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It’s Election Day, and we'll start with a check on how voting is proceeding in some precincts around the region, where long lines at polling centers this morning suggest a healthy turnout.  Then we’ll turn our attention to public health, and to the everyday things that have made a big difference, for good or ill, in our wellness and the quality of our lives.  A fascinating list, compiled online by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to mark its centennial, identifies 100 objects that have had a major influence on public health over the past century, from spittoons and toilets to vaccines and window screens.  You can check out the list by clicking here. From mundane appliances to medical innovations, these common things have had an uncommon impact on our health and well-being, and we’ll talk about some of them with a man who’s had quite an impact himself on public health in Maryland -- Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Associate Dean of the Bloomberg School. He’s Tom's guest for the hour, and listeners are invited  to join the conversation with their own suggestions for the list. 

In every election politicians on the local and national levels make it a point to discuss the treatment of veterans. Lawmakers and candidates on both sides of the aisle often highlight the challenges vets face like homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse, and promise to address the problems. 

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, vets comprise 11% of the total homeless population in the United States. On any given night, there are more than 39,000 veterans who are homeless. 


In 2015, it was “Oscars So White.”  But 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for film artists of color.  In a recent essay in the Washington Post, film critic Ann Hornaday asks “Is the term, ‘black film’ obsolete?”

For our monthly Movie Mayhem show, Ann Hornaday joins Tom in the studio, along with Jed Dietz, the director of the Maryland Film Festival, to talk about movies like Moonlight, the critically acclaimed new coming-of-age film by Barry Jenkins.  Is it part of what some are calling a revolution in black cinema? 

The movie mavens will also be sizing up some of the many Oscar-worthy new films opening in area theaters this fall.

And with a nod to next Tuesday's presidential election, Ann and Jed discuss how Hollywood has portrayed US presidents over the years.  That's also going to be the focus of a film critics' panel, including Ann Hornaday, Arch Campbell and Bill Newcott, called "Inside Media: Hollywood's White House: the Top Ten Movie Presidents, at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, November 5 at 2:30pm.   For details and directions, click here.

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Early voting in Maryland, which ends Thursday, has been setting a record pace. About 70% more Marylanders voted early this time, compared to 2012, and there are still more than three million registered voters in the state who are eligible to cast their ballots on Election Day next Tuesday.  Once again, Maryland's new voting system will be put to the ultimate test.  Its debut in last April’s primary elections was bumpy, especially in Baltimore, where reports of missing and miscounted ballots led the State Board of Elections to decertify the initial results, before re-certifying them again later on.  Broken ballot scanners, and a shortage of election judges also made voting difficult for many.

Today we’ll examine how Maryland’s new voting system is meeting the challenges the second time out.  We're joined in the studio this afternoon by the man who has been in charge of elections in Baltimore City for ten years.  Armstead Jones came under criticism, including calls for him to resign, after problems at the polls surfaced last spring. 

Nikki Baines Charlson is the Deputy State Administrator for Elections, the number two official in the agency that has overall responsibility for Maryland's statewide voting system.   She joins Tom on the phone from Annapolis.

Also joining the conversation in the studio is  John T. Willis. He is the former Maryland Secretary of State, and the executive in residence at the University of Baltimore School of Public & International. Affairs.  He has studied the history of Maryland elections, and he has trained election judges. 

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The classic fairy-tale of a young woman who's magically transformed from a chambermaid into a princess gets an attractive makeover in this new production of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. One of the most beloved of the duo's many legendary collaborations (including  OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music), the touring musical combines the story's iconic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball --  with some contemporary plot twists.  Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, a Thursday regular on Midday, caught the show at the Hippodrome, and joins Tom with her review.                                           

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella was scored by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins. Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Greg Anthony Rassen. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.

First written for television,  Cinderella aired in 1957, starring Julie Andrews. The show's long-anticipated Broadway debut finally happened in 2013.   

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella  continues at the Hippodrome in Baltimore through Sunday, November 6th.

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Last month, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced sweeping proposals to reform the way police officers who are accused of misconduct are investigated and prosecuted.

