Goodson Trial; Anna Deavere Smith; "Bright Star" Review; New Baltimore Rye Whiskey Distillery | WYPR

Goodson Trial; Anna Deavere Smith; "Bright Star" Review; New Baltimore Rye Whiskey Distillery

Jan 5, 2016

Officer Caesar Goodson

With the holiday break behind us, Baltimore is bracing for another trial of an officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray. Jury selection in the trial of Officer Ceasar Goodson begins Wednesday. Of the six officers facing charges, he’s accused of the most serious crimes. Dr. Sheri Parks helps us take the pulse of the city.

Then, a conversation with the award winning actor and writer, Anna Deavere Smith, about her new one person play, which examines the so-called School to Prison Pipeline. Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education is a powerful piece of theater, developed after many conversations in Baltimore.

Plus, Steve Martin and his long-time musical collaborator, Edie Brickell, have written a new musical, which is in its pre-Broadway run at the Kennedy Center. Theater critic J Wynn Rousuck has a review.

And, from the city that brought you Natty Bo, Hon, after a decades long absence, Baltimore gets back in the business of rye whiskey.