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Last night, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addressed the DNC to accept the party’s nomination. After she was introduced by her daughter Chelsea Clinton, Sec. Clinton appealed to disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters who find her policies too moderate and working class families who feel forgotten by politicians. 

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On Wednesday, the State’s Attorney’s office dropped the charges against Officer Garrett Miller, Officer William Porter and Sgt. Alicia White, the officers still awaiting trial for the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in April of 2015. 

Officers Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson and Lt. Brian Rice were acquitted of all charges earlier this year. Officer William Porter’s trial ended in a hung jury last December. He is the only officer to ask for a jury trial; his retrial was set to begin in September.  In a news conference held on a sidewalk at the Gilmore Homes, the neighborhood in which Freddie Gray grew up, State’sAttorney Marilyn Mosby called into question law enforcement’s role in investigating Freddie Gray’s death, saying “There was a reluctance and an obvious bias consistently exemplified, not by the entire Baltimore police force, but by individuals within the Baltimore Police Department, at every stage of the investigation.” Attorney Edward Smith and University of Baltimore law professor David Jaros join Tom for an analysis of how these trials have affected the Baltimore Police Department, and what they could mean for the future of police-community relations in the city.

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It’s Day 3 of what has been a contentious Democratic National Convention. After Wikileaks published emails from Democratic National Committee staffers, including DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, showing clear bias for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Wasserman Shultz announced that she would step down as chair at the end of the week. However, after Rep. Wasserman-Shultz was booed at a delegate breakfast on Monday, she relinquished her opening and closing gavel duties to Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who serves as the secretary of the committee. 

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Big change is coming to the National Aquarium's 25-year old dolphin exhibit.  Last month, Aquarium CEO and marine conservationist John Racanelli announced that the institution will move its small population of dolphins to a marine sanctuary somewhere in the Florida/Caribbean area by the year 2020. The decision comes five years after the Aquarium ended its traditional dolphin shows, and follows protests at the Inner Harbor facility by activists calling for more humane treatment of dolphins. The proposed sanctuary has been applauded by many animal welfare groups.  Dr. Heather Rally, a wildlife veterinarian with the research and conservation arm of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), calls the transfer of the dolphins to a non-breeding marine sanctuary "a monumental move."

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Resident foodie Sascha Wolhandler, owner of Sascha's 527 Restaurant & Catering, is back for another installment of What Ya Got Cookin. This morning, Sascha joins Tom in-studio to share salad recipes from around the world.  Popular international salads, she believes, mirror the diversity of America's immigrant communities. 

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The Republican National Convention has come to a close and now it's the Democrats' turn. The Democratic National Convention begins today in Philadelphia and will continue until Thursday. 

After much speculation, Hillary Clinton on Friday evening officially announced that her vice-presidential running mate will be Virginia Senator and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine.

Joining Tom in the studio to discuss what issues -- and controversies -- we can expect to play out at this year's convention are two astute political observers: Sheri Parks is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies and Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming at the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland College Park. Michael Higginbotham is a professor of law at University of Baltimore School of Law.

Jessy Gross

It’s time for another installment of Living Questions, a monthly series in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. This series is being produced in partnership with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Jessy Gross is the Senior Director of Jewish Life at the Baltimore Jewish Community Center, and the founder of the Charm City Tribe, a group of Jewish millennials. She joins Tom in-studio to talk about the way millennials are exercising their faith. Rabbi Gross was recently named one of "America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward Magazine.  

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Once a week, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio to review some of the best local and regional theater productions. This morning, she's talking Spamalot, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The satirical and unrepentantly silly tale, based loosely on the King Arthur legend, is directed by Laurie Starkey, with book and lyrics by legendary Python co-founder Eric Idle, and music by John Du Prez. 

Spamalot is on stage now through July 31st at the College Community Center Mainstage Theater, at Cockpit in Court Summer Theater, 7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237.  For ticket information, click here.

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Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, after a solid majority of delegates from around the country cast their votes for him earlier in the week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

It was a roller-coaster convention. On Monday, party leaders blocked a noisy anti-Trump delegate challenge to the rules binding them to vote for Mr. Trump.  Later that evening,  Mr. Trump's wife, Melania, gave the keynote address. News media were soon abuzz with reports that her address had plagiarized two passages from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. The Trump Organization released an official statement on Wednesday explaining that speech writer Meredith McIver accidentally incorporated excerpts from Obama's speech into Mrs. Trump's address.

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Tomorrow, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture will be hosting Fades and Fellowship. The space has been re-imagined to look like a traditional African-American barbershop where twelve barbers, including Dr. Martin Luther King's barber Nelson Malden, will share the stories and insights they've gleaned from their years working in barbershops.

A longtime staple of the black community, barbershops are places where black men come together to discuss and debate complex issues from racism to relationships.  

Mr. Malden joins Tom in-studio along with Fades and Fellowship co-creator, Darius Wilmore. Darius is the co-creator and creative director of Taharka Brothers Ice Cream. Taharka is releasing a new flavor, "Fly, Fly, Blackbird" in celebration of the event. 

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