Freddie Gray protests and riots last April. 

Jonathan Waller

Jan 29, 2016

Tom talks with the Managing Director of the Everyman Theater, Jonathan Waller.

On the January edition of Choral Arts Classics, Tom talks with Fred Bronstein of the Peabody Institute and Catherine Dehoney of Chorus America about the future of classical music in America.


We start today with some expert assessments of where things stand in the extraordinary 2016 US presidential campaign, with just 10 months to go before the November 8th national elections.  The Iowa caucuses are on Monday, leading off a season of primary elections that will culminate this summer with the Republican and Democratic Parties' nominating conventions.  Once again, it’s in to be out of the mainstream.  That might be good news for  candidates Trump, Cruz and Sanders, but Clinton, Rubio and Bush can take comfort in polls showing that large percentages of Iowa voters have yet to make up their minds about who should succeed Barack Obama in the White House.

Helping us to make sense of the 2016 presidential campaigns at this important juncture are three seasoned political observers: Jenna Johnson is covering the Trump campaign for the Washington Post.  She joins Tom on the phone from Des Moines, Iowa, along with studio guests E.R. Shipp, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and journalist-in-residence at Morgan State University, and Lester Spence, author and political science professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare is busting out all over the Charm City theater scene.  This weekend, Center Stage continues its run of As You Like It, and the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is featuring its troupe of young theater artists in a show called Unscene, which is a pastiche of scenes from various Shakespeare plays.  It’s not at all unusual for there to be more than one production of a Shakespeare play in Baltimore at the same time. What’s remarkable about both of these offerings is that both casts are entirely female.  The Girl-Power Shakespeare has been a hit in New York, Toronto, and elsewhere, and as it takes its place in Baltimore, we turn to Seamus Miller, who has conceived and directed the Chesapeake Shakespeare show, and Carson Elizabeth Gregory, one of the women in the cast, for a look into how this particular piece came about.  They join Tom in the studio.


Today, we continue our series of conversations with candidates for Mayor of Baltimore City.  Nick Mosby joins us today.  In 2011, he was elected to represent the 7th District on the Baltimore City Council.  Last spring, he and his wife, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, garnered national attention during the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.  Now, he has entered a crowded race for Mayor.  I’ll ask Nick Mosby about his vision for the City.

Then, the US Department of Agriculture has issued a new set of Dietary Guidelines.  Think about that:  is the Department of Agriculture, which regulates the meat and dairy industry, for example, the best agency to suggest guidelines about how much meat and dairy we should all eat?  Our Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel, is here to help us sort it all out.  

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We continue our weekly series of conversations with people who have announced their candidacy for the office of Mayor of Baltimore. Today, Tom's guest is Nick Mosby. He is a Democrat. He is several weeks away from his 36th birthday. He lives in Reservoir Hill with his wife, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and their two young daughters.

After graduating from Tuskeegee University with a degree in electrical engineering, Nick Mosby worked in the utility industry, first as a network engineer with Verizon, and later as a senior project manager for BGE. In 2011, he was elected to represent West Baltimore's 7th district on the City Council.  Among his notable initiatives as a councilman was passage of the “Ban the Box” legislation, which allows ex-felons in Baltimore City to disclose their conviction later in the hiring process when they apply for jobs.  He has released a 15-point plan for the future of Baltimore, on issues ranging from education and good governance to blight and economic equity. You can read more here. 

Tonight at 5:30, there will be a forum of mayoral candidates at the Impact Hub at the Center Theater in Station North. If you can’t make it in person, it will be live-streamed. Next week, Tom's guest will be Democratic mayoral candidate and Baltimore businessman David Warnock.

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It’s time now for our monthly feature called Smart Nutrition. Today, we’ll take a look at the latest Dietary Guidelines recommended by the federal government. Last February, a group of 14 food, nutrition and medical experts on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee sent a report to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department, with advice about what the final guidelines should be. Well, those final guidelines were released last month, and we thought it would be interesting to examine how many, or how few of those recommendations made its way into the report.

When the advisory committee issued its recommendations last year, Tom talked about it with our Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel. She’s back this morning to update us on what is known as the DGA, or Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Monica is a licensed nutritionist who blogs at Nutrition Over Easy, and whose weekly podcasts appear on Quick and Dirty Tips.Com