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Monday-Friday from noon-1:00, Tom Hall and his guests are talking about what’s on your mind, and what matters most to Marylanders:  the latest news, local and national politics, education and the environment, popular culture and the arts, sports and science, race and religion, movies and medicine.  We welcome your questions and comments. E-mail us at midday@wypr.org, tweet us: @middaytomhall, or call us at 410-662-8780.
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Welcome to another edition of Living Questions, a monthly series we've been producing in collaboration with the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies  (ICJS), exploring the role of religion in the public sphere.  Today we'll meet three young African-American women with a decidedly spiritual agenda: bringing their conversations about faith, friendship and racial identity in a podcast called “For Collard Girls.” (Think collard greens and pastoral collars.)

Connecting with religious women of color, using touchstones of hip-hop culture, poetry, and biblical interpretation, their frank conversations about faith guide listeners along their spiritual paths. 

Joining Tom in the studio to talk about their project are podcasters Laura Kigweba James, the recently-appointed pastor at the Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church here in Baltimore;  Tamika Young Savage, a seminarian studying to obtain her Master of Divinity degree at United Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania, who is also a Vicar of Christ Lutheran Church in DC; and Maya Camille, aka Camilla the Killa, a Baltimore-based poet and spoken word artist whose writing addresses aspects of the spiritual in our lives; Maya also works with Baltimore's S.A.N.D. Gallery, an exhibition and event space whose name stands for "Sell Art, Not Drugs."

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It's Thursday, so it's time for our weekly visit from theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins us today with a review of Lookingglass Alice, the new spin on the Lewis Carroll classic that's now on the boards at Baltimore's Center Stage.

In this modern re-telling (which is suitable for audiences age 6 and up), Alice is a young African-American woman (played by Markita Prescott), who falls through the Looking Glass and finds herself on a journey of self-discovery and fulfillment.  Along the way, she encounters the familiar and the fantastical, and comes face to face with the intimidating Red Queen (played by Patrice Covington), along with a surreal parade of oddities that challenge Alice to stand strong and speak her mind.

Lookingglass Alice, directed by Jeremy Cohen and with costumes by David Burdick, continues at Baltimore's Center Stage through Sunday, December 31st.   Ticket info: click here.

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Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore in a surprising upset for the open Alabama Senate Seat. It is the first time a Democrat has won the seat in 25 years. Today on Midday, reaction from Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. 

Black voters turned out in record numbers and overwhelmingly supported Doug Jones, while a majority of white voters stuck with Moore, despite allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls as young as 14. Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Butler joins Tom to analyze the results and answer the question; has the Trump tide begun to turn? 

Paul Butler is a former federal prosecutor. He teaches law at Georgetown University, but this year, he’s a visiting professor at his alma mater, Harvard Law School. His most recent book is titled Chokehold: Policing Black Men – A Renegade Prosecutor’s Radical Thoughts on How to Disrupt the System

 

Now we turn to a Soulful Rock and Roll tribute to the legendary Jimi Hendrix. This Saturday at the Creative Alliance acclaimed soul singer Navasha Daya will headline a benefit concert honoring the rock and roll icon. The proceeds from the concert go to the Youth Resiliency Institute's Baltimore Guitarists Against Violence program which provides opportunities for students who are interested in guitar to perform, connect with professionals and even record. 

Navasha Daya is a soul singer, cultural arts activist and Co- Founder and Director of Healing and Performing Arts for the Youth Resiliency Institute.

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The MD General Assembly will convene for the 2018 Session in a little less than a month, on January 10th.  By the time that sine die rolls around in April, lawmakers will have considered hundreds of bills, and will have jockeyed for position on any number of important bills that will compete for the attention of their fellow legislators, leadership and their constituents. 

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland will be rolling out their priority agenda for the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session, reviewing policy and pushing for legislation that will champion issues impacting black communities in Baltimore and across the state.  

Today, we are joined in studio by three of 51 members of the MD Legislative Black Caucus, who represent the Baltimore area. 

Del. Cheryl Glenn is the chair of the caucus.  She represents the 45th District, here in Baltimore City.  

Del. Curt Anderson serves as Chair of the Baltimore City House Delegation.  Representative of the 43rd Legislative District. 

And Del. Benjamin Brooks, Sr. joins us as well.  He represents the 10th district in Baltimore County.  He was elected in 2015.  He also serves as a Deputy Majority Whip, and a member of the Economic Matters Committee. 

