Maryland Morning

Alex Proimos

A recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that medical errors in hospitals and healthcare facilities account for 250,000 deaths a year. That’s more than other notorious causes like respiratory disease and stroke. 

Researchers say medical errors are not counted by the Centers for Disease Control because of an oversight in the system hospitals use to record causes of death.

Medical errors include things like misdiagnosis, surgical mishaps and accidental prescription overdoses.

According to the study’s co-author Dr. Michael Daniel, miscommunication between doctors and patients lead to many fatal medical errors.

Dr. Daniel joins Tom in-studio to discuss the study’s findings and what can be done to address the issue. 

John Gehring

It's time now for another installment in our monthly series, Living Questions, in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. 

John Gehring is the Program Director at Faith in Public Life and author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church. Earlier this year, Pope Francis publicly disagreed with presidential candidate Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, calling Trump’s suggestion to “build walls,” to stop undocumented immigrants from entering the country, “not Christian.”  Gehring joins Tom to discuss the interactions this outspoken Catholic Pontiff has had with some of the US presidential candidates, and the prominent role faith is playing in this year’s race for the White House.  

Terry Hartley

Maryland Public Television is airing a three-part series called Maryland Vietnam War Stories. Executive Producer Ken Day and his team spoke to more than 100 veterans and others who were in Vietnam some 50 years ago. Some of the veterans interviewed have never shared their Vietnam stories with anyone. The series airs May 24-26th at 8:00pm, coming by interesting coincidence right on the heels of President Barack Obama's landmark 3-day visit to Vietnam, May 22-24th.  

Then, next month MPT is hosting a two-day event during Father’s Day weekend to welcome Vietnam Veterans from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and throughout the MPT viewing area.   "LZ Maryland" will include exhibits and performances to recognize and celebrate the service of members from all branches of the military in one of our country’s most controversial and divisive military interventions. 

 Ken Day joins Tom in-studio to talk about these big projects, and why Vietnam still looms so large in the national psyche.

Photo: Nick Griner

Maybe you heard about the Rembrandt that was discovered in a New Jersey basement. Or, maybe you remember the little painting that was purchased at a West Virginia flea market and turned out to be a Renoir – a Renoir that was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art.

So there’s precedent for the unwanted, the overlooked, the discarded – let’s face it, someone’s trash – turning out to be a masterpiece. In the case of Stephen Sachs’ play, “Bakersfield Mist,” there’s a very direct precedent.

The Walters Art Museum

Julia Marciari-Alexander has been the director of The Walters Art Museum since 2013.  She has, in the opinions of many, enlivened the museum considerably, and she has imagined a host of new ways to engage people and connect them to this storied institution.  Several weeks ago, for example, you could go to the Walters for a whiskey tasting.  On Sunday (May 22), the Walters will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the Longest Game of Telephone.  More than 1,300 people will form a gigantic line through the museum’s various galleries, and pass a message from one person to the next.

Julia Marciari-Alexander's message to Baltimore is clear:  she wants everyone, from all corners of our community, to feel welcome and to delight in all that the museum has to offer.  She joins Tom this morning, in Studio A, to talk about her vision for The Walters and its unique role during Baltimore's difficult passage.

Gary Young Photography

Award winning bass clarinetist Todd Marcus is teaming up with legendary clarinetist Don Byron for a one-night only show at Caton Castle in Baltimore. 

In addition to being one of the only prominent bass clarinetists on the modern jazz scene, Todd runs the Baltimore based non-profit Intersection of Change. The organization addresses poverty related issues in Sandtown-Winchester and runs an art program to provide children with positive outlets.

Todd Marcus joins Tom in-studio to discuss his musical career and involvement in the community.

Dementi Studio; Marvin Joseph—The Washington Post

It's been 13 months since the uprising, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, gripped the city.  Last October, Ben Jealous, the former head of the NAACP and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, issued a report outlining what it will take for Baltimore to eliminate the trust gap between police and communities of color.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture has declared this the "Year of the Black Male". Their latest exhibit Question Bridge: Black Males is a video installation in which black men convey the complexity of the black experience by posing and answering provocative questions.

Charles Bethea is the Chief Curator at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Ben Jealous and Charles Bethea join Tom in-studio to talk about solutions for Baltimore, local and national politics and how concerns about police misconduct have become a top priority for voters across the country. 

Monica Reinagel

The popular reality TV show "The Biggest Loser," has been a hit because audiences love to see those dramatic transformations, as the show's overweight contestants shed as much as 100 pounds in just a few months for a shot at some serious prize money and celebrity.  It turns out, however, that those weight-loss victories have been short-lived. A widely reported new study found many of the "biggest losers" regained all or more of their excess weight within a few years of their TV triumphs.  Why?  In this month's Smart Nutrition segment,  Tom puts that question to Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel. She recently wrote about the Biggest Loser study for the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor  on diet and nutrition issues. Monica also covers the health beat in her blog, Nutrition Over Easy.

Goldman Environmental Prize


This morning, we take a look at the successful, multi-year campaign to prevent a massive incinerator from being built in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay, and the young woman who was one of the leaders of that fight.

Destiny Watford was 16 years old when she started organizing against the incinerator that would have been built in her neighborhood and near her school. Last month, Destiny, now 20 years old and a student at Towson University, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her tireless campaign against the incinerator.

The Goldman is a privately-funded global prize awarded each year to one person on each continent--Destiny was the winner for North America. The prize comes with more than international prestige. It also comes with a cash award of $175,000 to support her ongoing work.

Destiny won the prize for her work with Free Your Voice, a grassroots, student organization formed to oppose construction of the incinerator in Curtis Bay, which, had it been built, reportedly would have been the largest incinerator in the nation.

Joining Destiny and Tom in the studio is Fern Shen, the founder, publisher and editor of the Baltimore Brew. She’s been writing about the incinerator project for the past six years.

MICA Website

Today is graduation day for students at MICA.  It will be the second commencement ceremony for Samuel Hoi, who was appointed president of the of the venerable Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. This morning, Mr. Hoi, known to his friends as "Sammy," joins Tom to talk about how the training of creative artists encompasses much more than lessons in painting and sculpture, and how the role of artists in society, and in the city, continues to evolve in Baltimore’s post-uprising period.  The conversation also turns to how MICA itself is launching new programs to support a vibrant and sustainable artist community.