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It’s been just a week since Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake stunned the city by taking herself out of contention for re-election, five and a half years after she became mayor when an ethics scandal ago swept her predecessor Sheila Dixon out of office. She joins Sheilah in the studio to discuss her goals during her last 15 months in office.

A Tribute To A Folklore Legend

Sep 18, 2015

Alan Lomax was a folklorist who was one of the first people to record and document music from a variety of folk traditions. Jayme Stone, the leader of a group called Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, joins Tom in the studio. Jayme Stone's Lomax Project will perform some of the music discovered by Alan Lomax at the Creative Alliance tonight.

Jonna McKone

An unusual public high school opened this fall in Baltimore, in which students can graduate with an associate’s degree, two years of college, at the same time they earn a high-school diploma, all without paying tuition. The Baltimore City public schools entered into a contract with Bard College, a small liberal arts college in upstate New York, which already operates “early colleges” in four other cities.

This week, producer Jonna McKone and Sheilah Kast visited the newest Bard High School Early College. It’s in the Middle East neighborhood of Baltimore. After class they sat down with Francesca Gamber, head of the Bard early college in Baltimore and with Tyler Williams, a third-year high school student and first-year college student, at the new Bard High School Early College. They also heard from professor Patrick Oray and from students in his Great Books seminar.

Candlewick Press

Laura Amy Schlitz, an award winning author of books for children and young adults talks about her latest book. In 2008, she won the John Newbury Medal for her novel, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village. For people practicing the art of writing for young people, the Newbury Medal is the Pulitzer Prize, the Oscar, the Tony, the Voted Most Likely to Succeed in your High School yearbook award.

And today, there’s good news for the many fans of Laura Amy Schlitz: she’s just published a new book. The Hired Girl tells the story of Joan Skraggs, who makes her way from rural Pennsylvania to an elegant home on Eutaw Place, in the Baltimore neighborhood now known as Reservoir Hill. Laura Amy Schlitz will be talking about her new book at the Children’s Bookstore in Roland Park on Saturday. 

Matthew Murphy

Anniversaries and plays by female playwrights will be celebrated during the upcoming 2015-2016 Baltimore theater season and J. Wynn Rousuck is in the studio with Tom to talk all about it. The Vagabond Players and Everyman Theatre both have milestone anniversaries. Washington’s large-scale celebration of women playwrights will reach stages in this area as well, among them: Single Carrot Theatre, the Interrobang Theatre Company, the Strand Theater Company, Rep Stage and Olney Theatre Center.

Women will also be well represented at Center Stage, which is producing an all-female “As You Like It,” two thought-provoking new plays by women, “X’s and O’s” and “Detroit ’67,” and the musical, “The Secret Garden.” Musicals in the Hippodrome’s new line-up will include the recent Broadway hits, “Kinky Boots” and “Motown The Musical.” And, Cohesion Theatre Company, in partnership with Iron Crow Theatre, will present the Trans* Voices Workshop Series.

Will Baltimore Finally See A Bike Share?

Sep 14, 2015
Llana Wurman and the Daily Pennsylvanian

Baltimore is trying to catch up with quite a few big eastern cities with expansive bike sharing systems. Washington DC was one of the first Bikeshare programs, 5 years ago and since then Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have all built robust bike shares.

Last week, Mayor Rawlings-Blake said the city is seeking a vendor to supply 250 bikes and 25 bike share stations in Charm City; the city has $2.8 million in state and federal grants to launch the system. Liz Cornish, Executive Director of BikeMore, a nonprofit that advocates for making Baltimore more bike-friendly and Jon Laria, the chairman the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Commission, join Sheilah to discuss.

Skyhorse Publishing

D. Watkins is an up and coming writer in Baltimore, and more specifically an up-and-coming black writer. Race is relevant in describing him, because race is a big part of what he writes about. He rejects being labeled the voice of young black Baltimore, but he’s certainly one of the voices who can explain what’s going on. 

We talked to D. Watkins last year, as did a lot of other interviewers, when the online magazine Salon published an essay of his, “Too Poor for Pop Culture.” Now he’s collected that and about two dozen other essays into a book, The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America.

Whitelock Community Farm

For millennia, traditional cultures around the world have made their own naturally fermented foods, from sodas and ale to dairy products to fruits and meat. And many foods you eat day to day are rooted in a tradition of fermentation: miso, yogurt, cheese, vinegar, sauerkraut, sour dough bread, kimchi, beer and various pickled foods.

Sandor Katz has spent over two decades learning the art of fermentation and the benefits of the bacteria to the digestive tract. He wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Art Of Fermentation. Tonight he'll teach a fermentation workshop at Whitelock Community Farm in Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill. 

Arash Azizzada // Flickr Creative Commons

Since Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, questions about WHY police chased and arrested him April 12 even before the fateful transport in a van have focused attention on what factors police are influencing police when they patrol.  Protestors have shouted that police would not have chased a white man talking to a friend on North Avenue.  It may be an issue in the trials of some of the police officers charged in Gray’s death.

Long before that Sunday morning and the uprising that unfolded after it, the U.S. Justice Department had issued guidelines to end discriminatory profiling by law enforcement.  Late last months Maryland’s attorney general followed up with guidelines for law enforcement in this state, declaring that officers should not consider race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability in routine police activities.

September Movie Mayhem

Sep 11, 2015

Tom talks with Maryland Film Festival's Jed Dietz and Washington Post's Film Critic, Ann Hornaday, about the state of movie industry, and some of September's most promising flicks.