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Along with all the holly and jolly and red and green, for many, this time of year comes with a good bit of holiday blues. The stress that holiday expectations can bring, lead lots of folks to feel depressed, despite the seasonal good cheer that swirls around them.  Today on Midday, ways to cope with grief, depression, and anxiety during the holidays. 

Annette March Grier is a registered nurse and the President and Co-Founder of Roberta’s House, a grief support center in Baltimore. In 2014 she was honored as a CNN Hero for her work.    

On this week's edition of the Midday NewsWrap: a federal government shutdown averted for two whole weeks; the Mueller investigation turns to President Trump’s borrowing history; Donald Trump Jr. invokes attorney-client privilege in testimony to Congress, and Roy Moore is far from being kicked out of the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Also, former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager is sentenced to 20 years for the killing of Walter Scott.  And the killing of Detective Sean Suiter here in Baltimore more than three weeks ago remains unsolved.  The FBI has been asked to take over the investigation.  No word back from them yet. 

Joining Tom in Studio A to discuss this week's news is Alec MacGillis, politics and government reporter for Pro Publica and a Robin Toner Prize-winner for excellence in political reporting.

But we begin with President Trump's announcement Wednesday that he has ordered the U.S. Embassy in Israel to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem -- a city claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians as their capital, and whose status was to have been decided in a final Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.  For an analysis of what Trump's controversial order could mean for such an agreement -- and for the wider Mideast peace -- Tom speaks with Phyllis Bennis, the director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She joins us on the line from her office in Washington, DC.

Sinking Ship Productions

Actor Jonathan Levin and playwright Josh Luxenberg, ​a Baltimore native,  join us to talk about their new play, A Hunger Artistwhich opens at Baltimore Theatre Project next week after acclaimed runs Off-Broadway in New York and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

A Hunger Artist,  which is based on the Franz Kafka short story of the same name, uses physical theater, Victorian miniatures, puppetry and a set of simple props to support a powerhouse performance.

Luxenberg wrote the script. Levin is the show’s only performer. They are co-founders and co-artistic directors of Sinking Ship Productions, a theater company based in Brooklyn, NY. For more information about the upcoming Baltimore run of A Hunger Artist and for tickets, click here. 

Josh and Jon join Tom on the line from Argot Studios in New York.

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From Hollywood to New York, a constant barrage of sexual harassment allegations against icons and wannabes alike in the news and entertainment industry continues unabated.  Two fixtures on New York public radio are among the latest to be accused of misconduct. 

On Wednesday, Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz, were placed on leave by New York Public Radio while the company investigates the claims made against them.  Mr. Lopate said that he wasn’t apprised of what the claims were or who made them.  He told the New York Times, quote, “I am sure any honest investigation will completely clear me.”

The actor Danny Masterson was written out of the Netflix series, The Ranchfollowing allegations of rape, and Dustin Hoffman was confronted by John Oliver at a screening Monday night at the 92nd Street Y in New York about published reports of his sexual misconduct.

How is all of this impacting the business and culture of Hollywood?  And will it change the power dynamic of fans, critics and movie idols? 

Joining us to talk about all of this -- and about some of the great new Oscar-contending films being released in the final weeks of 2017 -- are Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday, and Maryland Film Festival founder and director, Jed Dietz. As always, listeners are welcome to join the conversation as well.

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It's time for our weekly conversation with theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins Tom today with a review of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, a post-apocalyptic fantasy in three acts by playwright Anne Washburn, being produced by Cohesion Theatre Company at "The Fallout Shelter" at Baltimore's United Evangelical Church.

The play asks a series of questions:  What happens to pop culture after the fall of human civilization? What about 7 years after the fall? Or even 75 years?

Mr. Burns runs those scenarios out over three time-shifting acts. When nuclear power plants across the country begin to “go up,” a group of survivors gather in the woods and begin to recount an episode of The Simpsons.  As Cohesion Theatre Company's program describes it, "casual storytelling evolves into theater, theater evolves into ritual, and one Simpsons episode evolves into a myth and legend for a post-apocalyptic world."

Cohesion Theatre Company's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, directed by Lance Bankerd, continues at "The Fallout Shelter" at United Evangelical Church, located at 923 S. East Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224, until December 17th.  For ticket and location info, click here.

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Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh was sworn into office one year ago today. Unemployment in Baltimore is the lowest it’s been in many years; 6,000 more people are now working than before she took office.

But all of the Mayor’s efforts, as well as those of the Police Commissioner and the City Council have been overshadowed by the violence that has plagued our city ever since the riots and uprising that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. As 2017 draws to a close, Baltimore is on track to record more than 1,000 shootings, more than a third of which have ended in death.