During the 2015 Uprising following the death of Freddie Gray, State’s Attorney Mosby announced that she would be filing charges against six of the officers involved. Given the frustration in places like Ferguson, Missouri where charges were not filed against the officer responsible for the death of Michael Brown, Mosby’s announcement was widely credited for bringing an end to the unrest here in Baltimore. However, the trials that followed ended without any convictions.  

This past August, Baltimore County police shot and killed a 23-year old woman named Korryn Gaines. Police went to Ms. Gaines’ apartment to serve a failure-to-appear bench warrant and a warrant for her boyfriend, who fled the scene. Police say that after gaining access to the apartment they found Gaines with her son sitting on the floor pointing a “long gun” in their direction. Officers then barricaded themselves in the hallway and, according to an official statement, “made every effort to talk to the woman and encourage her to surrender peacefully.” These efforts included calling Ms. Gaines’ father to the scene to help to convince her to surrender. 

About six hours into the standoff police say Ms. Gaines pointed her gun at an officer and threatened to shoot. Police said that an fficer fired one shot and missed, prompting Ms. Gaines to fire her weapon twice. Her shots missed the officers. Police then fired three more times, killing Korryn Gaines. Her son was also shot in the melee by an officer. He did not sustain life threatening injuries.  In September, the Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Schellenberger announced that he would not file charges against the officers involved. Ms. Gaines’ family has a pending wrongful death lawsuit against Baltimore County and some of the officers involved in the shooting.  

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Here’s a thought to ponder that some may find scary as we prepare to celebrate Halloween: The Baltimore City Council will surely be transformed after the election next week.

Six City Council incumbents decided not to run in the primary last April. Robert Curran, Rochelle “Rikki” Spector and Helen Holton are retiring for various reasons.  Nick Mosby and Carl Stokes chose to run for Mayor instead of for their council seats. James Kraft ran for Baltimore Circuit Court judge. Two other City Council incumbents, William “Pete” Welch in the 9th District and Warren Branch in the 13th, were unseated in the primary by fellow Democrats. That means that – no matter what happens on Election Day -- at least eight out of 14 seats on the council will be occupied by first time legislators.

What does that mean for the future of Charm City? Today, we bring you a Reporters’ Roundtable with three reporters who follow all things Baltimore very closely. Jayne Miller is an award winning investigative reporter for WBAL Television.  She is a "force of nature," according to the City Paper.  Luke Broadwater covers the city for the Baltimore Sun, and Kenneth Burns is the metro reporter covering Baltimore for WYPR. They joined host Tom Hall in the studio for a breakdown of the interesting council races across 14 Districts, and some prognostication as to how this large class of newbies will get along with veteran Council President Jack Young if he, too, wins reelection, which seems likely, and the rest of their Council colleagues.

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Today, it’s another Midday on Politics.  With less than two weeks until Election Day, our Talking with the Candidates series continues with a focus on the 2nd Congressional District, which includes communities in Baltimore City as well as Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard Counties. 

Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger has represented the 2nd district in the U.S. Congress for the past 14 years.  He’s been an advocate for improved health care for veterans and has made national security and rebuilding the middle class priority issues.

He’s being challenged by 4-term Republican Delegate Pat McDonough, who has represented the 7th District (Baltimore and Harford counties) in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2003.  He’s also been an advocate for veterans, an outspoken critic of immigration policy, and a strong supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

Dutch Ruppersberger and Pat McDonough take Tom's questions, and your calls and comments.

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As the 2016 Presidential campaign stumbles towards its conclusion, many Americans have grown weary of the coarse rhetoric and caustic tenor of the public discourse surrounding politics and how we govern ourselves.  Republicans and Democrats alike, from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, contend that the "system" is rigged, and people of color point to example after example of systemic inequality.  Congress remains unpopular, and the two major candidates for President engender intense vitriol.  Cynicism among voters has never been more pervasive.  In the heat of an election, it’s easy to place the blame for that on elected officials.  But in a new book, two scholars from Johns Hopkins University encourage that cynicism, in a sense, and they re-direct our attention away from the people we vote for, to the people who have been hired to administer the government programs and policies that law makers enact.

