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Tom Hall

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Host, Midday  (M-F 12:00-1:00)

In the Bromo (3rd Friday of the month at 4:44)
What are You Reading? (4th Friday of the month, at 4:44) 

Tom Hall joined the WYPR staff as the Host of Choral Arts Classics in 2003.  After 10 years as the Culture Editor and then host of Maryland Morning, in September, 2016, Tom became the host of Midday, the highly rated news and public policy program that features interviews with elected officials, community leaders, and thought provoking authors, artists, researchers, journalists, and scholars from around the world.

Tom is also the Host of In the Bromo and What Are You Reading? on WYPR.  In addition, he has served as the host of the Maryland Morning Screen Test, and the WYPR/MD Film Festival Spotlight Series.  In 2006, as the Music Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom received an Emmy Award for Christmas with Choral Arts, a special that aired on WMAR television, the ABC affiliate in Maryland, for 21 years.  He has been a guest co-host of Maryland Public Television’s Art Works, and in 2007, he was named “Best New Broadcast Journalist” by the Maryland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  In 2009, the Baltimore City Paper named him “Best Local Radio Personality,” an award he was also given in the 2016 Baltimore Magazine Reader’s Poll.

Tom is invited frequently to speak to professional and community organizations, including the Oregon Bach Festival, the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the College Endowment Association, the Baltimore Broadcaster’s Coalition, The Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute, the Johns Hopkins Community Conversations Series, and the Creative Alliance.  He has moderated panels and given presentations at the Baltimore City Lit Festival, the Baltimore Book Festival, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the University of Maryland, the Enoch Pratt Library, and MICA. He has also moderated Mayoral Debates, panels at Light City in Baltimore, and at the Stevenson University Speakers Series.

He appears each year as the moderator of the Rosenberg-Blaustein Distinguished Artist Recital Series at Goucher College.  His publications include articles in the Baltimore Sun, Style Magazine, and Baltimore Magazine, as well as many scholarly music journals, and he is the co-author of The Bach Passions in Our Time:  Contending with the Legacy of Antisemitism, published on-line by the Institute for Islamic Christian and Jewish Studies.  Tom was appointed the Music Director Emeritus of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in 2017.

Tom Hall lives in Baltimore, with his wife, Linell Smith.  Their daughter, Miranda, is a playwright, based in Washington, DC.

Jamyla Kay

Chef Sascha Wolhandler gives us her picks for the best recipes to warm you and your partners' bellies and hearts-whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day a few days late--or it's just a normal night of the week!

Ericka Blount Danois is a Baltimore-based journalist and author who's written for Spin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications.

MICA

The Maryland Institute College of Art announced yesterday that Samuel Hoi will become the new president of the acclaimed art school in July.  Mr. Hoi has been the President of the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles since 2000. 

Hoi will succeed Fred Lazarus, IV, who has held the reins at MICA for the past 36 years.  Samuel Hoi joins Tom Hall on the phone from Los Angeles. 

What The Iditarod Can Teach You About Math

Feb 10, 2014
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Bob Wick, BLM California / Creative Commons

Jen Reiter, a third grade teacher at the Gilman School in North Baltimore, will be heading to Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday to participate in the 2014 Iditarod, the nearly 1,000-mile race through the Alaskan wilderness from Anchorage to Nome. She won’t be one of the mushers, but rather, she has been chosen to be this year’s “Teacher on the Trail.”  Jen Reiter joins Tom Hall in the studio to tell us what that will entail.

How DJ Spooky Turns Ice Into Music

Feb 4, 2014
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J.D. Lasica / Creative Commons

Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a multimedia artist who works as a composer, editor, and author. He has developed music, film and experimental projects with a number of artists from across the United States and the world. This spring, he is an artist-in-residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art here in Baltimore. He’s teaching a course at MICA, and working on a new multimedia opera that will receive its premiere in the fall of this year. DJ Spooky joins Tom Hall to talk about what drives his music and creativity.

Musicians Walt Michael and Caleb Stine play songs to honor iconic folk singer Pete Seeger.

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Kevin Elliott

This morning, we examine the priorities of the Maryland Veterans Caucus. Maryland is home to just under 500,000 veterans, and for insight into the issues they’re facing, Tom Hall talks with State Senator Douglas Peters.

Full of Chips, But Not of Football-Fueled Excitement

Feb 3, 2014
Anderson Mancini
Anderson Mancini

We are filled with tortilla chips and dip, though not reveling in the exciting football game from this weekend.  The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in a game that was never in question.  

Picture the most depressing version of society you can imagine, a hundred years from now--and then picture it in Baltimore.

War Horse Rides Into Town

Jan 23, 2014

Tom talks to Curt James, who has been in productions of War Horse in London, Toronto, and throughout North America.

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