Today on Midday, we examine violence in Baltimore City. Luke Broadwater from the Baltimore Sun talks about some of the initiatives that Mayor Pugh and Gov. Larry Hogan have introduced in just the last couple of days.

Later in the program, Tom speaks with Akai Alston, who is working in Sandtown Winchester in a program called U-TURNS, which helps young people living in one of Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods to build resiliency and overcome trauma, including violence. 

But first, Lester Davis joins Tom in Studio A.  Davis serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Baltimore City Council President Jack Young. Council President Young is the lead sponsor of a Youth Fund, which this year will total about $12 million.  The fund is expected to be approved by the City Council when it meets tomorrow night. 

Royal wedding fever has spread across the pond and here in the United States. Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, will wed American actress Meghan Markle. Along with wedding plans and elaborate fascinators, much of the conversation about this royal engagement has centered on race. Ms. Markle is biracial, her mother is black and her father is white. Dr. Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland, College Park joins Tom for Midday Culture Connections to talk about royalty, race, and identity. 

Kelsey Parks Smith also joins from England. She’s a postgraduate student in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. She's also Dr. Park's daughter. 

 

What does financial literacy mean in this day and age, and what should it mean, in particular for women?

Around 72% of high school valedictorians are girls, and there are more women enrolled in college than men. Yet, when it comes to money, there is a long history of men handling the finances of individual households and corporations. The financial services industry remains a male-dominated business., How does that affect how women approach the challenges of financial decision making?  

 

Patricia Stallworth is the founder of PS Worth, a financial education company,  She's a certified financial planner who spent many years in the financial industry. She's also the author of the forthcoming book  Wise, Wealthy Women, released next month. 

 

Betsy Kelder is the Executive Director of Invest in Girls; a program that works to teach financial literacy to high school girls and help foster future careers in finance.    

On this edition of Midday with The Afro, the manhunt is still underway for the person who fatally shot and killed Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter nearly three weeks ago. Police and state officials have offered a $215,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the assailant, and on Friday, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced that the FBI will be taking over the investigation. 

Also, as Rep. John Conyers remains hospitalized, a look at reaction to the allegations of harassment made against the Ohio Congressman and the repeated calls for him to step down.

Kamau High is the  managing editor of the Afro American Newspapers. He joins Tom in studio.

Among the stories on this week's edition of the Midday News Wrap:  former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appears in federal court in Washington to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador.  The plea provides another indication that General Flynn is cooperating with that investigation. 

Just in time for the holiday, a new movie called The Man Who Invented Christmas is opening in movie theaters across the country. The film tells the story of 19th-century British novelist Charles Dickens and how he came to write his immortal classic. It's a story that will be of special interest in the Eastern Shore community of Chestertown, Maryland, which this weekend is launching a festival that celebrates the famous scribe. 

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Our guest today is Heather Mizeur, the former Democratic primary gubernatorial candidate who has a new project called Soul Force Politics.   The project lives online at MizMaryland.org, and includes a  weekly podcast and a policy blog, and will eventually run women-empowerment workshops.

In her podcast conversations with guests like Melissa Etheridge, Gov. Larry Hogan, or film maker and actor Sonja Sohn, she makes the case that spirituality should not be divorced from our political discourse. And her new project explores the merging of what she calls inner wisdom and external actions, and how that union can animate political movements. 

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It's Thursday, and that means it's time for our visit with theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins us each week with her review of one of the region's many thespian offerings. This week, she tells us about the new touring production of The Lion King, the Tony-Award-winning musical on stage at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre until December 10th.

A stage adaptation of Disney's Academy Award-winning 1994 animation, The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion prince born into a royal pride of African lions. Simba idolizes his regal father, Mufasa, but resists the responsibilities of his status in the pride.  When his wicked uncle Scar seals his grip on power by taking his father’s life, Simba flees to neighboring lands, leaving the life he knew behind. Eventually, his responsibility to family comes calling on the adult prince, and Simba is persuaded to challenge his powerful uncle, bring goodness back to his ancestral home, and fulfill his destiny to be king.

Directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor, The Lion King is the highest grossing Broadway production of all time. The score by Elton John and Tim Rice features the songs “The Circle of Life,” “I Just Can't Wait to Be King,” “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” The show has been seen by over 90 million people worldwide, with 24 productions happening around the globe.

The touring production of The Lion King stars Gerald Caesar as Simba, Mark Campbell as Scar, Gerald Ramsey as Mufasa, Buyi Zama as Rafiki, Nia Holloway as Nala, Greg Jackson as Zazu, Ben Lipitz as Pumbaa and Nick Cordileone as Timon.