We hire a lot of people for this work.  If we consider civil servants, members of the armed forces, contract employees, and people doing work for the government as part of organizations that aren’t formally part of the government, it adds up to about 14 million people.  Tom's guests today contend that many of those employed in government service have disdain for the opinions of people they describe as “ordinary Americans.”  Johns Hopkins University political scientists Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg join Tom in the studio to discuss their book, What Washington Gets Wrong:  The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People.  ​ And they take listener calls and comments.

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Given the unique dynamics of this presidential campaign season, it's a remarkable coincidence that the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has produced a play about the intersection of power and sexuality, with a strong, determined woman at its center.  Anne of the Thousand Days, written by Maxwell Anderson and directed by Kasi Campbell, describes the historic, 16th century romance between Anne Boleyn and King Henry the Eighth of England, who was desperately seeking a woman who could give him what his lawful wife, Catherine of Aragon, had failed to deliver:  a male heir.   The daughter Anne bore the King as his Church-defying second wife would eventually become Elizabeth the First, England's greatest monarch, but things didn't work out so well between Anne and Henry.  It's a great story and true, brought to life on the CSC stage with the help of sumptuously detailed costumes by Kristina Lambdin.

Our theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who stops by Midday every  Thursday,  joins Tom with her review.

Their conversation also turns to this weekend's Charm City Fringe Festival, an 11-day "explosion" of theater events around the city.  Click here to check out the events and schedules. 

Anne of the Thousand Days continues at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company on South Calvert Street in Baltimore through Sunday, November 13.

Election Day is less than two weeks away. Early voting starts tomorrow. Today, a conversation with the leading candidates for Maryland's 3rd Congressional District.  

Incumbent Democrat John Sarbanes first won the seat in 2006; he’s been re-elected to the House four times since then. He is 54 years old and was born and raised in Baltimore. Rep. Sarbanes is a graduate of Harvard Law School who worked as a lawyer for 17 years before running for Congress. He’s the father of three children. He and his wife Dina live in Towson. His father is retired US Senator Paul Sarbanes.  

In just two weeks Baltimore City voters will head to the polls to elect a new mayor. Voters will have a choice between Democratic nominee State Senator Catherine Pugh, Republican nominee Alan Walden, Green Party nominee Joshua Harris and several write-in candidates including former Mayor Sheila Dixon. After accepting our invitation to join today's conversation seven weeks ago, Senator Catherine Pugh canceled last Friday. Her representatives declined to give us a specific reason for the change of heart. 

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Today, another installment in our monthly series, Living Questions, in which we examine the role of religion in the public sphere.

Our focus today is on Islamophobia, particularly as it pertains to American Catholics.  Only 14% of Catholics have a favorable view of Muslims.  Are Catholics more pre-disposed to be Islamophobic than adherents to other faiths?   While the mass media often portray Muslims in a negative light, it appears that Catholic media do so even more frequently.  Is it a matter of bias, or bad reporting?  And what about the role of church leaders?  Pope Francis has garnered a reputation as one of the most open and inclusive pontiffs in history.  What is his message about Muslims, and is his flock getting it?

Those questions are at the core of a new report, Danger and Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam, published by Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative, a multi-year research and communication project that's based at the University's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.   Joining Tom in the studio to discuss the report's findings is author Jordan Denari Duffner, a research fellow at the Bridge Initiative. Also joining us by phone are Father Michael Calabria, a Franciscan friar and director of the Center for Arab & Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University in  upstate New York, and Dr. Jerusha Lamptey, Associate Professor of Islam and Ministry at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

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Midday at the Museum:  Tom is joined in the studio by the recently appointed director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Christopher Bedford, and by Katy Rothkopf, BMA curator of the new Matisse/Diebenkorn Exhibition.  They'll be talking about this first major attempt to explore the influence of French artist Henri Matisse on the work of American artist Richard Diebenkorn.

