Urbanist Roberta Brandes Gratz’s new book, “We’re Still Here Ya Bastards,” explores the challenges faced by New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina and celebrates the city’s enduring spirit in the face of tragedy.
Former mayor and current candidate for the office, Sheila Dixon, joins Midday in Studio A to discuss her political comeback. Can she overcome the shroud of scandal under which she left office? What is she hearing from citizens as she campaigns in Baltimore, post-Freddie Gray? Will residents dissatisfied with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake turn to Dixon? Plus, we find out her thoughts on development, crime, and bringing jobs to the city.
We take a look at the roots and practices of Islam, the world’s second largest religion, with Islam scholar John Renard, professor of theology at Saint Louis University. At a time when many Americans fear rather than understand Islam, we explore the faith’s traditions, as well as its overlaps with Christianity and Judaism. Original air date: July 13th.
The spiritual history of the United States is much more complex, and less uniformly Christian, than many realize. Annapolis-based historian and journalist Peter Manseau joins Midday to discuss his book, “One Nation, Under Gods,” an exploration of the role of religious minorities in shaping Maryland and American history. Original air date: July 13th.