The Lion King continues at the Hippodrome Theatre until Sunday, December 10th.  For ticket information and showtimes, click here.

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Our guests this afternoon are two of the newest members of the Baltimore City Council. They join us on Midday to reflect on their service and the urgent affairs of the city, as they complete their first year in office. 

A few months ago, Tom spoke with freshman council members Shannon Snead, Leon Pinkett and Ryan Dorsey

Today, we welcome Dr. John T. Bullock, who represents the 9th Councilmanic District.  That includes West and Southwest Baltimore.  Before being elected to the council he was an assistant professor of political science at Towson University, and the executive director of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance.  He and his wife are the parents of two sons, Thomas and George.  They live in Union Square…

Councilman Zeke Cohen joins us as well.  He represents the 1st District, which includes Canton, Fells Point, Greektown, and O’Donnell Heights.  He taught in local public schools as a member of Teach for America, and later went on to found The Intersection, which works on college readiness and leadership skills for high school students.  He lives in Canton, where he and his wife are expecting their first child, a daughter, in early December.

Like the entire 14-member council, Dr. Bullock and Mr. Cohen are Democrats.  They were elected in November 2016 along with six other candidates who were joining the council for the first time when they were sworn into office on December 8th of last year.  What are the issues that most animate them?  What are the issues that most animate you?  The councilmen spend some time addressing your calls and emails. 

Johns Hopkins University

Today, another edition of Midday on Ethics. 

We’ve talked several times over the past year about gene editing, and the ethical questions that go along with potentially editing the genes of plants and animals, including humans.  Today, we revisit these questions with Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, the  Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.  Why?  Because there is some news, perhaps a new way of thinking, about a technology developed only four years ago called Crispr.  It allows scientists to edit genes precisely, to do things, potentially, like reduce the risk of passing along an inherited disease, or eliminate the risk all together.  Or, for example, to eliminate the mosquitoes that carry malaria.  

About a year and a half ago, scientists proposed what to many people seemed like a good idea at the time -- using Crispr to save endangered animals that were threatened by an invasive species by implanting a so-called gene drive -- a gene that would reduce the fertility of the invasive animals, thus giving the endangered species in the same area a better chance at survival. Last week, the news caught our eye that the very scientist who had proposed this originally now says that field testing the gene drive would be a bad idea. So why is that? What are the unintended consequences of gene editing, including human gene editing? Dr. Jeff Kahn jojns Tom in the studio to explain how ethicists frame complex questions like this, and to answer your questions.

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On this edition of  Midday on Sports: the NFL limps from one PR disaster to another as they continue to  battle declining ratings; the Baltimore Ravens, having lost five of their last seven games, try to keep play-off dreams alive; and 'Bama feels the 'Burn after Saturday's loss in college football playoffs. 

To sort out these and other developments in the world of sports, Tom is joined by LaTasha Miles of Women Talk Football Too and the SHE-SPN Network, and Mark Hyman, c0-author of the book, Concussions and Our Kids: America's Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe and an assistant teaching professor with George Washington University's sports management program

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(This program originally aired on September 13, 2017)

Many of us are carrying a bit more weight on our fragile frames than we would prefer. In fact, more Americans are obese than ever before.  

But what about folks who are technically "overweight" but whose cholesterol is okay, who have normal blood pressure, and whose other health indicators are not worrisome?   Some experts say that’s okay.  This belief -- that you can be fit and fat -- is driving the so-called Health at Every Size movement.

The Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel, joins Tom Hall in Studio A to tell us more about this movement.  She is an author and a licensed nutritionist.  She blogs at nutritionovereasy.com and she joins Midday for our Smart Nutrition segment every other month.  

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It’s the What Ya' Got Cookin'? Thanksgiving edition, a beloved tradition here on Midday, going all the way back to 2016. Midday’s resident foodies John Shields and Sascha Wolhandler join Tom with suggestions, tips and words of comfort for folks cooking the big meal. Plus, listeners calls and emails about their Thanksgiving traditions. 

John Shields is a chef, author and the host of Coastal Cooking and Chesapeake Bay Cooking on Maryland Public Television and PBS. He and his husband John Gilligan are the proprietors of Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Check out John's feature on Chesapeake Thanksgiving in Bay Weekly Magazine

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It's another edition of the Midday Healthwatch, our monthly conversation with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana WenShe’ll bring us up to date on the city’s continuing battle with the twin epidemics of violence and drug abuse.  We’ll also talk about health insurance.  Record numbers of Marylanders are signing up under the Affordable Care Act.  How the city’s B’more for Healthy Babies initiative is giving babies a healthy start.  And, despite record high temperatures today, it’s Code Blue season.  How are some of our most vulnerable citizens going to stay safe this winter? 