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Midday at the Museum:  In our second segment today focused on notable new museum exhibits, Tom is joined in the studio by Dr. Marvin Pinkert, the Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, for a conversation about the work of the JMM and one of its popular new exhibits: "Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America."  The exhibit examines how medicine -- from traditional therapies to ritual procedures to public health practice -- has shaped the ways Jews are perceived, and the way they perceive themselves, for centuries.

The exhibit will be on view at the Jewish Museum of Maryland through January 16th, 2017.

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In many ways, last night’s face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most substantive of the three debates. While the candidates weighed in on the Supreme Court, the economy, immigration, the national debt, the most shocking moment came when Mr. Trump implied that he may not accept the results of the election, saying “I’ll tell you at the time.  I will keep you in suspense."

 Liz Copeland is a Republican, and the founder of the Urban Conservative Project. Mileah Kromer is the Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College.  They join Tom to discuss the debate in the desert. 

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Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the Midday studio most every Thursday. She's here today with her review of Das Barbecu, a fast-paced musical theater version of Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle.” Written in 1991 by Jim Luigs and composed by Scott Warrender, it premiered in Seattle and has been produced by theater companies across the US, including Baltimore's Center Stage.  Now, the popular musical is back in Baltimore, at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre.

Wagner's famed operatic masterwork is actually four long operas with a ton of plot. Spotlighters' new production of Das Barbecu (directed by Greg Bell, with musical direction by Michael Tan) is set in contemporary, twangy Texas.  It boils the vast Wagnerian storyline down to one evening of musical theater, with five actors frenetically playing more than 30 characters. Major plot-lines in this tuneful, light-hearted Western include mismatched lovers, feuding families, western rope tricks, a synchronized swimming scene, a tribute to guacamole, and of course, a magic ring of power.

Das Barbecu continues at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre through Oct. 30 

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Time for another installment of Smart Nutrition here on Midday.  To help us separate the wheat from the chaff in the huge harvest of nutrition and diet information swirling around us, we look to the Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel.  Monica is a licensed nutritionist who blogs at nutrition over easy.com.

Among our questions for Monica today:  What are the food trends we can anticipate in the coming months?  Has kale's moment passed?  And what about one of the latest diet fads: eating anything you want, as long as it fits your "macros?"  If it helps you fit into your jeans, why not? Plus, how practical - and nutritious -- is it to eat "in season," year-round?   And when it comes to eating healthy, what does the word “healthy” actually mean when it’s slapped on a food product label?  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to be evolving on the criteria companies need to claim that their products are, indeed, "healthy".  What’s making them change their minds?

Big questions.  But fear not.  The Nutrition Diva joins Tom Hall with the answers, clear and no-nonsense.  And we take your calls, tweets and emails, and answer your questions about food, diet, health and nutrition.

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When he ran for Governor, Republican Larry Hogan got 22% of the vote in Baltimore City. But he won 53% of the vote in the First District, which includes Harbor East, Little Italy, Canton, Fells Point, Greektown, Bayview and other historic Southeast Baltimore neighborhoods – all the way East to the county line.

Today, a look at the race for the Baltimore City Council in the First District.

Tom's guests are two youthful and dynamic candidates who prevailed in crowded primaries last spring: Democrat Zeke Cohen and Republican Matt McDaniel. If McDaniel does what Hogan did and wins the district, he would become the first Republican to hold a seat on the city council since 1942, and the first Republican to hold any elective office in Baltimore in 50 years.

The Baltimore City Council is about to undergo big changes. With retirements, some incumbent losses, and some members having run for mayor instead of their council seats, regardless of who wins the election on November 8th, eight of 14 seats on the council will be occupied by people who are new to the job.

In the First District, Mr. McDaniel is mounting a serious campaign against his Democratic rival, Mr. Cohen. Both candidates are charismatic, personable – and new to politics. Matt McDaniel and Zeke Cohen join Tom in Studio A for a conversation about the future of the First. 

