Maryland Morning Podcast

  The Baltimore City Council votes on whether or not to approve the appointment of Kevin Davis as the permanent Police Commissioner tonight. Today on Maryland Morning, Ben Jealous, the former President and CEO of the NAACP discusses the report he released Friday that offers 6 ideas to reform the Baltimore Police Department. We’ll be joined by Activist Kwame Rose, who was part of the group of protesters who disrupted the committee hearing on the Davis appointment last week.

Then – Nathan Sterner checks up on the progress of the Mars Explorer, J Wynn Rousuck reviews the new show at the Olney Theater, and I talk to two guys who make a podcast about pencils.


For the Democrats in Vegas, and it was all about the issues:  gun control, immigration, income inequality, Russia, campaign finance reform, Glass-Steagall, and the merits of capitalism versus democratic socialism.  No need to ask "Where’s the beef?"  There was plenty to go around last night.

Clinton and Sanders tangled on guns, and agreed on e-mails; and  Martin O'Malley was after that ever-elusive break through moment.  This morning, analysis from Dr. Sheri Parks from the University of Maryland, Michael Fletcher of the Washington Post  and Republican blogger Richard Cross.

Then – a conversation with Su Friedrich, an acclaimed filmmaker.  She'll be in Baltimore Thursday night to present her movie about gentrification.


We’ll start this morning with a look at some of the big stories that are developing this week.  WYPR’s Kenneth Burns and Fraser Smith join me to talk about what’s ahead in the Freddie Gray trials, and what we can expect as Democrats take the stage in their first presidential primary debate tomorrow night.

Then, Marvin Pinkert joins me to talk about the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s new exhibition, straight from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that explores the work of the iconic singer/songwriter Paul Simon.

Theater Critic J. Wynn Rousuck will be here too, with her review of the new production at Baltimore’s Annex Theater, and the author Anne Tyler has been nominated for a Man Booker Prize for her latest novel.  The winner will be announced tomorrow.  This morning, Anne Tyler talks about A Spool of Blue Thread.

The Baltimore Housing Authority is under fire for allegations that some tenants have been victims of sexual abuse by some maintenance workers. We’ll visit the Gilmor Homes, the housing development where Freddie Gray was apprehended, and we’ll talk to a community organizer to get a closer look at what’s going on, and a scholar who studies urban housing.

Then, with six key players entering free agency, the Orioles’ future will be on the line this winter. Maryland Morning sports guru Mark Hyman joins Tom to talk about the O's and the status of the Ravens as they enter week 5 with a game against the Cleveland Browns.

Plus, the history of Guilford with the author of a new history of one of Baltimore’s most affluent and storied areas.

And a Baltimore Story from Gil Sandler.

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   Johns Hopkins announced last week an initiative to “build, hire, and buy” in Baltimore, particularly in the areas most affected by the violence following the death of Freddie Gray. Across town at Morgan State University, they’ve formed a task force called “Gray Days, Brighter Tomorrows". Catchy name- but will it work? Morgan State’s Ray Wimbush and Natalie Sherman from the Baltimore Sun explain two approaches to some of Baltimore’s most intractable problems.

We’ll also have the scoop on the Stoop. The Stoop Storytelling Series begins its 10th season tonight. We’ll check-in with the Stoop’s creators, Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler.

Plus, the community artist, Gracie Xavier, tells us about her new exhibition at Gallery CA. Her subjects are African American men, and the stories they’re telling at the barbershop.

The executives of Maryland’s three biggest counties are prone to brag about awards they’ve won for IT and websites … but now they’re talking about just snatching from each other some of their best money-saving maneuvers.  We talk to Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz.  

Then – Our movie regulars,  Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post and Jed Dietz of the Maryland Film Festival join Tom Hall to discuss the indie films you can find around town this month … and a stomach-turning 3D blockbuster that suspends us between the Twin Towers.

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  New state laws could raise prospects for employment and housing by letting thousands of Marylanders clear parts of their criminal records or shield some minor convictions from public view. We hear from a policy advocate and a mother made unemployable by a felony arrest.

Tom Hall talks to Daniel James Brown about his book, The Boys in the Boat about nine young American rowers who beat the odds to triumph at the 1936 Olympics. It’s this year’s ‘One Maryland, One Book’ community reading project.

Saxophonist and jazz composer Carl Grubbs tells Tom about his new piece, inspired by the Inner Harbor – that will be part of Freefall Baltimore, the month-long celebration of the arts that kicks off tomorrow.

And: a new festival in which the streets of Little Italy become a kind of canvas.

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  Disagreements over funding public charter schools have erupted in a lawsuit and such tension that the city this week asked former Mayor Kurt Schmoke, now president of the University of Baltimore, to facilitate discussions about how the money should be apportioned. We talk to Bobbi MacDonald, a leader of several charters. 

Then – The Baltimore Book Festival starts today! Tom Hall talks with novelist Laurel Snyder and with actress, storyteller, dancer and now author, Maria Broom about their children’s books.

Plus: What do you get when you fashion an album from the practice sessions of patrons at guitar centers? We hear from Danny Greenwald of the band Glassine.

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“Maglev” is a technology that could whisk passengers from Baltimore to Washington in 15 minutes.  But at what cost?  We get a reality check from the CEO of ‘The North East Maglev,’  Wayne Rogers and Brian O’Malley of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance.

Then – Amy Scott, who covers education for Marketplace from her perch here at WYPR, talks to Tom Hall about the film she’s just produced:  Oyler  tells how a community school in Cincinnati transformed itself and the lives of many of its poor students

Plus: After a career in advertising, Ronald Smith has turned to writing the kinds of stories for young people HE’d like to read.  He tells us about his scary debut novel Hoodoo.

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  Howard County Executive, Alan Kittelman, tells us why his county is cracking down on human trafficking. We talk to a service provider about what victims need, and police detective about a new state law.

Then – Tom Hall talks to New York Times Reporter Scott Shane who’s discussing his new book, Objective Troy, at the Pratt Library tonight. It’s the story of the drone strikes that killed American imam- turned-terrorist, Anwar al Awlaki.

Plus: Tom talks to Michael Blum about the world-premiere musical he’s directing at the Spotlighters Theater written by the Victorian dramatist W.S. Gilbert of “Gilbert-and-Sullivan” fame.

And - Theater critic, J. Wynn Rousuck, reviews J. B. Priestley’s psychological thriller “An Inspector Calls,” which opens Everyman Theater’s 25th season.