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Our indefatigable theater critic, J. Wynn Rousuck, joins us with her review of  Mean Girls, writer-comedian Tina Fey's lively new musical theater adaptation of her hit 2004 movie, now getting its world premiere on the boards at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C., before heading to Broadway.

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The nation observes Thanksgiving on Thursday, and for most of us, it will be a day of traditional feasting, and enjoying the warmth of family and friends.  But for thousands of people, the challenges of housing insecurity will make Thanksgiving just another day in which they must wrestle with a persistent problem that's hard for most people even to imagine.

By the city’s official count, there are nearly 3,000 people who are experiencing homelessness in Baltimore. But housing advocates point to the people who are likely not included in that figure.  People who are doubling up with other families, for example. And, according to the city school system, there are 3,000 homeless school children in the city.  So, logically, the total number of people without homes in our midst, in our city, could be many thousands more  than 3,000.

Are we doing enough. and are we doing what works, to help homeless people get back on their feet?  What more can be done and what should be done?  Joining Tom this afternoon in Studio A to address these questions: 

Kevin Lindamoodthe president and CEO of Healthcare for the Homeless, and Antonia Fasanelli, an attorney and executive director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Maryland’s only legal services organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness.

And on the line from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, adjunct professor Lauren Siegel, a social worker and co-founder of Mosaic Makers, a non-profit community arts program, who has spent the past 30 years helping people to understand -- and cope with -- homelessness. 

The manhunt is still underway for an unidentified suspect who fatally shot Baltimore City homicide detective Sean Suiter last week. Police and state officials are now offering a $215,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the assailant. 

Judge Catherine Blake issued a decision in the decade-long lawsuit between Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the state. The lawsuit concerns diversity and Judge Blake ruled that neither party’s solutions were adequate to boost diversity within the HBCUs. Without a clear victor, many are wondering if it’s back to the drawing board for the case.

On this edition of the Midday News Wrap, Tom spoke with  NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson, Baltimore Sun Opinion Editor Andy Green and longtime local columnist Barry  Rascovar about  some of the week's top national and local news stories including further accusations of sexual misconduct, this time against Sen. Al Franken;  the tax code revision passed by the House yesterday; and the status of the Senate plan, which -- for now, anyway -- is tied to repealing the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. 

The News Wrap began with discussion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony this week to the House Judiciary Committee, the ongoing Russia investigations, and the upcoming special election in Alabama to fill a U.S. Senate seat.  Carrie Johnson joined Tom from the studios of NPR in Washington.  

Here in Baltimore, Police Detective Sean Suiter, a 43-year-old father of five children, died yesterday from injuries he received when he was shot in the head on Wednesday afternoon in Harlem Park while investigating a murder there.   

In other local news, a verdict was reached this morning in the Trial Board hearing for Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in 2015.  He has been cleared of all charges. 

WYPR reporter Dominique Maria Bonessi was at Lt. Rice's Trial Board hearing this morning.  She joined Tom in studio to discuss the verdict. 

For those of us who may overindulge between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, it’s not always easy to stick to a workout routine or diet, especially if we’re traveling or going to parties at the office or in the neighborhood.  Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ll talk about best practices for fending off those extra holiday pounds. 

Julia Ngo is a BodyPump Group Fitness instructor. She teaches at the Downtown Athletic Club; and at the Merritt Athletic Club in Canton. Sam Bassi is an exercise specialist and personal trainer at the DAC and elsewhere.  Tamarra Fleming Wimbish, aka Diva T, owns and operates a fitness studio called Diva T Fitness or DTF Studio & Rental Venue in Parkville. She’s a licensed  personal trainer and Zumba instructor. She also teaches Cranked Up Cardio, an aerobic dance program that uses Baltimore Club Music. 

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It's Thursday, and that means our peripatetic theater critic, J. Wynn Rousuck, joins Tom in Studio A for our weekly look at the region's thespian offerings.  Today, Judy reviews Shakespeare in Love, the new stage version of the multi-Oscar winning 1998 film that's now on the boards at Baltimore Center Stage.  Adapted by Lee Hall from ​from Marc Norman's and Tom Stoppard’s original screenplay, Shakespeare in Love is a funny, bawdy back-story take on the famous Bard's creative muse, and on the complex relationship between art and love.

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