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As the 2016 Olympics kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, resident sports guy Mark Hyman joins Tom in the studio to give us a preview. Several athletes with ties to the greater Baltimore region are competing in this year’s games. Are swimmers Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky ready for a repeat? Are track and field stars Christina Epps and Matt Centrowitz ready for a breakout? They’ll also discuss the concerns over water safety and athlete housing in Rio that have some saying the city isn’t ready for big games.

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Our movie mavens, Ann Hornaday,  film critic for the Washington Post, and Jed Dietz, founder and executive director of the Maryland Film Festival, join Tom to talk about the movie hits and misses of season.

They discuss anticipated blockbusters like Suicide Squad and Jason Bourne, indy breakouts like Captain Fantastic and Don’t Think Twice, a movie produced This American Life host Ira Glass.  

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We begin today with another installment in our Focus on the Counties series.  Over the past few weeks, Tom Hall has been joined in Studio A by the county executives of Baltimore, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties. This morning Tom welcomes Harford County Executive Barry Glassman to the studio. Mr. Glassman is 54 years old and a native of Havre de Grace, Maryland.  He is a Republican, elected in 2014.

Glassman is a graduate of Washington College, in Chestertown.  Before entering politics, he worked as an insurance investigator and held positions with Baltimore Gas and Electric. He was a member of the Harford County Council in the 1990s, a State Delegate from 1999 to 2008 and a State Senator from 2008 to 2014.

Among the topics Tom takes up with the Harford County Executive are how he's been handling water quality issues, managing the Susquehanna watershed and Harford County's Chesapeake Bay shoreline, his efforts to foster both rural interests and suburban development, and Mr. Glassman's passion for fiscal balance and efficiency in government.

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When William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies" was first published in 1954, it was a sensational but disturbing best-seller. The dark allegory tells the story of a group of British schoolboys stranded on a remote island, who find that in their struggle to survive, the veneer of civilization can prove very thin indeed.

Annex Theater's new production of "The Lord of Flies," purposely departs from the plotlines (and the precise title) of the Golding novel, moves the venue to a high-security animal disease research center, and dives into another dark and troubling issue: how technology can become both a protector and a menace. Adapted by M. Coan, and collectively directed and acted by S. Jacklin, J. Budenz, S. Lamar, and R. Kidwell.,

The Lord of Flies continues at Baltimore's Annex Theater until August 7.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins Tom in the studio for the full hour today. Among the topics they discuss are Under Armor's Port Covington development, last year's Uprising, the dropped charges against the police officers indicted in connection with Freddie Gray's arrest and death, her decision to not seek re-election, her role at this year's Democratic National Convention, and the political landscape ahead. 

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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.


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."

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.