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On Midday, 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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Midday programs with Sheilah Kast as host ended on September 16, 2016

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From in-home daycare and child care centers to nannies and babysitters, parents often see their budgets strained by the high cost of child care. While the US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that families spend no more than 10 percent, a recent study by the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Economic Policy Institute, found that very few people live in areas where child care costs are at all close to that threshold.

What impact does your childhood have on your health as an adult? For those who experienced abuse or neglect, trauma can push their brain’s fight-or-flight response into overdrive, leading to both mental and physical illnesses in adulthood. In Donna Jackson Nakazawa's new book, "Childhood Disrupted," she breaks down the research on "adverse childhood experiences" and their effect on health outcomes.

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On this Veteran's Day Sheilah Kast speaks to Lieutenant Kawika Segundo, a Purple Heart recipient and bone marrow donor. We'll hear about his donation experience and find out why the matching process is so difficult for some patients. If you would like to become a donor, information from the National Marrow Donor Program is available here.

Smart Streets and Urban Transformation

Nov 10, 2015

  “An urban transformation is underway, and smart streets are at the heart of it.” These are the words of Samuel Schwartz, a man who spent two decades as New York City’s traffic commissioner and managed to walk away from the experience an optimist. He’s just written a book titled, “Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars,” and he joins us this hour with a look back at how city streets were taken over by cars… and how those streets are beginning to get reclaimed by pedestrians and bicyclists. Also joining us this hour: urban planner and architect Klaus Philipsen, for a look at transportation possibilities and problems here in Maryland. Our state just got a grade of D on its transportation report card and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance's Brian O'Malley tells us why. 

Urbanite returns with a special issue on Baltimore's uprising, "Truth, Reconciliation, and Baltimore". Print issues hit the streets today, and the digital version is available here. We'll hear from Tracy Ward, the magazine's publisher; Lionel Foster, a former staff writer and editor of the special issue; and former editor Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson.

  The consensus among Baltimore’s 2016 Mayoral Candidates: Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano must go. It was announced early this week that the HABC and the women who are alleging sexual abuse from maintenance men will enter into settlement discussions early next year. WBAL's veteran reporter, Jayne Miller, gives us the details. Plus, we speak with Sandie Nagel  who has embarked on a needed mission in some of the city’s schools. We’ll also talk to Pressbox Online's Steve Jones about the longstanding rivalry between the Gilman and McDonough football teams. This weekend marks the the 100th regular-season meeting between the Baltimore schools. And musician Victoria Vox shows off her skills on the ukulele.

Interim State Superintendent Jack Smith last week made public results of the standardized tests known as PARCC or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. These are the standardized testing companion to the Common Core curriculum standards that Maryland public schools are using to prepare students for college and careers. 

Today, the state board is releasing a more detailed report on the PARCC test scores filling out the picture it outlined last week. Today’s scores will offer a glimpse of how each school and jurisdiction performed.

  On Midday, we speak to Ned and Constance Sublette about their history of slavery, “The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry.” After the U.S. outlawed importation of slaves from Africa in 1808, it doubled-down on generating new slaves. Slave-owners in Maryland and Virginia sold thousands of slaves further South; many in these states made bigger fortunes selling slaves than from the labor of the slaves who stayed in the Chesapeake region. The economic value of enslaved people was the core of the southern economy. Slaves were essentially the savings accounts of their owners, the collateral behind mortgages in the South. Thus emancipation was not just an economic setback for the 15 percent of southerners who held slaves – it completely dissolved the south’s economy.

2016 Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Carl Stokes

Nov 3, 2015

  Today we’ll begin the first of many dialogues with Baltimore’s 2016 mayoral candidates. Up first: Two-term City Council member of the 12th district, Carl Stokes. We’ll discuss his plans for the city, which include making City Hall more transparent to taxpayers, and starting an “uptown Renaissance” where underserved communities are redeveloped. We’ll also follow up on our conversation from last week about the Baltimore Housing scandals.

Sunday marked the beginning of the 2015-16 Open Enrollment period for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. Check out Maryland's health exchange site here. At noon we speak to Kathy Westcoat, president and CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland, a nonprofit that helps to enroll customers. We'll talk about what’s changing this year, and about the estimated 16,000 eligible but uninsured people who live in the Baltimore region. 

Congressman Chris Van Hollen is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski. He represents Maryland’s 8th District, which encompasses parts of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties. Congressman Van Hollen was elected to Congress in 2002. We'll ask Van Hollen about polls that show he is trailing behind his opponents, and about newly elected House Speaker, Paul Ryan