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As many as 15 women have come forward to accuse presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual assault or harassment. The allegations began to roll in after a 2005 Access Hollywood video surfaced earlier this month. In the video Trump is heard bragging to  former NBC anchor Billy Bush about sexually assaulting women. Trump denied the sexual assault allegations -- by insulting several of his accusers -- and also dismissed the language heard on the video as "locker room talk."

Many have pointed out that his so-called locker room talk is indicative of a larger societal problem; rape culture.  

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Resident foodies John Shields, owner of Gertrude's and Sascha Wolhandler, owner of  Sascha’s 527 Restaurant & Catering  join Tom for our regular segment What Ya Got Cookin.

It's the season for root vegetables, dark leafy greens, pumpkins and squashes. John and Sascha share ways to turn up your turnips and take the bland out of Brussel sprouts. 

Football season is underway and that means tailgating. We'll talk about ways to turn your chicken wings and chili menu into a gourmet feast.

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Today, we consider some important issues in the field of bioethics.

Tom welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Kahn to Studio A.  Dr. Kahn is the director of the Berman Center of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.  Folks in his field think about things like the ethical ramifications of research, how doctors interact with patients, public health policy, and global approaches to things like food distribution and allocation of medicine.  Different approaches have different outcomes, and bioethicists think about those outcomes through the prism of the moral dimension of those choices.

We thought we’d start by talking about the public health issue that has dominated the headlines since this summer.  The Zika virus grabbed the public health spotlight and spread like crazy in certain parts of the world, including an outbreak that has been controlled in the Miami area. One of the approaches to eliminating the virus that scientists are considering involves genetically modifying mosquitoes and then releasing them into the environment. On the surface, it may seem that changing the genetic make-up of some insects shouldn’t be cause for alarm. But like so many of the issues that Jeff Kahn and his colleagues consider, it’s not that simple.

Dr. Kahn also weighs in on the topic of babies now being born with more than two biological parents. They actually carry the genetic material of three parents. To the parents who otherwise might not have biological children, the technology that makes this possible is a blessing. But is it a good idea? What are the consequences of these new possibilities? Tom asks Dr. Kahn about framing the questions we should be asking in bioethics, to find the answers we need.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a play adapted from the 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon. The novel is told from a first-person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy living in suburban England who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties."

Christopher's condition is never identified, but he appears to fit the profile of someone living on the autism spectrum, with a condition once referred to as Asperger's syndrome.  Haddon has blogged that he is not an expert on autism, and that "Curious Incident is not a book about Asperger's....if anything, it's a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way."

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The Baltimore Marathon is one of nearly 1,200 certified marathons in the United States.  On Saturday, runners from all 50 states and 24 countries around the world will converge on Charm City to run through some of our most historic neighborhoods and beautiful parks.  About 4,000 runners will attempt the Olympian feat of staying in motion for 26.2 miles.  Roughly 12,000 brave souls will jog through the 13.1 mile half marathon, and about 5,000 will run the 5K race earlier in the day.  Another few thousand will run distances of 6-7 miles on relay teams.   That’s a lot of collective steps, and a lot of potential blisters, backaches, and wobbly knees.

Tom's guest today knows a lot about the physical challenges that are faced by professional athletes and weekend warriors alike.  Dr. Miho Tanaka is an orthopaedic surgeon and the Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Before moving to Baltimore, she was the team physician for the St. Louis Cardinals and the St Louis Surge in the WNBA.  She has also served as assistant team physician for the Baltimore Orioles and another professional women’s basketball team, the NY Liberty.  She is a former collegiate athlete herself.   She was on the Stanford University track team, and has treated student athletes from high school to college.    She joins Tom in the studio for the full hour, and takes your calls and emails.

