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What Are You Reading?

Last Friday of each Month at 4:44 pm

Tom Hall hosts What Are You Reading?, a show where authors and others recommend books that they’re currently enjoying. On the last Friday of the month at 4:44, during All Things Considered, Tom will find out what’s on bedside tables and loaded onto e-readers across Maryland and beyond.

What Are You Reading? is made possible by the Ivy Bookshop

Milton Kent

Oct 26, 2017

Tom talks with Sports at Large host and Morgan State University faculty member Milton Kent.

Milton recommends: 

Do I Make Myself Clear: Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans

Little White Lies by Ace Atkins (a continuation of the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker)

Mark Hyman

Sep 22, 2017

Tom talks with Author and George Washington University Professor Mark Hyman

Mark is recommending:

A Well-Paid Slave:  Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports by Brad Snyder

The Streak:  Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record by John Eisenberg

Bridget Armstrong

Aug 25, 2017

Tom talks with WYPR’s Bridget Armstrong, Midday Producer

Bridget is recommending:

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Rob Sivak

Jul 28, 2017

Tom talks with WYPR’s Rob Sivak, the Senior Producer of Midday. 

Rob is recommending:

Earth by David Brin. You can find it here

Meg Eden

May 26, 2017

Tom talks with the poet and novelist Meg Eden. 

Meg Eden is recommending:

Karma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Meg’s new novel (coming in June 2017) is called Post High School Reality Quest. Learn more here

Senator Barbara Mikulski

Apr 28, 2017

Tom talks with former Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Sen. Mikulski is recommending:

"No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Dr. Leana Wen

Mar 31, 2017

Tom talks with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen.

Dr. Wen is recommending:

Jayne Miller

Feb 24, 2017

Tom talks with WBAL TV’s Jayne Miller.

J. Wynn Rousuck

Jan 27, 2017

In this month's What are you Reading? Tom talks with Midday Theater Critic, J. Wynn Rousuck.

Monica Reinagel

Dec 23, 2016

Tom talks with The Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel.

Ed Gunts

Nov 29, 2016

Tom talks with Design and Planning Writer Ed Gunts.

Ed is recommending: 

New York: The Novel  by Edward Rutherford Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut

Robert Kanigel

Oct 28, 2016

Tom talks with the author Robert Kanigel

Robert Kanigel

Oct 28, 2016

Tom talks with the author Robert Kanigel

Jon Spelman

Oct 4, 2016

Tom talks with story teller and theater artist Jon Spelman.

Liz Lerman

Aug 26, 2016
Lise Metzger

Tom talks with dancer and choreographer Liz Lerman.

Dr. Kimberly Moffit

Jul 22, 2016

Tom talks with UMBC American Studies Professor Dr. Kimberly Moffit.

John Waters

Jun 24, 2016
Terry Richardson

  Tom talks with John Waters.

John is recommending: When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie BellamyEternal Troubadour: The Improbable Life of Tiny Tim by Justin Martell

Luke Broadwater

May 31, 2016

Tom talks with Baltimore Sun reporter, Luke Broadwater

Kathy Flann

Apr 22, 2016

Tom talks with local author Kathy Flann.

Gil Sandler

Mar 29, 2016

Tom talks with author and raconteur Gilbert Sandler.

Daniel Mark Epstein

Feb 29, 2016

Tom talks with playwright, biographer and poet, Daniel Mark Epstein.

Jonathan Waller

Jan 29, 2016

Tom talks with the Managing Director of the Everyman Theater, Jonathan Waller.

Lia Purpura

Dec 13, 2015

Tom talks with the Award-winning author, Lia Purpura.

Laura Amy Schlitz

Nov 25, 2015

Tom talks with the Newbury Award-winning author, Laura Amy Schlitz.

F. Michael Higginbotham

Oct 14, 2015

Tom talks with the University of Baltimore law professor F. Michael Higginbotham.

Taylor Branch

Sep 25, 2015

Tom talks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch.

Lizzie Skurnick

Aug 28, 2015

Tom talks with the author Lizzie Skurnick

Michael Curley

Jul 24, 2015

Tom talks with Michael Curley, Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC.


Jim Miller

Jun 26, 2015

Tom talks with Jim Miller, Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Mohsin Hamid

May 22, 2015
Jillian Edelstein

Tom talks with best-selling Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid.


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