We start today with a look at the continuing HIV/AIDS crisis in Baltimore. The total number of new cases in the city is declining, but transmission rates among young gay black men and transgender individuals are on the rise. Can the city bring those numbers down? We’ll ask Dr. Patrick Chaulk of the Baltimore Health Department for an update on the city’s ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS.
Then, we’ll meet the talented local string band, Charm City Junction, who’ll be playing at a CD-release concert in North Baltimore Friday night. The quartet joins us to play some of the Irish and bluegrass tunes on their new CD, and talk about their distinctive musical style.
Plus: a conversation with Judy Collins, one of the great ladies of American popular music, who performs at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Sunday. She talks with Tom about her long career and her engaging new CD, Strangers Again, a collection of duets with some of the best male singers in the business.