With our colleagues at Baltimore Brew, an independent online news source that focuses on local issues, we begin an occasional series on Maryland Morning that we're calling The Accountability Index. When the stories warrant, we’ll take a hard look at public spending and public servants and we’ll ask: How much are we spending, and why? In the spotlight this morning: two controversial city road projects are turning out to be a lot more expensive than they were supposed to be. Investigative reporter Mark Reutter has written extensively about the projects, and joins Tom to discuss what's gone wrong and who might be to blame.
Plus, on Maryland Morning Movie Mayhem, film critics Jed Dietz and Ann Hornaday discuss the hottest new films on screen. And Tom talks with Palestinian Bishara Haroni and Israeli Yaron Kohlberg, two of the most celebrated young pianists of their generation. The two play all over the world together as a duet, and for many, their collaboration symbolizes the hopes for peace in the Middle East.
And Gil Sandler has a Baltimore story.