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There are approximately 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States. Many were established to educate African-Americans following the civil war and continued to prosper during an era when white institutions refused to admit black students. At one point, HBCUs were responsible for educating 80 percent of black college grads. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, it opened the doors for students of color to attend predominately white colleges and HBCU enrollment declined.  Now, many HBCUs are seeing a surge in enrollment and experts say the Black Lives Matter movement and increased attention to racial tension on predominately white campuses could be behind the enrollment trend.

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The gypsy-jazz band Hot Club of Baltimore joins Tom in the studio for a live session, playing a couple of tunes from the songbook of the legendary Django Reinhardt.  Hot Club Baltimore is a four-year-old local trio that includes Michael Joseph Harris and Sami Arefin on acoustic guitars and Eddie Hrybyk (pr. RYE-bik) on upright bass. They'll join a roster of 50+ top local bands, soloists and singers at this weekend's first-ever Baltimore JazzFest, a free event inspired by Baltimore JazzAlliance founder Barry Glassman and produced by current BJA President Ian Rashkin.  Baltimore JazzFest is happening Saturday, October 1st, from noon to 8:30pm at Druid Hill Park.  Rain or shine. Click here for more information.

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On Wednesday, September 28th, Congress finally approved long-delayed funding to fight the Zika epidemic.  What will that one-point-one billion dollar measure mean for the battle against  the mosquito borne disease in MD?  Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joins Tom Hall  for our monthly Healthwatch segment.  She’ll have an update on the status of local control efforts.

Other topics today include how the city plans to use a new 5-million dollar federal grant to help West Baltimore communities traumatized by the violence of the 2015 uprising.   And Dr. Wen notes the second HealthyBaltimore 2020 conversation planned for Thursday evening, from 6-8pm at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, an opportunity for city resident to learn more about the city's new strategy for bringing more equitable health and wellness services to Baltimorians before the end of the decade. Check out the event site www.hb2020.com for details

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Veteran theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom with a review of Everyman Theatre's new production of "Wait Until Dark."  While most people might know that title from the Oscar-nominated 1967 film starring Audrey Hepburn as the blind protagonist, the tense thriller was originally a play -- Frederick Knott's 1966 Broadway hit, which also had a short-lived 1998 revival.  Then came Jeffrey Hatcher's 2013 adaptation of the Knott play, in which the story is given a new setting in 1944 Greenwich Village.  That's the version now on stage at Everyman, with Donald Hicken directing and Megan Anderson starring in the lead role as Susan. 

"Wait Until Dark" continues at Everyman Theatre through Sunday, October 9.   Click here for ticket information.

The November 8th general elections are less than 6 weeks away, and the campaigns for the White House, the U.S. Congress, and a long list of state and local elective offices are in high gear.

Americans who cast their ballots this November will have a choice of candidates not just from the traditional Democratic or Republican parties, but also from less mainstream “third” parties.

The Green Party of the United States calls itself an “eco-social” party with a progressive social justice and anti-corporate agenda. It’s evolved from the early Greens movement that first gained traction in the US back in the 1980s.

Dr. Margaret Flowers is the Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next January by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. That important seat is also being sought by Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga.

Nnabu Eze is the Green Party candidate for Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, a seat held since 2007 by the incumbent Democrat, Representative John Sarbanes, who is also facing a challenge from Republican Mark Plaster. 

Dr. Flowers and Mr. Eze join Tom in the studio to talk about how they plan to represent Maryland in Congress.

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After months of trading jabs during interviews and on Twitter, presidential candidates Sec. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head-to-head for the first time on the debate stage. 

Liz Copeland is the Founder of the Urban Conservative Project, and a former Republican candidate for the Baltimore City Council. Dr. Kimberly Moffit is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. They both join Tom in the studio to discuss the debate highs and lows and what the candidates need to do going forward to sway voters. 

Beth Am Synagogue/Memorial Episcopal Church

Time now for another installment in our monthly series, Living Questions, in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere. We’re producing this series in partnership with the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies.

My guests this afternoon are two young, dynamic clergy whose work in their congregations is informed by their commitment to social justice. They are not only spiritual leaders, they are also animating their largely white congregations around the issues that affect our majority African American city.

Daniel Cotzin Burg is the senior rabbi of Beth Am Synagogue in Reservoir Hill, just south of Druid Hill Park. The Rev. Grey Maggiano is the rector of Memorial Episcopal Church in the neighborhood that’s adjacent to Reservoir Hill to the south, Bolton Hill.

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A Tale of Two Cities: In Charlotte, North Carolina, a third night of protests ended peacefully after violence erupted earlier this week following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by a city police officer.  Police are under growing pressure to release video of the incident.  Police in Tulsa Oklahoma have released videos in the shooting death of Terrence Crutcher; an officer there now faces manslaughter charges.  Reporters on the ground in Charlotte and Tulsa join Tom for an update.

 Immediately following this broadcast Rakeyia Scott, wife of Keith Lamont Scott, released cell phone video she took of the moments immediately before and after her husband was shot by the police. And, ahead of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington this weekend, Dr. Joann Martin founder of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and self-described “Servant of the City” David Fakunle about how to accurately tell the story of the long and varied African-American experience.  Plus, a conversation with MacArthur Genius Grant winner Joyce J. Scott.

Tom Bullock WFAE

Yesterday, 1st degree manslaughter charges were filed against Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Shelby for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher last week. Shelby, who is white, shot Crutcher after responding to a call about an abandoned vehicle blocking the road. Crutcher’s family says he was having car trouble and waiting for help. While Shelby contends that Crutcher refused to obey commands, video footage shows him walking away from officers with his hands up moments before he was shot in the chest. Tulsa World staff writer Corey Jones reports Shelby, 42, surrendered with an attorney at the Tulsa Jail about 1 a.m. She was booked into the jail at 1:11 a.m and posted $50,000 bond at 1:31 a.m.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, a third night of protests ended peacefully after violence erupted on Tuesday and Wednesday following the fatal shooting of an African American man Keith Lamont Scott by city police officer Brentley Vinson, who is also African-American. Police say Scott had a gun; his family believes he did not. Dashcam video of the incident has not been released to the public but the family, who saw it yesterday afternoon, and chief of police both agree, the video does not definitively show Mr. Scott holding or pointing a gun.  

Gwendolyn Glenn is a reporter for NPR member station WFAE in Charlotte. 

Corey Jones is a staff writer for the Tulsa World newspaper. They join Tom by phone  with updates from Tulsa and Charlotte.

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Jewelry maker, sculptor and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce J. Scott joins Midday host Tom Hall to discuss the award. Scott's handmade works range from elaborate neckpieces, to two-and three-dimensional figurative sculptures and installations. Much of her work focuses on the violence brought about by racism and sexism. 

Scott has won numerous awards for her work and many of her pieces are featured in prominent museums across the country including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington opening this weekend.

A Baltimore native, Scott shares how growing up and living in the city has shaped her work and why she says "leaving her neighborhood would be running away from herself."