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This program aired with Sheilah Kast as host until 10/2/15.  Find out more about us, check out shows that aired prior to February 2014, listen to our series, and listen to each day's show.

Artists And Writers Inspired By Food

Sep 11, 2015

Tonight at the EMP Collective, you’ll have a chance to see how 3 different tastes provided by Blacksauce Kitchen-Smoky, Sweet and Sour- influenced the collaborative art of 9 visual artists paired with 9 writers from the Baltimore/Washington area. The name of the event is Call and Response 5. In the 4 previous years, the event took place in Washington, and tonight the event is brought to Baltimore for the first time. One of the show’s two curators, Kira Wisniewski and one of the 9 visual artists, Juliet Ames join Tom. 

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It’s been five years since the first casino opened in Maryland- Hollywood Casino in Perryville . Now five are operating, with a sixth scheduled to open next year. In recent weeks the Washington Post and the CityPaper in Baltimore  have published evidence that the number of problem gamblers has risen with the number of gambling outlets. Evidence like a 30 percent increase in the number of Gamblers Anonymous chapters in Maryland, as well as a reported increase in the number of regular attendees. Evidence like police called to casinos four times in five months this year to respond to children or seniors left alone in cars while their parents or caregivers were inside gambling. Evidence like a steady increase in calls for help to the state’s 1-800-GAMBLER help line, to more than 600 calls this past year. All of which raises the question: Is Maryland doing enough to help people who can’t control the urge to gamble?

"After The Border" At The Creative Alliance

Sep 9, 2015
Edgar Reyes

At the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore there's an exhibition in which eight artists tell the stories of some of the children and young people who fled violence in Central America, made the harrowing journey across the Mexican and US borders and landed here in Baltimore, hoping to begin a new life. Tanya Garcia is an artist who has been a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Fellow at the Creative Alliance for the past year. She curated the exhibition, which is called Después de la Frontera  or After the Border and Maria Aldana is the Manager of Community Arts at the Creative Alliance.

Neff Conner // Flickr Creative Commons

As the fashion landscape constantly shifts, iconic American brands have a hard time staying relevant. Fashion big shops like GAP, J. Crew and American Apparel have all seen decline in revenue in the past few years. We sit down with  Zoey Washington , our regular fashion guide, to discuss whether these quintessential brands are struggling to retain their classic looks while adapting to the latest trends.

Zoey Washington is a fashion editor and CEO of the company LITTLEbird, a fashion consulting service for teens and tweens.

Matt Purdy

According to the Justice Policy Institute and Prison Policy Initiative in a report from February, as of 2010, 458 people from Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood or neighboring Harlem Park were in a Maryland prison. It's the largest number of any census tract in the state.

Sheilah talks about it with Marc Schindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute. And, we visit two men in Sandtown who have been to prison and back. Antoine Bennett is the director of Men of Valuable Action, or MOVA. Anthony Warren is MOVA’s Community Service Project Coordinator.

Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux Books


We’re going to re-visit a conversation with a former Congressman who has been considered a champion of the labor movement for more than three decades. Barney Frank represented the fourth congressional district in Massachusetts for 31 years until his retirement in 2012, and he was in the middle of the mix during battles over some of the most historic pieces of legislation in recent American history. Issues like Wall Street Reform and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell bear his unique and unquestionable imprint, and in an autobiography he published last spring, we get a glimpse behind the scenes in the capital during his influential tenure. 

Tessa Sollway Blische

Lisa D’Amour calls her 2010 play, Detroit. But she herself has acknowledged that the play is set “in a suburb of what could be any middle American city.”

That is, any middle American city beset with severe financial woes, unemployment, abandoned housing and increasingly desperate members of what was once middle America’s middle class.

That’s the backdrop for this Pulitzer Prize finalist, a play that’s been staged from Chicago to New York to London. Now Fells Point Corner Theatre has produced the play’s well-acted, well-directed Baltimore premiere.

Thomas Schaller

The Republican Party has lost five of the last six popular votes in Presidential elections. But the GOP has found much more success in Congress. In January, already in charge of the U.S. House, they took control of the Senate. Republicans have been well-represented in Congress for the past two decades. Why the discrepancy?

Thomas Schaller answers that question in his latest book, The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress But Surrendered The White House. Schaller is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sheilah spoke with him about his book in January. In it, he asserts that it was because of Republican dominance on Capitol Hill that the party “surrendered” the White House.

Batts Breaks His Silence

Sep 4, 2015
Washington Times

We heard this week from former Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts for the first time since Mayor Rawlings-Blake fired him in July. Batts and two others spoke to nearly 600 students at a panel discussion Wednesday evening about justice in America at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg.

We thought you’d be interested in hearing some of the points Anthony Batts made at the college, and to get the view of a someone with a community perspective on Batts' three years heading Baltimore’s police force. City Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents the second district and is vice chair of the council’s public-safety committee, joins Sheilah by phone. 

Dorret via flickr Creative Commons


In 2012, Maryland became the first state to pass a same sex marriage bill by voter referendum. Earlier this summer, the tide toward marriage equality shifted decidedly when the Supreme Court ruled that all states must allow gay marriage. Now, a conversation about the history of the gay rights movement in Baltimore in the decades leading up to these major developments.