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A Visit To Sandtown's Gilmor Homes

Oct 9, 2015
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Last spring, Freddie Gray was apprehended near the Gilmor Homes public housing project in Sandtown Winchester, one of Baltimore’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.  His death while in police custody focused a lot of attention on Sandtown, and the many challenges that residents there face, including the conditions at the Gilmor Homes.   

Recently, several women who live there said they were assaulted by maintenance workers who demanded sex in return for doing repairs in their apartments.  Yesterday, producer Jonna McKone and I went to the Gilmor Homes, and we met Perry Hopkins.  He’s an organizer with Communities United, a group that advocates on behalf of the residents.   

The O's Future Is On The Line This Winter

Oct 9, 2015

  On Sunday afternoon, the Orioles wrapped-up their 2015 season with one last winning streak. But even after sweeping the New York Yankees, the birds finished the season in Baseball purgatory- at exactly .500. While we did technically avoid a losing season, O’s fans and analysts alike view this past year as a disappointment, after getting to the American League Championship Series just the year before.

And just down the road on Russell Street, the Ravens are in unfamiliar territory: tied with the Cleveland Browns for last place. With the likes of Terrell Suggs, Marshal Yanda, Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith Sr on the DL, the Ravens 1-3 record makes for their worst season start since 2005.  Maryland Morning Sport’s Guru, Mark Hyman, joins Tom to discuss. 

Photo courtesy of Ann Giroux

We turn now to a local gardener and historic consultant who has written a book about the neighborhood of Guilford, in North Baltimore.  Originally the country estate of the founder of the Baltimore Sun, A. S. Abell, since 1913, it has been one of Baltimore’s most beautiful and affluent neighborhoods.  Ann Giroux lives in Guilford; her book is part of the Images of America series which includes books on many other neighborhoods and institutions in Baltimore and beyond. 

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We begin this morning with a conversation about what two of Maryland’s leading institutions are doing to address the longstanding problems in the struggling neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the violence during the riots last April.

Brion McCarthy Photography LLC

In 2011, Tom's daughter, Miranda, served in the  Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Anchorage, AK. Unrelated to the work she was doing in a chronic care facility, she was invited to participate in a series called Arctic Entries, where people from Anchorage were asked to tell a personal story in front of an audience. Seven story tellers told seven-minute stories; a local band performed, and the money they raised from ticket sales went to a local non-profit organization. The idea for Arctic Entries originated in Baltimore.

10 years ago, Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler founded the Baltimore Stoop Storytelling Series, and it has become a staple of the performance season here in Charm City ever since. Tonight, The Stoop will launch their 10th anniversary season with a collection of story tellers assembled under the rubric, Beginnings and Endings: Stories about birth and death, creation and destruction, sparks and flame-outs. The curators of these proceedings, Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler, join Tom today in Studio A.

Gallery CA

As Baltimore and the rest of the country brace for the trials of the six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray last spring, the frayed relationship between African American men and the police are front and center in people’s minds. Tom's guest now is Gracie Xavier, a photographer with a background in psychology and social work, who took her lens and her artistic eye to one of the iconic locations in the Black community, the barbershop, where she explored perceptions of Black male identity, from the perspective of some of the men themselves, and the culture at large.

An exhibition of the photographs that grew out of that endeavor opens Friday night at Gallery CA on Oliver Street in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Gracie Xavier is currently living and working in Detroit, and she joins Tom on the phone this morning from the Motor City.

Dismantling Big-Money Politics

Oct 5, 2015
John Sarbanes

Our first guest this morning is Congressman John Sarbanes, a democrat who represents Maryland’s 3rd congressional district. Last year he introduced legislation that would change the way congressional campaigns are financed.

His bill is called the Government by the People Act, and he joins Tom on the phone to talk about it.

Penguin Books


The Baltimore writer Lia Purpura has published a new book. It’s a terrific collection of poems called It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful. Lia is the writer in residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has won Fulbright, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and three Pushcart Prizes among other awards. Her poems, including some of the ones in this new collection, have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and elsewhere.

She’ll be introducing her new book tomorrow night at the Ivy Bookshop in North Baltimore. Lia Purpura joins Tom in the studio. 

Britt Olsen-Ecker

Is war inevitable? That’s the central question raised by Jen Silverman’s raw, hard-hitting play, Phoebe in Winter. Granted, this is one of those immense philosophical questions that can make for a dull, didactic play.

But director Genevieve de Mahy’s exceptional production at Single Carrot Theatre is never less than fascinating – a first-rate contribution to the Washington-based Women’s Voices Theater Festival

U.S. Department of Defense

The top-level jobs Leon Panetta has held in government comprise a ridiculously long list. Most recently, from 2011 to early 2013, he was secretary of defense. That followed two years as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the mid-90s he was President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff, following a stint as director of Clinton’s Office of Management and Budget, which was logical, because Panetta, who had represented Monterey, California in Congress for 8 terms, chaired the House Budget committee for four years.

Rather than guessing what part of all that experience will show through when Leon Panetta kicks off the Baltimore Speaker Series tomorrow night, Sheilah asks him. Leon Panetta is joined Sheilah on the phone last week.