Midday | WYPR


Monica Reinagel

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.

Luke Broadwater /The Baltimore Sun

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. 

Chase Carter

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.  

John Shields/Kenneth Lam, Baltimore Sun

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

Johns Hopkins University

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.

Photo by Joan Marcus

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."

Johns Hopkins University

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. 

Liz Copeland; Maryland Public Television

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.

Dwight Cendrowski

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.