Here is a Stoop story from Mary Beth Lennon, describing what it means to be the child of an Irish immigrant mother. Her story has been edited for length. You can hear her story and others at stoopstorytelling.com.
There’s new hope, since the heads of North and South Korea met a week ago. But for thousands of Koreans, reuniting and even communicating with family has been complicated--most often, impossible--since Korean War hostilities stopped in 1953.
Photographer and filmmaker Laura Elizabeth Pohl tells us about her traveling photo exhibit ‘A Long Separation,’ which delves, from a very personal perspective, into how that war not only divided a nation, it divided families.
Fifty years ago nine Catholic activists catapulted the small suburb of Catonsville, Maryland into the national spotlight. They burst into a Selective Service office, seized draft records and torched them with napalm, to protest the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. We meet Willa Bickham and Brendan Walsh, founders of Viva House and also were ‘support activists’ who assisted the Nine to discuss the tie between their faith and their activism. Then curator and filmmaker Joe Tropea tells us about the Maryland Historical Society’s exhibit ‘Activism and Art: The Catonsville Nine, Fifty Years Later.'
A spunky African-American teenager adopted into a Jewish family in Baltimore trying to sort out her identify. That’s the nub of the new young-adult novel "The Length of a String". We ask author Elissa Brent Weissman what inspired the story … and whether she’s the right person to tell it. She’ll be speaking and signing books Sunday at 2 pm at Afters Cafe, 1001 South Charles Street in Baltimore.
Then, a very different novel by a local author: Michael Downs’ "The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells" -- fiction filling in the story of the 19th-century dentist who first used laughing gas to numb the pain of surgery. He’ll be speaking about it next Thursday, May 10, at the Ivy Bookstore on Falls Road.