What is the lineage between the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the Black Lives Matter Movement of today? Both movements focus on racial justice but the Black Lives Matter Movement prides itself on being a broad and inclusive movement that is not led by any one particular person. The Civil Rights Movement is largely characterized as being led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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The pace of bizarre events in the presidential campaign continues at a dizzying clip. On Friday, David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post broke the story that in 2005, Donald Trump bragged about committing sexual assault to, of all people, a first cousin of former president George W. Bush and former presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

In the debate Sunday night (10/09), Mr. Trump said it was just locker room banter, and that the assaults never happened. Julian Assange of WikiLeaks released emails hacked from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s gmail account which indicated that, in some speeches to Wall Street banks, Sec. Hillary Clinton discussed the need to hold one position in private and another in public.

Last night, she said that political leaders who did so include Abraham Lincoln. This only confirmed for her detractors that she can’t be trusted. Over the weekend, about 50 Republican lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain and Sen. Rob Portman disowned Trump. Trump disowned them right back, and even publicly parted ways with his running mate over policy in Syria.  Clinton is widely credited with not making any mistakes last night, but the Trump camp most certainly considers it a win.

Let’s put winning and losing aside for the moment, and ask two political observers what we learned last night, and where we’ve come as the presidential campaign enters its final month.

Liz Copeland is the founder of the Urban Conservative Project, and a former Republican candidate for the Baltimore City Council. Charles Robinson reports on business and politics for Maryland Public Television. They joined Tom in studio.

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When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hired Marin Alsop as its Music Director in 2005, it made history by becoming the first major American orchestra to engage a woman as its artistic leader.

Women have continued to make progress in major symphonies. But even the most casual and infrequent visitor to the Meyerhoff in Baltimore or the Music Center at Strathmore will notice that while there are a lot of women playing in the BSO, there is only one African American member of the orchestra. She is Esther Mellon, and she’s been a gifted member of the BSO ‘cello section since the 1980s.

The BSO is not alone. Orchestras across the country, even in majority African American cities like Baltimore, rarely have more than just a few people of color in their ensembles. Aaron Dworkin is working to change that. Dworkin is the Dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. For years, he has been a leader and animating force behind efforts to connect people of color with jobs in the classical music business. He is the founder of the Sphinx Organization in Detroit, which is a national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

Dworkin is in Baltimore today to give a talk at the Peabody Institute this afternoon at 2:30. That event is free and open to the public.  It can also be seen via livestream. Tom welcomed Mr. Dworkin to Studio A just before his event at Peabody.


As the Oscar deadline looms, studios are releasing films as fast as anyone can watch them. Movie Mavens Jed Dietz and Ann Hornaday join Tom to talk about the new movies that standout. 

Will the controversy around actor and director Nate Parker’s 1999 rape charge – a charge he was acquitted of – overshadow his film The Birth of a Nation? Despite Parker’s assertion that the film is an “important story that everyone should see,” many have decided to boycott the release. The film chronicles the life of a Nat Turner, a slave who led an 1831 rebellion in Southhampton County, VA.   

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Forty years ago, Baltimore was a major manufacturing center. One third of the city’s workforce was employed in factories both large and small. Today, just 5% of Charm City’s workforce earns a living making things. That decline has played out in cities across the country. US manufacturing employment peaked in 1979, and it’s been declining ever since, down to just 9% of the national workforce today. Baltimore's manufacturing base has suffered, just like everywhere else in the nation, from cheap labor overseas, surging imports, new technologies and a changing business climate.

Today we’re going to look at the evolving state of manufacturing in Baltimore, through the lens of three innovators who’ve been working in various ways to foster a flowering of small business manufacturing and artisan craftwork such as textiles and furniture-making.

Will Holman is the General Manager of Open Works, the 11-point-5-million-dollar “makerspace” that opened September 19th in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, near Greenmount Cemetery. He’s an architect by training, and also a furniture maker.

Andy Cook is the founder of the Made in Baltimore Campaign, a project of The Baltimore City Planning Department’s Office of Sustainability. Made in Baltimore is partnering with the Urban Manufacturing Alliance on a study to assess the State of Urban Manufacturing across the country. Baltimore will serve as one of the case study cities.

Rasheed Aziz is here as well. Six years ago, he started the Citywide Youth Entrepreneurship Program to work with teens in Baltimore's most distressed neighborhoods.

They all join Tom in the studio.